A Concise History of the Modern World, Fourth Edition: 1500 to the Present:  A Guide to World Affairs
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A Concise History of the Modern World, Fourth Edition: 1500 to the Present: A Guide to World Affairs

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By investigating the major changes of world history during the past five hundred years, this book provides the necessary global perspective to understand the geopolitical and geoeconomic changes facing us today. We have reached a crucial transitional stage in world history in which the world will no longer be shaped by the single image of western modernism, but increasingl...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published September 7th 2002 by Palgrave Macmillan (first published 1991)
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As someone who missed out on a lot of history in my early teens (it's a long story that involves moving house and multiple transfers between schools, etc. etc.), this book is a really neat round up of the last 500 years of world history. It's like the CliffsNotes edition of what most schools teach, though it takes a bit more than a weekend to properly get through.

There are some events which I wish it would have focused a bit more on, but as a basic crash course of the last 500 years, it's great...more
Ahh, the bathroom reader. This is a good concise trip through history. I am in WWII from a beginning with Columbus (spit). Woodruff covers the world relatively well.
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William Woodruff was born in 1916 into a family of Blackburn, Lancashire cotton workers. At 13 he left school and became a delivery boy in a grocer's shop. In 1933, with bleak prospects in the north of England, he decided to try his luck in London and migrated to the filth and squalor of the East End. Then in 1936 with the encouragement of a Jesuit priest and the aid of a London County Council Sch...more
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