50 of the most fascinating documents in the history of humankind are beautifully reproduced from national archives and museums around the world - with commentary explaining why the documents are so significant, and how they have shaped or changed the course of history.
A spirited examination of world history, told through 50 key documents, by two celebrated historians and journalists. With a wealth of experience between them on political, social, cultural and military history, and today's current affairs, Peter Snow and Ann MacMillan are the perfect guides to appreciating the significance of each document.
Chapters are devoted to each of the 50 documents across the political, military, artistic, and scientific spheres, and supported by additional contemporary images. The documents themselves have been researched from the collections of national archives, museums, libraries, and private collections around the world. The authors explain their criteria for selection and provide the pertinent details of each one, taking us on a journey from the scripts of the earliest civilizations through to momentous speeches and papers of today.
Peter Snow is a highly respected journalist, author and broadcaster. He was ITN's Diplomatic and Defence Correspondent from 1966 to 1979, and presented BBC's Newsnight from 1980 to 1997. For many years he was an indispensable part of election nights.
Ann MacMillan is one of Canada's most distinguished journalists. She was the London correspondent of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for 40 years until her retirement is 2013.
Table Of Contents:
I Ching 2800BC • Code of Hammurabi 1754BC • Dead Sea Scrolls 408BC • Greek ostraka (democracy) c.5th c BC • Rosetta Stone 196 BC • Res Gestae 1st century AD • Book of Kells 9th century AD • Magna Carta 1215 • Da Vinci Sketches 15th century • Treaty of Tordesillas 1494 • Codex Mendoza 1535-50 • Copernicus, On the Revolution of the Heavenly Spheres 1543 • Shakespeare First Folio 1623 • Treaty of Westphalia 1648 • Declaration of Independence 1776 • Tennis Court Oath 1789 • The Vindication of the Rights of Women by Wollstonecraft 1792 • Beethoven's Fifth 1808 • Napoleon letter/military bulletin 19th century • Scott Key, 'O Say Can You See' 1814 • Industrial revolution illustrative document 1839 • Communist Manifesto 1848 • Soccer Rules 1848 • On the Origin of Species 1859 • The Gettysburg Address 1863 • Confederation MacDonald 1867 • Congress of Berlin 1884 • Suffrage Petition 1893 • Wright brothers blueprint 1903 • Model T Ford blueprint 1908 • Gallipoli diary 1915 • Einstein General Relativity paper 1915 • Balfour Declaration 1917 • Treaty of Versailles 1919 • Coco Chanel original sketch 1920s • Anne Frank Diary 1940s • Manhattan Project notebook 1942 • D-Day map 1944 • Churchill's 'percentages' paper 1944 • UN Charter 1945 • 'The Structure of DNA' 1953 • Queen Elizabeth II coronation oath/ticket 1953 • Beatles original manuscript 1960s • Assassination of JFK 1963 • Mao, Little Red Book 1964 • Nelson Mandela 1964 • Tickets to Woodstock 1969 • Apollo 11 original documents 1969 • HTTP original proposal by Tim Berners-Lee 1989 • Map of the Universe 2013.