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A Little History of the World (original 1936; edition 2008)

by E. H. Gombrich, Clifford Harper (Illustrator)

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Title:A Little History of the World
Authors:E. H. Gombrich
Other authors:Clifford Harper (Illustrator)
Info:Yale University Press (2008), Paperback, 304 pages
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A Little History of the World by E. H. Gombrich (1936)

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This is a great overview of history. The focus is on Europe but realistically to ask for whole world coverage would be asking for a book three times the size. This is readable and never gets bogged down in detail, so it provides an excellent starting point for anyone trying to get to grips with the events of the past. ( )
  janglen | Jan 30, 2014 |
A very poetic view of history. The author does an excellent job of not getting too caught up in historical details and dates. As do most Western accounts, however, Gombrich largely neglects Asia, Africa, and the Americas.
  ftong | Jul 9, 2013 |
I loved this little history book. Great introduction to world history for young adults and old. I'm saving my copy for my future children. ( )
1 vote whitrichardson | Jun 15, 2013 |
The boy loved this, as did I . . . What a compelling way to introduce the sweeping scope of history (and political and religious thought) to children. ( )
  beckydj | May 21, 2013 |
What a delightful book. Originally written by E.H. Gombrich for children in 1935, this history of the world begins with the discovery of fire and ends with the atomic bomb, explained in 40 just-the-right-length chapters. Of course, it is not really a history of the world, but rather a European history with graceful forays into China, India, Mexico and America. But never mind that, for it's a remarkable book -- witty, with vivid imagery, terrific storytelling and a gentle, generous and humane sensibility.

Anthony Grafon from the Wall Street Journal says, :"Lucky children will have this book read to them. Intelligent adults will read it for themselves and regain contact with the spirit of European humanism at its best." I couldn't agree more. I was happily surprised, for example, by the respectful way in which the revealed the splendour and sophistication of Mexico when Cortez arrived and behaved so abominably.

Gombrich was a thoughtful, gentle man whose pacifism so enraged the Nazis his books were banned and I find that, of course, further reason to love him. He managed to leave Germany when invited to teach in England in 1936, and England remained his beloved adopted country until his death in 2001. The final chapter of the book, in which he reflects on the part of history he lived through -- and in particular the rise of fascism in Germany and WWII, which he spent in England translating German radio broadcasts for British Intelligence -- is a fitting and, I found, deeply moving end piece.

For those who would like to learn more about Gombrich, Peter Conrad wrote a terrific piece in The Guardian, which you can get to through this link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2005/oct/02/historybooks.features1. Enjoy. ( )
  Laurenbdavis | Apr 20, 2013 |
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In 1935, with a doctorate in art history and no prospect of a job, the 26-year-old Ernst Gombrich was invited to attempt a history of the world for younger readers. Amazingly, he completed the task in an intense six weeks, and "Eine kurze Weltgeschichte fur junge Leser" was published in Vienna to immediate success, and is now available in twenty-five languages across the world. In forty concise chapters, Gombrich tells the story of man from the stone age to the atomic bomb. In between emerges a colourful picture of wars and conquests, grand works of art, and the spread and limitations of science. This is a text dominated not by dates and facts, but by the sweep of mankind's experience across the centuries, a guide to humanity's achievements and an acute witness to its frailties.The product of a generous and humane sensibility, this timeless account makes intelligible the full span of human history.

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Superbly designed and freshly illustrated, this book tells the story of man from the stone age to the atomic bomb. What emerges is a colorful picture of wars and conquests, grand works of art, and the spread and limitations of science. Tells the story of man from the stone age to the atomic bomb.… (more)

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