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One World Divisible: A Global History Since 1945 (Allen Lane History) Hardcover – 29 Jun 2000

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  • 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)
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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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To cover the history of the world over the past 55 years and put all the countless events and developments into context is to put it mildly a hugely ambitious task. This work succeeds brilliantly. It may seem to many readers of history that such a book could only hope to be broadbrush. But somehow this is not true. Apart from being an extertaining and often witty read, the wealth of detail is marshalled in a such a superb manner that this almost reads like an unputdownable thriller. The proper global perspective is reached by the degree of concentration on the less developed world. The numerous pieces on China and latin america are fine examples. Even if you think that you are pretty well read on modern history, this book contains enough revelations and wonderfully succint analysis to entertain and inform. I know that this is a gushing review, but I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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I bought this book having been amazed at the quality of Reynold's America Empire of liberty series on Radio 4. This book has all the same qualities viz a fast paced and accessible style combined with deep erudition over a vast range. So if you want a genuine world history that is both readable and learned I sincerely doubt if you will find any better than this.
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This is a marvellous history book which fills in world history blanks which other historians miss. Well worth reading interpretations and extraordinary insights as well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hate this book. I needed it though, so thank you Amazon. 25 Sept. 2016
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I gave this product 4 stars because the shipping was fast, the book was in great condition and Amazon did a wonderful job.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good textbook 17 Aug. 2013
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Exactly as expected, excellent textbook required for uni.

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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Scholarly and rfeadable history of the world post-WW II. 18 Aug. 2013
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Scholarship seems sound. Writing is professional yet easy to follow. Recommend this for anyone seriously interested in the historical role of the U.S. or Great Britain in the modern world.
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3.0 out of 5 stars One World Divisible; idea of global society - risible 13 Mar. 2001
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Tackling world history of course is no laughing matter and although Reynolds exhibits his sense of humor throughout, there is no doubt that he takes his work seriously (based on the massive amount of research that went into this book) and there is nothing frivolous at all about the central theme of 'One World Divisible'. The basic view is that world history since 1945 has been very contradictory. Reynolds sees a "dialectical process of greater integration" but also "greater fragmentation". He says "the tools of unification...also served as weapons of disintegration - creating new states and sects, reinforcing old cultures and nations". This view of world history as one of change through the conflict of opposing forces is not limited to the ideological battles of the cold war nor even the armed battles of regional hot wars. Reynolds includes the conflicts arising from "reaffirmation of national culture in the face of globalization". Forces that act to seperate at the same time that instant communication, technological revolutions and the global economy are shrinking the world; opposing forces that make the idea of a global society ludicrous. Reynolds however is not talking about a 'Clash of Civilizations' as in Samuel Huntington's book; he still sees world history since 1945 as being primarily a story of nations, not cultures.
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.
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