A History of the World

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Pan Macmillan UK, Oct 1, 2012 - History - 640 pages
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Andrew Marr, author of two bestselling histories of Great Britain now turns his attention to the world as a whole. A New 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 Euro-centric, 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 US. 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.

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User Review  - mckaori - LibraryThing

Impressed by the insight I gained from reading William Hague's book, I was excited to delve into an overview of history by Andrew Marr. I made the effort to read to the end, even though Marr ... Read full review

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User Review  - PhilSyphe - LibraryThing

This is an exhaustive effort. I give the author full marks for effort and research, but four stars for the reading pleasure, owing to my interest waning from the age of invention onwards. I was more engaged by the earliest times through to the mid-to-late 1700s. Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Andrew Marr was born in Glasgow in 1959. He studied English at the University of Cambridge and has since enjoyed a long career in political journalism, working for the Scotsman, the Independent, the Daily Express and the Observer. From 2000 to 2005 he was the BBC's Political Editor. He has written and presented TV documentaries on history, science and politics, and presents the weekly Andrew Marr Show on Sunday mornings on BBC1 and Start the Week on Radio 4. He lives in London with his family.

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