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History of the World

4.2  ·  Rating details ·  76 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Packed with full-color photographs of real artifacts, tools, and art from around the globe, as well as detailed illustrations of the people who lived in each era, this visual chronology of world history is an excellent tool for stirring interest in young readers.
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published April 11th 2005 by DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley) (first published 1972)
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Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Dorling Kindersley, aka DK, puts out excellent introductory nonfiction. This one is no exception. I'd love to have my own copy. It's a great introduction or filler-in for students of world history, or history in general, of whatever age level. Even though it's aimed at young adults (Amazon says age range is 9-17, and grade level is 4-12), I'd say it's great for adults too. Instead of just following one country or continent from beginning to the present, they cover all the major inhabited areas: ...more
Aug 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alongside The Lemon Tree and a biography of Abe Lincoln published in 1925 based on a film (yes) and rife with many verbatim speeches and examples of his wit, I am reading this world history. This is a coffee type book aimed at children in my opinion, due to its lush illustrations and photographs. It works for me as I try to make sense of "it all." Seems as though humanity has not progressed too far as I suspected. I see that change takes place so slowly and we have not actually learned that much ...more
This illustrated history of the world is intended for children or "young adults". I wasn't interested in history back then, so I've read it now to fill in the gaps in my general chronological knowledge of history. It's great for that.
Just don't expect in depth academic discussion. Many events are covered by only a phrase. The book was written with contributions from a number of authors/historians. The early history betrays an inherent bias toward the conquerors, the ones who unite empires. Late
Jim Bouchard
Dec 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brief yet detailed...wonderful and colorful timeline.
Ruru Ghoshal
Apr 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The earliest history encyclopaedia that I owned. So many wonderful afternoons spent with this book, wishing that I had hoplite armour.
When I was 10 years old, I got in a big fight with my best friend. She was raised religious, as a Seventh Day Adventist, and when I told her how old the Earth was (as stated in the very beginning of this book), she said: nope. I said, yes, this VERY RELIABLE BOOK says so. She said, no, THE BIBLE OR AT LEAST WHAT MY CHURCH AND MOTHER HAVE TOLD ME ABOUT THE BIBLE say this book is wrong.

We would fight about religion all the time, which I actually think is kind of cool. I had my convictions, she had
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every child should have a visual encyclopedia to look through. This book has 5 pages on the early human remains like neanderthals. Then it begins with earliest human remains like cave paintings and proceeds in great detail all the way to 1990 AD. There is a timeline at the bottom of every page that shows you where in time you are and every so often a two-page spread which synthesizes what is going on at the same time on different continents. It is broad and anything that catches your interest wi ...more
Mar 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I adore the DK series and this gem is no exception. Beautiful illustrations appeal to the eye. It is chock-full of information. The maps and time line charts comparing various regions of the world do a good job of summarizing data at a glance.
Feb 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can't wait for this book to be published :) A resourceful book for the world history in a sweep.

And what a cool name for an author, eh? 'Plantagenet Somerset Fry'.
Apr 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love it ..
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