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Random House Compact Atlas of World History: 75 Maps From The Ice Age To Today

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2003

    So compact that the air is squeezed out of it.

    The edition of this book I read is published by Barnes & Noble by arrangement with Harper Collins Publishers in 2002 and is retitled Compact History of the World. The book has the same four major parts, 176 pages and the editor is the same Geoffrey Parker. The book has updates up to the WTC destruction on September 11, 2001. The first thing I noticed about this book is that it is such a compact version of world history that it doesn't even make a good quick reference. The second thing I noticed is in its attempt to be globally politically correct and non Eurocentric that it dilutes most of what modern readers of western civlization would be interested in learning more about. I'm not sure who Geoffrey Parker thought would read this book. This seems surprising as he appears to be a notable writer of world history and military history. He was appointed to the post of the Andreas Dorpalen Designated Professorship in European History at Ohio State University. Thirdly the book is so filled with beautiful maps, charts and pictures that there is scant room left for historical text. In addition often times these graphics appear as if they were developed for some other text. I would take a pass on this book. And that may be why as of this date it is no longer available in either edition from Barnes and Noble except as used copy.

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