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I Wish I'd Been There, Book Two: European History
Byron Hollinshead & Theodore K. Rabb, eds.
Publisher Doubleday/BOMC  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.25 x 1.1 inches
ISBN 9780385519083
Pages/Publication Date 318/2008
Daedalus Item Code 10491
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Paul Kennedy, John Keegan, Ross King, Freeman Dyson, Katherine Duncan-Jones, and 15 other respected historians take readers to such key events in Western and European history as the signing of Magna Carta, the Versailles Conference, and the German surrender in WWII on Lüneburg Heath. The president of American Historical Publications and past president of American Heritage Publishing Company and Oxford University Press, Byron Hollinshead asked 20 distinguished historians, "What scene or incident in American history would you most liked to have witnessed—and why?" Their answers are often passionate discussions of events that inspired them to be historians in the first place.

"Ross King joins 7,000 visitors at the 1863 opening of Paris's Salon des Refusés, probing what prompted the tradition-loving Edouard Manet to paint a naked woman picnicking with two frock-coated men. As Katherine Duncan-Jones watches an incendiary Globe Theatre performance of Richard II on the eve of Essex's violent uprising against Elizabeth I, she ponders the similarities between two charismatic monarchs who became remote and unpopular. Katherine Fischer Drew studies the origins of the Magna Carta, honoring the mostly nameless bureaucrats who composed this brilliant compromise restoring good government to rebellious 13th-century England, and John Elliott accompanies Charles, prince of Wales, to Madrid in 1623 as he hopelessly begs Philip IV for his sister's hand in marriage. Readers will be transported to Alexander the Great's deathbed in Babylon in 323 B.C.; to 1905 Russia as Nicholas II signs the October Manifesto, giving Russian citizens their first taste of civil liberties; and to Renaissance Florence when it was invaded by 10,000 French soldiers. This sound, quirky and savory offering will kindle the imaginations of armchair historians."—Publishers Weekly

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