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The Penguin History of the World [Paperback]

J. M. Roberts
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27 Sep 1990
A revised edition of this survey of world history. The book contains 90 specially-commissioned maps.
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  • Paperback: 1040 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (27 Sep 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014013591X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140135916
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 13 x 4.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,215,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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J.M.Roberts has laid out the world's history in a true chronological way, describing events as they occur in different parts of the world to allow the reader a way to envisage the world as it unfolds.
Objective as much as possible - he has however emphasised, overall, the importance of Europe in shaping today's world. At the same time he has accounted for the way the world's different peoples' have developed in culture and thinking.
Recommended at least to increase your understanding and enrich the picture of not only world events but of it's people too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars just abit of light reading 9 Oct 2003
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I congratulate anyone who gets through this - at 1114 pages its no walk in the park, but well worth the effort.
Roberts has an uncanny ability to take any topic, say, The French Revolution, the Civil War, the fall of Rome, and penetrate right to the heart of the matter, capturing its very essence and significance. Equally though, he is able to bind all the individual events together, to explain the broader developments of history across all cultures and continents.
The book benefits from beginning at prehistory, which makes the story that follows all the more fascinating, and at times ridiculous, when you think that not too long ago we were still just apes.
My main criticisms would be that he does tend to emphasise, ad nauseum, the hegemony that Europe established over the rest of the world. It does become a little Eurocentric and repititive in places. Roberts also has an annoying habit of quoting someone but then not telling you who said it (" as a philosopher once said...").
Even taking these things into account, as a history graduate I would say I have rarely, if ever, encountered a historian with such a brilliant grasp of the issues of history or who can express things with such clarity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best history I have ever read! 9 July 2000
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This is a comprehensive history of the world, from the origins of humanity to the present day. It's packed with information, very deeply researched, without being dry. As readable as any novel - you just can't put it down - and accessible to anyone. Part of its strength is that many of the analyses drop 'hints' and lead you to develop your own ideas.
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