A Little History of the World

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Yale University Press, 2005 - History - 284 pages
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In 1935, with a doctorate in art history and no prospect of a job, the 26-year-old Ernst Gombrich was invited by a publishing acquaintance to attempt a history of the world for younger readers. Amazingly, he completed the task in an intense six weeks, and Eine kurze Weltgeschichte für junge Leser was published in Vienna to immediate success, and is now available in seventeen languages across the world. Toward the end of his long life, Gombrich embarked upon a revision and, at last, an English translation. 'A little history of the world' presents his lively and involving history to English-language readers for the first time. Superbly designed and freshly illustrated, this is a book to be savored and collected. In forty concise chapters, Gombrich tells the story of man from the stone age to the atomic bomb. In between emerges a colorful picture of wars and conquests, grand works of art, and the spread and limitations of science. This is a text dominated not by dates and facts, but by the sweep of mankind’s experience across the centuries, a guide to humanity's achievements and an acute witness to its frailties. The product of a generous and humane sensibility, this account makes intelligible the full span of human history.
  

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Fantastic read, fantastic pace, fantastic storytelling. - Goodreads
A rare mix of scholarship, artistry, and readability. - Goodreads
Pretty good approachable overview of human history. - Goodreads
Gombrich's writing is fluid and very easy to read. - Goodreads
A good Euro-centric overview of world history. - Goodreads
Every writer could learn from the story telling. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Shawn - Goodreads

Gombrich provides a an excellent, high-level overview of history (primarily Western history) for a young adult audience. It's generally Euro-centric in its focus, but the author does give brief ... Read full review

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User Review  - Vi - Goodreads

I won't be long-winded about this. I am not naïve; this book is clearly Eurocentric and honestly, how can it not be? Consider that the author was born in Austria at the beginning of the 20th century ... Read full review

Contents

Once Upon a Time
1
The Land by the Nile
10
Sunday Monday
17
The One and Only God
24
An Unequal Struggle
37
Two Small Cities in One Small Land
44
The Enlightened One and his Land
51
A Great Teacher of a Great People
57
CITIES AND CITIZENS
156
A NEW AGE
163
A NEW WORLD
172
A NEW FAITH
180
THE CHURCH AT WAR
187
TERRIBLE TIMES
193
AN UNLUCKY KING AND A LUCKY KING
200
MEANWHILE LOOKING EASTWARDS
206

New Wars and New Warriors
73
An Enemy of History
80
The Good News
92
The Storm
104
The Starry Night Begins
110
A Conqueror who Knows How to Rule
123
A Struggle to Become Lord of Christendom
130
Chivalrous Knights
137
EMPERORS IN THE AGE OF CHIVALRY
144
A TRULY NEW AGE
213
A VERY VIOLENT REVOLUTION
220
The Last Conqueror
227
Men and Machines
240
Across the Seas
248
Two New States in Europe
255
Dividing Up the World
264
The Small Part of the History of the World Which
273
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About the author (2005)

Among E. H. GOMBRICH’s many writings are the international bestsellers The Story of Art and Art and Illusion. He was director of the Warburg Institute of the University of London from 1959 to 1976.

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