A Short History of the World

A Short History of the World

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This is the story of the world's people during the last four million years. It begins before the human race moved out of Africa to explore and settle the other continents, several of which were later marooned by the great rising of the seas. It is the story of the inhabited world being pulled apart, and of it coming together again in recent centuries.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 688 pages
  • 152 x 230 x 46mm | 1,020.58g
  • Viking Australia
  • Hawthorn, Australia
  • 0670911399
  • 9780670911394
  • 1,110,746

About Geoffrey Blainey

Geoffrey Blainey is one of Australia's most significant and popular historians. He has written some 36 full-length books including The Tyranny of Distance, Triumph of the Nomads, Black Kettle and Full Moon, A Short History of the 20th Century, Sea of Dangers, A Short History of Christianity and the best-selling A Short History of the World. Professor Blainey held chairs in economic history and then in plain history at the University of Melbourne for 21 years. He was a delegate to the 1998 Constitutional Convention and also chaired various Commonwealth government bodies, including the Australia Council, the Literature Board, the Australia-China Council, and the National Council for the Centenary of Federation. He is one of the few Australians whose biography appears in Encyclopaedia Britannica.
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Table of contents

Part 1: from Africa; when the seas were rising; the first green revolution; the dome of night; cities of the valleys; amazing sea; Lord of the Yellow, King of the Ganges; the rise of Rome; Israel and the anointed one; after Christ; the sign of the crescent; the wild geese cross the mountains; towards Polynesia. Part 2 Signpost: the Mongols; the perils of climate and disease; new messengers; birdcage; the Inca and the Andes; reformation; voyage to India; the New World bears gifts; the glass eye of science; dethroning the harvest. Part 3: the fall of a pack of cards; beyond the Sahara; noble steam; will all be equal?; a globe unwrapped; the world wars; the bomb and the moon; no fruits, no birds.
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