Synopses & Reviews
An extremely accessible narrative of the world's history
A book of extraordinary ambition, scholarship and accessibility, The New Penguin History of the World covers the history of our planet from our origins on the African savannah to the state of the world six years after September 11, 2001. Tracing the development of different civilizations through the ages, J. M. Roberts examines the periods of turbulence and change, the international shifts in order and power, and the conflicts, divisions, and advances that have shaped the way we live.
A truly global and comprehensive chronicle of human experienceof ordinary people, as well as of those in poweracross all continents and conditions, The New Penguin History of the World brilliantly conveys the staggering diversity of human life and achievement.
"A stupendous achievement . . . Unrivalled world history for our day . . . it is unbelievable in its facts and almost incontestable in its judgements."
A. J. P. Taylor, The Observer (London)
A work of outstanding breadth of scholarship and penetrating judgments. There is nothing better of its kind. (Jonathan Sumption, Sunday Telegraph) Anyone who wants an outline grasp of history, the core of all subjects, can grasp it here. (The Economist)
From humanity's origins on the African Savannah to the state of the world after September 11, 2001, this volume offers a magisterial sweep through time and history. 90 maps.
From humanitys origins on the African Savannah to the state of the world after September 11, 2001, The New Penguin History of the World offers a magisterial sweep through time and history. Completely updated and revised by preeminent historian J. M. Roberts, this volume features ninety up-to-date maps, new sections, and extremely well-written and accessible articles throughout. Truly global and comprehensive, it succeeds in conveying the staggering diversity of the human experience across a vast range of climates and conditions. This is the one book for anyone interested in the variety and grandeur of historys march.
About the Author
J. M. Roberts (1928 &2003), a British historian, is the author of numerous works, including The French Revolution, A History of Europe, and The History of the World.