The Penguin History of the World: 6th edition

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Penguin UK, Mar 28, 2013 - History - 1280 pages

This is a completely new and updated edition of J. M. Roberts and Odd Arne Westad's widely acclaimed, landmark bestseller The Penguin History of the World.

For generations of readers The Penguin History of the World has been one of the great cultural experiences - the entire story of human endeavour laid out in all its grandeur and folly, drama and pain in a single authoritative book. Now, for the first time, it has been completely overhauled for its 6th edition - not just bringing it up to date, but revising it throughout in the light of new research and discoveries, such as the revolution in our understanding of many civilizations in the Ancient World. The closing sections of the book reflect what now seems to be the inexorable rise of Asia and the increasingly troubled situation in the West.

About the authors:

J.M. Roberts, CBE, published The Penguin History of the World in 1976 to immediate acclaim. His other major books include The Paris Commune from the Right, The Triumph of the West (which was also a successful television series), The Penguin History of Europe and The Penguin History of the Twentieth Century. He died in 2003.

Odd Arne Westad, FBA, is Professor of International History at the London School of Economics. He has published fifteen books on modern and contemporary international history, among them The Global Cold War, which won the Bancroft Prize, and Decisive Encounters, a standard history of the Chinese civil war. He also served as general co-editor of the Cambridge History of the Cold War.

Reviews

'A work of outstanding breadth of scholarship and penetrating judgements. There is nothing better of its kind' Jonathan Sumption, Sunday Telegraph

'A stupendous achievement' A.J.P. Taylor

'A brilliant book ... the most outstanding history of the world yet written' J.H. Plumb

 

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Contents

Japan
ThePossibility of Change
Introduction
Early Modern Europe
Authority andIts ChallengersinEurope
Europes Assault on the World
World Historys New Shape
Ideas Old and

The Beginnings of Civilization in South Asia
Ancient China
The Other Worldsof the Ancient Past
Remaking the Old World
Introduction
The HellenisticWorld 4 Rome
The Central Eurasian Crossroads
Islam and the Arab Empires
Byzantium and
The New Middle East and the Making of Europe
India
Imperial China
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Political Change in an Age of Revolution
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The AngloSaxon World
The EuropeanWorld Hegemony
The Making of a New Asia
The Ottoman Heritage and the Western Islamic Lands
The Second World
Decolonization and Cold
BOOK EIGHT
Revolutions inScience and Perceptions
Copyright

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About the author (2013)

J.M. Roberts, CBE, published The Penguin History of the World in 1976 to immediate acclaim. His other major books include The Paris Commune from the Right, The Triumph of the West (which was also a successful television series), The Penguin History of Europe and The Penguin History of the Twentieth Century. He died in 2003.

Odd Arne Westad, FBA, is Professor of International History at the London School of Economics. He has published fifteen books on modern and contemporary international history, among them The Global Cold War, which won the Bancroft Prize, and Decisive Encounters, a standard history of the Chinese civil war. He also served as general co-editor of the Cambridge History of the Cold War.

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