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

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

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780141030425
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 12/18/2007
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 1264
Product dimensions: 5.16(w) x 7.79(h) x 2.25(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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.

Table of Contents

List of Maps     viii
Preface to Fifth Edition     xi
Before History - Beginnings
Introduction     1
The Foundations     3
Homo Sapiens     18
The Possibility of Civilization     29
The First Civilizations
Introduction     39
Early Civilized Life     41
Ancient Mesopotamia     49
Ancient Egypt     66
Intruders and Invaders: The Dark Ages of the Ancient Near East     88
The Beginnings of Civilization in Eastern Asia     119
The Other Worlds of the Ancient Past     148
The End of the Old World     159
The Classical Mediterranean
Introduction     165
The Roots of One World     167
The Greeks     171
Greek Civilization     188
The Hellenistic World     212
Rome     227
The Roman Achievement     245
Jewry and the Coming of Christianity     260
The Waning of the Classical West     276
The Elements of a Future     301
The Age of Diverging Traditions
Introduction     315
Islam and the Remaking of the Near East     317
The Arab Empires     333
Byzantium and Its Sphere     345
The Disputed Legacies of the Near East     372
The Making of Europe     393
India     422
Imperial China     444
Japan     466
Worlds Apart     477
Europe: the First Revolution     489
New Limits, New Horizons     524
The Making of the European Age
Introduction     547
A New Kind of Society: Early Modern Europe     549
Authority and Its Challengers     570
The New World of Great Powers     598
Europe's Assault on the World     630
World History's New Shape     657
Ideas Old and New     674
The Great Acceleration
Introduction     697
Long-term Change     699
Political Change in an Age of Revolution     720
Political Change: A New Europe     745
Political Change: The Anglo-Saxon World     768
The European World Hegemony     789
European Imperialism and Imperial Rule     813
Asia's Response to a Europeanizing World     831
The End of the Europeans' World
Introduction     861
Strains in the System     863
The Era of the First World War      883
A New Asia in the Making     915
The Ottoman Heritage and the Western Islamic Lands     932
The Second World War     946
The Shaping of a New World     969
The Latest Age
Introduction     991
Perspectives     995
A New World Order     1040
Crumbling Certainties     1092
The Closing of an Era     1126
Openings and Closures     1150
Index     1189

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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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