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Millennium: A History of Our Last Thousand Years Paperback – Sep 1996


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  • Paperback: 846 pages
  • Publisher: Black Swan; New edition edition (Sept. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552994820
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552994828
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.8 x 5.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 671,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The year 2000 approaches. The chance we have now to look back and take stock will be unrepeatable for another thousand years. Felipe Fernandez-Armesto's Millennnium sweeps the past and scans the prospects to present an unprecedented vision of genuinely global history.

Millennium is a new initiative in narrative history, viewing the current millennium as it draws to a close as from the future. The evidence of what this thousand years represents is explored with more intricacy and intimacy than has ever been attempted in a work of this size. With the help of perfectly chosen details, our past history is illuminated over the course of a millennium on the scale of entire civilisations and cultures, revealing the historical initiative as it shifts from one part of the world to another and back again.

With its vivid writing and hundreds of illustrations, Millennium is a classic of popular history: one of the few books which has relevance for the present as well as enduring interest for the future. Critically acclaimed on first publication, it was shortlisted for the Duff Cooper Prize.

About the Author

Felipe Fernandez-Armesto
Felipe Fernández-Armesto has been a member of the Modern History Faculty of Oxford University since 1983. His books include The Times Atlas of World Exploration, Columbus, Edward Gibbon's Atlas of the World, Barcelona: a Thousand Years of the City's Past, Millennium and Truth. Translations of his work have appeared or are pending in twenty languages. He lives in Oxford.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Nov. 1999
Format: Paperback
It's more a serious history than a 'The Calendar'-type novelistic sweep, but it's fascinating, pulling together lots of Things You Didn't Know. It's really a history of colonialism and empires, more than a general history. You won't find lists of kings here.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bert Ruiz on 21 Sept. 2003
Format: Paperback
In very simple terms...this is a very good book to read. "Millennium: A History of the Last Thousand Years," is richly detailed and superbly written. Moreover, prize-winning author Felipe Fernández-Armesto is both a "ferociously intelligent scholar" and an immensely successful "popular historian."
To this end, this book is rare because you may never look at history the same after reading it. Fernández-Armesto looks at the millennium from an imaginary distance and creates spectacular unifying themes. In order to do so, he breaks the 1,000 years into five basic sections; Part One - The Springs of Initiative;Some Civilizations a Thousand Years Ago; Part Two - The Springs Uncoiled;The Reach of Conquest; Part Three - The Atlantic Crisis;The Redistribution of World Resources; Part Four - The Twist of Initiative;The Decline of Confidence and the Erosion of Empires; and Part Five - The Pacific Challenge;Oriental Resilience and Western Culture.
The narrative explores and creatively explains the historical importance of Christendom, Islam, China, Imperialism, Colonization, Industrialization, Commerce, Militant tendencies, and Technology. The text also has dozens of wonderful pictures and drawings to enhance the narrative. The author covers a lot of ground but in doing so he has created an enduring book.
Bert Ruiz
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By kaas@city.dk on 4 Feb. 2000
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Being used to history in general from the western point of view, this book offers its readers a new angle. You'll learn about high level cultures in the so-called 3rd world that rarely are written about these days.
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I am going to do history at University and I recommend this book to any one else who is thinking about doing history or who just wants an insightful and informative look at the history of our world and it's development.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tristan Martin VINE VOICE on 23 Jan. 2012
Format: Hardcover
This trendy history book attempts to give us a non-European history of the last thousand years (written by a European professor at one of Britain's elite universities, naturally). There's nothing wrong with that in principle, except that this tome is essentially unreadable. This chaotic book jumps around from subject to subject with no chronology (a "non-linear narrative" would probably be the excuse) that it is incredibly difficult to divine the argument that the author is attempting to make.

I was really looking forward to this but I gave up on it about 400 pages in to it; life is too short for bad books and indeed, writing about bad books.
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