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A Short History of the World

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  493 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Here is a masterly account of the grand adventure of human history, brilliantly narrated by a distinguished historian. It is the story of the world s people during the last four million years, beginning before the human race moved out of Africa to explore and settle the other continents. Geoffrey Blainey explores the development of technology and skills, the rise of major ...more
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published February 11th 2002 by Ivan R. Dee Publisher (first published October 1st 2000)
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Fungus Gnat
Blainey seeks to cover the history of the human species, including its prehistory, in the space of little more than 400 pages. Necessarily, this is not a history in the conventional sense—persons and places and dates, the actions of great men (and a few great women;). No, this is more a broad-brush cultural history: Where people lived, where they moved to (and from), the religions they followed, their view of the world (constrained, most of the time), the technologies (broadly speaking) they use ...more
Not very well-written, but interesting nevertheless. Good progression through the ages, covers many of the factors that have shaped human existence.
João Henrique
Nice book but there are others with the same subject and more interesting.
Bendick Ong
This is the second book i have recently on human history as a whole. My first was e.h.gombrich’s a little history of the world which i read 2-3 years ago and was actually a very good read. And this is the second - inspired by again a good post-lunch small-talk on world history, presidents, charisma and space expeditions with cb, e and k in one of those freer afternoons; and which later inspired further discussions with j on egyptian pharaohs, garden of eden and noah’s ark, and e’s recommendation ...more
Well, I enjoyed this book, though I've been meaning to look more closely into the historiography of it all. Geoffrey Blainey, I think though I might be wrong, is a fairly conservative historian, one of those who leaned towards John Howard's side in the history wars. Since I most definitely did not support that side, I suspect this means I should read it again with a critical eye.

Historiography aside, my main complaint with this book was that it spent rather too long discussing the less interesti
Interesting and readable. Blainey follows social, cultural, religious and technological themes rather than the political or military. He attempts to tell the story of human experience rather than to recount a sequence of significant historical events, Thus, political and military developments are often unexpectedly relegated to supporting evidence for whichever larger theme he is developing. This approach enables him to move through large swathes of history quite quickly while still developing a ...more
Giuliano Filippini
Uma maneira interessante de se ligar os diversos fatos históricos que ocorreram na humanidade.
A leitura é bastante simples e agradável.
O ponto negativo é que o livro é bastante superficial por se tratar de um período muito amplo da história da humanidade. Porém vale a leitura para quem gosta desse tipo de assunto.
Darryl Hall
For the reason I read it, it was a perfect choice. My only critique would be the sections that make reference to Biblical writings as historical fact when some of those references we know today as part legend/part myth. But the general approach and the focus on the events or advancements that made huge changes in civilizations made it good.
Interesting reading, with non-biased comments and opinions. This book does exactly what it said it would: tell a very short history of the world as if the author was there, feeling what a typical person from the several times, continents, cultures, civilizations and religions felt. I missed a time line and mention to the Internet, though.
I'm not sure. Mr. Blainey isn't the most eloquent of writers. His transitions a bit awkward, there were some weird contradictions, and very often I felt like I'd been promised more information than I actually got. But I learned a little, which, I suppose is the point.
Arisio Costa
Uma visão geral da história do mundo escrita de forma agradável de ser lida. Em diversas situações o autor cogita como a história poderia ter evoluido se algum evento específico não tivesse ocorrido. Muito bom!
Finished at last! Excelent coverage of facts, but it was as boring as a History class textbook... I guess I was expecting a less didactic style of writing. But it was worth it nevertheless.
Greg Tred
Makes me wish I did history at school - took a long time to read, not a page turner but a lot of info there that I just didn't know and other stuff I learnt a lot more about.
Chris Watkins
A great and very readable introduction to the big picture of world history - a good starting point that will help make sense of more focused books of history.
Herbert Hotzendorf
Fantastic!!! Gives you a brief but complete view on the evolution of mankind. It makes you understand who we are and how we got to where we are now.
Jun 05, 2009 Jenifer rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all
phenomenal, i didn't really learn that much new information, but this book put so much of what i already knew into it's proper prosepective
Antonio Luís
Geoffrey Blainey was very assertive in his approach in order to hold the reader's attention. The book is really very informative.
É um livro que mostra a história de alguns milhões de anos em pouco mais de 300 páginas. Interessante e, de fato, muito "breve".
Buen libro de divulgación que explica todo lo que se conoce hasta hoy día de la raza humana.
Saul Abbad
It is interesting to have a good perespective of western history evolution
Good summary of the historical ideas that took us for a spin!
Chee Chee
I feel like this is a good book. Just not my type.
I learned about the history of the world. A very easy read.
Horrível e irritante
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Geoffrey Norman Blainey AC is a prominent Australian historian. He attended Wesley College and the University of Melbourne. He was appointed to a teaching post at the University of Melbourne in 1962, becoming Professor of Economic History in 1968, Professor of History in 1977, and then Dean of Melbourne's Faculty of Arts in 1982. From 1994 to 1998 Blainey was foundation Chancellor at the Universit ...more
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