A Quick History of Politics From pharaohs to fair votes

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  • Copyright: 2021-07-06
  • Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions

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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.

Author Biography

Clive Gifford has traveled to more than 70 countries, climbed rocket launch towers, ridden on robots, and flown gliders. He's had more than 200 books published and has received nominations for or won Royal Society, School Library Association, Smithsonian, and TES awards. He won the Blue Peter Book Award for Best Book with Facts 2019 for his title The Colors of History (QEB). Clive lives in Manchester, UK. 

Table of Contents

Who Cares? - What’s so good about politics, anyway?
Taking Charge? - Why people first started talking politics
Me, Me, Me - Autocrats and the first kings
For he's a Jolly Good pharaoh- The god-kings of ancient Egypt
Awesome Athens - How Athens invented direct democracy...
Not-so-Awesome Athens - ... but only for some
Kings and consuls - Overthrowing a monarchy, Roman-style
Emperors and Empires - The first great empires
Managing on Merit - The invention of the civil service
Here's the Thing - The world’s oldest parliament
To the East, Westminster -  How England’s parliament came to be
Serfs You Right - How land = power in medieval Europe
Naughty Niccolo - Machiavelli’s mischief in Renaissance Italy
Parliament 1, King 0 - Things get uncivil in 1600s England
Locke's The Key - John Locke’s radical ideas
Age of Empires - How European powers set out to conquer the world
I Want To Break Free - America boots out the Brits
America Decides - The US builds a government from scratch
The Peasants Are Revolting! - The French Revolution gives monarchs the chop
Left or Right - Understanding the political spectrum
Party Time! - All about political parties
Fed Up - “Big” and “small” government
Divvying It Up - Constituencies and electoral districts
Gerrymandering - Dastardly district-drawing
Rebel, rebel - 19th-century workers take to the streets
Marx my words - Two German beards with big ideas
The Art of Persuasion - Fighting dirty in 19th-century elections
Most Votes Wins - How elections work contents
Electoral Upgrades - Ideas for making elections fairer
Deeds not words - The struggle for women’s suffrage
How to Steal an Election HOW TO STEAL AN ELECTION - Electoral fraud and vanishing votes
Communism and Fascism - The far left vs. the far right
The Sometimes United Nations - Politics at the international level
The Great 28 Oops, 27 - How the European Union was formed
About Time! - How women won the vote
Independence Day - How colonies become countries
Coup You! - Bringing the big guns—military uprisings
Iron Grip - A guide to the modern autocrat
Restricted by race - Segregation and voter suppression
But we were here first - The global fight for Indigenous rights
You're kidding! - Why voting age matters
Going to the Polls - What to do on election day
Surprising Candidates - Beer, rhinos, and a bottle of foot powder
Good New and Bad News - How the media influences politics
Putting Pressure On - Interest groups and lobbyists
Making change happen - Activism from the ground up
Net gains - How social media and the internet changed politics
No Success Without Excess? - The mind-boggling money behind elections
Power To The People - Staging an election in the world’s biggest democracy
Tackling Turnout - Making sure those who can vote, do
Never Too Young - Politics—not just for old people
What happens next? - What might the future hold for politics?
Politics Timeline
Politically Peculiar - The weird and wacky world of politics
Politics Quiz
More Power to the People - Further reading and resources

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