- Hardcover: 896 pages
- Publisher: Allen Lane (29 Jun. 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0713994614
- ISBN-13: 978-0713994612
- Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 7.5 x 24.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,132,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
One World Divisible: A Global History Since 1945 (Allen Lane History) Hardcover – 29 Jun 2000
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About the Author
David Reynolds is a professor of international history at Cambridge University. He is the author of books including The Long Shadow and In Command of History: Churchill Fighting and Writing the Second World War, which won the Wolfson Prize. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Unless you HAVE to read this book though, don't get it. The language is thick, the text is not broken up at all, and it is 600+ pages of David Reynolds's personal opinions. I love history, but this book isn't worth the effort it takes to decipher. Every sentence is a paragraph in meaning. No college student has the time to devote to this text. To any professor looking to use this book: don't (especially not for an intro class). Sincerely, every World History student.
Very informative and well written in comparison to some articles and other textbooks used for research. Gives a very straightforward and unbiased point of view on historical events.
In steering away from focusing on cultural influences in world history Reynolds gives us his own personal cultural perspective. The book, he says, is "a limited and personal view"; personal being that of a white middle-aged English academic. The world view of many historians fitting this description sees the cold war as the fulcrum on which all latter 20th century history rests. Not so with Reynolds. He sees this as Western self satisfaction and a blinkered view of history and he certainly does not see victory in the cold war as any great portent for the West. There is a much broader view here, and a wealth of knowledge about the wider world; other worlds even, such as the 'Third World' or the developing world.
'One World Divisible' is encyclopedic; it's full of statistics, tables, dates and mini biographies of world leaders. The amount of data available, strangely enough, is one of the weaknesses of the book. Reynolds has an easy narrative style and a dry sense of humor that make reading enjoyable, but the humor is not able to hold out for the distance - over 800 pages, and the narrative can't quite bring all the data together neatly enough. In the end the book suffers from the same fate as Reynolds' history - coming together but also apart - one book divisible.