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Ten Great Events in History (Dodo Press)

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The great events in history are those where, upon special occasions, a man or a people have made a stand against tyranny, and have preserved or advanced freedom for the people. Sometimes tyranny has taken the form of the oppression of the many by the few in the same nation, and sometimes it has been the oppression of a weak nation by a stronger one.
Paperback, 184 pages
Published June 15th 2007 by Dodo Press (first published 1887)
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Marts  (Thinker)
Chronicling varying significant historical events... can be read online here:
or at authorama:
Topics covered include Greek history, the Crusades, Columbus and the new world, the Dutch, the Spanish Armada, etc, etc...

Here is the Preface to the text:
"Patriotism, or love of country, is one of the tests of nobility of character. No great man ever lived that was not a patriot in the highest and truest sense. From the ear
Aug 27, 2011 Leslie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: noone
Horrid book! I don't know if I'm just failing at picking books these days of if prego hormones are just making me more critical but ick!! Most of his events are... well... I will be kind and just say they would not have been on my list of 10 great events. Also, its a pet peeve of mine anyway but this book is so extremely Eurocentric. Any Asian or Middle Eastern characters that do show up are either pegged as barbarians or praised for being 'surprisingly civilized for a' non European. Not to ment ...more
May 02, 2011 Joseph rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
I will have to admit, I didn't read all 10 events...there were a few that was just not interesting of a topic, so I passed on it. For example, the events that happened in India at like the beginning of time... I think I read 5 or 6 of them. The writing was good and intersting of the events that I read. I got this free on my kindle and it was wasn't really hard to read it, I just didn't get a chance to look at the pictures/maps/graphs of some things, which sucked...
Aug 05, 2013 Greyweather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If kids read books like this in school rather than dry textbooks loaded with nothing but names and dates they might actually take an interest in history. It is not surprising that the author had a professional background in education.
Jan 22, 2011 Kat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really like the events in history that James Johnonnot decided to be the 10 great events. I wish I could read what he would think the Ten Great Events would be today. Very well written. And a must read if you like history.
Jul 07, 2011 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read. A very interesting portrayal of some lesser know events. VERY outdated, but a good look into Victorian academics.
Nov 15, 2015 Roli rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
some of the events were boring and i could not continue

over all a good summary of world key events. yes has a strong european bias.
It was interesting to see what this author thought the ten most important events in history were. The chapter titles show what these are:
Defense of freedom by Greek valor
Crusades and the crusaders
Defense of freedom in Alpine passes
Bruce and Bannockburn
Columbus and the New World
Defense of freedom on Dutch dikes
The invincible Armada
Freedom's voyage to America
Plassey, and how an Empire was won
Lexington and Bunker Hill
(He obviously viewed defending freedom as being important!)
I thought it slightly c
Dec 15, 2015 Andrea rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The historical narrative was by no means impartial. However, it was quite an interesting read.
Jun 30, 2016 Brittnie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Clearly Biased but still fun.
Leanna Pohevitz
I was not a fan of this book which took me a terribly long time to read. Mainly I think I was disinterested in the events because their significance or why the author chose them as the ten great events was never explained. Also the telling was consistently one-sided. As a proud American though, I did like the telling of Lexington and Concord.
T Phillips
May 08, 2012 T Phillips rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book it enforced what I knew about historical events and added fresh info that I didn't know. a good little book to keep as a reference.
Dec 16, 2012 Pinar rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Read it if you like pan European views of history. Can not finish it after crusade tales.
Oct 17, 2013 Timm rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting read but was not enthralled with the writing style.
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