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4.0 out of 5 stars History in brief, 2 Jun 2010
This review is from: World History (Eyewitness Companions) (Paperback)
While the title of this book sounds quite ambitious -i.e.: World History, the book does quite a good job of doing what it set out to do. The book is not too big and gives a good overview of history from ancient times until now (it is a 2010 print, so contains details of recent world events such as the Mumbai bombings in 2008). Furthermore, the book makes good use of directories for world leaders, historic cities, etc. and covers history in chronological order from ancient times until now with many pictures to supplement the text.

The book does not go into much depth with each of the topics and only has about a page for things such as the Korean War, etc. Nonetheless, it is an easy read without too many technical words and gives a good summary of world history.

In summary; a comprehensive easy to read history book, which is good not only for people interested in history but also those who would like to get an overview of it. Read the book and see for yourself!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting, 19 Jan 2012
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"World History" is a fascinating book. It tries to give an overview of human history from prehistoric times right up to the present day - and it succeeds admirably. Admittedly it doesnt go into much detail, but it does provide a framework from which to investigate certain historical events more thoroughly. The book is well illustrated with colour pictures and clear headings. Everything is explored in chronological order and as the book's title implies, the history of the world is covered , not just European history , so we can understand that civilisations developed throughout the world at the same time. India,China and the Americas all had agricultural economies and civilisation long before the Bible , for instance,was written, casting doubt on the Middle East somehow being the cradle of civilisation. Many Eurocentric texts would ignore what was happening in these areas, but not this one. This book is a good reference work if you are wanting to understand the chronology of world history and how humanity has developed over the millennia. I would recommend it to any student of history or to anyone wanting to increase their general knowledge.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and informative, 14 May 2012
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I bought this book for my boyfriend who is mad about history. The book has beautiful illustrations / photography as is standard for Dorling Kingsley but is also very informative in respect of history throughout the ages and in different lands and cultures in short snapshot style. An excellent purchase !!World History (Eyewitness Companions)
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4.0 out of 5 stars great brief overview, 22 Oct 2013
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would recommend to mature readers who may have a hazy and spottified remembrance of school history, who now need a brief overview and who can appreciate that such brevity inevitably involves over-simplification and some distortions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 18 July 2014
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Good DK book.
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