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5.0 out of 5 stars A quick summary of the last 5,000 years or so
Obviously, no book (least of all one as small as this) can go into any sort of detail while covering such a broad subject, so this book is not aimed at serious history students, though even they may find it useful occasionally, if only check on aspects of history outside their normal area.

Much of the book covers the rise and fall of various empires, tribes and...
Published 20 months ago by Peter Durward Harris

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3.0 out of 5 stars does what it says!
Bite-size chunks of information which help you grasp the duo range of history. Well written and easy to digest. Would recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A quick summary of the last 5,000 years or so, 6 Dec 2012
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Peter Durward Harris "Pete the music fan" (Leicester England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The History of the World in Bite-Sized Chunks (Hardcover)
Obviously, no book (least of all one as small as this) can go into any sort of detail while covering such a broad subject, so this book is not aimed at serious history students, though even they may find it useful occasionally, if only check on aspects of history outside their normal area.

Much of the book covers the rise and fall of various empires, tribes and civilizations, along the way discussing (very briefly) some information about how they lived. Religions, their origins and significant splits (like the split between Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox, and the later split between Catholic and Protestant) are also discussed briefly.

The 14th century pandemic known as the Black Death is the first episode discussed that appears at first glance to be unrelated to either religion or the rise and fall of empires and tribes. Although its origins lie in the Far East, it ended up affecting Western Europe far more badly than Eastern Europe. However, the author seems to suggest that the social and economic consequences of the massive population decline caused by the Black Death in Western Europe may ultimately have benefited later generations of Western Europeans.

The Renaissance is another important episode covered in the book, after which there is plenty about the European exploration and conquest of other parts of the world as well as battles within Europe, The Hundred Years War with France is mentioned, but while I am disappointed at the omission of Bannockburn, I'm not really surprised.

Towards the end of the book, more interest is shown in cultural and industrial developments including the rise of trade unions and women`s suffrage, although warfare and conquest continue to dominate to the very end in 1945.

If you are going to write a brief history of the last 5,000 years, I suppose it inevitably ends up being dominated by religion, war and conquest. Nevertheless, this is an excellent attempt to cover a very broad subject in quite a small book. It will suit anybody who wants to get a quick overview of the history of humanity on Planet Earth.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great synopsis!, 8 Jun 2014
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Still in the middle of reading this one. So far I find all the facts and figures intriguing and am impressed by the authoress' knowledge and style. Enjoying it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a bit basic, 4 Dec 2013
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This really is in bite size chunks, a bit too jumpy for me but if your not sure what period interests you this would be a good book to start with and then get something with more detail.
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3.0 out of 5 stars does what it says!, 23 Sep 2013
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Bite-size chunks of information which help you grasp the duo range of history. Well written and easy to digest. Would recommend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, 18 Aug 2013
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It could have covered a few more things perhaps but in reality, it does what it says on the tin.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Bite sized does not give a flavour, 8 July 2013
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Too bite sized, skimming over world history without telling much more than you already know. Glossing over the interesting events and leaving me feeling decidedly empty.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality book, 13 April 2013
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Really interesting book so informative it really is the world in bite size pieces certainly gets the grey matter working
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3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining procession, 6 Mar 2013
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Very difficult to achieve what she has in such a short book but as a result a lot of the detail that makes history so fascinating is lost. It does usefully map out most of the major events but this is such a skim across the surface that you barely get more than bubbles
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good if you just want a very quick summary!, 27 Feb 2013
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I would recommend this to someone who doesn't know a lot about history and would like to go on the read more into a certain topic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review of the History of the World in bite-size chunks, 22 Feb 2013
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A great book that I highly recommend to anyone who like me found history at school to be incredibly dull and boring and as such feels inadequately informed when adult conversation turns to history. This book has given me the confidence to participate in these conversations without feeling like a 'numpty'. However this book only reaches the second world war, I wonder if she has written a book for the history of last 70 years??
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