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Ancient History: From the First Civilizations to the Renaissance Hardcover – September 16, 2004

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Grade 8 Up–This meticulously researched and profusely illustrated work provides a comprehensive examination of world history. The chronologically arranged chapters cover 10,000 years of history with a focus on time periods, events, and discoveries from the early civilizations to the Renaissance. Lucid, informative text includes such diverse topics as the Ice Ages, ancient Mesopotamia, the Hellenistic world, ancient Egypt, metallurgy, Judaism, the Arab Empire, Charlemagne, and church reformation. Two narrative columns, plenty of white space, and a plethora of advantageously positioned visual matter result in a pleasing layout. Sidebars are relevant and instructive. The high-quality color photos, maps, reproductions, charts, and graphs are additional elements to savor and investigate. A thorough index and table of contents are excellent access points to a tool that will receive much use in libraries. This first-rate resource was originally published in London as The New Penguin History of the World, 4th ed. (2002).–Hillary Jan Donitz-Goldstein, formerly at New York Public Library
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"This meticulously researched and profusely illustrated work provides a comprehensive examination of world history....First rate."--School Library Journal

"Living up to its name, this remarkable, massive volume presents a continuous narrative of human history worldwide from the earliest civilizations of the 4th millennium through the European Renaissance. Each page of the text is illustrated with color plates of works of art and buildings and frequent maps and timelines."--Reference and Research Book News --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 912 pages
  • Publisher: Duncan Baird Publishers (September 16, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844830608
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844830602
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 2 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,143,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a well written history book which delivers a broad survey of ancient civilizations (not just the typical Greece, Rome and China.)

One of the great things about this book is that it contains a plethora truly fascinating illustrations. There are stunning examples of ancient paintings, sculptures, architecture and maps. The historical maps, charts and timelines are simple but well executed. They present interesting data; for example: a map of Europe with locations and founding dates for all the major universities and a map of all the continents with their prehistoric coastlines illustrating the migration paths of early humans. I find myself leafing through the pages and being drawn into the text by a photo of Mycenaean armor, the jade burial garment of a Chinese emperor, a frieze from a Hindu temple or a painting of gardeners in an ancient sultan's court.

This is a book to savor and I'm finding it is a great way to teach history to my children. Clearly, the author had a passion for the subject, eminent scholarship and a mastery of the writer's craft. A true gem!
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I love this textbook !!
The Illustrations helps to understand the historical flow of events.
Top Textbook, strongly recommended for people like me love AH (Ancient History).
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My son loved it
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