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    A History of the World in 100 Objects (Allen Lane) (Hardback) By (author) Neil MacGregor

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    Description'In this book, we travel back in time and across the globe, to see how we humans have shaped our world and been shaped by it over the past two million years. The story is told exclusively through the things that humans have made - all sorts of things, carefully designed and then either admired and preserved or used, broken and thrown away. I've chosen just a hundred objects from different points on our journey - from a cooking pot to a golden galleon, from a Stone Age tool to a credit card, and each object comes from the collection of the British Museum' - [from the introduction]. This book takes a dramatically original approach to the history of humanity, using objects which previous civilisations have left behind them, often accidentally, as prisms through which we can explore past worlds and the lives of the men and women who lived in them. The book's range is enormous. It begins with one of the earliest surviving objects made by human hands, a chopping tool from the Olduvai gorge in Africa, and ends with an object from the 21st century which represents the world we live in today. Neil MacGregor's aim is not simply to describe these remarkable things, but to show us their significance - how a stone pillar tells us about a great Indian emperor preaching tolerance to his people, how Spanish pieces of eight tell us about the beginning of a global currency or how an early Victorian tea-set tells us about the impact of empire. Each chapter immerses the reader in a past civilisation accompanied by an exceptionally well-informed guide. Seen through this lens, history is a kaleidoscope - shifting, interconnected, constantly surprising, and shaping our world today in ways that most of us have never imagined. An intellectual and visual feast, it is one of the most engrossing and unusual history books published in years.


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    Title
    A History of the World in 100 Objects
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Neil MacGregor
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 736
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 238 mm
    Thickness: 62 mm
    Weight: 1,760 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781846144134
    ISBN 10: 1846144132
    Classifications

    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    BIC E4L: HIS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 909
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15590
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    Ingram Subject Code: AT
    Libri: ENGM2000, GESC2878, UNIV0200, WELS9400
    DC22: 904
    BISAC V2.8: ART025000
    LC subject heading: ,
    Thema V1.0: GBC, NHB
    Illustrations note
    250+ integrated images
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    ALLEN LANE
    Publication date
    01 January 2011
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Neil MacGregor has been Director of the British Museum since 2002. Before that he was Director of the National Gallery from 1987 to 2002. He was 'Briton of the Year' in 2008.