What are the key 50 events you really need to understand to grasp the developments of our world? In this highly entertaining read Hugh Williams distils world history into an insightful overview. By selecting fifty key people, places, battles, objects and events, he casts a clear eye over the way the world has developed and how we live today. Injecting life into familiar historical landmarks as well as bringing lesser-known events to the forefront, Hugh shapes the fifty things into themes as all-encompassing today as they were over two thousand years ago: wealth, religion, conquest, discovery and freedom. The Fifty Things include: Origin of Species Model T Ford The Russian Revolution Plato Conquest of Mexico Mao Tse Tung Crucifixion of Jesus Via Egnatia Worldwide web Ozymandias 9/11 Nelson Mandela Coronation of Charlemagne American Declaration of Independence Franco-Prussian War Mahabharata The Black Death And many more!