Decisive Moments in History (German: Sternstunden der Menschheit) is a 1927 history book by the Austrian writer Stefan Zweig. It started off with only five miniatures in its first edition and grew to a collection of 14 with later editions. Its first English translation was published in 1940 as The Tide of Fortune: Twelve Historical Miniatures. The miniatures relate historical events that changed the world.
Die Weltminute von Waterloo (The World Minute of Waterloo)
Die Marienbader Elegie (The Ellegy of Marienbad)
Die Entdeckung Eldorados (The Discovery of Eldorado)
Heroischer Augenblick (Heroic Moment)
Der Kampf um den Südpol (The Fight for the South Pole)
Flucht in die Unsterblichkeit (Escape to Immortality)
Die Eroberung von Byzanz (Conquest of Byzantium)
Georg Friedrich Händels Auferstehung (Resurrection of Georg Friedrich Händel)
Das Genie einer Nacht (The Genius of a [single] Night)
Das erste Wort über den Ozean (The First Word Across the Ocean)
Die Flucht zu Gott (The Flight to God)
Der versiegelte Zug (The Sealed Train)
Cicero (The Head on the Rostrum)
Wilson versagt (Wilson's Failure)
Only the first five miniatures were included in the first edition of the book. The second (German) edition of 1940 added those listed above as numbers 6 through to 12. The last two were added to later German editions but were already part of the first English edition published under the title "The Tide of Fortune: Twelve Historical Miniatures".