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The new History of the world

Author: J M Roberts
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : [4th rev. ed.]View all editions and formats
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For many of its half a million readers around the globe, J.M. Roberts' History of the World is one of the pivotal works of our era, a book of extraordinary ambition, clarity, and style. It offers a substantial, authoritative narrative of world history following the central notion that human history is the story of change, a deliberate shaping of experience and environment. Roberts presents thoroughly engaging  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J M Roberts
ISBN: 0195219279 9780195219272
OCLC Number: 53021547
Notes: Revised edition of: History of the world. 1993.
Includes index.
Description: xv, 1232 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Before history : beginnings: --
The foundations --
Homo sapiens --
The possibility of civilization --
The first civilizations: --
Early civilized life --
Ancient Mesopotamia --
Ancient Egypt --
Intruders and invaders : the Dark Ages of the ancient Near East --
The beginnings of civilization in Eastern Asia --
The other worlds of the ancient past --
The end of the old world --
The classical Mediterranean: --
The roots of one world --
The Greeks --
Greek civilization --
The Hellenistic world --
Rome --
The Roman achievement --
Jewry and the coming of Christianity --
The waning of the classical west --
The elements of a future --
The age of diverging traditions: --
Islam and the remaking of the Near East --
The Arab empires --
Byzantium and its sphere --
The disputed legacies of the Near East --
The making of Europe --
India --
Imperial China --
Japan --
Worlds apart --
Europe : the first revolution --
New limits, new horizons --
The making of the European age: --
A new kind of society : early modern Europe --
Authority and its challengers --
The new world of great powers --
Europe's assault on the world --
World history's new shape --
Ideas old and new --
The great acceleration: --
Long-term change --
Political change in an age of revolution --
Political change : a new Europe --
Political change : the Anglo-Saxon world --
The European world hegemony --
European imperialism and imperial rule --
Asia's response to a Europeanizing world --
The end of the Europeans' world: --
Strains in the system --
The era of the first World War.
Responsibility: J.M. Roberts.
Local System Bib Number:
.b10998937

Abstract:

For many of its half a million readers around the globe, J.M. Roberts' History of the World is one of the pivotal works of our era, a book of extraordinary ambition, clarity, and style. It offers a substantial, authoritative narrative of world history following the central notion that human history is the story of change, a deliberate shaping of experience and environment. Roberts presents thoroughly engaging chapters devoted to transformative centers of human creativity from the earliest hominids to the startling global events of the 21st century. One of the elements that has made the book uniquely appealing is its powerful vision and voice. The view is personal -- even idiosyncratic -- in the sense that it is built around particular themes that shape the author's historical vision. In The New History of the World, Roberts has completely revised his monumental work for the first time, taking into account the great range of discoveries that have altered our views on everything from early civilizations to post-Cold War globalism. The mapping has been brought up to date, and large portions of text have been rewritten, addressing events as recent as the relationship between the Arab and Western worlds in the wake of the September 11 attacks. In addition to the revisions, the book is now available in a reader's format -- ideally suited for a new generation of readers anxious to open their minds to the great narrative of the human species. Roberts' book is exceptional in its genuinely global and comprehensive nature, showing the development of different civilizations through the ages: from our origins on the African savannah to AD 2002. Like no other book, it succeeds in conveying the staggering diversity of the human experience across a vast range of circumstances and habitats. If there is one book anyone truly interested in history should read, this is it. --Publisher.
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