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  - Tom Darrow - Goodreads

Taking on the topic of the entire history of the world is an ambitious challenge for any author. What to include, what to leave out, how in depth to get on certain topics. In terms of the choice of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jeremy Pike - Goodreads

A generally fair and succinct review of the global record, the twinge of bias is restrained coming from the early 1990s English academia. Roberts' brief account of the world tackles major ... Read full review

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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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