The New Penguin History of the World: Fifth Edition / Edition 5

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An extremely accessible narrative of the world's history

A book of extraordinary ambition, scholarship and accessibility, The New Penguin History of the World covers the history of our planet from our origins on the African savannah to the state of the world six years after September 11, 2001. Tracing the development of different civilizations through the ages, J. M. Roberts examines the periods of turbulence and change, the international shifts in order and power, and the conflicts, divisions, and advances that have shaped the way we live.

A truly global and comprehensive chronicle of human experience-of ordinary people, as well as of those in power-across all continents and conditions, The New Penguin History of the World brilliantly conveys the staggering diversity of human life and achievement.

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What People Are Saying

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"A stupendous achievement . . . Unrivalled world history for our day . . . it is unbelievable in its facts and almost incontestable in its judgements."
-A. J. P. Taylor, The Observer (London)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780141030425
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/18/2007
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 1264
  • Sales rank: 442,195
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 7.79 (h) x 2.25 (d)

Meet the Author

J. M. Roberts (1928-2003), a British historian, is the author of numerous works, including The French Revolution, A History of Europe, and The History of the World.
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Table of Contents

Bk. 1 Before history - beginnings
Bk. 2 The first civilizations
Bk. 3 The classical Mediterranean
Bk. 4 The age of diverging traditions
Bk. 5 The making of the European age
Bk. 6 The great acceleration
Bk. 7 The end of the Europeans' world
Bk. 8 The latest age
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  • Posted October 26, 2009

    What Armenian genocide?????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I have to add a side note here re: one of the "history" books listed on this site - The Penguin History of the World, by JM Roberts. He makes zero reference to the Armenian Genocide in 1915 of 1.2 million Armenian Christians (as well as Greeks and Assyrians) and ACTUALLY suggests that the reader should respect the Young Turks dictator/murderers. This book is highly suspect in terms of its integrety...he was in fact a member of Princeton Univ Advanced Studies Program - Princeton has been notorious for having History chairs funded in part by Turkish grandparents were survivors of the 1915 genocide...this book should be banished from any listing of true history books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2009

    Not for teaching!

    I found many errors in spelling, citation, and accounts. This book jumps around while reporting information that keeps the reader in a constant state of what is going on.
    I would not use this book for any type of education at all. Even when the writer mentions the Bible he does not reference it correctly. I do not know how this book made it throught editing.

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