First published in 1935 this gem of a book is a comprehensive and accessible overview of world history. Beginning at the Stone Age and leaving up to the atomic bomb the book is a fascinating narrative, geared to be of interest to both children and adults. History is presented through stories, anecdotes, and facts in the most engaging of ways by a writer who wields the pen in simple yet elegant prose.
The book is divided into 40 chapters which describes the earliest humans and their development of tools and language to the rise of agriculture, the development of cities, the spread of empires, and the growth of major religious and philosophical traditions. The history of science, technology, and art are interwoven into this retelling of the human story most beautifully. The book avoids jargon and technical terms, explaining complex concepts in simple terms without dumbing it down l in the process. No mean feat.
Perhaps, one of the best things about the book is its focus on the human experience. This is not an account of dry facts and dates; there is an attempt to understand why people do the things they do. He explores the motivations of historical figures, the impact of war and violence, and the role of ideas and beliefs in shaping the course of history.
A Little History of the World is a must read for every human who wants to understand the historical context of the world we live in today and our place in it against the incredible human drama that continues to play out…
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