A People's History of the World: From the Stone Age to the New Millennium Paperback – 1 May 2008
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"The left... has few accounts which convey as well as this book does the broad sweep of human history." Robin Blackburn"
About the Author
CHRIS HARMAN is the editor of International Socialism. He is the author of numerous books including Class Struggles in Eastern Europe, 1945-1983, The Fire Last Time: 1968 and After and The Lost Revolution: Germany 1918-1923.
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Most importantly, however, the overriding analysis of history is refreshingly cogent and consistent. Whereas some history textbooks tend to state what they hope in vain to describe merely as how things happened and then analyze each episode individually, Harman has a clear analysis of history that he constantly reaffirms throughout the text where appropriate. He gets it right as well; he doesn't cherry pick, he doesn't propagate any conspiracy theories, he states history in a way that is not very controversial and applies enough analysis to make it interesting. The rest, which is drawing our own conclusions about exploitation, etc. is left to us. And I must say, he did a very good job indeed.
and the critics Eurocentrism , like A.G. Frank, K.Pomeranz and J.M.Blaut have done , they attempt to break down the traditional view of history too often dominant in the West. Hommage to the alternative mind ! So, Harman should be considered a "must" .
Obviously, such an account has far greater breadth than depth. However, it excels at introducing the reader to any particular region or historical period, and provides a coherent argument for explaining the development of world history.
(Some feel this is the major strength and of course others the major weakness)
For me the book's strength lay in how the author succinctly explains almost all the key events in 'recent history',
and also how some major events are given much more attention than they do in other similar works eg the Spanish Civil war, French revolution.
However if it is an indepth understanding of major historical events you want then this book is not ideal and
this is why I describe it as a very good reference book.
Also if your looking for alot of info. on ancient history it would be best to seek out something else.
This book concentrates much more on the medieval and modern periods so the title is a little misleading.
Overall - it is a v good reference book and beats the hell out of wikepedia as a reference point
(the latter seems to be where more and more people are getting their (inaccurate) knowledge these days)
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Great book, although the modern part feels a little rushed (WW2 especially).Published 14 months ago by James McMurray
This was a very useful book for my history module as it got to the point without going into unnecessary detail. Read morePublished on 17 May 2013 by Cbowsie
The late Chris Harman was the editor of the Socialist Workers Party's paper. In this book, he attempted to write a Marxist history of the world. Read morePublished on 13 Dec. 2011 by William Podmore
The late Chris Harman was a professional left-winger. By this I mean that he was steeped in left-wing politics, being a member of the Central Committee (aka politburo) of the... Read morePublished on 28 May 2011 by Paul T Horgan