This appealing series presents historically important cultures from the past ranging from the well-known ancient Greeks to the lesser-known Kingdom of Kush. Each volume examines both the political and the cultural history of an ancient culture.
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Reviewed with Virginia Schomp's Japan in the Days of the Samurai.
Gr. 5-8. From the Cultures of the Past series, these handsome volumes offer good, balanced overviews of distinctive cultures. Hinds traces the history of Venice from Roman times through the establishment of the republic and empire to its decline as a political power. The heart of the book is the depiction of Venice during the Renaissance: its economic base, social structure, religion, architecture, music, and art. Clearly written, the discussion wisely does not presume prior knowledge of subjects, such as the beliefs of Catholics. Japan introduces the ideals, practices, history, arts, spiritual life, and lasting influence of the samurai warriors. Schomp offers a well-organized overview of the subject as well as interesting sidebars on topics such as famous samurai women, the traditional tea ceremony, and kamikaze pilots. Both books are greatly enhanced by many richly colored and beautifully reproduced works of art and by photographs of artifacts and historical sites. Each book ends with a time line, a glossary, and lists of books and Web sites. Carolyn Phelan
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Book Description Cavendish Square Publishing, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110761403051