A Short History of the World

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Penguin Group Australia, 2001 - History - 668 pages
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WORLD HISTORY. The author also pays attention to empires and they areas they covered, noting that the size of the territory which one leader or state can rule has grown progressively larger. Touches on the trivial and the grand: on changes in diet and daily work and sport, on changing attitudes to the night sky, as well as on profound discoveries and mighty empires. This is the story of the world's people during the last four million years.

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User Review  - questbird - LibraryThing

An interesting overview of world history. Blainey almost, but not quite, avoids the view that European history is the most important. He claims that the 20th century is not the most important century ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

An unsatisfying attempt to pack the story of the human species into an attractively priced survey text.Blainey, retired professor of history at the University of Melbourne, apparently hasn't been ... Read full review

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About the author (2001)

Geoffrey Blainey is one of Australia's most significant and popular historians. He has written some 36 full-length books including The Tyranny of Distance, Triumph of the Nomads, Black Kettle and Full Moon, A Short History of the 20th Century,Sea of Dangers, A Short History of Christianityand the best-selling A Short History of the World. Professor Blainey held chairs in economic history and then in plain history at the University of Melbourne for 21 years. He was a delegate to the 1998 Constitutional Convention and also chaired various Commonwealth government bodies, including the Australia Council, the Literature Board, the Australia-China Council, and the National Council for the Centenary of Federation. He is one of the few Australians whose biography appears in Encyclopaedia Britannica.

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