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World History (Eyewitness Companions) [Paperback]

Philip Parker
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1 Feb 2010 Eyewitness Companions

More than 10,000 years of history in the palm of your hand

From the early beginnings of human civilization in prehistoric times, to the first manned space flight and beyond, discover all about the things that have influenced our past and shaped our world today.

You'll meet great rulers and politicians, philosophers and revolutionaries who have changed world history. Travel to mighty civilisations to explore the progress of humanity. Follow earth-shattering wars and revolutions, major achievements in the fields of science and technology and milestones in the arts.

Plus, take a look at the common threads running through the world's diverse and geographically distant cultures, as well as their many differences.


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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley (1 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405341246
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405341240
  • Product Dimensions: 3.1 x 13.7 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Philip Parker was born in 1965 and studied History at Cambridge and International Relations at Johns Hopkins University's Bologna Center. He has written widely on the worlds of late antiquity and the early Middle Ages and contributed reviews and articles to The Literary Review, The Financial Times and BBC History Magazine.
His critically acclaimed The Empire Stops Here, a history of the frontiers of the Roman empire, took him to 22 countries in search of ancient sites. His latest book, the Sunday Times best-seller The Northmen's Fury, is an in-depth and fascinating reappraisal of the Viking world, which ranges from the steppes of Russia, through the Scandinavian heartland, to the furthest flung Norse settlement in Newfoundland. He lives in London. More at www.philipparker.net

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Philip Parker is the author of The Empire Stops Here: A Journey along the Frontiers of the Roman World (2009) and was a contributor to DK's Battle (2006). As a publisher he ran the Times books list, including works on Ancient Civilizations and The Times History of the World. He lives in London.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars History in brief 2 Jun 2010
By Shadow
Format:Paperback
While the title of this book sounds quite ambitious -i.e.: World History, the book does quite a good job of doing what it set out to do. The book is not too big and gives a good overview of history from ancient times until now (it is a 2010 print, so contains details of recent world events such as the Mumbai bombings in 2008). Furthermore, the book makes good use of directories for world leaders, historic cities, etc. and covers history in chronological order from ancient times until now with many pictures to supplement the text.

The book does not go into much depth with each of the topics and only has about a page for things such as the Korean War, etc. Nonetheless, it is an easy read without too many technical words and gives a good summary of world history.

In summary; a comprehensive easy to read history book, which is good not only for people interested in history but also those who would like to get an overview of it. Read the book and see for yourself!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting 19 Jan 2012
By L. Davidson VINE VOICE
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"World History" is a fascinating book. It tries to give an overview of human history from prehistoric times right up to the present day - and it succeeds admirably. Admittedly it doesnt go into much detail, but it does provide a framework from which to investigate certain historical events more thoroughly. The book is well illustrated with colour pictures and clear headings. Everything is explored in chronological order and as the book's title implies, the history of the world is covered , not just European history , so we can understand that civilisations developed throughout the world at the same time. India,China and the Americas all had agricultural economies and civilisation long before the Bible , for instance,was written, casting doubt on the Middle East somehow being the cradle of civilisation. Many Eurocentric texts would ignore what was happening in these areas, but not this one. This book is a good reference work if you are wanting to understand the chronology of world history and how humanity has developed over the millennia. I would recommend it to any student of history or to anyone wanting to increase their general knowledge.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and informative 14 May 2012
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I bought this book for my boyfriend who is mad about history. The book has beautiful illustrations / photography as is standard for Dorling Kingsley but is also very informative in respect of history throughout the ages and in different lands and cultures in short snapshot style. An excellent purchase !!World History (Eyewitness Companions)
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4.0 out of 5 stars great brief overview 22 Oct 2013
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would recommend to mature readers who may have a hazy and spottified remembrance of school history, who now need a brief overview and who can appreciate that such brevity inevitably involves over-simplification and some distortions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 18 July 2014
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Good DK book.
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