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4.0 out of 5 stars comprehensive
This is a hefty volume that comprehensively charts human prehistory and the development of civilizations the world over. Part One looks at the evolution of humanity whilst Part Two is concerned with After The Ice. Twenty Four prominent writers in their field have contributed to the book. The book has special features throughout, such as timelines, maps and diagrams,...
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1.0 out of 5 stars THis book is really badly written
This book is very long-winded. It is not helped by being written by a team of writers, each of whom is meant to be an expert in their field. It is hard to tell; they seem to be unable to communicate concisely and clearly. Long words are chosen even when not technically necessary and sentence construction is unnecessarily obscure. It desperately needs editing and...
Published 7 months ago by Mark Champness


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars comprehensive, 23 Jan 2013
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This review is from: The Human Past: World Prehistory & the Development of Human Societies (Paperback)
This is a hefty volume that comprehensively charts human prehistory and the development of civilizations the world over. Part One looks at the evolution of humanity whilst Part Two is concerned with After The Ice. Twenty Four prominent writers in their field have contributed to the book. The book has special features throughout, such as timelines, maps and diagrams, highlighted categories and suggestions for further research. It is illustrated throughout with both black and white and colour images. Discover individual regions and learn about social, cultural and economic development over the past three million years. This book is firmly established as the most thorough and authoritative introduction on the subject. It can be used complete in its logical format or dipped into to learn about different cultures. This review first appeared on yarnsnadfabrics
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5.0 out of 5 stars essential reading, 28 May 2014
For all students of archaeology and palaeoanthropology this book is essential. Always get the most up to date version as there will without a doubt be multiple sections that are no longer correct in the older versions.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For uni, 9 Dec 2013
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This book has been really useful and full of wonder information was here really quickly and in brilliant condition :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 29 Jun 2013
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Amazing book even for people that are not in the field but want to really learn facts and not fiction.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars THis book is really badly written, 11 Dec 2013
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This book is very long-winded. It is not helped by being written by a team of writers, each of whom is meant to be an expert in their field. It is hard to tell; they seem to be unable to communicate concisely and clearly. Long words are chosen even when not technically necessary and sentence construction is unnecessarily obscure. It desperately needs editing and rewriting. The Australia chapter (9) is a particular example of how not to communicate.
From what I have read so far, the lehgth does not add meaning, in fact, it seems just to take a long time to skirt round the subject. For example, it does not count as explanation to throw references in as this book does. It just adds to the opacity of it all.
There may be much interesting material in this book but from what I have read so far, I doubt it. This is one of the worst books that I jhave ever tried to read.
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