A Little History Of The World
  • A Little History Of The World
  • A Little History Of The World
  • A Little History Of The World
ISBN: 030014332X
EAN13: 9780300143324
Language: English
Pages: 304
Dimensions: 1.34" H x 8.35" L x 5.43" W
Weight: 0.97 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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E. H. Gombrich's Little History of the World, though written in 1935, has become one of the treasures of historical writing since its first publication in English in 2005. The Yale edition alone has now sold over half a million copies, and the book is available worldwide in almost thirty languages.

Gombrich was of course the best-known art historian of his time, and his text suggests illustrations on every page. This illustrated edition of the Little History brings together the pellucid humanity of his narrative with the images that may well have been in his mind's eye as he wrote the book. The two hundred illustrations most of them in full color are not simple embellishments, though they are beautiful. They emerge from the text, enrich the author's intention, and deepen the pleasure of reading this remarkable work.

For this edition the text is reset in a spacious format, flowing around illustrations that range from paintings to line drawings, emblems, motifs, and symbols. The book incorporates freshly drawn maps, a revised preface, and a new index.

Blending high-grade design, fine paper, and classic binding, this is both a sumptuous gift book and an enhanced edition of a timeless account of human history.

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When I saw the Little History of The World in Amazon's site, I knew it was the perfect fit for me! I read inside the book and I looked at all the reviews about it. I ordered the illustrated issue and immediately fell in love with the book. I bought another and gave it to a friend as a gift. She also loved it. Reading Amazon sites, I discovered that there is a CD edition of this book, and I ordered it too. I recommend strongly buying both Gombrich books if you are the kind of person who likes to have the best reference in your library.
   This is a nice literary device to help the stories stick
This is a pleasant little book with a whole lot missing, but still plenty enough in a meaningful narrative to provide children of all ages with a thoughtful journey through the ages. The respectful and conversational voice of Gombrich encourages you, the reader, to evaluate history as it unfolds. The result is not just a collection of stories, but a conversation in which you are invited to participate in history with your own values and imagination. It is a thoughtful and educational history. If you don 't know your world history and wanna learn some basics from a book, it doesn 't get any more fun than this.
This is simply what it says it is...a world-class LITTLE history. The size of the book alone should be an indicator of this. As a historian, a history teacher and a homeschool mommy, I love this book when paired with many negative reviews, and have found almost to a T that they are all commenting on the fact that religion is brought into telling itself. Religion is part of history. Until very recently, it has always been around and to this day and age it was always the color of stories and history books. The way history is written and interpreted, the goals brought into history that are called time-either, or the Spirit of the Age. In a nutshell, this is a beautiful book meant for children.
   Easy to read and follow along
Not typical boring facts, dates and places in history.
   Loved the book because it gives the history in simple interesting language.
It is very good book to learn about the history of the world. Even a child of the elementary school can understand it.
This book was an answer to prayer for me, a busy traveling musician, as a resource to re-familiarize me with events I only touched in high school. It is astonishing, humbling and sometimes fearful to see the similarities between the challenges we now face and those of centuries ago. Wonderfully '' compiled intimately and transparently by this author.
   A good simplistic overview of world history written in a manner your 5th grader can understand.
Great little history book written at a very casual level. However, very few people in history are interested.
   For kids, but adults love it too. History can be fun!
Since COVID, I have been reading a lot of books and came upon this after searching for books on art. Gombrich wrote The Story of Art and figured I would give this book a try. It might be written for children, but adults can also love it. I am blown away with how much I enjoyed this book. I even lent it to my friend telling her how swept up I got in it. Even better, it is barely America. Why does this matter? Because as an American, you get a sense that you have a lot of knowledge in America, but more lacking in world history and that is exactly what this book offers. Who knew that history could be fun?
It is easy to read and informative. When you read it, you never get bored. I would definitely give it to my children and my nephews!
   Cute book for teenagers, well-written
I read many books about the general history of humankind. This one was still tolerated by 13 year olds, but I definitely targeted them. The only thing to keep in mind is that it reflects in many random names, politicians, emperors, without describing them, which makes events difficult to track. Secondly, be aware that the perspective of this book is very EU-based. He focuses more on events in Europe or how they have influenced Europe rather than Asia or America.