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A History of the World book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. From the earliest civilizations to the 21st century, a glob. History of the World book. Read 16 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. In his monumental History of the World, J. M. Roberts delivere. Books shelved as world-history: Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond, Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World .
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When I was at school a long time ago! But I was frustrated by the fact that our studies always focused on a very narrow band of history. Consequently we learned a good deal about a few things and nothing at all about the majority of events that have shaped the world we know.
So this book, written by a journalist and television presenter I much admire, really appealed When I was at school a long time ago! So this book, written by a journalist and television presenter I much admire, really appealed to me. The book focuses on the history of mankind and tracks the stages of development through hunter gatherer to the acquisition of farming techniques and then the convergence of people into towns and then cities.
The building of empires follows and here I started to learn more about how the two major causes of war religion and conquest started a re-shaping of the world that has continued to this day.
The text then explores how the growth of international trade and the introduction of industrial and scientific engineering were significant contributors to the evolution of the world as we know it. Here I was at last introduced to a few good guys and girls — about time too! The final section reflects on the challenges we face going forward: It posts a warning that if we don't do something different then this could be the last century for Homo sapiens.
Scary stuff! But this is off-set by a brief discourse on how our ability to continually make scientific leaps artificial intelligence is used as an example will hopefully mean that we are able to come up with solutions that aren't available to us at this point.
Do we keep making the same mistakes? Are we destined to be the generator of our own downfall? View all 6 comments. Jul 06, Iset rated it really liked it Shelves: This seems on the face of it a rather traditionalist approach to history, a throwback to decades past where historians only seemed to talk about kings and queens.
So why is Marr writing about powerful individuals? Marr explains that, like it or not, a small number of people throughout history had greater agency than others, the ability to act to change the circumstances around them.
He sees these individuals as important because they drove the great changes of history, and although much of the human past is marked by consistency and continuation, it is the changes that have made the biggest difference in our social evolution.
Naturally this type of history leaves out a lot, but the examples Marr chooses are, he feels, demonstrative of the most important changes of their era. By picking out key figures and identifying patterns that emerge in history, Marr is able to bring together the whole and explain the significance of the patterns he draws out. In my opinion, some of what Marr presents to us in this book is a little dubious. Marr suggests that humans had not even left Africa by the time of the Sumatra eruption c.
Marr also presents the view that homo sapiens was probably responsible for wiping out the Neanderthals and megafauna such as woolly mammoths etc. In fact this is still hotly debated, and many theories are put forwards as explanations for these extinctions, including climate change at the end of the Ice Age, which have interesting points of their own.
The above caveat aside, the whole work is smoothly written and very readable, I definitely found it an enjoyable read, and Marr picks out both well known and lesser known figures to discuss, and I found his identification of certain patterns in history very intriguing.
Aug 07, Michel rated it it was ok. Its really bad when a book of history is full of historical mistakes,, it is biased far from being objective and consideing the many huge mistakes in it i decided to quit reading.
C and he took them back to Baghdad: View all 5 comments. A very difficult book to review. Marr clearly has a passion for history and has obviously done a huge amount of research.
I am impressed that this book covers the history of so many areas of the globe, though I note that some reviewers have criticised it for leaning too much towards western history, so possibly I'm showing a bias too. It's well-written and, clearly showing Marr's style throughout, is not at all dry. I had difficulty with it.
Partially this is because it presents a very tra A very difficult book to review. Partially this is because it presents a very traditional style of history - focused on the movers and shakers, the powerful and the wealthy - and that's never been the kind of history that interests me although Marr does explain in the introduction why this is his where his attention lands, and I can't fault his reasoning.
And partially it's because it's a gallop through history. It romps forward at a breakneck pace; I found that for the places and eras with which I was unfamiliar, this meant I had nothing on which to hang the information, and it simply poured in one ear and out the other. And for those periods for which that I did have a little knowledge, it seemed to swoop through them with almost no time to digest and connect what I was learning to previously-acquired information.
I mostly did audio, and found myself repeatedly hitting the button to go back a couple of minutes - and sometimes realising that I hadn't taken in anything for a few minutes and resignedly going forward anyway.
I can't help but feel that if this had been a series, with more time and detail for each section, I'd have got more out of it. But then would I have read an entire series? Hard to say. So I'm going with 2. I do feel that it would benefit from a second go, for me anyway, but given the length of my to-read list, it seems unlikely to get it anytime soon.
Dec 10, Adsiteo Oyagbola rated it it was amazing Shelves: A story of mankind from our remotest origins to the 21st century. Andrew Marr tells many tales - of themes, of trends, of cataclysmic events and of iconic characters.
His approach to history is not only the usual accounts of conquerors, tyrants and kings and their doings but also stories of the deeds of unusual men and epoch defining ideas.
He takes the reader behind the scenes into the lives of extraordinary men and analyses their amazing and history making deeds. This is an extremely well writt A story of mankind from our remotest origins to the 21st century.
This is an extremely well written book. It is organised into the economic periods of mankind and further broken up into the themes that have led us to the here and now. The book ends with a look into mankind's future and the threats that face us - such as global warming, huge population pressures and the global slow down in economic growth, growth we have come to expect and project for.
The only thing I would change is the title - which I believe would have been more aptly called "The History of Mankind". Nov 10, C rated it liked it Shelves: Too many factual errors. Also, before you get anything out of this book, you have to already be fairly knowledgeable about world history to be able to have any sense of continuity.
Jan 27, Celeste rated it really liked it Shelves: Last year I decided to take the Texas certification test for history grades It covers historical topics from world history, US history, government, world geography, and economics from pre-civilization to the present. I thought to myself, "wow, that's a lot to know. I've also taken the GRE, but the vast scope of the material of this test made me nervous.
I decided that I needed to brush up on my world history as part Last year I decided to take the Texas certification test for history grades I decided that I needed to brush up on my world history as part of my preparation.
I bought this book on my Kindle and started reading a little bit every night and more on weekends. I immediately liked it. The tone is not dry, as many history books can be. The transitions from topic to topic were logical and meaningful. I was refreshed on some points that I knew already, and I learned quite a few things about others. I wouldn't recommend it as comprehensive for anyone who didn't already have a basic foundation in history.
There are spots where the author more or less assumes that the reader knows what will happen next. And toward the 19th and 20th centuries it felt rushed, like Marr was just trying to wrap up the whole thing. But really, it was a well rewarding read. I think it helped me on the test, which was what I needed it to do. O positivo: O negativo: Qual o motivo da revolta? Nov 19, Paul rated it really liked it Shelves: Enlarge cover.
Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other: Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — History of the World by J. History of the World Updated by J. Roberts ,. Frederick Davidson Narrator. In his monumental History of the World, J. Roberts delivered a powerful vision of human history as a story of change, a deliberate shaping of experience and environment.
This revised and updated edition takes into account the great range of events and discoveries that have altered our views on everything from early civilizations to post-Cold War globalism.
Large portion In his monumental History of the World, J. Large portions of the text have been rewritten. Get A Copy. More Details Other Editions 4. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about History of the World , please sign up.
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Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jan 21, Libba Ti rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Kev C. Because of its enormous scope and relatively modest length, this book suffers from some appalling omissions, but read in conjunction with the Times Atlas of the World, 'Europe' by Norman D Davies and my other books of similar scope, it gives a fascinating picture of mankind's evolution from prehistory to the present day.
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Sep 19, Stacy added it. My grandmother died last week, and this was one of her books that I was allowed to have. Even if it sucks it gets 5 stars.
A book that simultaneously frustrate you and keeps you reading. The problem with an history of the world is that it will be very, very fast paced. There's a lot of history to cover, and so, you don't have much space to devote for any specific thing. By hideous good luck, Roberts was finalising the edition when the planes struck the Twin Towers, so it is a book of our era that deals with September 11 and the reaction it provoked.
It's worth reading this great book now, because when the current edition goes "out of date" there will be presumably be no other. Still, classics are classics. Roberts had something in common with the French Annales school of historians who looked for deep structures across time.
His vision of history stresses the persistence of slow, ancient forces over long periods - he sees world history as a series of layers being built up towards the present. Factors still at work today go back to ancient times.