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A Brief History of the First World War by Bamber Gascoigne

By Bamber Gascoigne

This account of the 1st global struggle starts with the harmful palms race constructing among Germany and Britain within the early 1900s. Europe turns out poised for a warfare, that is ignited while the inheritor to the Austrian empire is assassinated in 1914. There stick to the 4 dreadful years of trench battle, with infantrymen present process consistent bombardment and demise of their millions. the ultimate finish is ominous too. whereas an influenza pandemic provides hundreds of thousands extra to the worldwide demise toll, the peace negotiators in Versailles impose on Germany a harsh treaty that may be in part blamed for a moment global battle an insignificant two decades later.

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BEER JUG Stored grain was wealth, and sacks of it were used as a medium of exchange, in effect as a form of money. It had, of course, a limited life in store and so could not be hoarded for too long. The constant emptying of the granaries kept wealth in circulation, never earning interest, and provided a healthy local economic stimulus. In the end, however, apart from what was set aside for next year’s seed, grain was consumed, and thus it formed the principal element in the Egyptian diet. It was eaten in a wide range of baked products—breads, cakes, and biscuits—and fermented into beer.

STELA (STANDING BLOCK OR SLAB OF STONE) The sign depicts a round-topped slab of stone on a narrow pedestal. Egyptians loved to commemorate their lives for posterity, and stelae were used to record particular acts of piety or the history of one’s life or one’s outstanding personal qualities, and to list the offerings that one hoped to receive for ever more. We know the names and careers of ancient Egyptians mainly from the many thousands of stelae that have survived. Stelae were also used to mark boundaries.

Ay and Tiyi (his wife): they have become people of gold,” comes the answer. King Horemheb, an ex-general, more prosaically used his “window of appearance” as a means of rewarding the detachment of soldiers currently on bodyguard duty. 8. WATER The richness and variety of life in the Nile Valley depends on an abundance of water, provided by the river. The depiction of water is simple enough, a stack of three zigzag lines. ” On a much larger scale, artists used the convention of zigzag lines to decorate the outlines of ornamental pools painted, for example, on the floors of Akhenaten’s palaces at Tell elAmarna.

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