A Quick History of Politics

From Pharaohs to Fair Votes

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Pub Date 6 Jul 2021 | Archive Date 27 Jul 2021

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How did ancient people make decisions? How do the people in power stay in power? Why did Karl Marx have to go without trousers? A Quick History of Politics answers these questions and more, taking a ride through time from plutocrats to people power.

What do you think of when you hear "politics?" Is it grey-haired men in suits, shouting at each other in a weird room? Well, you’re partly right… but there’s also a whole lot of crazy stories and weird history in the political world. A Quick History of Politics takes a look at the silly side of government, big and small, throughout the ages, and also explains the important stuff, like suffrage, elections and getting your voice heard.

You will discover:

How the earliest tribes got by without a leader.

How the first ever kings and queens ruled their people.

When and how democracy was invented, and what it actually means.

Why there are so many different ways of governing people, with no one right answer.

What ‘gerrymandering’ means (no, we didn’t make that up).

How empires, wars, and revolutions have shaped the world we live in today.

How elections work today.

How countries work together (and sometimes fall out).

How young activists can use their voice to call for change, before they’re even old enough to vote!

Plus, read about the women who used ju-jitsu to campaign for equal rights, the dictator who banned beards, and the rhino that became a council member in Brazil. Learn how the media can swing things in modern elections and get savvy to fake news. Test your knowhow with a quiz at the back of the book.

Packed with facts and jokes and perfect for introducing young readers to big concepts, the latest in the Quick Histories series is here to make politics funny again.

How did ancient people make decisions? How do the people in power stay in power? Why did Karl Marx have to go without trousers? A Quick History of Politics answers these questions and more, taking a...

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A very interesting read.

I learned a lot from this, it is aimed at young people but as an adult with very little political knowledge I really enjoyed this.

It was easy to read and understand. The illustrations supported the text and was visually pleasing on the whole.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to become a little more knowledgable on politics.

Many thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for gifting me this arc in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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A great way to get children interested in politics and history. The designs of this book are eye-catching and engaging and the information is really concise for an interesting, yet simple read.

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A Quick History of Politics: From Pharaohs to Fair Votes tells the surprising story of politics and its many battles of ideas and armies, of thinkers and utter stinkers as they either struggle for power or strive to make a difference. Within the world of politics, you have always been able to find heroes, villains, rebellion, double-crossing, and occasionally, death. The word politics comes from the ancient Greek word politikos meaning affairs of state. Far from being dusty and deadly dull, politics can be exciting, outrageous, crucial and dangerous. It's often messy, occasionally heroic and sometimes heart-breaking. Strap yourselves in and dip into the book as it walks you through how politics has developed over the centuries. From dictators to democracy, it illustrates how individuals have made a difference and how new nations gained their freedom.

Along the journey, you'll meet inspiring campaigners, as well as rotters, plotters and a real-life rhino that managed to triumph on Election Day. You don't have to be a wannabe president, prime minister or even stand for school council to be interested in the story of politics. You only need to be intrigued by the world around you, how it works and how it can be changed. The book explores communism and fascism, the French Revolution, colonisation and independence, and how social media has changed the political game for good, among other interrelated subjects. A fascinating book covering a wide range of topics relating to politics. It is written in an accessible, easy to digest style perfect for young learners. The small chunks of text are not too overwhelming for a child and the fun, colourful illustrations make everything pop on the page. Highly recommended.

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