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4.0 out of 5 stars Epic, fascinating
It's more a serious history than a 'The Calendar'-type novelistic sweep, but it's fascinating, pulling together lots of Things You Didn't Know. It's really a history of colonialism and empires, more than a general history. You won't find lists of kings here.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Chaotic, disorganised and simply just bad
This trendy history book attempts to give us a non-European history of the last thousand years (written by a European professor at one of Britain's elite universities, naturally). There's nothing wrong with that in principle, except that this tome is essentially unreadable. This chaotic book jumps around from subject to subject with no chronology (a "non-linear narrative"...
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Epic, fascinating, 6 Nov 1999
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This review is from: Millennium: A History of Our Last Thousand Years (Paperback)
It's more a serious history than a 'The Calendar'-type novelistic sweep, but it's fascinating, pulling together lots of Things You Didn't Know. It's really a history of colonialism and empires, more than a general history. You won't find lists of kings here.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A stimulating examination of 1,000 years, 21 Sep 2003
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Bert Ruiz "author/journalist" (Pleasantville, NY) - See all my reviews
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In very simple terms...this is a very good book to read. "Millennium: A History of the Last Thousand Years," is richly detailed and superbly written. Moreover, prize-winning author Felipe Fernández-Armesto is both a "ferociously intelligent scholar" and an immensely successful "popular historian."
To this end, this book is rare because you may never look at history the same after reading it. Fernández-Armesto looks at the millennium from an imaginary distance and creates spectacular unifying themes. In order to do so, he breaks the 1,000 years into five basic sections; Part One - The Springs of Initiative;Some Civilizations a Thousand Years Ago; Part Two - The Springs Uncoiled;The Reach of Conquest; Part Three - The Atlantic Crisis;The Redistribution of World Resources; Part Four - The Twist of Initiative;The Decline of Confidence and the Erosion of Empires; and Part Five - The Pacific Challenge;Oriental Resilience and Western Culture.
The narrative explores and creatively explains the historical importance of Christendom, Islam, China, Imperialism, Colonization, Industrialization, Commerce, Militant tendencies, and Technology. The text also has dozens of wonderful pictures and drawings to enhance the narrative. The author covers a lot of ground but in doing so he has created an enduring book.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Refeshing!, 4 Feb 2000
This review is from: Millennium: A History of Our Last Thousand Years (Paperback)
Being used to history in general from the western point of view, this book offers its readers a new angle. You'll learn about high level cultures in the so-called 3rd world that rarely are written about these days.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant work from beginning to end, 8 Dec 2012
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I am going to do history at University and I recommend this book to any one else who is thinking about doing history or who just wants an insightful and informative look at the history of our world and it's development.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Chaotic, disorganised and simply just bad, 23 Jan 2012
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Mr. Tristan Martin (Hertfordshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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This trendy history book attempts to give us a non-European history of the last thousand years (written by a European professor at one of Britain's elite universities, naturally). There's nothing wrong with that in principle, except that this tome is essentially unreadable. This chaotic book jumps around from subject to subject with no chronology (a "non-linear narrative" would probably be the excuse) that it is incredibly difficult to divine the argument that the author is attempting to make.

I was really looking forward to this but I gave up on it about 400 pages in to it; life is too short for bad books and indeed, writing about bad books.
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