A Little History of the World

February 27, 2019 - Comment

E. H. Gombrich’s bestselling history of the world for young readers tells the story of mankind from the Stone Age to the atomic bomb, focusing not on small detail but on the sweep of human experience, the extent of human achievement, and the depth of its frailty., The product of a generous and humane sensibility,

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E. H. Gombrich’s bestselling history of the world for young readers tells the story of mankind from the Stone Age to the atomic bomb, focusing not on small detail but on the sweep of human experience, the extent of human achievement, and the depth of its frailty., The product of a generous and humane sensibility, this timeless account makes intelligible the full span of human history. In forty concise chapters, Gombrich tells the story of man from the stone age to the atomic bomb. In between emerges a colorful picture of wars and conquests, grand works of art, and the spread and limitations of science., This is a text dominated not by dates and facts, but by the sweep of mankind’s experience across the centuries, a guide to humanity’s achievements and an acute witness to its frailties.

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Anonymous says:

Charming book This is an astonishing book. As described it is intended for children but don’t allow that to put you off. I am 33 and I loved every page. If you are a keen student of history this is probably not for you as the scale and scope of the text means that huge topics are covered in just a few pages. If on the other hand you want a broad overview of the known human history of the world this provides it. I am using the book to create a skeleton of topics that intend to investigate further with more…

Anonymous says:

Pass As a history enthusiast I had high expectations of this book that was recommended to me by a friend. I don’t mind so much to read about things over and over again and I expected there to be not much news.Now the book is nicely written and indeed quite accessible for younger readers. And it also includes a neat instruction about the author.However, I got quite bored reading the book. Again, I didn’t expect to learn about new facts. But the overarching purpose of putting…

Anonymous says:

Beautifully written overview of history Written for a child, it is a very simple but honest summary of events past. It stands the test of time well, and is a great book for younger readers or as a source for adults explaining historical events for a younger audience.This easily accessible overview achieves what most schooling seems incapable of doing: presenting events in context of their time and linking the major world events into a continuous narrative.Gombrich makes sense of history, and this volume would be an ideal…

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