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A Short History Of The World
     

A Short History Of The World

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by H. G. Wells
 

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This book contains H. G. Wells’s 1922 non-fiction historic work, "A Short History of the World". It constitutes a comprehensive summary of contemporary scientific knowledge concerning the history of life on Earth - that starts with its origins and goes on to explore the development of humankind and the birth of civilisation. This fascinating text is recommended

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This book contains H. G. Wells’s 1922 non-fiction historic work, "A Short History of the World". It constitutes a comprehensive summary of contemporary scientific knowledge concerning the history of life on Earth - that starts with its origins and goes on to explore the development of humankind and the birth of civilisation. This fascinating text is recommended for those with an interest in the history of human existence and the development of related scientific theory, and it is not to be missed by fans of Wells’s seminal work. The chapters of this volume include: “The World in Space”, “The World in Time”, “The Beginnings of Life”, “The Age of Fishes”, “The Age of the Coal Swamps”, “The Age of Reptiles”, “The First Birds and the First Mammals”, The Age of Mammals”, etcetera. Herbert George Wells (1866 - 1946) was a seminal English writer whose notable works include "The War of the Worlds" (1897) and "The Time Machine" (1895). Many vintage texts such as this are increasingly scarce and expensive, and it is with this in mind that we are republishing this book now, in an affordable, high-quality, modern edition. It comes complete with a specially commissioned biography of the author.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781409725206
Publisher:
Martindell Press
Publication date:
05/18/2008
Pages:
664
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.46(d)

Meet the Author

H. G. Wells (1866—1946), one of the founding voices of visionary science fiction, published more than one hundred books, including novels, histories, essays, and programs for world regeneration.
Norman Stone is professor of international relations at Bilkent University, Ankara.
Michael Sherborne is curriculum manager of English and humanities at Luton Sixth Form College.
Jay Winter is a professor of history at Yale.
Patrick Parrinder has written on H.G. Wells, science fiction, James Joyce and the history of the English novel.
Andy Sawyer is a librarian at the University of Sheffield.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 21, 1866
Date of Death:
August 13, 1946
Place of Birth:
Bromley, Kent, England
Place of Death:
London, England
Education:
Normal School of Science, London, England

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A Short History of the World 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.