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Atlas of World History Hardcover – October 15, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0199746538 ISBN-10: 0199746532 Edition: 2nd
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Editorial Reviews

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"Tremendous scope."
--Library Journal


"Linkage between entries is ably provided within the descriptive text. . . .An excellent atlas."
--American Reference Book Annual


"The maps you always wanted and could never find."
--History Matters!


"Fun and interesting. Easy-to-read."
--Eric Alterman, TheNation.com


"This informative volume can provide hours of enjoyment for the whole family."
--Dayton Daily News


"Beautifully drawn and printed. Readers who enjoy history will find this an invaluable companion."
--Kirkus Reviews


"Attractive and engaging. Highly recommended."
--Booklist


About the Author


Patrick O'Brien is the Centennial Professor of Economic History, London School of Economics and former director of the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2 edition (October 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199746532
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199746538
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 1 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful By A reader on October 31, 2012
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I would give this a 4 or possibly 5 star review if I had purchased this item for what it is...a history book. A concise, lovely overview of all of world history (not an easy feat by any means) with lovely illustrations.

But it's not an atlas. An atlas is a collection of maps. I expected foldout maps, and semi-transparent foldover "before" and "after" sheets to demonstrate political, religious, or trade developments visually. I expected the maps to at least cover the entire page, and have details and dates and ruins and important items marked in the map itself. I expected, for example, a detailed map of Spain at the time of Ferdinand and Isabella. Instead, maps barely cover half of the page (which itself is harldy larger than letter size) and most maps involve entire continents. There are portraits of rulers, and pictures of pottery. There are vast amounts of text describing the goings-on in each time period. In short, it's a high school history book, and if that's what I'd wanted, I would be very happy indeed. But, I love maps, and I wanted maps, detailed, beautiful maps, and this book does not deliver.

Don't buy this book if you love maps.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Chris Constantine on September 5, 2012
I get a true sense of the world through all known basic history every time I look through this book. Every two-page spread of original maps and graphics gives a real feel for the topic it covers. I applaud the team of artists and historians every time I read through this book. This was written and assembled for the average person to develop an understanding of history as we know it, and I no longer feel average for having read it. It is all facts and graphics, which makes it easy to read in any order you want, to fill in the gaps or answer questions or simply enjoy your particular interests. It complements all other history books by providing very detailed maps and lists. I will enjoy reading this book for the rest of my history and I will happily leave it for others as part of my library estate.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joe on March 27, 2014
Several reviewers seemed to be bothered that this attractive historical atlas has an abundance of explanatory text next to the maps. Well, this volume does contain 450 maps, a goodly number, and the historical explanations are a very nice addend to what is already a pretty comprehensive atlas. I also found the maps more representative of the world, less Eurocentric than those of some other atlases and the pub. date (2010) more recent than most. All in all, it's my favorite.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Eugene Tenenbaum VINE VOICE on March 3, 2013
O'Brien's (Oxford/Philips) Atlas (ISBN 0195215672 can be seen inside) would seem superior to Atlas of World History ("AWH") by John Haywood, if not for the disqualifying incompetence of rendering Poland reformed & not Catholic; so O'Brien cannot be trusted. Simplistic AWH comprises 6 parts titled Historical Atlas of... with a 4-page introduction & 28 double-spread maps each (180 spreads/360 pages in total), acknowledgments & index. After the 1st publishing in 1997 by Sharpe, as a 3-volume set (ISBN 1563248549), AWH was reprinted not only in full in one 384-page volume by Weidenfeld as Cassell's Atlas (ISBN 030435757X), which can be seen inside at Amazon UK, but also abbreviated in 1 shorter volume with only 121 double-page spreads in color on 256 pages by Barnes & Noble (ISBN: 0760706875) & MetroBooks (ISBN: 1586630997), as well as in full in separate 1-/2-part & 96-/192-page volumes including encyclopedic dictionaries on 16 spreads numbered 29 to 44 (32 pages) per part. The 4-volume World Atlas of the Past has also 256 pages (64 per volume), but only 52 double-spread maps (13 per volume); each accompanied by a spread of text with a useless big landscape photo. AWH has far fewer maps than Hammond's reprint of acclaimed Times Atlas of World History. AWH uses a uniform map style throughout and conveys each theme in a single map, while Times tends to use a greater variety of smaller maps. For example, where AWH has one map representing the Byzantine Empire from 610 to 1204, Times has five. This simpler approach may make the AWH more accessible for younger readers. AWH is suitable for collections aimed at junior-high-school students and up.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mathematrician on September 30, 2014
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This is it! This is the reference book that provides wonderful maps and excellent summaries of major cultures, nations, and development topics. East, West and everywhere in between, all from early hominids through the 20th century.

The atlas is extensive and the summaries are very well written and accessible to adults without any study of history. In fact, that is why I purchased this book. My wife wanted to learn about how civilizations developed from their beginning to today, and to see where these events took place by maps. This book exceed all expectations.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Juhász Attila on October 16, 2014
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Full of maps, but it's also a (very) compact textbook. Occasionally there are some other pictures - probably as part of the textbook part. Good compainion for the other item I recommend (The Encyclopedia of World History, Peter N. Strearns). Note: I'm not using the book for study/school.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RedDevilMutt on August 1, 2014
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We just received this book and this review is not about the substance of the content. Rather, it's about the readability of the book. The font size is incredibly small from our perspective. I can read it under a strong light and serious concentration - my wife can't read it all. If you have less than perfect eyesight, you might want to look at a physical copy of the book before buying. We bought a National Geographic Atlas at the same time - no problem at all with the font size or readability of that book. We read lots of books and I don't recall ever having this problem before.
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