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Imagine the planet, as if from an immense distance of time and space, as a galactic observer might see it-with the kind of objectivity that we, who are enmeshed in our history, can't attain.

The Oxford Illustrated History of the World encompasses the whole span of human history. It brings together some of the world's leading historians, under the expert guidance of Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, to tell the 200,000-year story of our world, from the emergence of homo sapiens through to the twenty-first century: the environmental convulsions; the interplay of ideas (good and bad); the cultural phases and exchanges; the collisions and collaborations in politics; the successions of
states and empires; the unlocking of energy; the evolutions of economies; the contacts, conflicts, and contagions that have all contributed to making the world we now inhabit.
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  • Hardback | 496 pages
  • 197 x 254 x 29mm | 1,164g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrated
  • Illustrated
  • 184 colour and black & white illustrations
  • 0198752903
  • 9780198752905
  • 218,405

Table of contents

IntroductionPart I: Children of the Ice 1. Humanity From the Ice: The Emergence and Spread of an Adaptive Species, Clive Gamble2. The Mind in the Ice: Art and Thought before Agriculture, Felipe Fernandez-ArmestoPart II: Of Mud and Metal 3. Into a Warming World, Martin Jones4. The Farmers' Empires: Climax and Crises in Agrarian States and Cities, Felipe Fernandez-ArmestoPart III: The Oscillations of Empires 5. Punctured Rupture: Material Life: Bronze Age Crisis to Black Death, John Brooke6. Intellectual Traditions: Philosophy, Science, Religion, and the Arts, 500 BCE - 1350 CE, David Northrup7. Growth: Social and Political Organizations, 1000 BC-AD 1350, Ian MorrisPart IV: The Climatic Reversal 8. Re-Convergence in a Smaller World: Economic and Ecological Encounters, 1350-1815, David Northrup9. Renaissances, Reformations, and Mental Revolutions: Intellect and Arts in the Early Modern World, Manuel Lucena-Giraldo10. Connected by Emotions and Experiences: Monarchs, Merchants, Mercenaries and Migrants in the Early Modern World, Anjana SinghPart V: The Great Acceleration 11. The Anthropocene Epoch: The Background to Two Transformative Centuries, David Christian12. The Modern World and Its Demons: Ideology and After in Arts, Letters and Thought, 1815-2008, Paolo Luca Bernardini13. Politics and Society in the Kaleidoscope of Change: Relationships, Behaviour, Institutions, Conflicts from the Beginnings of Western Hegemony to the American Supremacy, Jeremy BlackEpilogueFurther ReadingIndex
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To say that The Oxford Illustrated History Of The World is a monumental undertaking is something of an understatement. In just over 400 pages some of the world's most noted historians come together to tell the story of human history, from its first breath to the modern age ... The result is a triumph ... The Oxford Illustrated History Of The World is lavishly illustrated with photographs, maps and wherever necessary tables and diagrams, and the balance of text versus illustration is just right. As accessible as it is well-researched, it really is a joy to read and will satisfy anyone who wants to delve deeper into the history of the world. All About History
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brilliant and provocative * Art Eyewitness * A truly remarkable book. * Richard Lofthouse, Quad Magazine * Felipe Fernandez-Armesto and his gifted team have produced the world history for our times, ecologically oriented, written from multiple standpoints and informed by systematic comparison. * Peter Burke, Professor Emeritus of Cultural History, University of Cambridge * Are you intellectually curious, but very busy? Would you have liked to understand the biggest questions about the history of the last 200,000 years, but you don't have the time required to read 97 different fat books to tell you the answers? Are you looking for just one book that will summarize it all? Then this is your book! It's exciting, up-to-date, and well-written. You'll love it! * Jared Diamond, Professor of Geography at UCLA and Pulitzer-Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel and The World Until Yesterday * Condensing the story of humanity's 200,000 year tenure on Earth into 450 pages (including pictures) could be an act of hubris or the result of orderly - yet imaginative - minds making connections across centuries and continents. The Oxford Illustrated History of the World is more the latter... a pleasure to read with many thought-provoking passages. * David Luhrssen, Shepherd Express * Some books are admirable because of their sheer scope and ambition, and this overview of the entirety of the human story fits firmly within that category. * History Revealed * Extraordinary ... [A] beautiful book, with accessible essays of such originality and scholarly depth a treasure house of startling images. * Richard Drayton, Times Literary Supplement * To say that The Oxford Illustrated History Of The World is a monumental undertaking is something of an understatement. In just over 400 pages some of the world's most noted historians come together to tell the story of human history, from its first breath to the modern age ... The result is a triumph ... The Oxford Illustrated History Of The World is lavishly illustrated with photographs, maps and wherever necessary tables and diagrams, and the
balance of text versus illustration is just right. As accessible as it is well-researched, it really is a joy to read and will satisfy anyone who wants to delve deeper into the history of the world. * All About History *
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About Felipe Fernandez-Armesto

Felipe Fernandez-Armesto was an undergraduate and graduate student at Oxford (Demy of Magdalen College, Senior Scholar of St John's, Fellow of St Antony's) where he was a member of the Modern History Faculty before moving to chairs in the University of London (Professor of Global Environmental History at Queen Mary College), Tufts University (Prince of Asturias Professor), and the University of Notre Dame, where he holds the William P. Reynolds Chair
for Mission in Arts and Letters. His work, which has covered many fields and disciplines and has appeared in twenty-seven languages, has won him numerous awards, including the John Carter Brown Medal, a World History Association Book Prize (for Pathfinders, 2007), Spain's national prizes for geography and
food-writing, and, most recently, the Gran Cruz de la Orden de Alfonso X el Sabio, Spain's highest award for services to education and the arts.
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