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    A Little History of the World (Paperback) By (author) Ernst H. Gombrich, Illustrated by Clifford Harper, Translated by Caroline Mustill

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    DescriptionIn 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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    Title
    A Little History of the World
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ernst H. Gombrich, Illustrated by Clifford Harper, Translated by Caroline Mustill
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 138 mm
    Height: 212 mm
    Thickness: 34 mm
    Weight: 440 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780300143324
    ISBN 10: 030014332X
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    BIC E4L: HIS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    DC22: 909
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15520
    BIC subject category V2: HBL
    Abridged Dewey: 909
    B&T Approval Code: A14200000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: D23 .G6413 2008
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: NHB
    Illustrations note
    40 black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    07 October 2008
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven
    Author Information
    Among E. H. Gombrich's many writings are the international bestsellers The Story of Art and Art and Illusion. He was director of the Warburg Institute of the University of London from 1959 to 1976.
    Review quote
    "'I wish it had been available when I was young.' Allan Massie, Literary Review 'There is not one of the 39 short chapters that is not enlivened by a sharp insight or arresting image.' Tim Blanning, The Sunday Telegraph 'With Gombrich's Little History, at last available in English there will be many generations of future historians who will attribute to it their lifelong passion for history - and for truth.' Lisa Jardine, The Times 'Do not, from its title, underestimate this book.' Brian Sewell, Evening Standard 'Gombrich opens with the most magical definition of history I have ever read.' Amanda Vickery, Guardian Review 'Brilliant, irresistible: a wonderful surprise.' Philip Pullman 'the whole experience of human history, from prehistory to the Second World War, compressed into a flowing narrative... A delight.' The Daily Telegraph"