- Hardcover: 1248 pages
- Publisher: Allen Lane; 4th Revised edition edition (27 Feb. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0713996110
- ISBN-13: 978-0713996111
- Product Dimensions: 16 x 5.4 x 24.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,105,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The New Penguin History of the World Hardcover – 27 Feb 2003
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A work of outstanding breadth of scholarship and penetrating judgments. There is nothing better of its kind. (Jonathan Sumption, "Sunday Telegraph") Anyone who wants an outline grasp of history, the core of all subjects, can grasp it here. ("The Economist") --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
JM Roberts is also the author of THE PENGUIN HISTORY OF EUROPE and THE PENGUIN HISTORY OF THE 20TH CENTURY and was historical advisor to the BBC's A PEOPLE'S CENTURY. He lives in Somerset.
Top Customer Reviews
The book, it is freely acknowledged by Roberts, comes from a white, middle class western perspecive, however every edition finds him attempting to balance his global coverage further, as well as expanding the text to include more on gender issues and the environment. The thinness of material on non-Western cultures, such as Africa and Latin America is more related to knowledge than bias.Read more ›
On the plus side this book accuratley and decidley covers a broad range of eras in a concise and clear manner. Including enough detail for the reader to follow the narrative, but so much as to loose the reader in a dense mass of detail. Roberts tackles the huge catalogue of human history, by identifying the themes of comtinuity and change through the chronological study of our past. He does this very well and the added section detailimg from 9/11 onwards rounds off a superb effort.
However, the piece does have some short comings. Most notably the 'eurocentricity' running throughout. The most obvious case of this is that Roberts spends chapter upon chapter detailing the development of Europe and the Near East up to 1500, but only 20-40 pages outlining the same time span for other great centers of culture such as Japan, China or India. This continues throughout the book, and although China goes on to feature more so, really does let it down.
On the whole though a very good piece of work by a great Historian, and a must read for anyone wanting to be able to see the 'bigger picture' of history!
I love this book. If I could only take one book with me to a desert island it would be this. I have ordered a second copy (since mine is now so battered) to give to my son who will start History AS next month. I can think of now better foundation for him to start this course.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An essential treatment of human history in one comfortably-sized tome. Well worth acquiring.Published 12 months ago by Peter Bjørn Perlsø
Personally, I really enjoyed this book, but when I bought a copy for a friend's teenage daughter who was flunking history at school, she rolled her eyes. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Anthony Lauder
An excellent overview of the history of the world from paleolithic times to 2001. JM Roberts has thoughtful incites into what makes human beings tick.Published on 30 Sept. 2014 by Katherine L. O'Neal
This book was bought as a present, it was the first history book that I read from cover to cover, as normally I would use a book as reference. Read morePublished on 9 April 2014 by J PEARCE
I was hoping for a serious book which describes some facts from our history, but the majority of the 1200 pages are just the subjective thoughts of the author, with no specific... Read morePublished on 16 Nov. 2012 by peter_uk
Should be read by everyone, including dogs. I finished it with a tear in my eye and a lump in my throat. Bloody brilliant.Published on 28 Mar. 2012 by Margaret
The New Penguin History of the World by J.M. Roberts is an interesting book spanning the whole period of human civilisation from pre-history to the modern day. Read morePublished on 10 Jan. 2012 by HBH