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Worlds Together, Worlds Apart: From 1000 CE to the Present v. 2: A History of the World Paperback – 8 Feb 2011

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 3 edition (8 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393934942
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393934946
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 2.3 x 27.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 453,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tony Ormston on 15 Dec. 2013
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I bought this to use on the Coursera MOOC, "History of the World from 1300AD", which was offered by Princeton. I found the course to be little more than a set of videos in which the lecturer presented the contents of the book, which was a very slow way of acquiring that information, so I dropped out and read the book instead.

The authors claim that the overriding theme of the history of the world over the last 700 years is increasing globalization. The book tries to tie every episode of world history into this idea. It's very contrived. They manage to construct the connections to globalization but completely overplay how important that was and try to turn minor aspects of world history into the most important thing that was happening in the world at that time. It's nonsense.

One of the most annoying and erroneous ideas the authors put forward is that the nation state came about because globalization created the conditions for it and that did not happen until the late 18th, early 19th century. I think Britain, France and Spain, to name but a few, would beg to differ with this point of view. They seem to think that Britain did not become a nation state until after the Act of Union with Scotland and only the current nations count as nation states. I do agree that America became a nation state during this period.

I also became very irritated by the number of times Britain was cited as having been evil and caused great harm, and given no credit for the good things it did.

The book does succeed in saying something about the history many areas of the world, but, of necessity, what it has to say is very superficial. It is a reasonable starting point for further reading but it's not very informative.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Stephanie Eborall on 20 Sept. 2013
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This book is co-authored by Prof Adelman who is lecturing on a Coursera course and this is the reading for the course. It was well worth the purchase although I found the exercises and study points a little irritating
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marek Filipiak on 28 Sept. 2013
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I have been reading this book as a companion to a world history course on Coursera and find it to be a very readable though academic book with a good global rather than Eurocentric perspective on history. Above all it highlights how the different parts of the global interlinked and impacted one another even in the medieval era. Definitely a worthwhile read for someone looking at an introduction to world history. Obviously with the amount of ground the book sets out to cover it can only manage to highlight certain points and introduce concepts and ideas.
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By Dave Rawlings on 16 Mar. 2014
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Covering an enormous amount, the book focuses on those elements of history that are of global importance drawing out themes and issues that are missed in a traditional approach. Given the scope it is limited in depth, but that doesn't detract from its high level insight.
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By Juliana on 5 Mar. 2014
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Really useful, full of maps and interesting facts about history, it is really didactic for those that are studying history by themselves.
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