This extraordinary reference provides a comprehensive summary of world history from the earliest recorded evens to the start of the third millennium. Arranged in an accessible year by year form that invites browsing, it answers research questions, and illuminates similarities and contrasts between different nations and different ages. With narrative essays preceding every section, spotlight essays on key historical themes, and detailed profiles of 101 of history's most influential thinkers, it offers a depth of insight that goes far beyond a mere listing of important dates. Here is the whole vast panorama of history in every region of the globe-wars, migrations, disasters, discoveries, inventions, the birth of new religions, the rise and fall of nations-complete with authoritative commentary that pulls it all together in a broad and informative perspective.
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Hywel Williams is a a Guardian columnist specialising in history and politics, and the author of the acclaimed GUILTY MEN, an acerbic study of the declining years of John Major's 1992-97 Conservative government. His 6-part television history of modern Wales, 'A Promised Land?', will be broadcast this summer by HTV/Carlton.Review:
Many people have tried to write histories of the world: but the sheer scope of the task has often defeated even the most intelligent and gifted writers. In this immensely valuable and absorbing book, Hywel Williams takes the most straightforward approach to this immeasurable subject... This is a superb book of its type, written with real authority and with a majestic sweep. It should be an essential part of the library of any intelligent household." -- SIMON HEFFER COUNTRY LIFE "What sets Hywel Williams's book apart is the analysis he applies to the avalanche of facts he presents... William's thoughtful essays, dotted throughout the book, give structure and context to the overall work... books such as this are invaluable, and this particular one is the best of the large crop available." -- ANDREW ROBERTS NEW STATESMAN "definitely one for the would-be scholar who has never had time to learn dates, names and places. It's all there... in a simple, comprehensive and immensely interesting near-770 page compendium." JEWISH TELEGRAPH
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