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قصة الحضارة (The Story of Civilization all 11)

4.39 of 5 stars 4.39  ·  rating details  ·  928 ratings  ·  105 reviews
Will Durant/Our Oriental Heritage/Simon & Schuster '35
Will Durant/The Life of Greece/Simon & Schuster '39
Will Durant/Caesar & Christ/Simon & Schuster '44
Will Durant/The Age of Faith/Simon & Schuster '50
Will Durant/The Renaissance/Simon & Schuster '53
Will Durant/The Reformation/Simon & Schuster '57
Will & Ariel Durant/The Age of Reason Begins...more
2061 pages
Published 2002 by مؤسسة الرسالة (first published 1975)
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Khaled
Aug 06, 2012 Khaled is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
قصة الحضارة عبارة عن 18 مجلد
كل مجلد عبارة عن جزأين , كل جزء وسطياً 300 صفحة ...

وضعت استراتيجية لقراءة قصة الحضارة من البداية حتّى النهاية خلال 3 سنين بمعدل 12 جزء كل سنة, بمعدل جزء واحد كل شهر... ,

والحمد لله أنهيت الجزء الاول وثلث الجزء الثاني خلال أقل من شهر

قصة الحضارة رائعة رائعة هي ليست تاريخ فقط , هي فلسفة وتاريخ وجغرافية وعلوم وفنون بإختصار كنز ثقافي ,
و تحتاج إلى الكثيرر من الوقفات ولا تختصر في تعليق واحد ...
أتمنى لو أن أحد ما يشاركني في قرائتها لندخل في جو نقاشي محفز ومفيد

أكثر ما حفزني...more
Erik Graff
Jul 27, 2012 Erik Graff rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone & everyone
Recommended to Erik by: an advertisement in the Nation or some other magazine
Shelves: history
Will and Ariel Durant, like Abelard and Heloise, were teacher and student, were punished and went on to write together. Unlike their mediaeval prototypes, however, they wed and appear to have been rather happy. They certainly were productive.

Will started the series, the two of them carried it through to "the age of Napolean". Together, they travelled a great deal, visiting many of the places they wrote about in this magisterial eleven volume (twelve if you count a companion volume on historiogra...more
Tea Jovanović
Sjajna edicija za ljubitelje istorije... Dosta rada je uloženo u objavljivanje ove knjige u više tomova... mnogo znoja i neprospavanih noći (uglavnom u letnjim mesecima)... Bila sam saradnik na prevodu, raščivijavala transkripcije, radila indeks, i prelome nekoliko tomova... A onda mi se smučilo da okapavam svako leto pa sam se kod petog toma skinula s projekta... :)
Timothy Finnegan
If I had a choice of just 11 books to take into isolation for the rest of my reading days I would take The Story of Civilization by Will and Ariel Durant. Durant began his life as a seminarian. He became a teacher and starting writing, becoming a very successful author penning The Story of Philosophy. (Yes!) At some point he immersed himself in the history of the world, namely, the history of the European west and the study of western civilization. Imagine that, spending your adult life learning...more
Greg
Shortly after I retired in 2004, I began reading this incredible historical journey written as a life-long project by the wonderful couple of Will and Ariel Durant. (It is the kind of reading that probably can only be done in retirement, as the total pages exceeds 11,000!)

But it was an adventure well worth it. Like Page Smith, the Durants are primary historians, meaning that they have read an amazing number of works ranging from economics, to politics, to culture, to theology, and so on. AND the...more
Khalid Almoghrabi
THE most brilliant book on earth, by far. Durant is a philosopher who can collectively bring parts into a whole and in a short sentence teaches you a lifetime. Highly recommended
Karen
I read all 11 volumes of this series when I was housebound with 3 kids (2 of whom were infants). These books saved my sanity and kept my brain from turning to mush.
David Glad
Every time I think of this collection, I am delightfully jealous at how the Durants could devote 45+ years to writing such an incredible undertaking.

Although I found Volume I (Our Oriental Heritage) and II (The Life of Greece)somewhat distant as might be expected, they did start to engage more as time passed. Could also be that Durant too improved over time. My personal favorite was naturally The Age of Voltaire where it talked about market speculations, economic bubbles, and topics that would a...more
Anthony Barbieri
A page turner. A must read if you want to understand civilization and how it evolved. Times have not changed.
Dan Scott
Where do I begin? These books were the foundation of my intellectual journey. Durant was my greatest teacher.
Eric
d- EVERYONE should read this series sometime in their lifetime -- of course it'll likely take you most of a lifetime to actually read the whole thing (it's like 12 volumes of 1,500 pages each). i have it on audio and i've listened up until volume 8 or 9 i think. (I need to get back to it.) it took will durant almost 30 years to write it, and i think the final volume was published back in the 30's. but it is amazing. it was written way back in the first half of the 20th century (although i think...more
Yazeed T.
Durant is an excellent historian, and although much of what the books contained is now defunct, the majority is written very comprehensively, steering clear of controversy and unknowns in a manner of detached and objective scholarship (at least for the time period). The authors embark on every civilization/time-period, first discussing the geographical, economic, socio-political and religious backgrounds and then start a narrative of events in chronological order. The choice of what qualifies as...more
David
Many people have this 11-volume set in their homes. It stands there on the shelf, prominently displayed, as evidence of the great erudition of the owner. My set is not particularly attractive on the shelf -- I bought the volumes from a used book store, and they look used. I might add that this is not the sort of book I normally read -- most of my readings are in the area of modern science, philosophy and some in religion.

Yet quite literally I have read every word of every volume of this set. I...more
ضيف فهد
هذا الاختصار يفقد الموسوعة الأصلية اهم ما يميزها أي : القصة نفسها ..
تلك الأجزاء و المفردات و التفاصيل الكثيرة التي تنطوي عليها الموسوعة الكاملة تحذف هنا و يصبح الكتاب معها مجرد سرد لأحداث بدون تشويق التفاصيل .. تقضي على المتعة الحق أقول لكم . امتلك الموسوعة .. و أنا أعتبرها كنز قرائي لا يفنى .. قمت منذ فترة بعمل خطة قرائية لإنجاز القراءة لكامل الموسوعة .. و كانت كالتالي : 100 صفحة في اليوم .. ما يعني 10 أيام تقريبا لكل مجلد .. إذ أن كل مجلد ( النسخة التي لدي يحتوي كل مجلد منها على جزئين ) يحتوي...more
Franz
Even at 11 volumes, it is an overview of Western civilizaton. A reletivly easy read. given the complexity of the subject. The set takes a change of tone at volume VII. (Mr Durant has died and his wife finised the set from his notes.) The material is still quite excellent but she doesn't have the same confidence with it that he did.
Tlaloc
Stupendous and wide-reaching, this was a labour of love that spanned decades. Hard to imagine today's writers pulling this off. The good news is that it's wonderfully written and enchanting to read. The better news? It's plentiful enough to be found cheap second-hand if you take the time to look for it.
هدى
اختصار مربك لموسوعة قصة الحضارة التى سبق وقرأت بعض اجزائها وكانت ممتعة
التلخيص فى هذه الاحوال يضيع المتعة خصوصا فى هذه النوعيات من الكتابة التاريخية
لا أنصح به لمن يريد ان يعرف اكثر عن حضارات وتاريخ الشعوب
Emilian Kasemi
I really want to have this series in my library! The complete 11 Volume set with a total of pages that exceeds 14,000! An incredibly historical journey.
Ehsan
ما می توانیم بر نویسنده ای که توانست ظرف پانزده ماه هلوِییز جدید (فوریۀ 1761)،قرارداد اجتماعی(آوریل 1762)، وامیل(مه 1762)را ارایه کند خطاهای بسیاری را ببخشیم. در امیل؛ روسو کار خود را با مردود دانستن شیوه های موجود تعلیم آغاز کرد، که این شیوه ها معمولاً بصورت افکار طوطی وار ،کهنه ، و فاسد بودند و هدف آنها عبارت بود از بار آوردن اطفالی مطیع و خود کار در یک اجتماع منحط، جلوگیری از استقلال تفکر و قضاوت طفل،و مسخ فکری او به طوری که بصورت یک فرد عادی با یک مشت گفته های پیش پا افتاده و تکرار های کلاسی...more
James Foley
May 07, 2013 James Foley rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any history lover
Recommended to James by: Life magazine, Barned & Noble
Shelves: history
This is more than just a book, it enriches your life permanently. It also leaves you with a nice generally useful set of history books. This uniquely complete volume tells you all that most of us will ever need to know about Western Civilization and history until the fall of Napoleon. It's clearly written(Thank God!),reasonably broad, bluntly and openly opinionated in many areas. It includes a very useful sketch of the progress of the west and detailed and interesting sketches of some of the mos...more
Ronny Guerra
Started reading "Our Oriental Heritage." I am very interested in Durant's section on how civilization evolved. Making connections to present day in how the same problems and pitfalls that brought down empires and states are bringing down the world economy. Cliche here, history repeats itself. Man has stepped away from the communal and towards the individual and that's when the shit hit the fan. It's unreal how my mind is making references. Read over a 100 pages with delight. The study of history...more
J.
Though written in the early and middle of the 20th century, and thus somewhat dated on matters whose understanding has since been heavily revised by archaeological, paleontological, genetic, and documentary discoveries, this set remains the definitive baseline history of civilization.

At 11 volumes, each totalling in the neighborhood of a thousand pages, it's an intimidating read, but Durant's style is thorough and personable, telling the grand story in detail while communicating methodology wel...more
Steve Bennett
I LOVE this set of books. I'm not sure all the facts are correct and some of hte info may now be dated but this set of books started my love for reading, for hisotry, and for the idealism of mankind. So htat is pretty good. I came across these books during the summer after freshman year of high school when I visited my older brother for a week. Read The Age of Napolean first and then took off from there. I am forever indebted to these books.
Kareem Adel
اقرا فى الطبعة العربية

من اصدار الهيئة العامة للكتاب

اعتقد انى سأقرأ هذا الموسوعة الكبيرة دوما
لأستلهم منها كيف يمكننا بناء نهضة و حضارة مصرية حديثة

الموسوعة كبيرة جدا .. لكنى احاول ان اقرا فيها قدر استطاعتى ..

بدأت قرائتها من المجلد 20 الخاص بعصر النهضة و اصلاح الفكر الدينى فى اوروبا
Paul
Feb 18, 2014 Paul is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
"By the sixth century the Hindus were far ahead of Europe in industrial chemistry; they were masters of calcinations, distillation, sublimation, steaming, fixation, the production of light without heat, the mixing of anesthetic and soporific powders, and the preparation of metallic salts, compounds and alloys. The tempering of steel was brought in ancient India to a perfection unknown in Europe till our own times; King Porus is said to have selected, as a specially valuable gift from Alexander,...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
«تاریخ تمدن (دورۀ یازده‌جلدی به‌انضمامِ «درسهای تاریخ
(The Story of Civilization all 11)
Mohammed
انت قبلها ليس كأنت بعدها
Newman
i've been dipping in and out of this series for a few years now, and i've done all the volumes except for the last one about napoleon. i rated them individually, but the volume on the renaissance i gave higher marks because durant's analyses in this volume often escape some of his usual axiomatic pronouncements (which are ever so quotable, if you happen to be mel gibson). the tighter focus on italy gives the book a unity the following volumes frequently lack. i often feel that the reader is bein...more
Matt Roehrich
Will Durant is a brilliant prose stylist, perhaps the all time master of the dry as dust scholarly quip. (From vol. 6, the Reformation, on the status of 16th century education of women: "Holland boasted of several ladies who could be courted in Latin, and who could probably conjugate better than they could decline.") His tendency to moralize and his desire to sum up in pithy quotable nuggets can get tiring over the course of 11,000 pages, at times becoming formulaic, but taken in small doses thi...more
Andrea
Jun 28, 2014 Andrea marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
I bought this 10-book series and calculate that if I read a chapter a week it will only take about five years to get through all the books. Each chapter can be read separately. Book 3 is about Christ and Caesar. The books that come before are ancient history and Asian history. Those that come after cover the last 2000 years of Western history.
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  • A History of the Crusades, Vol. I: The First Crusade and the Foundations of the Kingdom of Jerusalem
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  • The Greek Way
  • The Histories
  • The Decline of the West, Vol. 1: Form and Actuality
  • Speeches and Writings, 1832-1858 (Library of America #45)
  • A History of the English Speaking Peoples, 4 Vols
  • The Seekers: The Story of Man's Continuing Quest to Understand His World
  • Jefferson: Writings (Library of America #17)
  • The Structures of Everyday Life
  • Great Books of the Western World
  • Unended Quest: An Intellectual Autobiography
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William James Durant was a prolific American writer, historian, and philosopher. He is best known for the 11-volume The Story of Civilization, written in collaboration with his wife Ariel and published between 1935 and 1975. He was earlier noted for his book, The Story of Philosophy, written in 1926, which was considered "a groundbreaking work that helped to popularize philosophy."

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The Story of Philosophy The Lessons of History Our Oriental Heritage (The Story of Civilization, #1) Caesar and Christ (Story of Civilization, #3) The Life of Greece (The Story of Civilization, #2)

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