History is a weapon. The powerful have their version of events, the people have another. And if we understand how the past was forged, we arm ourselves to change the future.
This is a history of struggle, revolution and social change: of hominids, hunters and herders; of emperors and slaves; of patriarchs and women; of rich and poor; of dictators and revolutionaries. From the ancient empires of Persia and Rome to the Russian Revolution, the Vietnam War, and the 2008 Crash, this is a history of greed and violence, but also of solidarity and resistance.
Many times in the past, a different society became an absolute necessity. Humans have always struggled to create a better life. This history proves that we, the many, have the power to change the world.
Neil Faulkner is a historian and archaeologist. He is the author of numerous books, including A Radical History of the World (Pluto, 2018), A People's History of the Russian Revolution (Pluto, 2017) and Lawrence of Arabia's War (Yale, 2016).
Introduction 1. Hunters and Farmers c. 2.5 million-3000 BC 2. The First Class Societies c. 3000-1000 BC 3. Ancient Empires c. 1000-30 BC 4. The End of Antiquity c. 30 BC- AD 650 5. The Medieval World c. AD 650-1500 6. European Feudalism c. AD 650-1500 7. The First Wave of Bourgeois Revolutions 1517-1660 8. Absolutist Europe and Capitalist Globalisation 1660-1775 9. The Second Wave of Bourgeois Revolutions 1775-1815 10. The Rise of Industrial Capitalism c. 1750-1850 11. The Age of Blood and Iron 1848-1873 12. Imperialism and War 1873-1918 13. The Revolutionary Wave 1917-1928 14. The Great Depression and the Rise of Fascism 1929-1939 15. World War and Cold War 1939-1967 16. The World on Fire 1968-1975 17. The New World Disorder 1975-2008 18. Capitalism's Greatest Crisis? the Early 21st Century Conclusion: Making the Future Timeline Sources Bibliographical Notes Select Bibliography Index