The Long and the Short of It
How We Came to Measure Our World
In the seventh century a yard was as much a reckoning of the worth of some land as a set measure of its dimensions and, although the term came to mean a unit of distance, the 36-inch standard was not settled until 1855. This light-hearted compendium explores the origins of our weighing, measuring and timing systems from the Babylonian calendar to the metric system.
The Timeline Atlas
World History + Maps & Flags of Today's World
Beginning with a concise summary of our knowledge about the universe, the solar system and the physical geography of Earth, this reference book covers both time and space: the timeline and world history trace key events from early human settlement to the conflicts of 2014 in illustrated double-page spreads; the atlas has over 160 pages of maps and an index; and the guide to the world's flags includes basic facts about each country's area, population, capital, government, religions and currency.
The Incredible Years that Defined History
The storming of the Bastille in Paris in 1789 is one of the most famous dates in world history. In the same year George Washington was elected the first President of America and the mutiny on the Bounty took place. Selecting 100 similarly interesting years, from the foundation of Rome to the fall of the Berlin Wall, this miscellany of world-changing events, people and places is aimed at children and compiled by the team behind Whittaker’s Almanack. Age 9+