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The New History of the World
Synopses & Reviews
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 delibreate shaping of experience and environment. Roberts presents thoroughly engaging chapters devoted to transformative centers of human creativityfrom 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 chapter on human history has been completely rewritten, addressing events as recent as the relationship between the Arab and Western worlds in the wake of the September 11 attack. In addition to the revisions, the book is now available in a readers' format — perfect for a new generation of readers to open their minds to the great narrative of the human species.
"[A] landmark book...Highly readable...intelligently organized, insightful, and balanced." The Christian Science Monitor
"At once entertaining and scholarly...a book as challenging as it is consistently absorbing." Christopher Hibbert
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 chapter on human history has been
completely rewritten, addressing events as recent as the relationship between the Arab and Western worlds in the wake of the September 11 attack. In addition to the revisions, the book is now available in a readers' format--perfect for a new generation of readers to open their minds to the great
narrative of the human species.
From the evolution of Homo sapiens to the exploration of space, the vast landscape of human history appears in J.M. Roberts's History of the World. Deftly written and evocatively illustrated, this book offers an outstanding one-volume survey of the major events, developments, and personalities of the known past.
In a truly remarkable work of compression and synthesis, Roberts sweeps through thousands of years of history, weaving the stories of empires, arts, religion, economics, and science into his lucid narrative. Beginning with the early hominids, he swiftly and authoritatively brings the story up through the emergence of Mesopotamian civilizations and ancient Egypt. Here, too, is comprehensive coverage of the Indian and Chinese civilizations ("For two and a half thousand years," he points out, "there has been a Chinese nation using a Chinese language"), as well as developments in Africa and South America. Aided by photographs of key archaelogical finds (such as monumental Egyptian statues, Peruvian medallions, and Celtic jewelry), Roberts clearly explains the early arts, engineering, and religion. He also carefully ties in changing economics--such as trade routes and developments in agriculture and manufacturing--making clear their importance for the history of politics and changing societies. The story leaps ahead, through the Roman Empire, the explosive arrival of Islam, the rise and fall of samurai rule in Japan, the medieval kingdoms of sub-Saharan Africa, the Mongol conquests, and the early modern expansion of Europe across the globe. American independence, the French Revolution, the colonial empires, Japan's startling modernization, and the World Wars follow in turn, accompanied by discussions of scientific and technical breakthroughs.
With informative maps, photographs, and reproductions of important artwork (some in full color), Roberts clearly explains the impact of the key individuals and the major influences on history the world over, down to the era of an integrated global economy and the fall of the U.S.S.R. Vividly written and beautifull illustrated, History of the World offers the finest, most readable one-volume survey available today.
About the Author
About the Author: J.M. Roberts was, until his retirement in 1994, Warden at Merton College, Oxford University, and is the General Editor of The Short Oxford History of the Modern World and The New Oxford History of England.
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