The Penguin History of the World: Sixth Edition

The Penguin History of the World: Sixth Edition


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The completely updated edition of J. M. Roberts and Odd Arne Westad's widely acclaimed, landmark bestseller The Penguin History of the World For generations of readers The Penguin History of the World has been one of the great cultural experiences - the entire story of human endeavour laid out in all its grandeur and folly, drama and pain in a single authoritative book. Now, for the first time, it has been completely overhauled for its 6th edition - not just bringing it up to date, but revising it throughout in the light of new research and discoveries, such as the revolution in our understanding of many civilizations in the Ancient World. The closing sections of the book reflect what now seems to be the inexorable rise of Asia and the increasingly troubled situation in the West. About the authors: J.M. Roberts, CBE, published The Penguin History of the World in 1976 to immediate acclaim. His other major books include The Paris Commune from the Right, The Triumph of the West (which was also a successful television series), The Penguin History of Europe and The Penguin History of the Twentieth Century. He died in 2003. Odd Arne Westad, FBA, is Professor of International History at the London School of Economics. He has published fifteen books on modern and contemporary international history, among them The Global Cold War, which won the Bancroft Prize, and Decisive Encounters, a standard history of the Chinese civil war. He also served as general co-editor of the Cambridge History of the Cold War.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781846144431
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/30/2014
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 1280
Sales rank: 155,865
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.80(h) x 2.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

J. M. Roberts (1928–2003) was a celebrated and prolific British historian and the author of a number of books, including,The Penguin History of Europe and The Penguin History of the Twentieth Century.

Odd Arne Westad has served as the Director of Research at the Nobel Institute and Professor of International History at the London School of Economics, and has published fifteen books on modern and contemporary international history, most recently, Restless Empire: China and the World Since 1750.

Table of Contents

List of Maps viii

Preface to the Sixth Edition xi

Book 1 Before History

Introduction 1

1 The Foundations 3

2 Homo Sapiens 18

3 The Possibility of Civilization 30

Book 2 Civilizations

Introduction 41

1 Early Civilized Life 43

2 Ancient Mesopotamia 51

3 Ancient Egypt 68

4 Intruders and Invaders 88

5 The Beginnings of Civilization in South Asia 112

6 Ancient China 115

7 The Other Worlds of the Ancient Past 144

8 Transformations 154

Book 3 The Classical Age

Introduction 161

1 Remaking the Old World 163

2 The Greeks 167

3 The Hellenistic World 201

4 Rome 215

5 Christianity and the Western Transition 246

6 Classical India 300

7 Classical China 311

Book 4 The Age of Diverging Traditions

Introduction 315

1 The Central Eurasian Crossroads 317

2 Islam and the Arab Empires 333

3 Byzantium and Its Sphere 357

4 The New Middle East and the Making of Europe 384

5 India 430

6 Imperial China 437

7 Japan 458

8 Worlds Apart 469

9 Europe: The Possibility of Change 481

10 New Limits New Horizons 513

Book 5 The Making of the European Age

Introduction 535

1 Qing China and Mughal India 537

2 A New Kind of Society: Early Modern Europe 551

3 Authority and Its Challengers in Europe 573

4 The New World of Great Powers 601

5 Europe's Assault on the World 633

6 World History's New Shape 661

7 Ideas Old and New 678

Book 6 The Great Acceleration

Introduction 701

1 Long-term Change 703

2 Political Change in an Age of Revolution 723

3 Political Change: A New Europe 748

4 Political Change: The Anglo-Saxon World 770

5 The European World Hegemony 791

6 Imperialism and Imperial Rule 815

7 Asian Metamorphoses 833

Book 7 The End of the European Age

Introduction 861

1 Strains in the System 863

2 The Era of the First World War 882

3 The Making of a New Asia 914

4 The Ottoman Heritage and the Western Islamic Lands 931

5 The Second World War 944

6 Decolonization and Cold War 967

Book 8 Our Own Time

Introduction 991

1 Revolutions in Science and Perceptions 995

2 The Cold War World 1035

3 Crises and Detétente 1088

4 The Closing of an Era 1122

5 Openings and Closures 1144

6 Whole World History 1176

Index 1189

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This fascinating book tells history as the development and clash of cultures, not of men and governments and armies. You probably need to already know world history pretty well to follow the story, but if you do the resulting insights and understandings are very valuable.