A Very Short History of the World

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Penguin Books, 2004 - Civilization - 479 pages
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Following the success of his A Short History of the World , eminent historian Geoffrey Blainey has abridged his account of the grand adventure of human history to create an even more accessible version of his absorbing work. In doing so, he has produced a primer to world history that will become a must for every bookshelf. A Very Short History of the World traces the story of the world's people during the last four million years, beginning before the human race moved out of Africa to explore and settle other continents. It is a story of the inhabited world being pulled apart, and then coming together again in more recent centuries. A consummate storyteller, Professor Blainey makes the past come alive as he touches on the trivial and the grand: on changes in diet and daily work and sport, on transforming attitudes to the night sky, as well as on profound discoveries and mighty empires.

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User Review  - Jessica_Saint - LibraryThing

This book does what it says it does: provides a very brief overview of the history of the human race and its most ardent endeavours. Of course, being so general, many topics are barely touched upon or ... Read full review

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Geoffrey Blainey is an Australian historian, born 1930 in Melbourne, Victoria. He is a graduate of the University of Melbourne. He taught at the University of Melbourne and held chairs in economic history and history. He taught at Harvard University as a visiting professor of Australian Studies. He has written over 36 and is the author of The Story of Australia's People: The Rise and Fall of Ancient Australia for which he was a joint winner of the 2016 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Australian history.

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