A Short History of the World

A Short History of the World

Paperback Penguin Classics

By (author) H. G. Wells, Introduction by Norman Stone, Edited by Michael Sherborne

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  • Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • Format: Paperback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 28mm | 281g
  • Publication date: 31 July 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0141441828
  • ISBN 13: 9780141441825
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 64,661

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Spanning the origins of the Earth to the outcome of the First World War, this is a brilliantly compelling account of the evolution of life and the development of the human race. Along the way, Wells considers such diverse subjects as the Neolithic era, the rise of Judaism, the Golden Age of Athens, the life of Christ, the rise of Islam, the discovery of America and the Industrial Revolution. Breathtaking in its scope and passionate in its intensity, this history remains one of the most readable of its kind.

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H. G. Wells was a professional writer and journalist, who published more than a hundred books, including novels, histories, essays and programmes for world regeneration. Wells's prophetic imagination was first displayed in pioneering works of science fiction, but later he became an apostle of socialism, science and progress. His controversial views on sexual equality and the shape of a truly developed nation remain directly relevant to our world today. He was, in Bertrand Russell's words, 'an important liberator of thought and action'.