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Spoils Of Time: A History of the World from Earliest Times to the 16th Century (History of Civilization (Phoenix)) Paperback – 6 Apr 2000

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New edition edition (6 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842120042
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842120040
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 x 3.2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,840,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For the first time in paperback this is C.V. Wedgwood¿s wonderfully bold and wide-ranging narrative history of the world from the beginning of civilization to the early renaissance.

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Dame Veronica Wedgwood OM. was one of England¿s most eminent historians and successful writers. She died in

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Suprisingly, Better than Expected 20 May 2002
By scott browne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I must admit that I came to C.V. Wedgwood's "The Spoils of Time" with some trepidation. I have read a number of her books over the years and I know that she was a scholar on 17th century Europe, so seeing a volume by her detailing the history of both western and eastern civilizations from the beginning of time until the Renaissance was quite suprising. However, she managed to write an effective book.
Each civilization that she discusses could have had a tome by itself, yet she was able to weave an enjoyable narrative despite jumping back and forth from Chinese to Indian to Greek or Roman and back again. Her writing style was exquisite and never boring to the reader.My one major complaint was the paucity of footnotes, especially on the sections written about eastern civilizations. It would be useful to know who she was consulting to form her ideas and to refer readers to other books on the subject. A bibliography also could have been included.
For anyone who enjoyed this work, I can suggest several others by Wedgwood that readers may find interesting. On English history her trilogy on the English Civil WAr are good. The individual titles "The King's Peace", "The King's War", and "A Coffin for King Charles". For those interested in 17th century French history try "Richeleau and the French Monarchy". The "Thirty Year War" is still a good starter for German and Central European studies. Finally, anyone interested in Dutch history should consider "William the Silent" a biography of the father of Netherlands independence from Spain. Unfortunately, a number of these titles are out-of-print and may be difficult to obtain. A good research library or out-of-print bookseller can help find them, Amazon.com also has some of these in stock.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Excellent one volume world history 5 Oct 2001
By Robert H. Nunnally Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
C.V. Wedgwood takes on a daunting task--a history of the world from the origins of civilization to 1600, all done in a few hundred pages. I came to this book hoping to put together in my mind all the jigsaws of world history that never quite interlocked together correctly (where did Genghis Khan come in relation to Attila the Hun? which of the Romans were which, and why? just how the heck did those hittites fit in there, and can anyone make sense of the Phoenicians?). The book met and surpassed my expectations. Ms. Wedgwood's book is almost conversational in its easy readability, and yet one gets a lot of facts and a lot of perspective in the mix. I came away learning a great deal, without the usual attendant mental strain. A good read, and a non-taxing one. I particularly enjoyed the "quick takes" she offers on each of the major world religions. I might have wished for more coverage of Scandinavia, of North America, and of Africa south of the
northern region, but this is still a good global survey.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A great start 28 Mar 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Reading this book is an unadulterated pleasure. Wedgewood has a wonderful eye for detail: she out-narrates some of the more absorbing novelists I've read recently. At the end, I was left with a lingering sadness that she didn't live to write the sequel: the world since 1550. (I don't know if she really planned to write a sequel; but the book is crying out for one.)
Well Done 8 Jan 2014
By Andrew J. Keane - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Excellent History book that covers long period in a condensed well written format.
The author is extremely well regarded this book is also not easy to find...great seller in my case as well.
Excellent, thoughtful presentation of how and why we came to be who we are. 13 Jun 2013
By Jose M. Maestre - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The author, through her scholarship, provides a thoughtful analysis of the various historical thoughts and actions of those who have preceded us.
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