History Of The Ancient World – Korovkin

In this post, we will see the book History Of The Ancient World by F. Korovkin

About the book

 Fyodor Korovkin is a Doctor of History. His textbook, History of the Ancient World, was awarded the USSR State Prize in 1973 and has run into over twenty editions. It provides information on the history of the ancient states in Me­sopotamia, Egypt, India, and China. The book includes the history of ancient Greece and Rome up to the fall of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century AD. Several chapters deal with reli­gious views, art, and culture of the peoples of the ancient world.

The book was translated from Russian by Serger Sossinsky and designed by Leonid Shkanov. The book was published in 1985 by Progress Publishers.

Credits to the original uploaders

You can get the book here (cleaned and optimised) and here (original scan).

There is a Swahili and Bangla version available. I was aware of translations of Soviet books to African languages but this is the first time I am seeing one.

Swahili version here (cleaned and optimised) and here (original scan).

Bangla version here (DLI copy)

And we have a Hindi version as well, which is not yet digitised. This book might have other translations as well, please do comment if you know of any.

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Contents

About the History of the Ancient World 7
How to Work with the Textbook 10

THE LIFE OF PRIMITIVE PEOPLE

CHAPTER I. PRIMEVAL GATHERERS AND HUNTERS 12

§ 1. What Ancient People Were Like and How They Lived 12
§ 2. Communities of Hunters 14
§ 3. The Rise of Art and Religious Beliefs 18

CHAPTER II. PRIMITIVE LAND TILLERS AND LIVESTOCK BREEDERS 21

§ 4. The Beginning of Livestock age and Land Tillage 21
§ 5. The Rise of Inequality among People 24

CHRONOLOGY IN HISTORY 30

THE ANCIENT EAST

CHAPTER III. ANCIENT EGYPT

§ 6. The Nature of Ancient Egypt and the Activities of Its Inhabitants
§ 7. The Emergence of Classes in Egypt
§ 8. The Rise of the State in Ancient Egypt
§ 9. Government and the Struggle of Classes in Egypt
§ 10. The Peak and Decline of the Egyptian State
§ 11. Religion in Ancient Egypt
§ 12. Incipient Scientific Knowledge and the Appearance of Writing in Ancient Egypt
§ 13. The Arts in Ancient Egypt

CHAPTER IV. ASIA MINOR IN ANCIENT TIMES 62

§ 14. The Emergence of Classes in Mesopotamia 62
§ 15. The Earliest States in Mesopotamia and the Babylon Kingdom 66
§ 16. Asia Minor in the First Half of the 1st Millennium BC 69
§ 17. The Culture of the Peoples Inhabiting Asia Minor in Ancient Times 73

CHAPTER V. ANCIENT INDIA 79

§ 18. India in the 3rd-Early Ist Millennium BC 79
§ 19. The Rise and Development of Slave-Owning States in India in the 1st Millennium BC 82
§ 20.Culture in Ancient India 84
§ 21. Sri Lanka in Ancient Times 88

CHAPTER VII. ANCIENT CHINA 92

 

§ 22. The Formation of the Chinese State 92
§ 23. Popular Uprisings in China 95
§ 24. Culture in Ancient China 99

ANCIENT GREECE

CHAPTER VIII. GREECE IN THE EARLIEST TIMES 106

§ 25. The Nature and Population of Ancient Greece 106
§ 26. The Myths of Ancient Greece 108
§ 27. Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey 112
§ 28. The Occupations of the Greeks and the Emergence of Classes in the 11th-9th Century BC 117
§ 29. Religion of the Ancient Greeks 120

CHAPTER VIII. THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE SLAVE-OWNING SYSTEM AND THE RISE OF THE CITY-STATES IN THE 8TH-6TH CENTURY BC 126

§ 31-32.Formation of the Athens Slave-Owning State 126
Athens Under the Aristocrats’ Rule in the 8th-7th Century BC 126
The Victory of the Demos and the Strengthening of the State in Athens 130
§ 32. The Spartan Slave-Owning State in the 8th-6th Century BC
§ 33. The Rise of the City-States in Greece and on the Shores of the Mediterranean and Black Seas

CHAPTER IX. THE DEVELOPMENT OF SLAVERY IN GREECE AND THE RISE OF ATHENS IN THE 5TH CENTURY BC 141

§ 34. The Greco-Persian Wars 141
§ 35. Slavery in Greece in the 5th Century BC 147
§ 36. The Power and Wealth of Athens in the Middle of the 5th Century BC 151
§ 37. The Athenian Slave-Owning Democracy 153

CHAPTER X. THE FLOURISHING OF CULTURE IN GREECE IN THE 5th-4th CENTURY BC 157

§ 38. Writing and the School. The Olympic Games 157
§ 39. Ancient Greek Theatre 160
§ 40. Architecture, Sculpture and Painting in Ancient Greece in the 5th Century BC 164
§ 41. Science in Ancient Greece 170

CHAPTER XI. THE RISE OF GRECO-MACEDONIAN STATES IN THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN 173

§ 42. The Decline of Greece and Its Subjection by Macedonia in the 4th Century BC 173
§ 43. The Rise and Fall of the Empire of Alexander the Great 176
§ 44. The Economy and Culture in he Eastern Mediterranean at the End of the 4th-2nd Century BC 179

 

ANCIENT ROME

CHAPTER XII. THE EMERGENCE OF THE ROMAN REPUBLIC AND ITS CONQUEST OF ITALY 188

§ 45. The Earliest Rome and the Establishment of a Republic in It 188
§ 46. The Roman Aristocratic Republic in the Middle of the 3rd Century BC 192

CHAPTER XIII. THE ROMAN REPUBLIC BECOMES THE STRONGEST SLAVE-OWNING POWER IN THE MEDITERRANEAN 196

§ 47. The Struggle Between Rome and Carthage for Domination in the Western Mediterranean 196
§ 48. Roman Conquests of Second Century BC 200
§ 49. Slave-Owning in Rome in the 2nd-1st Century BC 204
§ 50. The Ruining of the Peasants in Italy and Their Struggle for land 207
§ 51. The Slave uprising Headed by Spartacus 210

CHAPTER XIV. THE FALL OF THE REPUBLIC IN ROME. THE ROMAN EMPIRE AT THE PEAK OF ITS POWER 214

§ 52. Caesar Seizes Power in Rome 214
§ 53. The Roman Empire Under Octavian Augustus and His Successors 217

 

CHAPTER XV. CULTURE AND DAILY LIFE IN ROME AT THE END OF THE
REPUBLIC AND THE BEGINNING OF THE EMPIRE 222

§ 54. The arts in Ancient Rome 222
§ 55. The City of Rome ne the Empire 225

CHAPTER XVI. THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE 231

§ 56. The Beginning of the Decline of the Slave-Owning Economy at the End of the 2nd-3rd Century AD 231
§ 57. The Weakening of the Empire in the 3rd Century and Its Strengthening Under Emperor Diocletian 233
§ 58. The Rise of Christianity 236
§ 59. Further Deterioration of the Situation in the Empire in the 4th Century 237
§ 60. The Fall of the Western Roman Empire 240

Check How You Have Learned the Most Important Things in the History of the Ancient World 245

CONCLUSION 247

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