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Modern History: From the European Age to the New Global Era Hardcover – 4 Oct 2007


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  • Hardcover: 912 pages
  • Publisher: Duncan Baird Publishers (4 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844835537
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844835539
  • ASIN: 1844834522
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 4.9 x 27.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,281,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The late J.M. Roberts was a distinguished and influential historian. A former fellow, tutor and master of Merton College, Oxford, he also held visiting professorships in the United States. He was general editor of Purnell's History of the Twentieth Century, but is best known known for his original works, History of the World and Triumph of the West.

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Amazon.com: 4 reviews
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
J. M. Roberts in another great format. 3 Aug. 2009
By Another history buff - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This single volume is actually the second half of the 10-volume set previously released as "History of the World. It is J. M. Roberts in another great format. This is the "Top of the Mountain" in world history: clear, measured prose of marvelous scholarship in a large volume of large print, finest paper, hundreds of illustrations, with frequent bold headings. Look no further; you cannot top this book - it is history as a work of art!
Great Overview of Half a Millenium 20 Sept. 2014
By R. Moore - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Terrific general review of roughly 500 years of history. Not for the person who is acquainted with the essentials, and definitely not for the specialist or academic, but for those who are looking for the main events, trends, and big picture, an entertaining and informative read. Great illustrations, reproductions of period art, and maps in a very attractive package. Often discounted so deeply that it's a must-have book.
I find his writing easy reading, informative and sometimes engrossing 6 April 2015
By Mindy Retherford - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
As an avid history buff, I read and research numerous books and documentary papers. Having read books by Roberts, I find his writing easy reading, informative and sometimes engrossing.
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
If you like history, this book reads like a really boring textbook 15 Oct. 2009
By Jackal - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Update: I've tried two more times with the book, but the writing is so dull. Somebody wrote that this book is an abridged version of a ten volume world history. That would explain quite a bit. However, I am not sure this is true. The introduction states that this is the fourth edition of the book. It is difficult to trace the author's work because the different editions have different titles.

I wish the author would have written a more elitist book. There is no way this book will get a big audience because it is too traditional. Not much focus on economic or social history for instance. A more elitist book would still add tremendous value for the more interested general reader.

Original review

This book reads and looks like a secondary school textbook - except that it is thicker. The vocabulary is annoyingly simple, the writing is plain, and the fontsize is large. Even the pictures reminds me of a secondary school textbook. Personally, I don't like this style, but that is up to you to decide. I just can't be bothered of reading more than snippets of the book. Thankfully, I no longer have a teacher that forces me to read it.

Having said this, the content is not bad and if you were to read the whole book, you would certainly get a good overview of modern history. The focus of the book is on the themes that matter the most.
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