World History: The Story of Mankind from Prehistory to the Present

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9780060174774: World History: The Story of Mankind from Prehistory to the Present

Encompassing the entire history of humankind, beginning with our earliest ancestors and highlighting significant advances throughout time, this new revised edition is divided into six major thematic sections and contains a new epilogue and new maps.

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Writing a one-volume history of the world is a project fraught with peril: in such a book, surely something important will be left out, glossed over, missed. Hugh Thomas does a better job than most, especially in his attention to the material basis for human society--the farming, mining, stockraising, and industry that keep us fed and clothed. He has a sweeping view of historical trends, such as the worldwide emergence of kingship and the inevitable collapse of empires. Thomas's view is resolutely Eurocentric, and he passes by Asian history with a swift glance. With that fault in mind, however, the reader will find in Thomas's pages a handy and very well-written work of historical reference.

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