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  • Paperback: 1280 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; 6th Revised edition edition (30 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846144434
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846144431
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 5.8 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A work of outstanding breadth of scholarship and penetrating judgments. There is nothing better of its kind (Jonathan Sumption Sunday Telegraph)

At once entertaining and scholarly ... a book as challenging as it is consistently absorbing (Christopher Hibbert)

A stupendous achievement (A. J. P. Taylor)

A brilliant book ... the most outstanding history of the world yet written' (J. H. Plumb)

The leading historical mind of his generation (Guardian)

About the Author

J. M. Roberts (1928-2003) was a celebrated and prolific British historian and the author of a number of books, including, "The Penguin History of Europe" and "The Penguin History of the Twentieth Century." Odd Arne Westad has served as the Director of Research at the Nobel Institute and Professor of International History at the London School of Economics, and has published fifteen books on modern and contemporary international history, most recently, "Restless Empire: China and the World Since 1750."

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Dr Barry Clayton TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 May 2013
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J M Roberts, now deceased, wrote the original version of this book on his own. It has gone through numerous editions. This sixth edition has been expanded and revised by Arne Westwad a Professor at the LSE, my alma mater.
The book is an old-fashioned narrative covering years of global civilisation, and is none the worse for that. Undergraduates, understandably, prefer this approach to the impenetrable jargon of post-modermism. it has a very old and distinguished pedigree that includes Peter Heylyn.
The book demonstrates in its learning the paucity of knowledge in other world history books like that of Andrew Marr. It also owes something to the brilliance of H G Wells little book of 1920.
Maps adorn the book and there is a superb index that will be welcomed by those using the book for research or reference.
The authors demonstrate how human beings have coped with the various challenges of the past-wars, famines, and so on.
In 1985 Roberts was responsible for a very successful television series entitled:'Triumph of the West'. Of its kind,it has never been bettered.
This is a book to cherish. It is worth every penny.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By sophietrophy on 21 July 2013
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This book is tremendous value for money. I find it to be extremely well written and therefore interesting and informative to read. Highly recommended - worth every penny.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. F. Cayley on 5 Feb. 2014
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A very good history of the world, which does its utmost to be truly a world history rather than Eurocentric. The emphasis is on trends and the big perspective, so if you are looking for a chronicle of events you need to look elsewhere. It covers science and economics as well as politics and military history. The book goes a long way to explain why the current world order is the way it is.
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By Zaeem Jafri on 12 Jan. 2015
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fascinating book, keep it by the bed for some insightful reading instead of browsing facebook
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By David Andrews on 24 Jan. 2015
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Essential reading if you are interested in World history
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Actimel on 2 April 2014
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Really approaches history the way I wished they approached when I was young.

An overview of the most relevant topics of human history, really good anchor for future references.
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