The Penguin History of the World This is a completely new and updated edition of J M Roberts and Odd Arne Westad s widely acclaimed landmark bestseller The Penguin History of the World For generations of readers The Penguin History

  • Title: The Penguin History of the World
  • Author: J.M. Roberts Odd Arne Westad
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  • Page: 121
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • This is a completely new and updated edition of J M Roberts and Odd Arne Westad s widely acclaimed, landmark bestseller The Penguin History of the World.For generations of readers The Penguin History of the World has been one of the great cultural experiences the entire story of human endeavour laid out in all its grandeur and folly, drama and pain in a single authoritThis is a completely new and updated edition of J M Roberts and Odd Arne Westad s widely acclaimed, landmark bestseller The Penguin History of the World.For generations of readers The Penguin History of the World has been one of the great cultural experiences the entire story of human endeavour laid out in all its grandeur and folly, drama and pain in a single authoritative book Now, for the first time, it has been completely overhauled for its 6th edition not just bringing it up to date, but revising it throughout in the light of new research and discoveries, such as the revolution in our understanding of many civilizations in the Ancient World The closing sections of the book reflect what now seems to be the inexorable rise of Asia and the increasingly troubled situation in the West.

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    1. If you've been following me for a while, you'll know that I read this book in increments over 13 months -- I could have read it in 12, but I took this February off because I was getting wearied by the tome. If you read 3 1/4 pp per day, you will finish this book in a year. If you don't--if you read it like a normal-sized book, I think the sheer mass of it will make you throw in the towel fairly soon. But 3 1/4 pp are manageable.It's hard not to give a magisterial volume like this 5 stars. I like [...]

    2. This is a long book. I don't remember when I started reading it. I don't even remember much of anything in the book that's more than about 300 pages back. But I remember enough to say that this is a world history that's well worth reading. It's a tome that's worth diving into and putting in the time, covering every aspect of world history in a single (albeit ponderous) volume. It's also worth noting that Asian history is not overlooked. Roberts makes the point that while our world culture is cle [...]

    3. Although Roberts revised this work through several editions, right up to his death in 2003, it was originally written in 1976, so I'd guess some readers would find parts of it old-fashioned (I really can't say, I don't read much history), but for the most part the book should connect with the modern reader. Roberts possesses the main quality such an undertaking would require—a superbly comprehensive mind—plus an eye for those game-changing things upon which history pivots, whether it's the s [...]

    4. The single most informative book I've ever read. I feel like I've learned a lot more from this than my degree in International Relations. While I'm already forgetting most of the thousands upon thousands of specific facts mentioned, I feel like it's provided a good sense of scale, context and continuity for other things I learn in future.

    5. I read this book for a college class. It's probably as good as it gets when trying to summarize all of human history, but it purposely leaves out so many good details. For example, when mentioning the sinking of the Lusitania, it does so in only one sentence without even mentioning the ship's name: "There was an outcry when a great British liner was torpedoed that year, with the loss of 1,200 lives, many of them Americans, and the unrestricted sinking of shipping was called off by the Germans." [...]

    6. I lugged this tome around China for about a year and found it to be a pleasant and easily digestible read for its size and scope.

    7. A wonderful book, which can probably be read in order to register events, names and dates, but which I read (almost) as a novel: the tale of mankind.The book's criterion for including or excluding particular stories is their influence or relevance on today's world. This and the authors' origins lead to a Western/European/British-centric history. Despite this, Asian civilizations are well covered (especially India and China). Africa and pre-Colombian America get the least attention, but almost no [...]

    8. This is a broad-brush telling of world history, spanning pre-history to modern day events. What I liked: the emphasis was more on events and connections than on dates and names. Occasionally a few more details would have been nice, but overall it was a good thing. I also liked the discussion of different parts of the world in the context of the same time period. What I didn't like: The writing was often ponderous and the sentences were too long. The author sometimes got so involved in his vocabu [...]

    9. I learned in school about the Egyptians, the Greeks, the Romans, the Ottoman empire, the French Revolution, etc. But one thing always struck me as nonsensical. We were taught all of these a little bit independently of each other which always prevented me from seeing the big picture, the "macro-history". This is the reason why I decided to take the adventure of reading this long History of the World.I was not disappointed, seeing History as a complete and continuous process gives you a new perspe [...]

    10. How do you write a history of the whole world in a one-volume book that gives a comprehensive picture of the major people, places, and events, that have shaped the world as we know it? John Roberts has done it in The Penguin History of the World. By his constant focus on “the general, the major, and the essential” (Kindle Loc. 192) Roberts presents world history as an unfolding story showing how each part relates to and develops the others. The book is divided by major eras and then into the [...]

    11. I think this is a great book for anyone who would like to have a overview of the history of the world. Author gave very good summary of the key events, people in different time period and different region. When i read this, I seems to be transported to the past. Although I don't remember the names and dates, it gave me an appreciation of history. I learnt that civilisation that have written records tend to build upon what they have learnt and improve, and grow. After reading this book, I am not [...]

    12. An excellent, highly readable but in depth overview of human history from our evolutionary beginnings to approx. the year 2012 or so. The book focuses on the broader themes of culture, society, and trends that shaped the world to the present, arguing a Eurocentric perspective while saying its actions in WWII doomed the continent's dominance. Roberts' original text has been updated tastefully and thoughtfully by Westad, adding new detail and breadth to the story. While there is a noticeable shift [...]

    13. An extraordinary tour de force but still from a western European perspective. It would be interesting to see what changes would result if the next co-author came from an Indian, Chinese or Islamic background.

    14. Inevitably Euro-centric, but still valuable. Text length just shy of 1,200 pages. Took me a couple of months, but worth it.The writing style is very British.

    15. This book is amazing; incredibly well written, very comprehensive and gripping (yes, like a good novel). Be sure to get the latest edition.

    16. I didn't read the whole thing since it was used for a class instead of pleasure but I like the way this textbook is set up.

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