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1000 Pages of Civilisation
on 23 May 2013
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.