S: World History Children's Book by Erick Blong and Rachel Romanczukiewicz
FC: World History Children's Book | Ancient River Valley Civilization - Classical Greece/Rome - Post Classical Africa/Asia - Post Classical Europe - Renaissance and Reformation - Enlightenment - World War I - World War II - Cold War | The adventures of Felix throughout time.
1: Table of Contents | Ancient River Valley Civilizations: 2-3 Classical Greece and Rome: 4-5 Post Classical Asia and Africa: 6-7 Post Classical Medieval Europe 8-9 Renaissance and Reformation 10-11 Enlightenment:12-13 World War I: 14-15 World War II: 16-17 Cold War: 18-19
2: The Ancient River Valley Civilizations | During the times of the Ancient River Valley, there lived a young boy named Felix. Felix spent his days in Sumeria ruled by a dynasty. Felix himself lived on a farm and his parent often made him participate in irrigating their plants. If the irrigation was not successful, Felix and his parents would pray to many gods as they were polytheistic. Sometimes, cultural diffusion would arise and Felix's parents would start to think differently about religion and farming thanks to the ideas spread from other cultures.
3: But what if Hammurabi did not write his code? | There was a code written by Hammurabi which contained rules that offered punishment for trivial, small things. For example, someone would die for kidnapping the younger son of another man. Without this code, many more people would have lived. There would be more people to farm and there would be extra food to go around. Felix would not have to work so hard with extra help around! But not with the help of slaves, those people who had slaves in their homes would die.
4: Classical Greece and Rome | One day, Felix woke up to find himself in a new place. A place where people would stand up for hours telling long tales, or epics, about their heroic deeds. The government was completely different than that of Felix's homeland. He had arisen in a place that was democratic. Completely different than a place with dynastic rule. The people were much more free. As Felix walked around to find out where he was, Felix heard about aristocratic government, which was ruled by the rich people basically, and he also heard about monarchy. Monarchy was ruled by Kings and Queen. Oh! How Felix would love to be a King. Once he discovered he was in Rome with excitement, Felix awoke in his stone hard bed.
5: But what if Rome did not fall? | The next day, Felix asked his parents about Rome. They were alarmed by how peaceful it had been in his dream. Felix was shocked to hear that Rome had fallen. This caused Felix to worry and wonder.He wondered how different Rome would be now it had fallen, and how different it would be if it hadn't fallen. Felix thinks that the government would have changed to help the people. Perhaps they would have been so peaceful once satisfied.
6: Post-Classical Africa and Asia | The next day, Felix visited the library and searched for hours about Post-Classical Africa and Asia. Felix learned that many people believed in animism, or the belief that even plants had a soul. Felix wondered if this religion may have been what helped people from clans (close-knit, unrelated families) come together as a national family, or become assimilated. This could have been due to religion or any other factor. Many people became employed in civil service positions. Felix thought that Post-Classical Africa and Asia seemed like very pleasant places to live.
7: But what if the Mongols had not opened the Silk Road? | Oh, this question could keep Felix awoken for hours. So many events in History would have ended differently. Would people be less religious, since they would no longer have to pray for safe travel? How would goods be shipped? Without the silk road, those in Asia would have developed much more slowly and countries would have had to find their products elsewhere. Felix wondered that perhaps life would be better without the silk road as people would have to work harder for what they need.
8: Post-classical Medieval Europe | The next day, Felix visited the library once again, but in hopes of learning about Post-Classical Europe. Felix learned that the government here worked differently than everywhere else he had learned about; it was secular, separated from the government. This idea was approved by both the religious group called the clergy and the government. Most people of this time period were religious and there were lots of monasteries where young men and women could devote their life and later become a nun or monk. Felix thought to himself that this was weird. Many monks were chivalrous and courteous towards women. They were taught to be respectful. Felix thought that the men of Sumeria might take a bit of advice from these chaps, as Sumerian men rarely treated women as even human.
9: But what if the Black Plague did not attack? | Without a doubt many liveswould not have ended. Beyond that, however, what really would have been the result. If that Black Plague had not occurred, people would have felt much more safe with their religion and trust in it more rather than lose faith. The ideas of the enlightenment would have taken much more longer to appear. People would have had less of their lives ruled by fear.
10: Renaissance and Reformation | Soon, it was time for Felix to go back to school. He went back to the library once again, it had become a second home to him. Today, he found a large word on the spine of a book. Renaissance, he wondered to himself, what on earth is this? Felix flipped a few pages and opened to a picture. The caption said that this artist was successful due to his funding from a patron, who would give the artist financial support. Many artists focused on humanism during this time period or the focus on human bodily importance rather than divine matters. Many people found that the idea of humanism was stupid and pointless and annulled the idea from their minds and declared it invalid. Patrons supported the arts, but with their tons of money, they sometimes purchased indulgences too. Indulgences would allegedly grant people freedom from sins during their "waiting period" after death. Felix wished they had those in Sumeria, his parents needed them...
11: But what if Gutenburg had not invented the printing press? | Felix himself knew that one of the first Bible's had been printed using the printing press. Without this invention, how would religion have been spread? People would not be able to share stories to each other, or on a better note, people would not be able to share propaganda. Without the printing press, some religions would have been less prominent, while the government would have benefited from the increased difficulty of people trying to share ideas with others.
12: Enlightenment | Once Felix went home, he fell into a deep sleep. He dreamed of a place he thought was Europe. He heard people speak of their natural rights. What are those, Felix wondered. Felix continued to listen and heard that these rights were the rights people were born with, and these rights would never be taken away. He heard a man speak about the concept of a social contract, in a group with two other men. They said the social contract would have people giving up their natural rights in order for protection. Felix wondering who in the world would do that. This would not be an example of separation of powers as the people would be giving up their power and rights for government protection. As well as talking about their rights, Felix heard people talking about scientific method. All of these things sounded so confusing to Felix. Who cares about Science the general mindset of a young boy. Felix soon became bored of talk of Science and natural rights and decided to end the dream.
13: But what if the colonists had not embraced the ideas of the enlightenment? | Well, many things could have happened. Felix knew that without these ideas, people would have never embraced the concepts of self-worth. These people would have never really found their true purpose in life. In turn, enlightenment thinkers would have been shunned and perhaps even killed, simply for the reason that they are able to think for themselves. This could have even resulted in mass murders for supporters of the enlightenment thinkers.
14: World War I | Felix awoke from his dream into a war zone. He was in a trench, surrounded by bodies. The use of trenches in combat was known as trench warfare and the opposing sides used it for protection against each other. He heard people scream and gunshots fired. Against the trench there was a piece of paper. Felix looked at the piece of paper and it was a poster that read "Every fit Briton should join the front." Propaganda. Were the people being forced to participate in this? Immediately Felix knew that these countries must believe in militarism if they were so motivated to have such a large force. Felix hoped that whoever was fighting would come to an armistice and agree to stop fighting.
15: But what if the Austrian heir to the throne was not assassinated? | With Franz Ferdinand still alive, the people of Austria would never have been so fearful for their lives. With the archduke dead, Austrians were prime targets for attacks and victimization. The people would not have lived in fear and the upbringing of Austria would have been much faster and less painless.
16: World War II | Once Felix fell into a deep slumber within the trenches, he dreamed only of more war. However, these people were using genocide as a technique to rid of the opponents more rapidly. One side of the people even confined their victims, which tended to be Jews, to the ghettos. Felix believed that a non-aggression pact would be best for this war. This way there would be no fighting and less death. As he stepped out into the roads, he heard more screaming as he saw something in the sky. People screamed out, "kamikaze." in fear. The plane released bombs only to blow up itself. A suicide bomber. Felix had seen those before. Felix could only hope that the war would end soon.
17: But what if the U.S. had not dropped atomic bombs on Japan? | If the United States hadn't dropped any bombs on Japan, foreign relations would have been improved and people of other countries would never have to be wary to trust America. However, that would mean they'd have to stop all violence. Without dropping atomic bombs, not much would have been improved globally, just foreign relations in Japan.
18: Cold War | Felix's dream drifted into a somewhat more peaceful place. It wouldn't have even seemed like a war. There were many countries, such as the Soviet Union and the United States, that were disputing over anything imaginable. Felix heard about other countries, third-world countries. These were developing countries and they found themselves to be non-aligned during the cold war, meaning they rejected alliance with the U.S. or the Soviet Union. Many of these third-world countries were communist, meaning that the government help all property in common and gave it to people as they felt necessary, and equally. Although the Soviet Union was also communist, the third-world countries still chose to remain unaligned. Too much information, Felix thought to himself. Unlike the Soviet Union, the United States was a capitalist country, where ownership of property was maintained by people.
19: But what if the Soviet Union had landed on the moon before the U.S.? | The Soviet Union would have found themselves in a more advanced state of technology than the U.S. With this advantage in their hands, the Soviets would have most likely found ways to advance themselves in other ways and perhaps even in military and violent ways. And that would be more than already. The Soviets would be very conceited, even more so, if they had landed on the moon first. They would probably continue to explore Space freely.
20: "WAKE UP," cried Felix's mother, "It's only a dream." Felix had been asleep for days. Moments after his mother's screams, Felix awoke with a smile on his face. On his parents' faces however, were only faces of confusion and frustration. They did not understand what had happened. "I've been to so many places and learned about more," cried Felix, "Did you ever know about the Cold War? World War II? The Renaissance?" Felix's parents were thoroughly shocked. None of those events had even happened yet. They simply told him it was a dream.
21: But how could it have been a dream!? Felix refused to believe it. It couldn't be a dream, how could it be!? He had been dreaming during his time in and learning about these places. A dream within a dream? How could it possibly be? Felix went back to sleep and had a dream, except this time it wasn't even about history! (or in his case, the future) What on earth could have happened, he will never know. But this is the end of Felix's history show.