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Brilliant book well worth a read.
There is simply too much material covered too quickly and without enough reference to how the events being recited conform to the book's underlying theme.
Finally the book comes with an extensive bibliography and further reading list that is invaluable and an excellent resource.
Great history, but poorly written with very complicated sentence structures and densely packed information. The flat prose makes for a hard read. Overall disappointing.Published 19 days ago by Chg2440
Generally good historical overview with a worldwide scope. Introduces issues that we too often forget. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Robert Moeller
This book was not for me. I was looking for a more entertaining historical story about the ancient empires. This book was dry reading for me and I didn't finish it.Published 5 months ago by sireatsalot
Very thoughtful example of historical sociology. Interesting method to treat neither states nor the so called world system as the unit of analysis, but rather, in the vein of a... Read morePublished 6 months ago by HonestBill
Started it, attempted it, many times lately but just couldn't get through the web of confusion. Perhaps I like my histories a little more linear....Published 6 months ago by Colleen McCaffrey
I originally wish-listed this book because I thought it was about Tamerlane, but then it would have been called "During Tamerlane" I guess. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Andrew Tollemache
The text is clearly written and the arguments well formed and logical. It lacks anecdotes that would illuminate the writer's point and bring the history to life. A little dry.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
John Darwin has a bitten off a fair chunk of history with his book on the Rise and Fall of Global Empires 1400-2000; the title of the book "After Tamerlane" seems, as other... Read morePublished 14 months ago by S Wood