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The Paths of History

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ISBN-13: 978-0521643481
ISBN-10: 0521643481
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"Igor Diakonoff's The Paths of History is a remarkable survey of world history by a Russian orientalist, using a Marxist interpretation as a point of departure." Eric Hobsbawm, New Statesman & Society

"...this is an important book...[I] would expect Diakonoff's work to provide the starting-point for lively discussion and research. First of all we need an English translation." Times Literary Supplement

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Russian
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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (September 28, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521643481
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521643481
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,865,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was surprised that no one else had made a comment before to this work. Although the subject is very interesting, because of the author's style, the book, without being dry, is not engaging. So my rate is between 5 (content) and 3 (pleasure). Anyhow, I will also suggest reading the following works (all of them interesting works dealing somehow with war, the state or empires) in addition to Diakonoff's peculiar book: 1) "War in Human Civilization" by Azar Gat (war explained, not just narrated); 2) "War and Peace and War: The Rise and Fall of Empires" (easy and interesting to read); 3) "Understanding Early Civilizations" by Bruce Trigger (a great comparative review of early civilizations but dry); 4) "History of Government" by S.E. Finer (masterful work); and 5) Political Thought: 5.1. and 5.2: "The West and Islam. Religion and Political Thought in World History" plus "A World History of Ancient Political Thought" by Antony Black (both of them splendid books on comparative political ideas of different civilizations).
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