A Short History of the World

Front Cover
Book Tree, 2000 - History - 320 pages
0 Reviews
This is a book for the average person with a great curiosity toward the world. H. G. Wells had an intense curiosity and used it to investigate and then share the entire history of the world in a condensed form with this book. Wells, the great science fiction writer who wrote The War of the Worlds and The Invisible Man, among others, was fascinated with the real world just as much as his imaginary ones.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - jose.pires - LibraryThing

From his perspective in 1922, H.G. Wells wrote a "Short History of the World." This straightforward look at the world's timeline, from the first appearance of humans to the reconstruction after World War I is an engaging and concise adventure story that also happens to be true. Read full review

Selected pages

Contents

THE WORLD IN SPACE
9
THE WORLD IN TIME
11
THE BEGINNINGS OF LIFE
13
THE AGE OF FISHES
15
THE AGE OF THE COAL SWAMPS
18
THE AGE OF REPTILES
21
THE FIRST BIRDS AND THE FIRST MAMMALS
24
THE AGE OF MAMMALS
27
THE TEACHING OF JESUS
139
THE DEVELOPMENT OF DOCTRINAL CHRISTIANITY
144
THE BARBARIANS BREAK THE EMPIRE INTO EAST AND WEST
147
THE HUNS AND THE END OF THE WESTERN EMPIRE
151
THE BYZANTINE AND SASSANID EMPIRES
155
THE DYNASTIES OF SUY AND TANG IN CHINA
159
MUHAMMAD AND ISLAM
161
THE GREAT DAYS OF THE ARABS
164

MONKEYS APES AND SUBMEN
30
THE NEANDERTHALER AND THE RHODESIAN MAN
33
THE FIRST TRUE MEN
38
PRIMITIVE THOUGHT
41
THE BEGINNINGS OF CULTIVATION
44
PRIMITIVE NEOLITHIC CIVILISATIONS
48
SUMERIA EARLY EGYPT AND WRITING
53
PRIMITIVE NOMADIC PEOPLES
56
THE FIRST SEAGOING PEOPLES
59
EGYPT BABYLON AND ASSYRIA
63
THE PRIMITIVE ARYANS
67
THE LAST BABYLONIAN EMPIRE AND THE EMPIRE OF DARIUS I
71
THE EARLY HISTORY OF THE JEWS
75
PRIESTS AND PROPHETS IN JUDEA
80
THE GREEKS
83
THE WARS OF THE GREEKS AND PERSIANS
87
THE SPLENDOUR OF GREECE
90
THE EMPIRE OF ALEXANDER THE GREAT
93
THE MUSEUM AND LIBRARY AT ALEXANDRIA
96
THE LIFE OF GAUTAMA BUDDHA
100
KING ASOKA
104
CONFUCIUS AND LAO TSE
105
ROME COMES INTO HISTORY
109
ROME AND CARTHAGE
113
THE GROWTH OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE
117
BETWEEN ROME AND CHINA
126
THE COMMON MANS LIFE UNDER THE EARLY ROMAN EMPIRE
129
RELIGIOUS DEVELOPMENTS UNDER THE ROMAN EMPIRE
134
THE DEVELOPMENT OF LATIN CHRISTENDOM
168
THE CRUSADES AND THE AGE OF PAPAL DOMINION
176
RECALCITRANT PRINCES AND THE GREAT SCHISM
183
THE MONGOL CONQUESTS
190
THE INTELLECTUAL REVIVAL OF THE EUROPEANS
195
THE REFORMATION OF THE LATIN CHURCH
202
THE EMPEROR CHARLES V
205
THE AGE OF POLITICAL EXPERIMENTS OF GRAND MONARCHY AND PARLIAMENTS AND REPUBLICANISM IN EUROPE
212
THE NEW EMPIRES OF THE EUROPEANS IN ASIA AND OVERSEAS
221
THE AMERICAN WAR OF INDEPENDENCE
226
THE FRENCH REVOLUTION AND THE RESTORATION OF MONARCHY IN FRANCE
230
THE UNEASY PEACE IN EUROPE THAT FOLLOWED THE FALL OF NAPOLEON
237
THE DEVELOPMENT OF MATERIAL KNOWLEDGE
241
THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION
248
THE DEVELOPMENT OF MODERN POLITICAL AND SOCIAL IDEAS
251
THE EXPANSION OF THE UNITED STATES
260
THE RISE OF GERMANY TO PREDOMINANCE IN EUROPE
267
THE NEW OVERSEAS EMPIRES OF STEAMSHIP AND RAILWAY
269
EUROPEAN AGGRESSION IN ASIA AND THE RISE OF JAPAN
274
THE BRITISH EMPIRE IN 1914
278
THE AGE OF ARMAMENT IN EUROPE AND THE GREAT WAR OF 191418
280
THE NEW ORDER IN RUSSIA
285
THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS
292
THE FAILURE OF THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS
296
THE CRISIS OF HUMAN ADAPTATION
307
CHRONOLOGICAL TABLE
311
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (2000)

H. G. Wells was born in Bromley, England on September 21, 1866. After a limited education, he was apprenticed to a draper, but soon found he wanted something more out of life. He read widely and got a position as a student assistant in a secondary school, eventually winning a scholarship to the Royal College of Science in South Kensington, where he studied biology. He graduated from London University in 1888 and became a science teacher. He also wrote for magazines. When his stories began to sell, he left teaching to write full time. He became an author best known for science fiction novels and comic novels. His science fiction novels include The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, The Wonderful Visit, The Island of Doctor Moreau, The Invisible Man, The First Men in the Moon, and The Food of the Gods. His comic novels include Love and Mr. Lewisham, Kipps: The Story of a Simple Soul, The History of Mr. Polly, and Tono-Bungay. He also wrote several short story collections including The Stolen Bacillus, The Plattner Story, and Tales of Space and Time. He died on August 13, 1946 at the age of 79.

Bibliographic information