A History Of The World In 100 Objects

Paperback | July 31, 2012

byNeil Macgregor

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

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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 chopp...

Neil MacGregor was Director of the National Gallery, London from 1987 to 2002 and of the British Museum from 2002 to 2015. His previous books include A History of the World in 100 Objects and Shakespeare's Restless World, both available in Penguin and now between them translated into more than a dozen languages. For his work on the BBC...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:608 pages, 7.76 × 5.07 × 1.13 inPublished:July 31, 2012Publisher:Penguin UkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0241951771

ISBN - 13:9780241951774

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Glad I found it I stumbled across this podcast one day, but never went to the site to look at the objects. I was very happy to find a book on the Kobo site where I could follow along and see pictures of what the podcast was describing. I even bought the paperback book for my dad.
Date published: 2014-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A history of the world in 100objects Excellent & thoroughly enjoyable book
Date published: 2014-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Must Read! This book is an absolutely fascinating journey through all of world history as told through 100 objects found in the British Museum. It is a thorough look at the shared history of humanity that any history buff will love!
Date published: 2013-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fascinating read Highly recommended for lovers of art, history, archaeology and literature as it clearly reveals the history of the world, especially what was occurring in different parts of the world at the same time.
Date published: 2013-01-20