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5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected and unsurpassed., 24 April 2013
This review is from: Shakespeare's Restless World: An Unexpected History in Twenty Objects (Hardcover)
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Having read A History of the World in 100 Objects I was struck by MacGregor's unique approach. Most historians, however fascinating and however insightful they are, tend to focus on the overall picture, whereas MacGregor delves much further.

It would be easy to overlook, for example, an old fork when excavating a centuries old theatre. Most historians probably would. However, MacGregor takes a seemingly eclectic assortment of items out of their original context and studies them in-depth before placing them back into their original context in order that they may be better understood.

So, the item would be investigated and explained, with the help of various photographs, paintings and diagrams from the era, and its origins described in detail, and then it would be put back in terms of where it was found and how it fit in and the part it played in the lives of people at the time.

Truly fascinating and thought provoking in an engaging and beautifully presented book.
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