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Effortless journey down the river of history,
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This review is from: A Little History of the World (Paperback)
I read A Little History with my eleven year old daughter, taking it in turns at bed time. We've taken an effortless journey down the river of history, a metaphor Gombrich uses, and arrived at its mouth: a final chapter written possibly fifty years after the rest of the book in which he corrects some mistakes, reflects on events since the Great War, makes a plea for tolerance and expresses hope for the future. As I read it my voice wavered with the emotion Gombrich must have felt as he wrote, reinterpreting history he, an Austrian Jew, had lived through.
British readers will be surprised at how little we feature in Gombrich's work, a European history with chapters on other civilizations, especially when they impact on European history. We were, as we are now, bit players in the great events on the continent.