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A great introduction to western and world history.,
This review is from: Civilization: A New History of the Western World (Hardcover)
When I was looking for a new book, I wanted to read about history, something I was interested in but had not read much about. The bewildering choice in the history section - most of it skewed to the 20th Century, especially the World Wars - were not what I was looking for. What I required was a general book that would illuminate European history, fill out the gaps in my personal understanding and provide a stepping stone to the more subject specific books is mainly occupy the history section.
Civilization (I personally prefer the Anglo spelling) filled all these requirements and some. Starting in the prehistoric society, it works through the last 2500 years of western history, seamlessly moving from period to period, linking changes, while informing the read of philosophical, artist, religious etc. developments in the long story.
The book is divided into logical self-contained chapters. Although a little slow and dry it is well written.
I feel now that I could quite easily delve into the reading list suggest at the end of the book, having built up a 'basic' understanding of the broad brushstrokes of Western history and their meanings and ramifications.
I suggest this book be read by anyone wanting to understand current world issues as Osborne attempts to link current issues with European History.
Overall, a good buy and a good read, I thoroughly recommend this to anyone embarking out on learning more about history.