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Complete History of the World. Edited by Geoffrey Barraclough 8th Revised edition Edition
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The book begins with the pre-history (before any type of written record) of human origins and culture and ends with the state of the world at the beginning of the 21st century (up to 2006). The book covers the whole world, not just those facets of history that impact Europe and North America. There are sections on Asia, South East Asia, India, Africa, South America, Australia and the Middle East. The book is copiously illustrated and contains many maps and timelines. The maps are historical maps that not only show geographical features but also focus on topics such as historical boundaries, the migration of people, and military events. There are economic charts and graphs and photographs of historical artifacts. In addition to the typical bibliography and index, the book also contains a 38-page glossary, which is a mini-encyclopedia of sorts that provides one-paragraph entries on many people, places and events.
One question that should be addressed when assessing a book like this one is whether, given the Internet (especially Wikipedia), this book is necessary. I think that the answer is decidedly yes.Read more ›
Out of a quick perusal of the text there were only a few maps I found wanting: the European Axis advances of WWII, and then the Allied advances of WWII. Considering the marks against only 2 maps, (not pages, just maps) I think that rates an excellent.
So why 4 stars? I find a minor issue with some of the large scale maps. In an effort to add geographical perspective, some maps are shown at oblique angles such that one sees the curvature of the Earth. In a few instances it leads to some interesting geometrical effects that affect the readability of the map. In some places it helps to show the global perspective, such as nuclear deterrence with the US vs. USSR. Others, such as the monarchies of Renaissance Europe or the English Industrial Revolution, leave me scratching my head.Read more ›
Only downside some may see here is the size. It is a VERY tall book and will not fit in most bookshelves.
I also find the format of the book to be frustrating. Places are mentioned in the text that aren't shown on the maps and vice versa. Much of the text and many of the maps go too deep into the crease of the book, forcing me to crane my neck sideways and push down hard on the spine of the book to try to see what's down in there. AND...even with my reading glasses, I <really> strain to see much of the text; so much of the font is TINY...really teeny-tiny, so it's not so great for the over-Fifty crowd of which I am a proud member.
I suppose if you love history, or if you are currently taking world history courses, this book could help you refresh your memory and see things in a larger context, but it just doesn't seem to be helping me in my quest to become more history literate.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is a great night time read and has helped me brush up on my history from time to time.Published 14 months ago by Beyoung Yu
It is a very clear, visual and useful atlas for people who love History or want to discover it in a relaxed way. Read morePublished 24 months ago by wix-wix
She was thrilled to get it. She has already started reading it cover to cover, although she admits that it is book that you read a few pages at a time because it has so much... Read morePublished on January 7, 2014 by Eileen