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The Penguin Atlas of World History: From Prehistory to the Eve of the French Revolution: From Prehistory to the Eve of the French Revolution Vol 1 (Penguin Reference Books) Paperback – 29 Jan 2004

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Product details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Rev Ed edition (29 Jan. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141012633
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141012636
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 1.5 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 356,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Herman Kinder & Werner Hilgemann


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This book and its companion volume 2 will gvie you the best overview of world history you are ever likely. No home should be without it, especially if you have children attending schooling or if you are yourself studying. Only drawback is the size of the maps, but with key information on concepts, dates,persons and events this is wikipedia history in book form and at a bargain price
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Looking for an atlas of WORLD HISTORY, I was attracted to this title.

It's maps are excellent. The religious, military, political and economic detail of Europe and the Mediterranean Basin in pre-history, antiquity, the middle ages and through to the French Revolution are indeed fantastic, as is the history which is mostly presented as a timeline within each issue. My only possible complaint is that the book itself is small and the maps need a keen eye.

However, there are very few maps on the rest of the world. China, the Middle East, Africa, the New World - there are very few maps, and many are about Europe's interaction and intervention in these regions.

In a word: Eurocentric. No doubt it was initially put together in the days when Europe was indeed thought to be the world - before the 1980s. It would deserve 5 stars if the title was 'The Penguin Atlas of European History'. Instead, for world history, why not try the Cassell's Atlas of World History by John Haywood: larger, and an actual world history, though contains less detail in its text.
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I bought directly volume 1 and 2 of the Penguin Atlas of World History. Big mistake! The maps are demoded and the text is in an unappealing tiny script. No wonder because it is a reprint of an old book. They should have read Tufte's magnum opus on the display of information before republishing it. Why is there no decent Atlas of World History in the 21st century? At least the Penguin Atlas is not too expensive and it is currently in print, so it still deserves 1 star.
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History in a nutshell - brilliant.
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So much information in one little and clear book. Here are the basis for more research. All very interesting and well presented.
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