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    The Cartoon History of the Universe: From the Springtime of China to the Fall of Rome Pt.2 (Cartoon History of the Universe II Vols. 8-13 (Paperback)) (Paperback) By (author) Larry Gonick

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    DescriptionHere's a new installment of the phenomenal bestseller that "Publishers Weekly" selected as one of the twelve graphic books of all time. Spanning ages and continents from Ancient India to Rome and China in A.D. 600, Volume II is hip, funny, and full of info. B & W illustrations.


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    Title
    The Cartoon History of the Universe: From the Springtime of China to the Fall of Rome Pt.2
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Larry Gonick
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 316
    Width: 212 mm
    Height: 268 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 600 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780385420938
    ISBN 10: 0385420935
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25520
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T13.1
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: WHC
    DC20: 909
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Libri: I-HP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    BIC E4L: HUM
    BISAC V2.8: HUM001000, HIS030000
    DC22: 902.07
    B&T Merchandise Category: GPH
    B&T General Subject: 400
    BIC subject category V2: 1KBB
    LC classification: D21.1.G66
    DC22: 902/.07
    BISAC V2.8: CGN007000
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: D21.1 .G66 1990
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: NHB, XY, WHX
    Edition
    1, New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Illustrations note
    Ill.
    Publisher
    Time-Life Books
    Imprint name
    Time Life UK
    Publication date
    01 November 2002
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Review text
    Imagine a collaboration between Arnold Toynbee and R. Crumb and you get a pretty good idea of Gonick's clever and ambitious comic book series. This volume should not be taken as some kind of Mel Brooksish joke. Gonick does his research and interprets his sources with scholarly care. Inspired by the educational comic books of Latin American artist RIUS, Gonick makes world history a blast - literally, with his predilection for onomatopoeic word balloons. In this second collection - the last left us with Alexander the Great schlepping toward Persia - Gonick takes us on a side tour through India and China. He integrates myth and history to establish the origins of sectarian conflict in India, and attends to migration patterns from the Middle East to China in order to explain the development of Buddhism and Confucianism. Dynamic intrigue and the threat of northern barbarians compete with periods of prolonged peace. This highly selective version of Chinese history, though full of diverting stories, will be a bit confusing to readers unfamiliar with the main players. Back in Rome, meanwhile, after the death of Alexander, the republic enters its period of glory, followed by the building of the empire. Problems of succession lead to lots of lurid anecdotes about perverse and insatiable emperors, violent entertainments, brutal conquests - all of which Gonick records with Mad-like irreverence. He equivocates, however, in telling the story of Jesus, ending up with an uneasy mix of canonical fact and outfight heresy. His account of the historical rise of Christianity is superb and demonstrates an interesting parallel with China: In both cases alien cults from the edge of the empires eventually captured the capital cities. Gonick's humor is mostly visual and relies on the juxtaposition of comical images with his relatively sober text. Despite his lefty, multi-culty inclinations, Gonick maintains the high level of sophistication, skepticism, and just plain fun established by the first volume. (Kirkus Reviews)
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    Here's a new installment of the phenomenal bestseller that "Publishers Weekly selected as one of the twelve graphic books of all time. Spanning ages and continents from Ancient India to Rome and China in A.D. 600, Volume II is hip, funny, and full of info. B & W illustrations.