This text records the history of human society throughout the world, from prehistory to the year 2002, in 450 specially commissioned colour maps, 200 illustrations, tables and diagrams, and 200,000 words. It intends to go beyond the conventional focus on European and American political history to give worldwide coverage of socio-economic, cultural, and religious themes. Due weight is given to regions such as Central and South America, Africa, Asia and Oceania. Organized into five main parts: the ancient world (human origins to c.AD 500), the medieval world (c.500-1500), the early modern world (c.1500-1770), the age of revolutions (c.1770-1914), and the twentieth century (from 1914). Each part opens with a two-spread introduction that highlights the main themes of the time and outlines world trends and developments. Following the introduction, individual spreads each examine a particular region over a specified period, complemented by detailed maps, illustrations, and tables.
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Patrick K. O'Brien of the Institute of Historical Research, University of London, acted as General Editor. Consultant editors included Jane McIntosh of the University of Cambridge, Peter Heather of the University of London, David Ormrod of the University of Kent at Canterbury, Roland Quinault of the University of North London, and Pat Thane of the University of Sussex. A further 45 noted academics contributed to the book.From Publishers Weekly:
This useful resource is also dangerously absorbing, allowing readers to pore over charts, maps and short articles on such subjects as the golden age of Athens, the 16th-century expansion of the Mughal Empire through India, the foreign policy of Mao Zedong and the break-up of the Soviet Union. This overview of human history, with 450 maps and 160 illustrations, begins with the emergence of Homo sapiens and culminates with the post-WWII era, moving among various regions of the globe in chronological order. It's divided into sections on ancient, medieval, early modern, Enlightenment and 20th century history, with easy-to-read two-page entries covering such subjects as "Barbarian Invasions of the Roman Empire, 100-500" and "The Development of Australia and New Zealand Since 1790." The section on postwar life includes charts showing migration patterns, female enfranchisement, distribution of wealth across the globe and changes in the environment. O'Brien, a professor at the London School of Economics, has done a fine job editing this concise edition, an excellent gift book for students of history.
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Book Description Philip's, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110540082597