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Neil MacGregor - A History of The World in 100 Objects (2nd Hand Paperback)

SKU B002271

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.

  • Format : Thick 2nd Hand Paperback
  • Condition : Very Good
  • Category : Non-Fiction - History & Futurology
  • Published : 2010 (This Edition 2012 - Allen Lane / Penguin)
  • ISBN : 9780241951774
  • SKU : B002271
  • PPC : SP500gm
  • RRP : £10.99
  • Quantity Available : 1 only.

With the cooperation of The British Museum & BBC Radio 4.

External Reviews

"An intellectual and visual feast, this is one of the most engrossing and unusual history books published in years. 'Brilliant, engagingly written, deeply researched' - Mary Beard, Guardian.

'A triumph: hugely popular, and rightly lauded as one of the most effective and intellectually ambitious initiatives in the making of 'public history' for many decades' - Sunday Telegraph.

'Highly intelligent, delightfully written and utterly absorbing ' - Timothy Clifford, Spectator.

"I might never make it to the British Museum but, through this book, I am able to admire 100 of the objects that live there, and gain insight both into the objects and what they say about the cultures they represent and the world at large through MacGregor’s careful research and philosophical examination, as well as the thoughtful interviews he conducted and included in this book. MacGregor did a wonderful job of balancing scholarship and storytelling. He raised a lot of profound questions. And he did all of this while carefully including as many historically important eras and events as possible, as well as representing as wide a swatch of the globe as he could manage. Something I very much appreciated was his inclusion of the mundane among the precious, the balance of everyday and extraordinary he was able to strike." - Goodreads Review.

'This is a story book, vivid and witty, shining with insights, connections, shocks and delights' - Gillian Reynolds, Daily Telegraph.