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The No-Nonsense Guide to World History (No-Nonsense Guides)

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Who was the first black queen? How much do you know about China’s history? Most people’s knowledge of world history is hazy and incomplete at best. This No-Nonsense Guide to World History gives a full picture, revealing the hidden histories and communities left out of conventional textbooks—from the civilizations of Africa, Asia, and Latin America to the history of women.

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Paperback, 144 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by New Internationalist (first published 2001)
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D'arcy
Oct 03, 2012 D'arcy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Thinking of what to write for this small review brought some interesting questions to mind. Should history be short? Can one tell any great version of history in this amount of space? Surely I've read single books and essays that are of great length, but those have all been focused on one topic by time, geography, or subject. I do applaud the effort to make history more appealing and digestible to a larger audience, but is a book that covers "all" of the world's history the best way to do it? It ...more
duck reads
Mar 07, 2014 duck reads rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfic
A quick sketch of world history from primordial slime and microorganisms to political slime, the war in Iraq, and global warming, it's given to sweeping assertions without showing its work, but what do you expect in forty thousand words? Very interesting to see the author's take on gender relations through the ages and the positive and negative effects of religion and industrialisation on human development and the planet at large. Very interesting in particular to see a secular, anticapitalist, ...more
meekob
Feb 19, 2016 meekob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
หนังสือเกียวกับประวัติศาสตรโลกสวนใหญมักจะไลเรียงเรืองราวของประวัติศาสตรโดยมีอารยธรรมตะวันตกเปนศูนยกลาง แตหนังสือเลมนีนาจะเรียกไดวาไมเนนในสวนกระแสหลักเหลานันมากนัก เนืองจากมีโจทยวาจะใชแค 40,000 คำซึงนอยมากสำหรับประวัติศาสตรโลกทียาวนานหลายพันปี กเลยเปนงานทีทาทายยิง หนังสือกลาวถึงเรืองราวตาง ๆ ทัวโลก โดยเวนเรืองของยุโรปไวใหหนังสือเลมอืน จะกลาวถึงกเฉพาะเทาทีจำเปน แตในขณะเดียวกันกพูดถึงผลกระทบของการขยายดินแดนอาณานิคมและการเกิดยุคสมัยตาง ๆ ใหเหนความสัมพันธไดเขาใจงายดี เปนหนังสือทีอานสนุก แมปกจะเหมือนห ...more
Marie Morra-Fitzsimmons
Most people who have commented on this book feel that it is biased. I agree. In fact, if you look at the other titles in this series you will see that the subject matter for most of them is bound to cause lively discussion or even heated, unfriendly debate - climate change, globalization, animal rights, sexual diversity... However, the authors of these books might want to present the facts and leave some room for the reader to interpret these facts. Being told what to think is somewhat annoying. ...more
Christopherch
Dec 20, 2015 Christopherch rated it really liked it
Short sharp leftist, feminist view of world history - very entertaining!
Leah
Jul 18, 2013 Leah rated it it was ok
Maybe a 2.5.....

I don't know. I'm a bit torn. I found it interesting, but it just seemed biased....and that made it kind of annoying. It sort of felt like trying to have a conversation with a friend that thinks they know everything.....
Poo1987 Roykaew
Apr 06, 2009 Poo1987 Roykaew rated it it was amazing
A simplified version of world history, but do not recognise it a junk. If I have to provide and suggest a must-read list of the world history, this is certainly the one I would take in account. Unputdownable!
Shubha
Mar 23, 2008 Shubha rated it liked it
This book goes way too fast. I know that's the point, but I was unable to absorb or retain any of it. I guess it's my fault for thinking I could learn all of world history from one short book. :)
Robert
Aug 17, 2013 Robert rated it did not like it
This condensation of history makes leaps and suppositions based on little more than speculation or the author's opinion. This had the basic tenor of a historical novel.
Victoria
Sep 07, 2011 Victoria rated it it was amazing
I good book to tuck into your travel kit - to dip into in those moments waiting for the train or the cappuccino to arrive; and also to learn about the places you are vititing.
Fay
Dec 02, 2013 Fay rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
A good, short overview of World History, but the author, Chris Brazier is very biased.
Mark
Apr 07, 2013 Mark rated it did not like it
Too long for a political tract, too sloppy and biased for a history book.
Yz
Dec 12, 2007 Yz added it
I do love me a very biased book sometimes.
Judy
May 19, 2009 Judy is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Perfect! an overview - and short.
Curtis
Oct 11, 2010 Curtis rated it did not like it
..Strictly facts
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