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From the evolution of Homo sapiens to the exploration of space, the vast landscape of human history appears in J.M. Roberts's History of the World. Deftly written and evocatively illustrated, this book offers an outstanding one-volume survey of the major events, developments, and personalities of the known past.
In a truly remarkable work of compression and synthesis, Roberts sweeps through thousands of years of history, weaving the stories of empires, arts, religion, economics, and science into his lucid narrative. Beginning with the early hominids, he swiftly and authoritatively brings the story up through the emergence of Mesopotamian civilizations and ancient Egypt. Here, too, is comprehensive coverage of the Indian and Chinese civilizations ("For two and a half thousand years," he points out, "there has been a Chinese nation using a Chinese language"), as well as developments in Africa and South America. Aided by photographs of key archaelogical finds (such as monumental Egyptian statues, Peruvian medallions, and Celtic jewelry), Roberts clearly explains the early arts, engineering, and religion. He also carefully ties in changing economics--such as trade routes and developments in agriculture and manufacturing--making clear their importance for the history of politics and changing societies. The story leaps ahead, through the Roman Empire, the explosive arrival of Islam, the rise and fall of samurai rule in Japan, the medieval kingdoms of sub-Saharan Africa, the Mongol conquests, and the early modern expansion of Europe across the globe. American independence, the French Revolution, the colonial empires, Japan's startling modernization, and the World Wars follow in turn, accompanied by discussions of scientific and technical breakthroughs.
With informative maps, photographs, and reproductions of important artwork (some in full color), Roberts clearly explains the impact of the key individuals and the major influences on history the world over, down to the era of an integrated global economy and the fall of the U.S.S.R. Vividly written and beautifull illustrated, History of the World offers the finest, most readable one-volume survey available today.

From the evolution of Homo Sapiens to the exploration of space, the vast landscape of human history appears in this authoritative, readable book. Evocatively illustrated, this work offers an outstanding one-volume survey of the major events, developments, and personalities of the known past. Illus. Maps.

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Editorial Reviews

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Acclaim for earlier editions

"A stupendous achievement...the unrivalled world history of our day." --A.J.P. Taylor, The Observer

"Intelligently organized, insightful, and balanced...a fine addition to any library." --The Christian Science Monitor

"It is greatly to John Roberts's credit that after a generation on the Oxford tutorial treadmill he can write so lively and so continuously interesting a book."--The Economist

"Roberts writes well, with style and verve and wit."--Library Journal

"It is always something of an amazement that anyone would be courageous enough to attempt such a work--and in fewer than 1,000 pages--but Roberts clearly succeeds with a steady, clear-headed style that carries the reader along through the centuries."--Chicago Tribune

"Epic yet readable, perfect for those who find History of the Universe too daunting to crack."--The Philadelphia Inquirer

School Library Journal
YA-This scholarly resource has much to offer researchers. Roberts begins with a discussion of the prehuman past and continues up until mid-1990. The text is divided into eight ``books,'' each of which is organized around a central focus and begins with a brief overview. These books are then subdivided into shorter chapters. ``The First Civilizations'' covers several centers of complex, early urban civilization-including Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, and China-and discusses areas, such as sub-Saharan Africa, which (for reasons the author explains) did not develop in the same way. He relates how factors such as climate and location affected the development of some cultures. ``The Age of Diverging Traditions'' investigates medieval European civilization as well as others that thrived at roughly the same time-the Islamic world, Imperial China, India, and Byzantium. Perhaps the biggest challenge the author confronts is ``The Latest Age,'' which offers insightful commentary on recent events. A chapter detailing the early steps that resulted in the dissolution of the Soviet Union is followed by an epilogue discussing current trends and dangers facing civilization in the future. Numerous black-and-white illustrations, some full-color plates, well-drawn maps, and an extensive index are included.-Carolyn E. Gecan, Thomas Jefferson Sci-Tech, Fairfax County, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199936762
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/9/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 1280
  • Sales rank: 153,623
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 2.20 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Author: J.M. Roberts was, until his retirement in 1994, Warden at Merton College, Oxford University, and is the General Editor of The Short Oxford History of the Modern World and The New Oxford History of England.

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Table of Contents

BOOK ONE
BEFORE HISTORY
Introduction
1 The Foundations
2 Homo Sapiens
3 The Possibility of Civilization

BOOK TWO
CIVILIZATIONS
Introduction
1 Early Civilized Life
2 Ancient Mesopotamia
3 Ancient Egypt
4 Intruders and Invaders
5 The Beginnings of Civilization in South Asia
6 Ancient China
7 The Other Worlds of the Ancient Past
8 Transformations

BOOK THREE
THE CLASSICAL AGE
Introduction
1 Remaking the Old World
2 The Greeks
3 The Hellenistic World
4 Rome
5 Christianity and Western Transition
6 Classical India
7 Classical China

BOOK FOUR
THE AGE OF DIVERGING TRADITIONS
Introduction
1 The Central Eurasian Crossroads
2 Islam and the Arab Empires
3 Byzantium and Its Sphere
4 The New Near East and the Making of Europe
5 India
6 Imperial China
7 Japan
8 Worlds Apart
9 Europe: The Possibility of Change
10 New Limits, New Horizons

BOOK FIVE
THE MAKING OF THE EUROPEAN AGE
Introduction
1 Qing China and Mughal India
2 A New Kind of Society: Early Modern Europe
3 Authority and Its Challengers in Europe
4 The New World of Great Powers
5 Europe's Assault on the World
6 World History's New Shape
7 Ideas Old and New

BOOK SIX
THE GREAT ACCELERATION
Introduction
1 Long-term Change
2 Political Change in an Age of Revolution
3 Political Change: A New Europe
4 Political Change: The Anglo-Saxon World
5 The European World Hegemony
6 Imperialism and Imperial Rule
7 Asian Metamorphoses

BOOK SEVEN
THE END OF THE EUROPEAN AGE
Introduction
1 Strains in the System
2 The Era of the First World War
3 The Making of a New Asia
4 The Ottoman Heritage and the Western Islamic Lands
5 The Second World War
6 Decolonisation and Cold War

BOOK EIGHT
OUR OWN TIME
Introduction
1 Revolutions in Science and Perceptions
2 The Cold War World
3 Crises and D├ętente
4 The Closing of an Era
5 Openings and Closures
6 Whole World History

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