Synopses & Reviews
A compelling journey through the human story, spanning more than 20,000 years -- from the first humans to the dawn of the new millennium. A New Concept in Atlas Publishing: This beautiful, immediately accessible, and genuinely global map portrait of world history has at its core more than 470 detailed full-color maps. In addition, over 1,000 photographs and illustrations, clear explanatory text, and individual timelines add further to the level of information available. These features combine to build up a unique and fascinating insight into the rise and fall of empires, the birth of nations, and the development of commerce, culture, language, and religion from ancient times to the present day. A Worldwide Overview: The Atlas has an innovative two-tier structure, presenting both a comprehensive overview of human history and detailed, region-by-region narratives. Part One, Eras of World History, contains 26 world maps, which form a continuous portrait of the changing map of the globe through time -- from the emergence of modern humans to the dawn of the new millennium. Each world map is complemented by in-depth analysis of a major aspect of the changing global scene from that era. In Part Two the Atlas examines regional histories in detail, concentrating on the development of nation-states, languages, religion, and culture. Arranged chronologically, each historical map is accompanied by photographs, contemporary illustrations, and timelines, while authoritative commentary completes the portrayal of the development of each part of the world. The Ultimate History Reference: The Atlas also features an extensive encyclopedic index that puts essential facts at your fingertips. Far wider in its scope than a conventional index, this invaluable quick-reference guide contains over 20,000 entries, including full gazetteer listings and biographies of historical figures, together with concise descriptions of the major events that have shaped our world. Comprehensive, coherent, and clearly presented, this authoritative historical reference work is an essential addition to every home and library.
Colorful, well-designed and easy to read. (Chicago Tribune, Pick of the Week)
Coverage of places and people you may not find in a more traditional atlas. (Boston Globe)
Part encyclopedia, part coffee-table book, this atlas of world history is something the whole family will spend years getting to know. (Dallas Morning News)
The maps are dazzling. (Detroit Free Press)
With its multicultural orientation and dazzling maps, photos, and artworks, this atlas is a truly global view of world history and mankind's experience on Earth.
3201 Includes bibliographical references, index, glossary, and gazetteer.