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Ten Great Events in History   By: (1823-1888)

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In his thought-provoking book, James Johonnot takes readers on a fascinating journey through history, uncovering ten pivotal events that shaped the world as we know it. With meticulous research and engaging storytelling, Johonnot seamlessly weaves together historical facts and vivid anecdotes to provide a comprehensive understanding of these transformative moments.

One of the book's notable strengths is Johonnot's ability to present complex historical events in a manner that is accessible to readers of all backgrounds. Whether the subject is the fall of Rome or the discovery of America, the author manages to effectively convey the significance and impact of each event, ensuring that readers will gain valuable insights without feeling overwhelmed by excessive detail.

Moreover, Johonnot's inclusion of lesser-known events, such as the invention of printing and the opening of the Suez Canal, adds an element of surprise and intrigue to the narrative. By shedding light on these often overlooked moments, the author successfully broadens our perspective on history, highlighting the intricate connections between seemingly unrelated events.

Another commendable aspect of Johonnot's work is his ability to create a sense of immediacy and engagement. Through his engaging prose, readers are transported to various historical eras, vividly witnessing pivotal moments unfold before their eyes. The author's attention to detail and incorporation of relevant anecdotes not only enrich the reading experience but also make the events feel truly alive, encouraging readers to immerse themselves fully within the pages.

While Johonnot's selection of events is undoubtedly subjective, his rationale for including each event is well-justified. By delving into the consequences and ripple effects stemming from these key moments, readers gain a deeper understanding of the chain reactions that shaped the subsequent course of history. Moreover, the author's choice to focus on both positive and negative events ensures a balanced representation of history, presenting a comprehensive tapestry of human achievement and struggle.

If there is any shortcoming to be mentioned, it would be the brevity with which some events are covered. While Johonnot accomplishes a commendable feat in condensing complex historical events into concise chapters, some readers may crave a more in-depth exploration of certain topics. Nonetheless, this limited scope is forgivable, considering the book's broader purpose of providing an overview of key historical turning points.

In conclusion, James Johonnot's Ten Great Events in History is a captivating and educational exploration of ten pivotal moments that have shaped the world. The author's ability to distill complex information into an engaging narrative, combined with his inclusion of lesser-known events, makes this book a valuable addition to any history enthusiast's library. Through its pages, readers embark on a journey through time, gaining a deeper appreciation for the interconnectedness of humanity's past and present.

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TEN GREAT EVENTS IN HISTORY

COMPILED AND ARRANGED

BY JAMES JOHONNOT

1887

[Illustration: ANCIENT GREECE (Map)]

[Illustration: MAYFLOWER, 1620]

PREFACE.

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 earliest times, the sentiment of patriotism has been aroused in the hearts of men by the narrative of heroic deeds inspired by love of country and love of liberty. This truth furnishes the key to the arrangement and method of the present work. The ten epochs treated are those that have been potential in shaping subsequent events; and when men have struck blows for human liberty against odds and regardless of personal consequences. The simple narrative carries its own morals, and the most profitable work for the teacher will be to merely supplement the narrative so that the picture presented shall be all the more vivid. Moral reflections are wearisome and superfluous.

CONTENTS.

I. DEFENSE OF FREEDOM BY GREEK VALOR

II. CRUSADES AND THE CRUSADERS

III. DEFENSE OF FREEDOM IN ALPINE PASSES

IV. BRUCE AND BANNOCKBURN.

V. COLUMBUS AND THE NEW WORLD

VI. DEFENSE OF FREEDOM ON DUTCH DIKES

VII. THE INVINCIBLE ARMADA

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