A Short History of the World
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There is an increasing realisation that our knowledge of world history–and how it all fits together–is far from perfect. We might all know about the odd event, but there is a good chance that if we had to talk about what was happening in the world before or after, or even at the same time, we would not be quite as knowledgeable.
A Short History of the World aims to fill the big gaps in our historical knowledge with a book that is easy to read and assumes little prior knowledge of past events. The book does not aim to come up with groundbreaking new theories on why things occurred, but rather gives a broad overview of the generally accepted version of events so that non-historians will feel less ignorant when discussing the past.
To help readers put events, places and empires into context, the book includes 32 specially-commissioned maps to accompany the text. The result is a book that is reassuringly epic in scope but refreshingly short in length. An excellent place to start to bring your historical knowledge up to scratch!
High speed knowledge
This is brilliant. Of course a very short book doesn't give you an enormous amount of detail, but it fills in those bits of space in your historical knowledge. Above all, it's brilliant at giving context - seeing history in such a broad, long sweep is surprisingly rare - and much appreciated. This won't take you long to read, but it is highly rewarding and informative. If you're at all interested in history, buy this quickly and read it!
A great refresher on world history!
As someone who is more than a few years out of university and increasingly dependent on Google, my recollection of major historical events is a bit dusty and fragmented, if not altogether forgotten, so “A Short History of the World” was the ideal refresher.
Lascelles may not unearth any new theories on world history, but he succeeds in providing a big picture view on the world and making connections which are really useful and interesting, as are the maps that are embedded throughout the text.
It's a breezy and worthwhile read that sparked my curiosity to delve deeper into several of the topics covered in the book. I really enjoyed it.
I just finished the book. Very enjoyable and informative. It's also a great resource to go back on for some quick info on a particulars subject or historical period.
A must read for those who are seeking to refresh their memories on history's greatest moments.