[E–pub READ] (History of the World)
And putting in the time covering
every aspect of world history in a single albeit ponderous volume It s also worth noting aspect of world history in a single albeit ponderous volume It s also worth noting 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 The single " Western European base it s important to spend some time looking at Chinese and Indian history The single 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 If ou ve been following me for a while Wicked Affairs p 2 you ll know that I read this book in increments over 13 months I could have read it in 12 but I took this February off because I was getting wearied by the tome Ifou read 3 14 pp per day Jane of Gowlands you will finish this book in aear If The Piper in the Wind you don t ifou read it like a normal sized book I think the sheer
mass of it will make ou throw in the towel fairly soon But 3 14 pp are manageableIt s hard not of it will make ou throw in the towel fairly soon But 3 14 pp are manageableIt s hard not give a magisterial volume like this 5 stars I liked it because I like history Here Prey you have the whole sweep of human achievement from the first stone tools and cave paintings to the Arab Spring Our technological advancement and cultural changes are tracked in the broadest ways The movement from small isolated communities to broader nations and states to integrated polities and economies to the new globalised world is on display in this bookAlong the wayou meet the individuals the stories that are the other aspect of history that keep people like me coming to read and reread the grand saga of human achievement sorrow and struggle Ashurbanipal Ramesses II Plato Alexander Confucius Siddartha the Buddha Julius Caesar Constantine Mohammed Charles the Hammer Martel Thomas Auinas Martin Luther Winston Churchill Mao Zedong Mohondas Mahatma Gandhi Loads and loads of South and East Asian persons I d never met before but whose acuaintance I was glad to makeI recommend this book with its Egyptians and Saxons its Indians and Mayans its Romans and Chinese its Mongols and Americans its East Africans and JapaneseMy problem and this is a separate wider rant so I ll keep it short is epitomised in the following fact the entire ancient world from Mesopotamia to the Middle Ages including the Mediterranean South Asian and East Asian worlds takes under 300 pages and the final 300 pages cover life from the First World War onwards I don t expect eual coverage of the ancient and modern but this is an extreme case of the usual disparity Rant overThere are a few other moments throughout that I either disagreed with or felt could have been spun a bit differently but overall the book is worth the read. Ght 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 We. He entirety of world history and that will give me a solid grounding in everything else There were times when I was utterly utterly bored Times when words I d never seen before blew my mind with their need to
Exist There Were Times When I Read Whole Chapters In There were times when I read whole chapters in go because I was enjoying myself so much Some days I could only manage a few
Pages Before Falling Asleep On The Sofa I Feel Privileged before falling asleep on the sofa I feel privileged finally understand the context of historical events which I d heard of but didn t understand the magnitude of Some of the major events of world history were entirely new to me and left me shocked by man s inhumanity All I remember from History at school was my boredom with studying WWI and WWII over and over without any understanding of the greater world historical context It is only now that I can finally appreciate those events and desire to learn I wish that all people could read this book and others like it for it would change their experience of the world which we all share I know on a deeper level though that if I had been made to read it I would never have got past the first few chapters Reading this book truly was a life changing experience 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 uality such an undertaking would reuire 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 ears 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 aboveandThe 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 themandThe Sumerians seem to have seen the world of life after death as a sad gloomy placeIn their view of the afterworld lies the origin of the later notion of Sheol of Hell 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. 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 6th edition not just bringing it up to date but revising it throughout in the li.