Synthesizing exceptional cartography and impeccable scholarship, the Atlas of World History traces 12,000 years of history with 450 full-color maps and over 200,000 words of text. Its outstanding features include:
• More than 200 illustrations and tables
• Longer essays on worldwide trends, political developments, and military conflicts, highlighting the most significant socioeconomic, cultural, and religious themes for five pivotal historical periods
• Devotion to the rich past of Africa, Asia, and the Americas
• Cross-references and an 8,000-entry index with alternative name forms permitting movement through regions and time periods with the utmost of ease
The Atlas of World History is sure to appeal to a wide audience of history and geography buffs and scholars, as well as students.
This useful resource is also dangerously absorbing, allowing readers to pore over charts, maps and short articles on such subjects as the golden age of Athens, the 16th-century expansion of the Mughal Empire through India, the foreign policy of Mao Zedong and the break-up of the Soviet Union. This overview of human history, with 450 maps and 160 illustrations, begins with the emergence of Homo sapiens and culminates with the post-WWII era, moving among various regions of the globe in chronological order. It's divided into sections on ancient, medieval, early modern, Enlightenment and 20th century history, with easy-to-read two-page entries covering such subjects as "Barbarian Invasions of the Roman Empire, 100-500" and "The Development of Australia and New Zealand Since 1790." The section on postwar life includes charts showing migration patterns, female enfranchisement, distribution of wealth across the globe and changes in the environment. O'Brien, a professor at the London School of Economics, has done a fine job editing this concise edition, an excellent gift book for students of history. (Nov.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
A synopsis of the world's political, social, and economic history, this title contains 450 color maps, as well as some other photographs and illustrations. Each of the five major chapters-"Ancient World," "Medieval World," "Early Modern World," "Age of Revolutions," and "Twentieth Century"-begins with a general introduction, followed by two-page segments summarizing different geographic regions and major trends or events. The book ends with an extensive index and a bibliography. The maps illustrate battles, conquests and exploration, trade, agriculture and industry, political boundaries, conflicts and colonies, urbanization and migration, and the spread of languages and religions. Given its tremendous scope, the text functions primarily as an overview, with the maps providing the real value. Therefore, it is puzzling that maps are not listed; a subject classification of maps would have greatly enhanced the book's usability. Despite the air of objectivity, certain omissions are noteworthy, e.g., in the segment on Latin America since 1945, the Cuban Revolution is relegated to an image caption, and mention of Colombia is curiously missing in the map on U.S. intervention in the region. Likewise, U.S. political intervention to further its economic objectives in the Middle East is altogether omitted, while the "War on Terrorism" and the events of 9/11 receive marked attention. Suitable for high schools, this may be too simplistic for students on the university level.-Anna Youssefi, Rice Univ. Lib., Houston, TX Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-This well-designed atlas is divided into five parts: "The Ancient World," "The Medieval World," "The Early Modern World," "The Age of Revolutions," and "The Twentieth Century." More than 450 color maps illustrate major themes and events of history; some photographs are included. Within the separate sections, an effort has also been made to look at religion, economic welfare, trade, technology, health, and human rights. The extensive index is cross-referenced, and the four-page bibliography is organized by topic, then continent. This concise edition is exactly the same as the original publication (Oxford, 1999), minus the time charts and the encyclopedic entries for 600 significant events, people, and places. The index was not modified to reflect all these omissions. To accommodate this edition's smaller size, the font has been significantly reduced, making it difficult to read. Stick with the original.-Peg Glisson, Mendon Center Elementary School, Pittsford, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
This reference presents the story of humanity as it evolved in its physical setting. From the first homo sapiens to the present, it presents the latest research into Asian, African, South and North American and European history. Each section deals with a particular era (the ancient, medieval, and early modern worlds; the age of revolutions; and the 20th century) and begins an introduction pointing out the main themes of the period, followed by coverage of the specific regions and events with maps, text, illustrations, and captions. Contains cross-references, and about 600 illustrations (color maps, photographs, and diagrams). Oversize: 9x11.5<">. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)