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message 1: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (last edited Nov 18, 2009 06:39PM) (new)

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This is the folder designated to discuss the history of various countries or peoples around the globe.

These threads are dedicated to people, places and things which make up the country, location or group.


Note: Please make your suggestions as to what interest areas should be opened. We already have a British History area so that interest area will not be part of this folder.

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Alisa (MsTaz) | 5653 comments Here's one overview:

A People's History of the World
A People's History of the World by Chris Harman by Chris HarmanChris Harman
The only comprehensive “bottom up” history of the world from the earliest human society to the twenty-first century.

Chris Harman describes the shape and course of human history as a narrative of ordinary people forming and re-forming complex societies in pursuit of common human goals. Interacting with the forces of technological change as well as the impact of powerful individuals and revolutionary ideas, these societies have engendered events familiar to every schoolchild—from the empires of antiquity to the world wars of the twentieth century.

In a bravura conclusion, Chris Harman exposes the reductive complacency of contemporary capitalism, and asks, in a world riven as never before by suffering and inequality, why we imagine that it can—or should—survive much longer. Ambitious, provocative and invigorating, A People's History of the World delivers a vital corrective to traditional history, as well as a powerful sense of the deep currents of humanity which surge beneath the froth of government.

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Alisa (MsTaz) | 5653 comments Another offering in this category:

The Human Story: Our History, from the Stone Age to Today
The Human Story Our History, from the Stone Age to Today by James C. Davis by James C. Davis
Has there ever been a history of the world as readable as this?

In The Human Story, James C. Davis takes us on a journey to ancient times, telling how peoples of the world settled down and founded cities, conquered neighbors, and established religions, and continues over the course of history, when they fought two nearly global wars and journeyed into space.

Davis's account is swift and clear, never dull or dry. He lightens it with pungent anecdotes and witty quotes. Although this compact volume may not be hard to pick up, it's definitely hard to put down.

For example, on the death of Alexander the Great, who in a decade had never lost a single battle, and who had staked out an empire that spanned the entire Near East and Egypt, Davis writes: "When they heard how ill he was, the king's devoted troops insisted on seeing him. He couldn't speak, but as his soldiers -- every one -- filed by in silence, Alexander's eyes uttered his farewells. He died in June 323 B.C., at the ripe old age of thirty-two."

In similar fashion Davis recounts Russia's triumph in the space race as it happened on an autumn night in 1957: "A bugle sounded, flames erupted, and with a roar like rolling thunder, Russia's rocket lifted off. It bore aloft the earth's first artificial satellite, a shiny sphere the size of a basketball. Its name was Sputnik, meaning 'companion' or 'fellow traveler' (through space). The watchers shouted, 'Off. She's off. Our baby's off!' Some danced; others kissed and waved their arms."

Though we live in an age of many doubts, James C. Davis thinks we humans are advancing. As The Human Story ends, he concludes, "The world's still cruel; that's understood, / But once was worse. So far so good."

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Alisa (MsTaz) | 5653 comments And yet another perspective of the story of the world:

A Brief History of the Human Race
A Brief History of the Human Race by Michael Cook by Michael Cook
"Enthralling....If so compact a book can be magisterial, [this] is it.—Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World... "A smart, literate survey of human life from paleolithic times until 9/11."—Edward Rothstein, The New York Times

Why has human history been crowded into the last few thousand years? Why has it happened at all? Could it have happened in a radically different way? What should we make of the disproportionate role of the West in shaping the world we currently live in? This witty, intelligent hopscotch through human history addresses these questions and more. Michael Cook sifts the human career on earth for the most telling nuggets and then uses them to elucidate the whole. From the calendars of Mesoamerica and the temple courtesans of medieval India to the intricacies of marriage among an aboriginal Australian tribe, Cook explains the sometimes eccentric variety in human cultural expression. He guides us from the prehistoric origins of human history across the globe through the increasing unification of the world, first by Muslims and then by European Christians in the modern period, illuminating the contingencies that have governed broad historical change. "A smart, literate survey of human life from paleolithic times until 9/11."—Edward Rothstein, The New York Times 11 maps, 28 illustrations

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Jill Hutchinson (Bucs1960) A little different take on world history.

A History of the World

A History of the World by Andrew Marr by Andrew Marr (no photo)


From the earliest civilizations to the 21st century, a global journey through human history, tieing-in with a major BBC television series.

Andrew Marr, author of two bestselling histories of Great Britain now turns his attention to the world as a whole. A Short History of the World takes readers from the Mayans to Mongolia, from the kingdom of Benin to the court of the Jagiellonian kings of Poland. Traditional histories of this kind have tended to be Eurocentric, telling mankind's story through tales of Greece and Rome and the crowned heads of Europe's oldest monarchies. Here, Marr widens the lens, concentrating as much, if not more on the Americas, Africa, and Asia. Instead of focusing on one episode of history taking place in one place, he draws surprising parallels and makes fascinating connections, focusing on a key incident or episode to tell a larger story: for instance, the liberation of the serfs in Russia, which took place at the same time as the American Civil War, which resulted in the abolition of slavery in the U.S. But he begins the account with an episode in the life of Tolstoy, who racked up huge gambling debts and had to sell land and slaves as a result. Fresh and exciting, this is popular history at its very best.

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Bentley | 35737 comments Mod
Thank you Jill

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Jill Hutchinson (Bucs1960) I remember when I was a youngster, this set of books was in our bookshelves. Sadly, I never read them but they are justly famous.

The Outline of History, 4 Volumes by H.G. Wells by H.G. WellsH.G. Wells


Volume One: The Earth in Space and Time, Rocks, Natural Selection, Life & Climate, Reptiles, Mammals, Sub-Men & Men, Neanderthal Men, Postglacial Men, Neolithic Man, Early thought, Races, Languages, First Civilizations, Sea Peoples & Trading peoples, writing, Gods & Stars, Priests and Kings, Serfs, Slaves, Hebrew Scriptures & Prophets, The Aryan Speaking peoples in Prehistoric Times, The Greeks & Persians, Greek Thought in Relation to Human Society.

Volume Two: The Career of Alexander the Great, Science & Religion at Alexandria, The Rise and Spread of Buddhism, The Two Western Republics, From Tiberius Gracchus to the God Emperor in Rome, The Caesars Between the Sea and the Great Plains of the Old World, The Beginnings, the Rise, and the Divisions of Christianity, Seven Centuries in Asia (Circa 50 B.C. To A.D. 650), Muhammad and Islam.

Volume Three: Christendom and the Crusades, The Great Empire of Jengis Khan and his Successors, The Renascence of Western Civilization, Princes, Parliaments, and Powers, The New Democratic Republics of America & France, The Career of Napoleon Bonaparte.

Volume Four: The Realities & Imaginations of the 19th C. , the Catastrophe of Modern Imperialism, The Effort to Reconstruct the World Begins, The Next Stage of History, Chronological Table, Diagrams, Index.

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Noirfifre | 53 comments World History

Globe Fearon World History Student Edition 2004 by Globe by Globe (no photo, publisher)


Accessible world history and skills

This comprehensive full-year program is designed to provide key world history content at a manageable reading level. Students of varying abilities learn essential content and appreciate the world's diverse cultures. In addition, the program provides students with the information they need to successfully complete the requirements of rigorous district, state, and national standards.

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Bryan Craig | 11679 comments Mod
Great job on citations Marren.

message 10: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (last edited Jan 20, 2015 03:57PM) (new)

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The New World History: A Teacher's Companion

The New World History A Teacher's Companion by Ross E. Dunn by Ross E. Dunn(no photo)


The New World History is a comprehensive volume to help instructors prepare for the challenge of teaching the world history survey. As more and more schools add the course to their curriculum, the need for a collection of writings on teaching issues becomes more apparent. With more than 50 articles by 51 scholars and experienced instructors, this topical reader will prove a valuable resource for both new and seasoned teachers. The editor, a leading voice for advancing the world history curriculum, has organized the articles into 11 pedagogically oriented chapters on topics such as arguments for and against teaching world history and the place of gender issues in world history. Each chapter includes approximately 5 articles; chapters open a brief introduction and an outline of ongoing discussions among historians. An overview of the history of the course in this country, along with a review of the debates that surround it, appears in an introduction that sets the stage for the articles that follow. Annotated bibliographies follow the selections to help foster ideas for further research.

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Jill Hutchinson (Bucs1960) This is such a fun series. It doesn't mean that we are all dummies, just that some of us don't know enough about world history. This compresses that history, hitting the highlights.

World History for Dummies

World History for Dummies by Peter Haugen by Peter Haugen (no photo)


In World History for Dummies, the author sweeps the reader through time, starting with the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Greece and Egypt, the major kings and queens of Europe during the Middle Ages and latter-day empires through to modern day.

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Bentley | 35737 comments Mod
Thanks - not a Pulitzer Prize winner but useful for some folks who want to hit the highlights I suspect.

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Teri (teriboop) A Dictionary of World History

A Dictionary of World History by Oxford University Press by Oxford University PressOxford University Press


This new Oxford reference work is the most up-to-date dictionary of world history available in paperback. The generous coverage of all aspects of history, from prehistory right up to the present day, makes this book the ideal guide both for students and the general reader.
-- More than 4,500 clear and concise entries
-- Biographies of key figures in world history, from Alexander the Great to Bill Clinton, Elizabeth I to Nelson Mandela
-- Full international coverage with detailed entries for every country in the world
-- Subject entries on religious and political movements, international organizations, and key battles and places
-- Fifty detailed maps covering events and topics such as the Black Death, the Boer War, and the African slave trade

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Teri (teriboop) History: From the Dawn of Civilization to the Present Day

History From the Dawn of Civilization to the Present Day by Adam Hart-Davis by Adam Hart-Davis (no photo)


Homo sapiens have remained the same species, largely unchanged in genetic makeup and anatomy since the Cro-Magnon era. By contrast, the cultural, social, and technological changes since then have been nothing less than extraordinary. Telling our story, from prehistory to the present day, DK's "History" is a thought-provoking journey, revealing the common threads and forces that have shaped human history.

Includes: Inventions, discoveries, and ideas that have shaped world history A look at human achievement through artifacts, painting, sculpture, and architecture An examination of humankind in context as part of the natural world Eyewitness accounts and biographies of key figures A comprehensive timeline chronicling the key events of the countries of the world.

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Bevan | 12 comments And of course the Classic work

The Penguin History of the World

The Penguin History of the World 6th edition by J.M. Roberts by J.M. Roberts (no photo) and Odd Arne Westad (no photo)


Since its publication twenty years ago, J. M. Roberts's monumental History of the World has remained the "unrivaled World History of our day" (A. J. P. Taylor), selling more than a quarter of a million copies worldwide. Now in an equally masterful performance, Roberts displays his consummate skills of exposition in telling the tale of the European continent, from its Neolithic origins and early civilizations of the Aegean to the advent of the twenty-first century. A sweeping and entertaining history, The Penguin History of Europe comprehensively traces the development of European identity over the course of thousands of years, ranging across empires and religions, economics, science, and the arts. Roberts's astute and lucid analyses of the disparate spheres of learning that have shaped European civilization and our understanding of it make The Penguin History of Europe a remarkable journey through the last two centuries.

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Books mentioned in this topic

A People's History of the World (other topics)
The Human Story: Our History, from the Stone Age to Today (other topics)
A Brief History of the Human Race (other topics)
A History of the World (other topics)
The Outline of History, 4 Volumes (other topics)

Authors mentioned in this topic

Chris Harman (other topics)
James C. Davis (other topics)
Michael Cook (other topics)
Andrew Marr (other topics)
H.G. Wells (other topics)