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Fine, if you want sociology, not history
on May 7, 1998
I didn't find this book well-written or much of a history at all. If you are more interested in how people and countries reacted to history than in history, you'll love the book. If you want to know what happened and the interactions between countries, find another book. Unfortunately, Roberts makes the assumption that you already know all the historical facts and leaves many out and just refers to them(like the French loss of Canada), or gives you one table of facts and then rambles on about sociology for 20 or so pages. There are NO illustrations, no maps and he uses old names for regions that aren't listed on current-day map (i.e. Anatolia). The sentence structure is very bizarre and hard to understand. The structure of the book is also puzzling; he writes about one region for hundreds (even thousands) of years, then jumps to another country, goes back to the beginning(or where he left off a hundred pages back) and then jumps to another region. If the jumps were caused by bringing two countries up to the same point, to compare them or present a common event, I could understand, but that is rarely the case.
It wasn't all bad or I wouldn't have finished the book, but the good stuff was only found by heavy slogging.