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A rather long, but fruitful lecture Even if the book is separated in 3 different parts, it focuses on the History of the whole world, not on a specific geographical area It doesn t mean that there will be a Eurocentric perspective of history, but a broader cosmopolitan perspective. History of the world in about 1200 pages That s some achievement Although this size means you rarely take the foot off the gas and things keep passing by so quickly My only small gripe is with the chapter concerning WW2 that had a small amount of moralizing in it, but that is to be expected Otherwise a fantastic overview and really good job by the authors for sticking to history and not passing judgement on who was good or bad. @READ E-PUB Ø History of the World ⚛ This Is A Completely New And Updated Edition Of J M Roberts And Odd Arne Westad S Widely Acclaimed, Landmark Bestseller The Penguin History Of The WorldFor Generations Of Readers The Penguin History Of The World Has Been One Of The Great Cultural Experiences The Entire Story Of Human Endeavour Laid Out In All Its Grandeur And Folly, Drama And Pain In A Single Authoritative Book Now, For The First Time, It Has Been Completely Overhauled For Its Th Edition Not Just Bringing It Up To Date, But Revising It Throughout In The Light Of New Research And Discoveries, Such As The Revolution In Our Understanding Of Many Civilizations In The Ancient World The Closing Sections Of The Book Reflect What Now Seems To Be The Inexorable Rise Of Asia And The Increasingly Troubled Situation In The West Although Roberts revised this work through several editions, right up to his death in 2003, it was originally written in 1976, so I d guess some readers would find parts of it old fashioned I really can t say, I don t read much history , but for the most part the book should connect with the modern reader Roberts possesses the main quality such an undertaking would require a superbly comprehensive mind plus an eye for those game changing things upon which history pivots, whether it s the stirrup, artificial light, non representational communication, or Archimedes levers He also writes a damn nice prose, is often refreshingly direct with the reader people of the Old Stone Age were unlikely to reach forty years of age and if they did then they were likely to lead pretty miserable lives , and comes up with mind expanding little remarks that make me regret not reading history, such as Mesopotamia in ancient times was a flat, monotonous landscapeThere were no mountains for the gods to dwell in like men, only the empty heavens above and The Egyptians lived in symbolism as fishes do in water, taking it for granted, and we have to break through the assumptions of a profoundly unsymbolic age to understand them and The Sumerians seem to have seen the world of life after death as a sad, gloomy place In their view of the afterworld lies the origin of the later notion of Sheol, of Hell. I read this book for a college class It s probably as good as it gets when trying to summarize all of human history, but it purposely leaves out so many good details For example, when mentioning the sinking of the Lusitania, it does so in only one sentence without even mentioning the ship s name There was an outcry when a great British liner was torpedoed that year, with the loss of 1,200 lives, many of them Americans, and the unrestricted sinking of shipping was called off by the Germans In many other instances it mentions important figures but leaving out their names too, making it nearly impossible to look them up and learn I assume that this was done to try and make the book as uncomplicated as possible, but after putting so much time into reading this book I really would have appreciated detail and maybe some interesting facts or stories to make it palatable Too much time was spent dealing with the policies and procedures of different governments and too little on what life was actually like for the average person throughout history It d be a much better idea to read a book on a specific period in time and learn all the good stuff Reading a summary that spans thousands of years for the whole world will probably leave you disappointed. An exceptional book to be used as a general guide to the history of civilization and even before It is massive and I ve read it two times from beginning to end which took a few months I look forward to reading the latest edition Many great historical events are merely mentioned but it acts as a catalyst or for me, an inspiration, to research one of these events further It should be essential reading in school, except for religious groups who will not want to read this as they have their own books of fiction This sets a clear timeline for our evolution and development as a species and will spur on discovery for your own area of expertise. This is a broad brush telling of world history, spanning pre history to modern day events What I liked the emphasis was on events and connections than on dates and names Occasionally a few details would have been nice, but overall it was a good thing I also liked the discussion of different parts of the world in the context of the same time period What I didn t like The writing was often ponderous and the sentences were too long The author sometimes got so involved in his vocabulary that he forgot to write a readable sentence Also, the history was very Euro centric This is not necessarily a problem, if the point was to describe the effect of European culture on the rest of the world However, occasionally, he came across as very patronizing American Revloution, religion which was annoying There were also several chapters where the author was soliloquizing, delivering his interpretation of history or possible future that I didn t love Overall, it was a worthwhile read, especially for the broad overview and connections It s a big job to write the whole history of the world. Possible Spoilers This book is not for the faint of heart It took me 7 weeks to slog through it It does, however, provide a pretty good overview of history and, importantly, historical process It can t provide details in every area but it does provide enough material to generate interest so that the reader can drill down afterwards into areas of particular relevance It gave me a new perspective into historical relationships not usually covered in school For a writer, this book provides some useful ideas. The single most informative book I ve ever read I feel like I ve learned a lot from this than my degree in International Relations While I m already forgetting most of the thousands upon thousands of specific facts mentioned, I feel like it s provided a good sense of scale, context and continuity for other things I learn in future. This is a long book I don t remember when I started reading it I don t even remember much of anything in the book that s than about 300 pages back But I remember enough to say that this is a world history that s well worth reading It s a tome that s worth diving into and putting in the time, covering every aspect of world history in a single albeit ponderous volume It s also worth noting that Asian history is not overlooked Roberts makes the point that while our world culture is clearly derived from a Western European base, it s important to spend some time looking at Chinese and Indian history.