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Andrew Marr - A History of The World (2nd Hand Paperback)

£4.20
SKU B000997
Synopsis

Andrew Marr, author of two bestselling histories of Great Britain now turns his attention to the world as a whole. A History of the World takes readers from the Mayans to Mongolia, from the kingdom of Benin to the court of the Jagiellonian kings of Poland.

Traditional histories of this kind have tended to be Eurocentric, telling mankind's story through tales of Greece and Rome and the crowned heads of Europe's oldest monarchies.

Here, Marr widens the lens, concentrating as much, if not more on the Americas, Africa, and Asia. Instead of focusing on one episode of history taking place in one place, he draws surprising parallels and makes fascinating connections, focusing on a key incident or episode to tell a larger story: for instance, the liberation of the serfs in Russia, which took place at the same time as the American Civil War, which resulted in the abolition of slavery in the U.S.

But he begins the account with an episode in the life of Tolstoy, who racked up huge gambling debts and had to sell land and slaves as a result.

Fresh and exciting, this is popular history at its very best. From the earliest civilisations to the 21st century, a global journey through human history, tieing-in with a major BBC television series.

Details
  • Format : Very Thick 2nd Hand Paperback
  • Condition : Acceptable (A little spotting on page edges)
  • Category : Non-Fiction - History & Futurology
  • Published : 2012 (BBC)
  • ISBN : 9781447236825
  • SKU : B000997
  • PPC : SP700gm
  • RRP : £8.99
  • Quantity Available : 1 only.
External Reviews

"A story of mankind from our remotest origins to the 21st century. Andrew Marr tells many tales - of themes, of trends, of cataclysmic events and of iconic characters. His approach to history is not only the usual accounts of conquerors, tyrants and kings and their doings but also stories of the deeds of unusual men and epoch defining ideas. He takes the reader behind the scenes into the lives of extraordinary men and analyses their amazing and history making deeds." - Goodreads Review.

"This was the book I looked for when I first retired & wanted to read what each part of the world's peoples were doing at the same time & how each developed. Marr covers the 'histories' of times, peoples, ideas, methods of living, rise of cities, development of religions, ways of ruling from dictators to democracy, etc. etc. The final section covers present day issues & left me re-thinking my own ideas & beliefs & wanting more." - Waterstones Review.

 

The Author

Andrew William Stevenson Marr is a Scottish journalist and presenter for radio and television. Beginning his career as a political commentator, he subsequently edited The Independent newspaper and was political editor of BBC News.