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

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Using dynamic full-color maps accompanied by lucid, expertly written text, the Random House Compact Atlas of World History
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The brilliant maps and charts illustrate how...
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Using dynamic full-color maps accompanied by lucid, expertly written text, the Random House Compact Atlas of World History
is a vital work of reference and a fascinating companion for all those who seek to understand the past.

The brilliant maps and charts illustrate how world history unfolded through economic and political change, wars, exploration,
and the spread of religions.

From the emergence of humans two million years ago to the world today at the threshold of a new millennium, this fully
up-to-date edition covers all the major developments in the human story across every continent:

Part One: The Ancient World (Human Origins through the Collapse of Ancient Rome and China)

Part Two: The World Fragmented (the Spread of New Religions and Empires through to the end of the Fifteenth Century)

Part Three: The Rise of the West (Sixteenth Century to the Eve of the First World War)

Part Four: The Modern World (The Twentieth Century —History in Our Times)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780375705052
  • Publisher: Random House Information Group
  • Publication date: 2/16/1999
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 8.59 (h) x 0.42 (d)

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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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