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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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Easy to understand and fun to read. ( )
  zhoud2005 | Sep 4, 2015 |
A wonderful introduction to a western oriented world history written for an older preteen audience. The last chapter is very interesting in that the author added this chapter for the English translation and it is 50 years more up to date and is focused changes that took place during the author's lifetime. Those events include WWII, holocaust, atomic bombs, etc. ( )
  joeydag | Jul 23, 2015 |
Very pleasant. Perhaps more optimistic than events warrant, but very pleasant indeed. ( )
  leandrod | Feb 10, 2015 |
This work of literary nonfiction has been enjoyed by children all over the world for years, but its limited perspective and questionable accuracy make it a better source of entertainment than of information for today’s young readers. Originally published in Austria in 1935, A Little History seeks to provide a child-friendly introduction to the whole of human history, from the cavemen to the contemporary age. It reads like a kind grandfather telling a child a very long story. The author does not attempt to be objective; he often gives opinions and makes judgments that give context to his subjects and refers to himself and to the reader. The book reads like a product of another time, though it was recently updated. While Gombrich speaks respectfully about all cultures and religions, his affinity for Christianity and Judaism are apparent. In spite of the fact that the history of the world concerns people of many races, Gombrich only mentions skin color when describing cruel or barbaric groups. That the book does not focus on Britain or the U.S.A. is refreshing, but it still neglects Asia, Africa, and South America. Finally, no sources or references are provided, which calls into question the accuracy of much of the book. While A Little History is entertaining, as a source of information it does not hold up to the standards placed on history texts today and is best valued for its own historical significance. Additional Purchase. Grades 5-10. ( )
  kottenbrookk | Nov 13, 2014 |
So much to be said about this wonderful writer and this wonderful book, meant to be read aloud to young people. But for now, this tidbit, which stopped me cold:

"And having grown tired of his empire, along with its sun that never set, Charles V installed his brother Ferdinand as ruler of Austria and emperor of Germany, and gave Spain and the Netherlands to his son Philip. He then withdrew, in 1556, an old and broken man, to the Spanish monastery of San Geronimo de Yuste. It is said that he spent his time there repairing and regulating all the clocks. He wanted them to chime at the same time. When he didn't succeed, he is reported to have said, 'How did I ever presume to try to unite all the peoples of my empire when I cannot, even once, persuade a few clocks to chime together.' He died lonely and embittered. And as for the clocks of his former empire, whenever they struck the hour, their chimes were further and further apart."
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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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