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History of the World,
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This review is from: The New Penguin History of the World (Kindle Edition)
For anyone wishing to understand how the world has evolved from the very beginning, this is the book for you. Starting at the evolution of humans, into homosapiens, and then assessing each civilisation throughout history to the modern day, the Penguin History of the World provides the best introduction to the study of history.
I was a bit apprehensive of a book that claimed to cover every period, but the book is nicely written and so clearly expressed (and without doubt seems to cover every major event that I can think of) that this book isn't just for academics, but the general reader who wishes to get a grasp of how events have shaped the world.
Separated into seperate topics for each civilisation, the text is easy to navigate and not only looks at political, but also social and cultural events. If you wish, you can follow the footnotes or further reading to look into topics in more detail - this book can only give you the basics.
One of the best 'History of the World' books I have come across. Downloaded onto my kindle, it also came with clearly labelled maps so I was able to keep an eye on which part of the world I was reading about.