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موجز تاريخ العالم

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يعرض هذا الكتاب بعبارة موجزة تاريخ العالم منذ أقدم حقب الحياة وحتى القرن العشرين، وقد سبق لنفس المؤلف أن قدم هذا الكتاب في عمل موسوعي ضخم، ترجم ونقل إلى العربية في أربعة أجزاء تحت عنوان "معالم تاريخ الإنسانية"، وصدر في إطار هذا المشروع، ولكن هذا الكتاب ليس مجرد مختصر للكتاب القديم، بل إنه يعرض تاريخ الحضارة الإنسانية وتطورها من زاوي جديدة. وهو يحاول في هذا الكتاب أن يبرز ح ...more
Paperback, الطبعة الاولى, 430 pages
Published January 2017 by أقلام عربية للنشر و التوزيع (first published 1922)
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Manuel Antão
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
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The God of Righteousness: "A Short History of the World" by H.G. Wells



The Giordano Bruno case is interesting. He was Dominican friar. A minor authority in a minor branch of the Holy Roman Empire Church (or whatever they called it then), so no significant threat to the Pope. Until he started shooting his mouth off, claiming he understood the ways of God better than the top man, whose authority rested entirely on being the closest man to
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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
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Josh Hamacher
Dec 14, 2010 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 Some of the science is outdated but this doesn't really detract from the overall narrative.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
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Sanjay Gautam
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this one!

In 400 pages he has done what others can't do in 2000 pages. HG Wells wrote this book, as was his aim, for the masses, for he believed that this world will become a better place to live in - if people are better informed of its history.

And, needless to say, this book has been inspirational to me. It changed my perspective with which I used to view the world. And it also has changed my view of Wells' writing. There was not any dull moment throughout the book. Wells' erudition s
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uh8myzen
Apr 08, 2011 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
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Aliya
May 13, 2013 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 western
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José Cruz Parker
A short work of breathtaking scope where H. G. Wells covers everything from the origins of mankind up to the post-World War I scenario. Wells is truly a master of concision: in such a brief book he manages to give the reader a glimpse into the most important events of world history. Recommended.
Harshita
Apr 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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AnnaG
HG Wells wrote a comprehensive history of the world and this is a condensed version published somewhat later. As such, it tends to skip over the details and give big picture sweeps of history and examples rather than exhaustive explanations. I found it interesting and informative with some wry asides and insights into the difference between the industrial revolution and the mechanical revolution that I had not fully appreciated from other world histories.

The most illuminating thing about this b
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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
Leander
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended by the great mind Albert Einstein himself, this book still is a valuable piece of information almost a century after its first release.
In comparison to H. G. Well’s most successful works coming out of the non-fiction or futuristic genre, “A Short History of the World“ describes what has happened on our beloved planet since the first mammal walked on ground and even the fish before them swam in the waters - and even the composition of space before all of them.
In short documentary ch
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Jacob Mattsson
Jun 11, 2016 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
Jim
May 27, 2012 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
Mary
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
For its time, Wells' history of the world (a somewhat ludicrous endeavor) avoids some of the prejudices that plague similar works--the book includes a significant section on prehistory, acknowledges some of the atrocities of imperial rule, and speaks highly of the accomplishments of non-European peoples. It is still highly problematic, not least for its utter non-treatment of women (who appear in three instances: as the property of neolithic men, and in brief references to Queen Elizabeth and Qu ...more
Karishma
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very short history of roughly 2 billion years, and a very recent history covering events upto a century ago, this is a sufficiently detailed attempt at capturing the salient moments in human history in 400 odd pages.

The fact that it is written by the father of science fiction, HG Wells, heightens the reader's awareness of how absurd several human actions in the last few centuries have been, a realization heightened by the privilege of hindsight.

It's interesting to observe that a book almost 10
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Ashu Prakash
It is definitely a recommendation to anyone who is interested in the world history and sociology. Today's reader might find a lot of inaccuracies in few dates and historical facts but he/she should note that it is well updated knowledge from an intellectual European of 1922. I will agree that the history is revolving more on the Europe but again that's the result of the ethnicity of the author. ...more
Utkarsh Pandey
Very nicely written but 3 stars due to some shortcomings:
1. Too many names and years, which makes it less fluent to read specially in the medieval period chapters.
2. A bit outdated (as it was written in 1920)
3. Illustrations are misplaced and sometimes irrelevant with the topics covered.
Robert Maisey
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One may be tempted to consider a history book first published in 1922 and republished in 1944 irrelevant in 2018, yet nothing could be further from the truth.

HG Wells' charming and well paced style, honed by his lifetime of writing fantastical fiction, hits a sweet spot between that of a twinkly eyed scholar, a raging polemicist and good old fashioned Victorian adventurer.

An inspiring and exciting book which provides a neat overview of ancient history (about half the book is dedicated to the ri
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Jr Bacdayan
Jan 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My world history class used this as our reference material and study guide, all thanks to our brilliant professor, of course. Unsurprisingly, it made the class much more interesting than if we had used a normal world history textbook. H.G. Well's narrative skills made history so much more interesting. His choice in materials to include, or his preference for the turning points in history is ingenious. In my opinion, to make world history a literary page turner is Well's highest achievement. Thou ...more
Marina
Jun 23, 2013 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
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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
Alasdair
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. ...more
Rob
Jun 03, 2012 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.
Yun Yi
Feb 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
This book shaped the overall development of human history for me, especially the interactions between nomads and the settled civilizations. Though there are some errors (the obvious one must be the time of Akkadian Empire), I found this book fluent and coherent, much more readable than many other history books I had read.
mo
Mar 02, 2013 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.
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. ...more
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. ...more
Rachel
May 16, 2013 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
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Cari Mayhew
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book Review by Cari Mayhew. Rating 7/10.

Best known for his classic fiction, HG Wells also wrote a non-fiction book summarising the history of the world, going from the history of the solar system, right up to the date the book was published in 1922.

As I hoped, the book often reads like a novel, with 67 distinct sections, each like a mini story. In order to fit the history of the whole world into one book, by nature the storytelling ranges from nice and rapid, to a little too rapid. I found it r
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Nick
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book's main drawback is that it misses out the last 100 years or so - and I mean that as a compliment to Wells, who couldn't really help that. It's still extremely useful in making sense of what happened in the billion or so years leading up to the First World War, with several chapters at the beginning devoted to prehistory. The chapters are short, and the writing is excellent, drawing out the key points without getting bogged down in detail. Wells's intention is not simply to provide an o ...more
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Herbert George 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 scholarship in 1884, ...more

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