A truly essential visual guide to history and a vital work of reference, with vivid full-color maps; this new edition includes never seen before pictures and updated coverage of the 20th century.
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Compact History of the World is both an invaluable tool for scholarly reference as well as an enjoyable, casual read. The excellent Atlas' really put history 'on the map'. The only failings are the depections of recent history. There are questionalbe interpretations of events in the late 20th century. However this should not dissuade anyone from purchasing a well written, comprehensive reference book that is both complete and succinct.
I was looking for a world history reference text and this volume delivers. A lot of impressive maps, datelines, facts, and figures are collected and arranged in an easy-to-read format. I especially like the fact that it is not a European-centered text; Asian, African, and South American history are not neglected. Unfortunately, I cannot give the book five stars because some of the text is excessively left-wing revisionist. But, if you're sitting in your chair watching the History Channel and would like some quick information to enhance your knowledge of the material then this is definitely the book to have on the coffee table.
What most of us missed while studying history in school is a sense of the broad sweep of history and of where in the world things have happened. This book fills that lack. Each double-page spread features one or more full-color maps, most of which show not just the usual political boundaries and population movements but also the landforms that shape them, accompanied by a brief and lucid explanation of the events shown and their causes and consequences. This is the book I use with and recommend to candidates for California teaching credentials who need a world history refresher, and most of them tell me they look forward to sharing it with their future students. The format is small enough for children's hands and big enough for their teachers' eyes, and the hard covers will stand up well to classroom use. Barnes & Noble should be proud of making this beautifully-executed book available at such a reasonable price. I hope this edition will not go out of print until it is superseded by the next edition!