Presented with colourful timelines and a mixture of bright illustrations and photography, Flashpoints in History is an accessible introduction into the major events of modern history and the characters involved. Divided into chapters covering Politics, Science, Sports, Celebrity, and War, the book highlights the moments that turned the tide of public opinion, the points of no return, and recognize the exact flashpoint that defined eras, people and events. With bite-sized overviews, easy-to-follow timelines and the historical flashpoints helpfully identified and explored in greater depth, the book focuses on major historical events such as the Russian Revolution, the Wall Street Crash and the moon landings, as well as the characters involved, from JFK to Bob Dylan, Einstein to Usain Bolt. When did Jessie Owens become more than just a sportsman and Winston Churchill more than a politician? How did Beatlemania begin? Could the First World War have been avoided? All of these and many more questions are explained and answered.