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How to Read World History in Art: From the Code of Hammurabit to September 11

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How does an artist’s interpretation of historical events alter our understanding of them? Kings, queens, presidents, and generals from Alexander the Great to Theodore Roosevelt have commissioned paintings, drawings, sculptures, and photographs of major events, and artists have responded to important moments with works that forever shape historical memory.

 

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Paperback, 400 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Harry N. Abrams (first published May 2010)
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Call Me Ishmael
Jun 19, 2011 rated it did not like it
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This is not a very good book.

It does go through the major points of history from 1792 code of Hammurabi through 911. It does use masterpieces of the events to explain the history. So, you do get a feeling for the timeline.

On the other hand, the explanations are weak. Where it does cover non-western events, those events are usually the ones that affect western relations. This isn't why I give it one star, but it's systematical of the books weakness.
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