A Concise History of the World

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Oxford University Press, 1993 - World history. - 598 pages
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When Oxford published J. M. Roberts's History of the World last year, it was immediately acclaimed as a classic. Writing in The Observer, A. J. P. Taylor called it "a stupendous achievement...the unrivalled world history of our day." The Christian Science Monitor greeted it as a "landmark book....Highly readable...intelligently organized, insightful, and balanced." And The Sunday Telegraph declared, "There is nothing better of its kind."
Now we proudly present the new, conveniently sized, and remarkably affordable Concise History of the World. Vividly written and beautifully illustrated, it brings the outstanding breadth of scholarship and international scope of the larger History of the World within the grasp of every home, school, and library. Completely up-to-date, comprehensive yet succinct, it accompanies readers on an amazing journey from the first appearance of the species Homo sapiens up to the bloodshed in the former Yugoslavia and the latest chapter in the exploration of space. Informative, beautifully rendered maps, photographs of key archaeological finds, and stunning reproductions of important artwork (some in full color) bring the past to life as Roberts surveys the major events, developments and personalities that have shaped the civilizations of the world.
From the arts, politics and religion to scientific and technical breakthroughs, Roberts tells the story of the growing power of humans to remake their world and control their own destiny. Effortlessly drawing together the great themes of civilization with details from everyday life, he brings readers face to face with the exciting, dramatic, often tragic story that is the history of the world.
Following in the international success of Roberts's History of the World, the highly readable Concise History of the World is an indispensable reference that will inform, enlighten, and entertain readers for many years to come.

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Contents

Beginnings
4
Sites of Some Celebrated Discoveries of Hominid Fossils
6
Hunting
10
Physical type
16
The Coming of Agriculture
22
The Fertile Crescent
23
Early Sites of Farming
25
The coming of metallurgy 2 8
28
Moslem India
210
Imperial China
212
Religion in China
215
Continuity
221
Mongol China
227
the West
236
The Franks
242
Charlemagnes Europe
244

The Earliest Civilizations
36
Sumerian religion
42
Ancient Egypt
50
Ancient Egypt
52
The first monotheistic religion
55
Egyptian art and technology
56
Asias First Civilizations
63
The Indus Valley
65
Early Indian religion
69
China Physical
71
Iron and cities
76
Interplay and Interchange
82
Minoan Civilization
87
The Mycenaeans
89
Kings and prophets
97
Civilizations of the Near East
99
The Persian Empire of the Achaemenids
102
The Achaemenid emperors
103
The Greek World of the Aegean
106
A new civilization
109
The Mediterranean c 600
114
Italy and the Etruscans
115
The Greek intellect
122
The Peloponnesian
126
Macedon and Hellenism
132
Alexanders March to the East
133
The Hellenistic World Soon After 200 BC 137 Southern Italy 509272
137
The Punic Wars
139
Roman Expansion
142
The Jews in the Roman empire
145
Pauls Missions
147
Major Roads Cities and Garrisons of the Empire in the Age of the Antonines
150
Christianity and the empire
153
The Sassanid Empire c 400
158
Barbarian pressure
160
The Making of the Eastern Roman Empire 166 Volkerwanderung 170 Justinians Empire 527565
161
The Beginnings of Byzantium
170
SeventhCentury Arabia
173
Persia and Byzantium
176
The Early Spread of Islam
180
Women in Islam
182
KievRus
189
Central Asia
191
The Mongol Empires
192
The End of Byzantium
195
The Crusader Wars 197 The Byzantine Empire c 1265 and c 1354
199
Maurya India
206
Southern Europe
250
Cluniac reform
256
Papal monarchy
262
The rise of Muscovy
268
Technological innovation
274
The European Initiative
280
Iron
286
Olmec culture
292
Spanish empire
298
Europeans and China
304
The First Signs of Global History
312
Dynasticism
318
The Empire and eastern Europe
320
Protestantism and CounterReformation
326
A New World of Great Powers 3 31
331
AngloFrench imperial competition
338
New Views and values
344
New Faiths
350
Increasing knowledge
356
Poland
362
The birth of modern politics
368
Nations and Nationalists
375
An Optimistic Age
380
Contraception
386
Global Commerce
396
The Forms of European Ascendancy
406
Canada
412
A New World Power
419
Civil War
425
Asia in the European Age
431
The British Raj in India
437
The Meiji restoration
443
Tsarist Russia
450
Recent History
456
The Nazi revolution
509
Determinism 465
524
The nonwestern world 480 The End of the Colonial Empires
531
IndoChina
537
Survival 495
545
Weimar Germany 498 The crisis
551
Revolution in the USSR 506
558
Latin America after the Cuban crisis
563
Western Europe
576
177
591
208
597
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About the author (1993)


About the Author:
J. M. Roberts was, until his retirement in 1994, Warden of Merton College, Oxford University. He is author of the half-a-million word History of the World and General Editor of The Short Oxford History of the Modern World and The New Oxford History of England.

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