Popular Controversies in World History

Investigating History's Intriguing Questions

by Steven L. Danver, Editor


Did ancient Egyptians really use slaves to construct the pyramids? Could Charles Darwin have "borrowed" his idea of evolution from sociologist and philosopher Herbert Spencer? Was John F. Kennedy elected president only as a result of voter fraud committed by the Mafia? Researchers exploring the earliest eras of history have offered vigorous, plausible answers—both yes and no—for these and a number of other unresolved questions.

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December 2010


Pages 1424
Volumes 4
Size 7x10
Topics World History/Culture

Covering prehistoric times to the modern era, this fascinating resource presents pro-and-con arguments regarding unresolved, historic controversies throughout the development of the world.

Popular Controversies in World History: Investigating History's Intriguing Questions offers uniquely compelling and educational examinations of pivotal events and puzzling phenomena, from the earliest evidence of human activity to controversial events of the 20th century.

From the geographic location of human origins, to the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, to the innocence—or guilt—of Sacco and Vanzetti, Popular Controversies in World History: Investigating History's Intriguing Questions provides four volumes on the ongoing debates that have captivated both the historical community and the public at large. In each chapter, established experts offer credible opposing arguments pertaining to specific debates, providing readers with resources for independent critical thinking on the issue. This format allows students, scholars, and other interested readers to actively engage in some of the most intriguing conundrums facing historians today.


  • Includes 58 chapters in four volumes that address significant historical questions focused upon topics such as the Old Testament, the Roman Empire, the historic Buddha, William Shakespeare, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and weapons of mass destruction
  • Provides a pro-and-con debate format that encourages readers to evaluate the validity of arguments and evidence


  • Presents the facts from all sides of popular historical controversies, allowing the reader to draw their conclusions and opinions
  • Builds vital critical-thinking skills for historical analysis and any number of other academic disciplines
Author Info

Steven L. Danver, PhD, is instructor in history at National University, La Jolla, CA, and managing editor of Journal of the West. He is cofounder of Mesa Verde Publishing.



"These volumes of solid scholarship and coherent design will be of assistance to instructors preparing lesson plans as well as students compiling reports. Recommended for collections looking to fill gaps and support the world-history curriculum."—Booklist

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