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The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind [NOOK Book]

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In a time of "political correctness" in everything including our history texts, it's not startling to find the most unbiased look at world history is in a text that was first published 80 years ago! H. G. Wells was a man well in advance of his time. Not afraid to contradict the jingoistic attitudes of contemporary European and American historians, he places equal importance upon the development of Asian and African civilizations in his text, making sure the reader realizes that many events were happening ...
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The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind

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Overview

In a time of "political correctness" in everything including our history texts, it's not startling to find the most unbiased look at world history is in a text that was first published 80 years ago! H. G. Wells was a man well in advance of his time. Not afraid to contradict the jingoistic attitudes of contemporary European and American historians, he places equal importance upon the development of Asian and African civilizations in his text, making sure the reader realizes that many events were happening simultaneously around the world, as well as pointing out the follies of European colonizing policies. (At the same time, he doesn't hesitate to point out mistakes made by African and Asian governments in their dealings with Europeans and each other.) His history reads like a sweeping fictional saga as he shows how events all over the world tie together in a cause-and-effect scenario. His history is not just names and dates, but explanations as to WHY things happened as they did! (The 1940 edition is particularly fascinating, as the final chapter in it details his amazingly-accurate analysis of the then-present situation in Europe, the rise to power of Adolf Hitler and the failure of the other European powers to stop him when they had the opportunities! Remember, Wells is the man who predicted mass bombings of cities, extensive use of tanks and submarines, and other aspects of warfare pooh-poohed by military "geniuses" of his time!) He's brutally honest in his assessments of events and the people who caused them. There's no glossing over or whitewashing of history of the type seen in today's histories. I can see why many educators don't want it in today's classrooms. Find it and read it--if you have the guts.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012418876
  • Publisher: Syed Arshad Gillani
  • Publication date: 5/19/2011
  • Series: H.G. Wells Books , #24
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 654,356
  • File size: 3 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2007

    Essential History

    HG Wells' Outline of History is the best and most important history book I've ever read, 'BA in history and political science 25 years ago, and still an avid student of these subjects'. Offers essential insight into where the human race has come from, which is key to understanding where we are and where we are going.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2006

    Wells' Mediterranean Race

    H. G. Wells¿ darkish, brownish, Mediterranean, Caucasian race was really Ethiopian, the reason why their southern boundaries merged with his darker African Negro race, an observation that takes forever to hone, seeing it but not recognizing it for years, until that awareness-light turns on and the code is broken. Thank you, Mr. Wells, for those well hidden little gems. Putting them right in front of us was the perfect hiding place. Had you only known, would you have been so generous with your praise?

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  • Posted August 27, 2011

    Just what it says it is; an outline of History.

    I've known about this book fot years but could never find it. I'm glad I finally did. I've always felt that History when it is well written is exciting to read. History when it is poorly written is a chore to read. Welles' History proves that he was a great writer. This is exciting and fun to read. Although he is very critical of Alexander, Julius Caesar, and Rome.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 26, 2013

    Very interesting - easily worth the price.

    Very good overview that gets into more depth as it gets closer to more modern times.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2012

    Wow!!!

    Will read it again.

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    Posted August 15, 2014

    Will

    This is one of the only h.g. wells books without a rp wow

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