Tales of Invasions and Empires

Our Place in Time (c. 1100 to 1300)

by Kent Augustson


Book Details


2019 CIPA EVVY AWARD - 3rd Place History Non-Fiction

Dealing with power is the third and final stage of human progress in realizing our potential. In Tales of Invasions and Empires, author Kent Augustson weaves together a series of true short stories featuring some of history’s most fascinating people in the initial thrust toward our goal. - A courageous countess who sustained a saint and set Florence on the road to the Renaissance. - The humiliation of China and the ferocious peasant who brought back her glory. - A stunning royal lady who married two kings, the godmother of Europe. - The near annihilation of Islam and the dreamer who saw the future. - Two heroic and honorable warriors still venerated in their land to this day. - A battle lost that should have been won that sealed the fate of India for 700 years. - The warlord of the ages and the wonders he wrought. - An awful king and an august king who set their nations toward an historic collision. - A poet of hell-fire images, but more of love. All these are intertwined with the advancement of the four civilizations that, with their expansion, represent 85% of the world’s population today: Confucian China, Hindu India, the Muslim Middle East, and the Christian West. An appreciation of these four allows us a greater understanding of our world to today and a glimpse into the future.


About the Author

Kent Augustson

Kent Augustson graduated with honors from the University of California at Santa Barbara and was accepted into the PhD program in history at UCLA. After earning his Masters, he accepted an executive internship position with the federal government for which he was competitively chosen. His thirty years in Washington, DC, featured presentations to the White House OMB and the US Congress. Traveling widely thereafter, Augustson returned to the studies of his youth with a broad perspective of the world gained in DC and abroad.

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