A History of the World in 100 Objects

A History of the World in 100 Objects

History , World History
Paperback Published on: 28/06/2012
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A History of the World in 100 Objects
A fascinating look at wolrd history
This gem of a book will whisk you around the world, exploring cultures you've never heard of, and civilisations that leave no written record. The objects m... READ MORE
Janette Fraser
A History of the World in 100 Objects
Inspired and inspiring
I put the book down and knew that there were at least a dozen topics I now wanted to read up on. It was informative, clear and incredibly gripping. I was p... READ MORE
Vicky Etherington at Piccadilly
A History of the World in 100 Objects
History like you've never read it before
I'm always trying to educate myself about history, usually through reading about a particular period, but have always struggled to put everything in a broa... READ MORE
Claire Bevan at Brentford

Synopsis

Neil MacGregor's A History of the World in 100 Objects takes a bold, original approach to human history, exploring past civilizations through the objects that defined them.

Encompassing a grand sweep of human history, A History of the World in 100 Objects begins with one of the earliest surviving objects made by human hands, a chopping tool from the Olduvai gorge in Africa, and ends with objects which characterise the world we live in today.

Seen through MacGregor's eyes, history is a kaleidoscope - shifting, interconnected, constantly surprising, and shaping our world today in ways that most of us have never imagined. A stone pillar tells us about a great Indian emperor preaching tolerance to his people; Spanish pieces of eight tell us about the beginning of a global currency; and an early Victorian tea-set speaks to us about the impact of empire.

An intellectual and visual feast, this is one of the most engrossing and unusual history books published in years.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241951774
  • Number of pages: 640
  • Weight: 460g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 28 mm

Customer Reviews

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A History of the World in 100 Objects
A gripping version of the human story...
*AUDIO BOOK VERSION* This audio book is a gem. It is fascinating in terms of the content and details about each object examined, which extend right back t... READ MORE
D J Smith
A History of the World in 100 Objects
Really great!
This book has brilliant and first-hand detail of the objects in question. As such the details are just riveting, so far I have not been let down on just ho... READ MORE
henryhooverville
A History of the World in 100 Objects
Supplements my enjoyment of the radio series
I have been listening to A History of the World in 100 Objects during lockdown and so I ordered the book to be able to see pictures of the objects and to c... READ MORE
Frances Couper