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From Then to Now: A Short History of the World

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Just 50,000 years ago, our hunter-gatherer ancestors ventured off the African savannah and into the wider world. Now, our technology reaches far out into the cosmos. How did we get to where we are today?

With lively text and colorful illustrations, From Then to Now explains how individual societies struggled to find their own paths, despite war, disease, slavery, natural di
Published October 5th 2011 by Tundra Books (first published March 8th 2011)
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Nov 15, 2011 Betsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have nothing but respect for contemporary historians. A few of them, let us be honest, are rock stars. They have to take something as strange and ephemeral as knowledge (such as it stands) about the past and make it into something relevant and interesting and coherent. These days historians also need to make sure they don't follow in the footsteps of their forefathers and just focus everything on white people. I grant that it was easier to write history when it came down to just a single ethni ...more
Phil James
Mar 05, 2011 Phil James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was glad to win a copy of this book even though when I applied I didn't realise it was for kids or young adults.
Although I'm a long way from being a young adult the book immediately appealed to me. An overview of world history that avoids an overly Euro-centric view and yet doesn't become too PC. Illustrated with watercolour paintings that avoid most of the stereotypes too, I wondered whether it would attract the ipod generation. I needn't have worried. My 12 year old son and 16 year old daugh
Amber Lovett
Dec 30, 2014 Amber Lovett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Moore, Christopher. Illustrated by Andrej Krystoforski. From Then to Now: A Short History of the World. 2011. 188 pp. $25.95. Tundra. 978-0-88776-540-7. An ambitious book that seeks to give a bare bones overview of the history of humanity from humanoids in Africa, through hunter-gatherer societies, to farming and the rise of nations and technologies. The history seeks to be inclusive rather than eurocentric, and covers nations and peoples worldwide. Moore crafts his history in an engaging and ea ...more
Ms. Yingling

Sure enough, this book starts with prehistoric hunter-gatherers and over 182 pages works its way to the present day. It goes at breakneck speed, covering the highlights of all of history, in the same way that I used to give one lecture a year on all of Roman history-- fifty minutes of holding on to your hat! While this book is slightly Euro/Amerocentric, it does cover the history of other parts of the world, and that is very helpful in putting into context what happened in history. When I took h
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Historian Christopher Moore, in addition to his many print credits, has crafted the popular The Story of Canada for young people with renowned author Janet Lunn. Now, in fewer than 200 pages, Moore takes on the history of the whole world with wonderful results. Moore first places readers (figuratively) beside a flickering fire. Then, in ten chapters, he tells the tale of humankind from the first Homo sapiens in Africa to a time a few decades past the invention of the automobile in America.

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Jun 11, 2012 Mallory rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Moore has provided us with a very brief history of the human world, beginning with hunters and gatherers, and ending in the present day. He attempts to describe key events that occurred all over the world, but it is mainly Euro- and American-Centric. However, I think that he does a good job of explaining this as Europe followed by the United States were/are world leaders. His level of detail make it possible for the reader to draw a pretty good human timeline, and to pin point key events that tr ...more
Edward Sullivan
At 184 pages, it is indeed a short history of the world. Moore begins with the hunter gatherers of 50,000 years ago and brings readers up to date. What's always interesting with books like these is to see what the author chooses to leave out of the narrative and it's obviously quite a bit. Moore does make a noble effort to include African, east Asian, Middle Eastern, and pre-Columbian history here, but the emphasis is still slanted toward western civilization. Considering the monumental task of ...more
May 08, 2011 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first of all, have to apologize for taking so long reading this book. Though, it is not for any other reason than a very busy time in my life. I love history, but I would not call myself a "history buff". This book was perfect for me, because it was a real "summary" of a people's history. Quick & to the point, with lots of interesting subjects in which I'd like to take some time to read further up on. As my 3 young children advance into middle school, I will look to this book as an introdu ...more
Feb 21, 2011 Cheryl marked it as interesting-possibilities  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cheryl by: First Reads
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From the description: With lively text and colorful illustrations, From Then to Now explains how individual societies struggled to find their own paths, despite war, disease, slavery, natural disasters, and the relentless growth of human knowledge.
Apr 06, 2013 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It was a good summary of our world's history without all the boring detail of how we got from then to now. A lot of pieces of the puzzle were put in place for me. Thank you, Mr. Moore.
This looks awesome. I love "history of the world" type books, and this one begins 50,000 years ago. Should be a very interesting read.
Mar 30, 2012 Tracey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not sure why the world needed another one of these was shiny.
It's not a bad short history, but it's almost too short to be useful.
Recommended for Gr 6-11
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Christopher Moore has been described as Canada's most versatile writer of history. Twice a winner of the Governor General's Award (and other literary prizes), he writes widely about Canadian history for adults and children. He has also developed historical materials for historic sites, museums, radio, and tel
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