A Very Short History of the World

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Penguin Books, Limited, 2004 - Civilization - 480 pages
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A Very Short History of the World is the story of the world's people during the last four million years. It begins before human beings moved out of Africa to explore and settle the other continents. It is a story of the inhabited world being pulled apart by this movement of people, and of it coming together again in recent centuries. Blainey recreates human experience in its astoundingly varied forms, describing human life at both its grandest and most domestic levels: covering both amazing discoveries and powerful empires, and also changes in diet, daily life work and sport. In A Very Short History of the World, Blainey takes his masterful account of human history and abridges it to make a compelling and hugely accessible work of history.

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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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