Atlas of World History / Edition 2

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Oxford's Atlas of World History is the result of years of intensive work by a specialist team of scholars, editors, and cartographers. It presents the story of humanity in its physical setting, from the emergence of the earliest hominoids to the present day. Truly international in scope, the atlas incorporates the latest research into Asian, African, and Central and South American history, as well as the traditional core of North American and European events.

The Atlas includes sections on the Ancient World, Medieval World, Early Modern World, Age of Revolutions, and the Twentieth Century and Beyond. Each section opens with an introduction that highlights the main socioeconomic, cultural and religious themes of the period, followed by spreads of maps, text, illustrations and captions that discuss specific regions and eras. Spreads depict everything from hunting in Africa in 10,000 BC to the kingdoms of Southeast Asia in the earliest years of the millennium, the decline of the Byzantine Empire, the growth of the Atlantic economies in the 18th century, and standards of living since 1945.

The Atlas features some 450 vivid full-color maps illustrating the major themes and events of world history, 100 photographs, 60 diagrams and hundreds of thousands of words of explanatory text. Unique for such an atlas, the entire work is thoroughly cross-referenced, allowing the reader to move backwards and forwards in time or across the world from region to region, following themes or lines of inquiry across pages.

The new edition brings the Atlas into the 21st Century and up to the present day. New and updated maps and illustrations cover a wide range of evolving subjects such as population changes, international trading, urbanization, political and economic developments, literacy rates, the concentration of world languages, and many more important and always timely subjects. Coverage of Africa, South Asia, Eastern Europe, and every other part of the world is revisited and updated, making this the most up-to-date atlas of world history available, in addition to being the most complete.

A comprehensive index of more than 8,000 entries includes numerous alternative name forms used over the centuries. The Atlas of World History closes with a bibliography that provides a booklist for suggested further reading. Equally well-suited for a general audience and students of history or international relations, the Atlas of World History continues Oxford's presence as the premier publisher of world atlases.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Tremendous scope."
--Library Journal

"Linkage between entries is ably provided within the descriptive text. . . .An excellent atlas."
--American Reference Book Annual

"The maps you always wanted and could never find."
--History Matters!

"Fun and interesting. Easy-to-read."
--Eric Alterman,

"This informative volume can provide hours of enjoyment for the whole family."
--Dayton Daily News

"Beautifully drawn and printed. Readers who enjoy history will find this an invaluable companion."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Attractive and engaging. Highly recommended."

Library Journal
General editor O'Brien (Inst. of Historical Research, Univ. of London) headed the international cadre of scholars, editors, and cartographers, primarily from Great Britain and the United States, who produced the 1999 original edition. However, this is not the second edition of that publication, but of the "concise" edition published in 2002 and reprinted with revisions in 2007. In becoming "concise," it kept the same contents with the exception of the multicultural time line and 600 encyclopedic entries for significant events, people, and places. It was also reduced in size from 35 to 30 centimeters, as was the type font. For this new edition, the five topical subdivisions have been retained: "The Ancient World," "The Medieval World," "The Early Modern World," "The Age of Revolutions," and "The 20th Century and Beyond" (originally just "20th Century"). Cumulatively, they provide an overview of world history from the origins of humankind five million years ago to the present. The progression of events, politics, economics, and demographics is depicted in 450 easily interpreted color maps by Philip's, accompanying texts, 160 illustrations, a classified bibliography, and an extensive index with 8000 entries and alternate name forms. Unfortunately, the index still includes references to pages from the eliminated sections of the first edition. BOTTOM LINE Although this a handsome reference resource, the limited update does not make up for the loss of useful resources from the 1999 original edition. Referring to those missing pages from the current index compounds that loss. Not recommended.—Edward K. Werner, St. Lucie Cty. Lib. Syst., Ft. Pierce, FL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199746538
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/15/2010
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 181,299
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick O'Brien is the Centennial Professor of Economic History, London School of Economics and former director of the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London.

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Table of Contents

The Atlas of World History
Section 1: The Ancient World
Section 2: The Medieval World
Section 3: The Early Modern World
Section 4: The Age of Revolutions
Section 5: The Twentieth Century and Beyond

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