The Times Complete History of the World has sold over 2,000,000 copies since its first publication in 1978. It is the most exciting, authoritative and accessible work on world history available today. Its exciting visual narrative of the history of the world from the origins of mankind to the 21st century is an unrivalled accomplishment, and its over 600 maps and 300,000 words of text are now accompanied by internet links to allow further research.
From the hunters of the Stone Age to the spread of agriculture.
THE FIRST CIVILIZATIONS 2500 BC TO 1000 BC
Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, China and the Aegean: the earliest cities and empires.
THE CLASSICAL CIVILIZATIONS OF EURASIA 1000 BC TO AD 500
The civilizations of Greece and Persia, India and China, the Roman empire; the collapse of the Ancient World.
THEWORLD OF DIVIDED REGIONS AD 500 TO 1500
The rise and expansion of Islam and the formation of modern Europe; the early civilizations of America.
THEWORLD OF THE EMERGINGWEST 1500 TO 1815
The European voyages of discovery; Mughal India, Ming China and the African empires; the apogee of Iran and Central Asia; the American and French revolutions.
THE AGE OF EUROPEAN DOMINANCE 1815 TO 1914
The rise of the great European empires; the expansion of Russia and Japan; the making of the United States; the First World War.
THE AGE OF GLOBAL CIVILIZATION
From the Russian and Chinese revolutions to the Great Depression and the Second World War; superpower rivalry and the Cold War; the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Professor Richard Overy is Professor of Modern European History at King's College London and one of Britain's foremost modern historians. He is a scholar of outstanding quality and renown. Richard Overy has written a number of critically acclaimed books. Russia's War (1998) examined the impact of the Second World War on the Soviet Union. He is also the author of the best-selling
Battle (2000) an incisive study of the Battle of Britain and Interrogations: the Nazi elite in Allied Hands which brilliantly covers the Nuremberg trials and dissects the internal logic of the Nazi regime. He was consultant editor on The Times Atlas of the Second World War (1989) and general editor of The Times History of the 20th Century (1996). Richard Overy has acted as a consultant to the BBC, particularly on the German-Soviet War and on the Allied bombing of Germany, and is the co-author of The Road to Warr, which accompanied a BBC television series. He is a winner of the Samuel Eliot Morison Prize by the Society for Military History for a lifetime's contribution to military history.