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BigPapaSmurf
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Posted - 02/16/2007 :  13:09:55  Show Profile Send BigPapaSmurf a Private Message
I have to say that the Barnes and Noble Atlas of World History rocks in soo many ways.

1. Its only 25$US
2. Its big and sturdy
3. Its got really nice full color maps on every page and there are many pages.
4. It covers every region of the world from 4M B.C. through 2005
5. The maps are of a wide variety, incredibly detailed and each has an adjoining timeline to reference the particular map topic.

The maps cover everything from the spread of written language to indiviual locations for things like obsidian mines* and battle sites. They have non-agressive migration routes and known trade routes, along with what was traded on that route. The extent of each major rulers influence and battle campaign details. Each page has a thousand words or so of text to accompany it.

I cannot express enough how great of a reference book this is, you may even find yourself reading it through. A perfect gift for anyone with even a marginal interest in world history.
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*FYI Obsidian was critical to many ancient peoples.

"...things I have neither seen nor experienced nor heard tell of from anybody else; things, what is more, that do not in fact exist and could not ever exist at all. So my readers must not believe a word I say." -Lucian on his book True History

"...They accept such things on faith alone, without any evidence. So if a fraudulent and cunning person who knows how to take advantage of a situation comes among them, he can make himself rich in a short time." -Lucian critical of early Christians c.166 AD From his book, De Morte Peregrini
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