World History for Dummies (For Dummies)
Now updated! Your personal tour guide to the history of the world
Want to know more about global history? This concise guide explains in clear detail all the major players and events that have made the world what it is today. Covering the entirety of human history, this comprehensive resource highlights important developments in everything from religion and science to art...more
I came out of school with a dismal lack of knowledge of history, both of my own country's history and world history. In the last year or so, I have been trying to rectify this and turned to this book as a starting point. Overall, it offers a very comprehensive outline of the main historical events, players and philosophies of different parts of the world and the consequences they have brought into shaping our modern day societies. I learnt a great deal from reading this book.
However, I have ...more
While I still prefer J.M. Roberts and Andrew Marr's takes, this is a good starting point for anyone who want ...more
This book is a nice place to start your journey in history cause the author breaks it down quite a lot, he doesn't take anything for granted. He goes into a lot of details and I believe that even people who know their way around would benefit from it. But there are some parts and whole chapters that get really boring, there are also a few things he keeps repeating and they tired me out. Also it's confusing cause it doesn't have everything in chronological order....more
Overall it's not bad. I read it in
I read this book because I wanted to have a better understanding of the time line of history (what was going on in other parts of the world while Athens was starting democracy, etc). This book did an ok job of that. The one thing that drove me crazy was how every other page would,in the middle of a paragraph, ask me to go to a certain page for more on the topic in that particular section. I do know how to use an index.
I have almost completed this book. I like the "For Dummies" books and this one, while not the best one that I have read, was pretty good. The way the material is organized is rather quirky, but it did give a decent overview of World History.