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This book is a testament to his genius and immense knowledge involving the ...
This book is a testament to his genius and immense knowledge involving the key events of humanity throughout the history of the world. It is true that much was left out, but Wells covers the high points so that one can follow the more important paths of history as we learned, grew, and reached deeper understandings throughout our physical, intellectual, and spiritual evolution.
The great thing about this book is that it allows us to see a bigger picture. An overall pattern emerges that one can only grasp by reading and experiencing the book fully. Wells was considered a genius and clearly wrote with this larger vision in mind.
Upon completing the book, he reveals that we, as humanity, are still in our infancy and have only just begun an immense and important journey. The pattern he lays out shows that we are moving toward new ways of understanding, growth, and wisdom. This book should be read by all those who wish to understand more about the world and our place in it.
|Chapter I.||The World in Space||9|
|Chapter II.||The World in Time||11|
|Chapter III.||The Beginnings of Life||13|
|Chapter IV.||The Age of Fishes||15|
|Chapter V.||The Age of the Coal Swamps||18|
|Chapter VI.||The Age of Reptiles||21|
|Chapter VII.||The First Birds and the First Mammals||24|
|Chapter VIII.||The Age of Mammals||27|
|Chapter IX.||Monkeys, Apes, and Sub-Men||30|
|Chapter X.||The Neanderthaler and the Rhodesian Man||33|
|Chapter XI.||The First True Men||38|
|Chapter XII.||Primitive Thought||41|
|Chapter XIII.||The Beginnings of Cultivation||44|
|Chapter XIV.||Primitive Neolithic Civilisations||48|
|Chapter XV.||Sumeria, Early Egypt and Writing||53|
|Chapter XVI.||Primitive Nomadic Peoples||56|
|Chapter XVII.||The First Sea-Going Peoples||59|
|Chapter XVIII.||Egypt, Babylon and Assyria||63|
|Chapter XIX.||The Primitive Aryans||67|
|Chapter XX.||The Last Babylonian Empire and the Empire of Darius I||71|
|Chapter XXI.||The Early History of the Jews||75|
|Chapter XXII.||Priests and Prophets in Judea||80|
|Chapter XXIII.||The Greeks||83|
|Chapter XXIV.||The Wars of the Greeks and Persians||87|
|Chapter XXV.||The Splendour of Greece||90|
|Chapter XXVI.||The Empire of Alexander the Great||93|
|Chapter XXVII.||The Museum and Library at Alexandria||96|
|Chapter XXVIII.||The Life of Gautama Buddha||100|
|Chapter XXIX.||King Asoka||104|
|Chapter XXX.||Confucius and Lao Tse||105|
|Chapter XXXI.||Rome comes into History||109|
|Chapter XXXII.||Rome and Carthage||113|
|Chapter XXXIII.||The Growth of the Roman Empire||117|
|Chapter XXXIV.||Between Rome and China||126|
|Chapter XXXV.||The Common Man's Life under the Early Roman Empire||129|
|Chapter XXXVI.||Religious Developments under the Roman Empire||134|
|Chapter XXXVII.||The Teaching of Jesus||139|
|Chapter XXXVIII.||The Development of Doctrinal Christianity||144|
|Chapter XXXIX.||The Barbarians break the Empire into East and West||147|
|Chapter XL.||The Huns and the End of the Western Empire||151|
|Chapter XLI.||The Byzantine and Sassanid Empires||155|
|Chapter XLII.||The Dynasties of Suy and Tang in China||159|
|Chapter XLIII.||Muhammad and Islam||161|
|Chapter XLIV.||The Great Days of the Arabs||164|
|Chapter XLV.||The Development of Latin Christendom||168|
|Chapter XLVI.||The Crusades and the Age of Papal Dominion||176|
|Chapter XLVII.||Recalcitrant Princes and the Great Schism||183|
|Chapter XLVIII.||The Mongol Conquests||190|
|Chapter XLIX.||The Intellectual Revival of the Europeans||195|
|Chapter L.||The Reformation of the Latin Church||202|
|Chapter LI.||The Emperor Charles V||205|
|Chapter LII.||The Age of Political Experiments; of Grand Monarchy and Parliaments and Republicanism in Europe||212|
|Chapter LIII.||The New Empires of the Europeans in Asia and Overseas||221|
|Chapter LIV.||The American War of Independence||226|
|Chapter LV.||The French Revolution and the Restoration of Monarchy in France||230|
|Chapter LVI.||The Uneasy Peace in Europe that followed the Fall of Napoleon||237|
|Chapter LVII.||The Development of Material Knowledge||241|
|Chapter LVIII.||The Industrial Revolution||248|
|Chapter LIX.||The Development of Modern Political and Social Ideas||251|
|Chapter LX.||The Expansion of the United States||260|
|Chapter LXI.||The Rise of Germany to Predominance in Europe||267|
|Chapter LXII.||The New Overseas Empires of Steamship and Railway||269|
|Chapter LXIII.||European Aggression in Asia and the Rise of Japan||274|
|Chapter LXIV.||The British Empire in 1914||278|
|Chapter LXV.||The Age of Armament in Europe and the Great War of 1914-18||280|
|Chapter LXVI.||The New Order in Russia||285|
|Chapter LXVII.||The League of Nations||292|
|Chapter LXVIII.||The Failure of the League of Nations||296|
|Chapter LXIX.||The Crisis of Human Adaptation||307|
Posted November 3, 2014
The Greatest Story Ever Told!
Along with The Outline of History, this Short History of the World is the best and most underrated book by H. G. Wells, the master of science fiction, much better than all his scientific romances combined since it is actually a true story. It tells the epic adventure of the history of the world, life, and mankind according to the sciences of astronomy, biology, geology, anthropology, and world history. This is the modern worldview expounded by Wells in the early twentieth century. The book spans from the origins of the solar system to the outbreak of World War 1, with footnotes covering later history like World War 2 and the Space Race. Before the Big Bang theory, Wells speculates that the universe has existed for billions of years or has existed for an infinite amount of time. After dealing with the origin and evolution of our planet, the story covers the origin of life in the first seas and the evolution of life towards dry land, the sky, and beyond. The geological ages covered include the Ages of Fish, Amphibians, Reptiles, Mammals and Birds, Apes and Submen, and finally Mankind. Despite the subsequent progressive ages, the Paleolithic Age, the Neolithic Age, the Industrial Age, and the various imperial ages of the Persians, Greeks, Romans, Mongols, Arabs, and later Europeans, the many wars detailed in the book and the Darwinian struggle for existence prove that history is more nature red in tooth and claw and more about the march of armies than the march of progress and enlightenment. The book likewise covers the history of religion, including paganism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism, giving interesting biographies of the major founders of these great but outworn faiths. Despite the sufferings and tragedies of world history, life moves on and slowly progresses, perpetually dying as the old generation and being reborn as the new generation, and the range of life widens until the modern era when life has left our little planet and started to explore the wider universe. Thus, humanity finds itself on the path either to self-imposed destruction by modern global warfare or to further social and biological evolution in the formation of a world state and the colonization of space. It appears despite the sheer length of this epic story, we are merely at the twilight of the dawn and future history will be far longer and greater than all the history already recorded, if we don’t blow ourselves up first of course. I’d recommend this book as a good swift prelude before one reads the larger and better Outline of History, also by Wells, and the modern version of Mr. Wells’ History, Big History by David Christian. This story is clearly the greatest story ever told!
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Completely boring. DO NOT READ!!! REPEAT:DO NOT READ!!!! I literally would have given it zero stars. Its too....... just not my type of reading. But seriously, i wouldnt buy this book if it was required for class. Dont even think about reading it. Not once, and dont even go to twice.
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