A Short History of the World

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Oxford University Press, 1993 - History - 539 pages
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Oxford presents 'A Short History of the World.' Vividly written, it brings the outstanding breadth of scholarship and international scope of the larger History of the World within the grasp of every home, school, and library. Up to date and comprehensive yet succinct, it accompanies readers on a journey from the first appearance of the species Homo sapiens up to the bloodshed in the former Yugoslavia and the latest chapter in the exploration of space. Surveying the major events, developments, and personalities that have shaped the civilazations of the world, from the arts, politics, and religion to scientific and technical breakthroughs, Roberts carefully ties in economic changes making clear their importance for the history of politics and changing societies. Throughout, he brilliantly tells the story of the growing power of humans to remake their world and control their own destiny. Effortlessly drawing together the great themes of civilization with details from everyday life, he brings readers face to face with the exciting, dramatic, often tragic story that is the history of the world.
  

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User Review  - Patrick Ross - Goodreads

Being a great fan of history, a really good read. Read full review

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User Review  - Ben Geib - Goodreads

Roberts' historical survey is both expansive and thorough, but suffers from complete dryness and a lack of exciting invigoration. Read full review

Contents

A New Grasp of the World
9
Humanity in the
18
A changing world
61
Ancient China
68
Confucius and Chinese culture
75
War and technology
81
The Phoenicians
87
Kings and prophets
93
North America 270 Enlightenment
310
European arrivals 277 Increasing knowledge
316
Islam and the Western World
317
A New America
323
Restoration after 1815
330
THE GREAT ACCELERATION
337
Contraception
343
Socialism
349

The Achaemenid emperors
99
A new civilization
105
The Greek Miracle
111
The Peloponnesian War
121
The Rise of Roman Power
128
The end of the Republic
134
The Roman legacy
140
the limes
146
Changes and continuities
153
The Remaking of
159
Islams Further Boundaries
168
Islamic India
187
England and France 241 EARLY MODERN TIMES
243
Europe 287
249
The African peoples 255 Religion and war 294 A New World of Great Powers 295
256
Olmec culture 262 Two Europes 302
262
Spanish empire 267 Scientific Revolutions 307
268
A New Age of Machines
355
Knowledge and Technology
362
South Africa
368
Slavery and secession
374
The Caribbean
381
Reform and revolution
387
Modernization and its limits
393
THE LONG
402
Growing Wealth
449
The Management of Nature
456
Womens employment
464
A New China
480
The recovery of Japan
486
Revolution in eastern Europe
505
Western Europe
511
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J. M. Roberts was, until his retirement in 1994, Warden of Merton College, Oxford University. He is author of the half million word History of the World and general editor of The Short Oxford History of the Modern World and The New Oxford History of England.

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