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    A Little History of the World (Hardback) 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: Hardback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 142 mm
    Height: 218 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 499 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780300108835
    ISBN 10: 0300108834
    Classifications

    BIC subject category V2: GBC, HBG
    BIC E4L: HIS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    LC subject heading:
    B&T General Subject: 217
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    DC22: 909
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Libri: I-HP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T Book Type: JN
    BISAC V2.8: JNF025000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 12860
    Abridged Dewey: 909
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: D23.G64 20
    LC subject heading: ,
    B&T Approval Code: X15110000
    LC classification: D23 .G6413 2005
    Thema V1.0: GBC, NHB
    Edition statement
    Reprint, Translation
    Illustrations note
    60 b&w illustrations
    Publisher
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    13 October 2005
    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
    "Gombrich accomplishes what many university-level Western Civilization classes cannot--a riveting account of events that shaped the world from the Stone Age to the 1930s, illustrating the relevance of history to current events. Teachers and schools should add this to their reading lists."--Claire Martin, "The Denver Post" --Claire Martin"The Denver Post" (10/01/2008)
    Review text
    A lovely, lively historical survey that takes in Neanderthals, Hohenzollerns and just about everything in between. In 1935, Viennese publisher Walter Neurath approached Gombrich, who would go on to write the canonical, bestselling Story of Art, to translate a history textbook for young readers. Gombrich volunteered that he could do better than the authors, and Neurath accepted the challenge, provided that a completed manuscript was on his desk in six weeks. This book, available in English for the first time, is the happy result. Gombrich is an engaging narrator whose explanations are charming if sometimes vague. (Take the kid-friendly definition of truffles: "Truffles," he says, "are a very rare and special sort of mushroom." End of lesson.) Among the subjects covered are Julius Caesar (who, Gombrich exults, was able to dictate two letters simultaneously without getting confused), Charlemagne, the American Civil War, Karl Marx, the Paris Commune and Kaiser Wilhelm. As he does, he offers mostly gentle but pointed moralizing about the past, observing, for instance, that the Spanish conquest of Mexico required courage and cunning but was "so appalling, and so shaming to us Europeans that I would rather not say anything more about it," and urging his young readers to consider that perhaps not all factory owners were as vile as Marx portrayed them to be, even though the good owners "against their conscience and their natural instincts, often found themselves treating their workers in the same way"-which is to say, badly. Conversational, sometimes playful-not the sort of book that would survive vetting by school-system censors these days, but a fine conception and summarizing of the world's checkered past for young and old. (Kirkus Reviews)