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J M Roberts, now deceased, wrote the original version of this book on his own. It has gone through numerous editions. This sixth edition has been expanded and revised by Arne Westwad a Professor at the LSE, my alma mater.
The book is an old-fashioned narrative covering years of global civilisation, and is none the worse for that. Undergraduates, understandably, prefer this approach to the impenetrable jargon of post-modermism. it has a very old and distinguished pedigree that includes Peter Heylyn.
The book demonstrates in its learning the paucity of knowledge in other world history books like that of Andrew Marr. It also owes something to the brilliance of H G Wells little book of 1920.
Maps adorn the book and there is a superb index that will be welcomed by those using the book for research or reference.
The authors demonstrate how human beings have coped with the various challenges of the past-wars, famines, and so on.
In 1985 Roberts was responsible for a very successful television series entitled:'Triumph of the West'. Of its kind,it has never been bettered.
This is a book to cherish. It is worth every penny.
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on 6 May 2016
A book to have nearby and to consult every day. History as it shoukd be told
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on 5 February 2014
A very good history of the world, which does its utmost to be truly a world history rather than Eurocentric. The emphasis is on trends and the big perspective, so if you are looking for a chronicle of events you need to look elsewhere. It covers science and economics as well as politics and military history. The book goes a long way to explain why the current world order is the way it is.
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on 25 May 2015
very fine book and very well written
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on 21 July 2013
This book is tremendous value for money. I find it to be extremely well written and therefore interesting and informative to read. Highly recommended - worth every penny.
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on 3 August 2014
I'm hooked! As well as being informative and very detailed, it's still easy to read. The book flows and is a very enjoyable read!
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on 12 January 2015
fascinating book, keep it by the bed for some insightful reading instead of browsing facebook
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on 2 April 2014
Really approaches history the way I wished they approached when I was young.

An overview of the most relevant topics of human history, really good anchor for future references.
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on 11 November 2013
This is an impressive tome but a really excellent text book for the student and lover of history alike. Extremely well-written and clearly set out. Highly recommended.
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on 29 February 2016
the book seems very promising. but I have not yet finished reading it, uptil now I am very interested
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