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In the limited space available in this book the authors have done a commendable job in covering all of human history till 1000 CE. Unlike some texts written in English in earlier decades, which often had a Eurocentric preference, this book strives to give full measure towards accounting for all the major cultures throughout the world.
A case in point is the coverage of Egypt. Every book on old history must surely mention the dynasties that rose and fell along the Nile. But often this might have been the only region in Africa covered by such books. Here the chapter on Egypt also explains the Bantu migrations from central Africa southwards to the Cape. To be sure, the bulk of the chapter is focused on Egypt. But it is good to see more of Africa's heritage.
One quibble is with a map of Africa that says "Sahara Desert". In those times, much of the Sahara was quite fertile grasslands.
Another good aspect of the book is the extended treatment of Chinese history. It shows that China was unified at an early age. And the discussions of the Chinese dynasties is quite succinct.