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A Short History of the World

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Wells had an intense curiosity and used it to investigate and share the entire history of the world in a condensed form. Wells, the great science fiction writer who wrote The War of the Worlds and The Invisible Man, was fascinated with the real world just as much as his imaginary ones. This book is a testament to his genius and immense knowledge involving the key events of ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Book Tree (first published 1922)
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Rinda Elwakil


لا تثقي بما روى التاريخ يا صديقتي فنصفه هلوسة ونصفه خطابة .

أكبر كذبة في التاريخ، هي التاريخ ذاته.

أهم درس يستفاد به من التاريخ هو أن البشر لا يستفيدون كثيرًا من دروس التاريخ.

إن التاريخ يكرر نفسه لأن الحمقي لم يصغوا إليه جيدا في المرة الأولي.

قد أنسوكم كل التاريخ وكل القيم العلوية .. أسفي أن تخرج أجيالٌ لا تفهم معنى الحرية .. لا تملك سيفاً أو قلماً لا تحمل فكراً وهوية.

هؤلاء الذين لا يعرفون شيئا عن الماضي، موكلون بتكراره.


و كان بدأ قراءة التاريخ أمرًا حتميًا
Josh Hamacher
Dec 14, 2010 Josh Hamacher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
This book both pleased and disheartened me.

On the whole it's a good high-level world history, starting from the formation of the universe and working forward. Some of the science is outdated but this doesn't really detract from the overall narrative. Wells devotes most of the book to Europe but briefly covers other major cultures worldwide. Being a short book there are many gaps and huge periods are covered with a few sentences.

I found the coverage overall fair and surprisingly progressive (bein
Patrick Gibson
For Kindle users: Almost all of the works of H. G. Wells are available for free. Having realized I haven't read some of them I went on a spree and downloaded a bunch for those in-between times when the next must-read book doesn't seem to be there. This particular Wells book I have read... a few times. And now... again.

From the dawn of civilization to the modern era, Wells takes the journey of civilization (and pre-civilization -- the first few chapters of the book cover geology and evolution). T
ياسمين ثابت

العالم غريب فعلا
تحس ان التاريخ فيه يعاد....وان تمعنت تحس ان الحياة متغيرة جدا وانه قد يبدو لك بلا تفاصيل انه يعاد

لكنه في الحقيقة متغير...تغيرات طفيفة على المدار القريب كبيرة عالمدار البعيد

لابد ان كل منا اهتم بقضية تاريخية معينة وقرأ فيها بشكل مستفيض...لابد وان المناهج التعليمية تجعلك تشعر ان دولتك هي محور الكون وان التاريخ لم يكن قبلها ولن يكون بعدها

لكن من الممتع جدا ان تقرأ عن التاريخ بشكل عام وكامل منذ بداية تسجيله او منذ اول نقطة يمكن للبشري الوصول اليها لمعرفة التاريخ

هذا الكتاب المكون من 460
Dec 09, 2015 Mohammed-Makram rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
نقدر نعتبر الكتاب وجهة نظر في التاريخ من زاوية أوروبية رغم ان المؤلف حاول النظر لتاريخ العالم من فوق بلا تحيز الا ان الأصل بيحكم.
الكتاب مبدئيا رائع في السرد و تقسيم الفصول و الإسلوب الأدبى الشبيه بالروايات و كأنك بتقرأ عمل أدبى مسلسل و مترابط للتاريخ
طبعا الكتاب مختصر جدا علشان يعرض تاريخ العالم كله من بداية الكون حتى الحرب العالمية الثانيه لكن اختصار غير مخل
بعض الملاحظات السريعه على الكتاب:
لا حديث عن الإستعمار الغربى للعالم و إنما اعتبرها على الأغلب توسعات و فتوحات جغرافيه و استكشافات
لا حديث عن
Lina AL Ojaili
Sep 26, 2012 Lina AL Ojaili rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
الحضارة ليست حكراً على أمة معنية
أهم نقطة بالكتاب هي ذكر حضارات بشكل منسق وبالاعوام
May 13, 2013 Aliya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Being a history buff, I had been on a lookout for a tome on world history from pre-history to atleast the twentieth century. I read a National Geographic publication, a Simon & Schuster Micropedia of world history as well as a Reader's Digest publication. I had another two similar titles on my book shelf, when I stumbled upon this title, while reviewing the Micropedia on GR.

This is perhaps the most intelligent and the least biased account of world history, that one may find coming from a wes
Apr 08, 2011 uh8myzen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, history
This is by no means an in depth history of the world and is certainly outdated, however it is a fascinating read and there are still many interesting things to be learned from it.

As a student of history myself, I enjoy reading historical texts written in other time periods for a number of reasons, but the most relevant and interesting to me is what such a text can teach you about the time in which it is written, in this case Victorian England. There is much information to be gleaned about the E
Muhammad  Shalaby
كدت في الثلث الأول أن أترك استكمال الكتاب وذلك لأنه كان عبارة عن جملة متهافتة من عبارات ربما وسنوات بآلاف الملايين يتم الحديث عنها جزافا بعبارات الشك الممتلئة بالثقة الغريبة وكذلك التعصب الشديد لنظرية النشوء
على اي حال فقد دلف الكاتب بعدها إلى عالم الواقع وبدأ يتكلم عن الأحداث وكلما اقترب من التاريخ الحديث كان متمكنا اكثر حتى وصل للحروب التي عاصرها فكتب بعاطفة صادقة جدا
يمتليء كثيرا بكراهية شديدة من سيطرة الكنيسة وافسادها للتاريخ الأوربي بل والعالمي
تكلم باحترام جم عن تاريخ المسلمين وتأثيرهم في او
Eslam Gamal
Aug 14, 2015 Eslam Gamal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: تاريخ
استفدت منه كثيرا ممتع جدا
This book is brilliant! I used to think that H. G. Wells was good at writing science fiction (which was way ahead of his times even then) but after reading this book i realized that he knew his history very well.

Let me start by explaining how I came to read this book. I had recently developed an interest in history and was discussing it with my uncle who has graduated in history. Naturally i reached a point where i got lost and confused. I asked him to explain the comparative history of differen
Erez Davidi
Since this work was written in 1922, naturally, it’s outdated. However, it’s not the reason for my displeasure from this short history. Wells starts by covering the possible origins of our world to the classical world up to World War I. He does this by devoting 2-3 pages to each event, which he deems important enough. But 2-3 pages are not nearly enough to cover sufficiently, well, pretty much anything. Reading about ancient Greece, for example, you will learn that Plato founded the Academy in A ...more
May 27, 2012 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
H.G Wells was a talented writer, making this book an easy read. His take on the history of the world, seen through the eyes of an early 20th century observer, gave me a different point of view of both classical history (Egypt's long history to the Romans)and the development of modern civilization. Most striking is his conclusions about the state of the world following WWI and the possibility of another world-involved conflagration. Since the book was published before WWII, his in sites are parti ...more
Jacob Mattsson
Jun 11, 2016 Jacob Mattsson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a somewhat short read, I've never come away feeling so enlightened. For a book that was published in 1922, reading it was simply astounding. Not because of the science for it is by far, outdated. But instead by ability of Well's to present the world, from start to finish, in such a way that you actually want to read on and learn more(without feeling like you're learning). One of the main things I've come away with is that over the past ninety or so years, we still believe in the same ideals i ...more
Jun 23, 2013 Marina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First published in 1922 and later on updated by the author's son, for the last time in 1965, this book is clearly outdated. Yet it's a wonderful example of Big History, a term that's only come into being in recent years. It's a long view of history from the very creation of the universe providing continuity and as a result valuable perspectives and insights which the author is not shy to share with the reader. Beautifully written, too, the antiquated language adds to its charm.

It served very we
Prakash Yadav
The promising oxymoron in the title coupled with the author's reputation compelled me to give this a long luxurious read ... and look what it did to me ... Nothing. Its a good compendium of what we've been up to last few hundred years but this book is more of a novelty than a textbook, riddled with eurocentric evangelism and whatever comes along with it. Perhaps they should consider renaming the book to indicate its finite content for it comes to an abrupt end right after the first world war, mi ...more
Jun 03, 2012 Rob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great primer for anyone interested in world history from the dawn of life up to the early 20th century. Each period is broken down into individual chapters that are no more than 3 pages. Would recommend to young people who have neither the desire or the attention span to read tombs of history.
This was an interesting read - more like a journalistic piece than a history book. The early part of the book was the most interesting and at least slightly objective. The latter part descends into propaganda for Well's own views on the future of the post WWI world and he may be the only socialist that sees the USA as an exemplar. That at least was in interesting perspective.
Mar 02, 2013 mo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is indeed short, but just the right amount. Many things discussed might be incorrect due to the publication date, nevertheless it is a good read. The history of the world is told fluently and enjoyable. Wells’ opinions about the social, moral and intellectual developments throughout the history of mankind make this book even more interesting.
Brian Baker
Broadbrush history of planet earth from it's inception up to the second world war. Much of the early stuff is probably out of date butmy knowledge of the subject is so poor I still came away enlightened.
Travis West
An excellent overview of this world's history. Only complaint is that it is at times rather Euro-centric. Should be required reading none-the-less. Wish I had read it at a much earlier stage in life.
Zina Alsaher
Jan 16, 2015 Zina Alsaher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
كم هو جميل أن تتصفح ذاكرة الأرض !
البارون حسن  عدس
واحد من امتع وأهم الكتب الي قريتها في حياتي
Anton Shanaurin
Apr 01, 2016 Anton Shanaurin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Несмотря на некоторую однобокость во взглядах автора, достойная книга для того, чтобы получить представление о развитии человечества от истоков.
May 16, 2013 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Over a large part of the civilized world it was believed and taught that the world had been created suddenly in 4004 B.C. though authorities differed as to whether this had occurred in the spring or autumn of that year. This fantastically precise misconception was based upon a too literal interpretation of the Hebrew Bible, and upon rather arbitrary theological assumptions connected therewith." (p.5)

"The Record of the Rocks is no more a complete record of life in the past than the books of a ba
أمة الحق
كتاب رائع من أفضل ما قرأت مجهود جبار من الكاتب في التجميع والتلخيص وتقصي الاحداث يعطي نبذة عن ما كان ويفتح الابواب لما ينبغي التعمق في قرأته وبناء قواعد الفكر والمعرفة بعالمنا الحاضر علي أساسه الا انه يعيبه اتساع الموضوع الشديد وصعوبة تجميعه دون الاخلال بالجودة فربما كان من الافضل وجود موجز تاريخ العالم الثقافي والسياسي والعلمي .. إلخ كلا علي حدا كما أن الكاتب معتزا بانجليزيته يعطي إهتمام أكبر بشكل ملحوظ لما يخص أحوال أوروبا بداية من الدولة الرومانية إلي أحداث الحرب العالمية الثانية وما بعدها بش ...more
Sony Mathew
Jun 30, 2017 Sony Mathew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Super awesome book which explains clearly and logically how life started on earth, how it evolved into different forms, when humans came into picture, religions, inventions and growth of human race, discoveries, countries, continents, wars. This book cleared many of my basic doubts on evolution and why we are like this. After reading this book you will know why the world is like this as we see it.
WALID \\\\
تقيم متوسط لانه لم يوافق توقعاتي وهى ذكر العصور وترتيبها وذكر الحضارات وترتيبها الجغرافي والزمني والإلمام بالشرق كما اهتم بالغرب، كل ذلك لم اجده بالكتاب ، سعدت بقرائتي عن العصور قبل الميلادى في الفصول الأولى والتي تكلم عنها بنظرة علمية
Walaa Zahran
Jul 25, 2017 Walaa Zahran rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 14, 2017 Awehla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one started off a bit dry and was hard to get into but once I got into it I found it really interesting.
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In 1866, (Herbert George) H.G. Wells was born to a working class family in Kent, England. Young Wells received a spotty education, interrupted by several illnesses and family difficulties, and became a draper's apprentice as a teenager. The headmaster of Midhurst Grammar School, where he had spent a year, arranged for him to return as an "usher," or student teacher. Wells earned a government schol ...more
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