A Little History Of The World

Paperback | October 7, 2008

byE. H. GombrichIllustratorClifford Harper

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In 1935, with a doctorate in art history and no prospect of a job, the 26-year-old Ernst Gombrich was invited by a publishing acquaintance to attempt a history of the world for younger readers. Amazingly, he completed the task in an intense six weeks, and Eine kurze Weltgeschichte für junge Leser was published in Vienna to immediate success, and is now available in seventeen languages across the world.

Toward the end of his long life, Gombrich embarked upon a revision and, at last, an English translation. A Little History of the World presents his lively and involving history to English-language readers for the first time. Superbly designed and freshly illustrated, this is a book to be savored and collected.

In forty concise chapters, Gombrich tells the story of man from the stone age to the atomic bomb. In between emerges a colorful picture of wars and conquests, grand works of art, and the spread and limitations of science. This is a text dominated not by dates and facts, but by the sweep of mankind’s experience across the centuries, a guide to humanity’s achievements and an acute witness to its frailties.

The product of a generous and humane sensibility, this timeless account makes intelligible the full span of human history.

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In 1935, with a doctorate in art history and no prospect of a job, the 26-year-old Ernst Gombrich was invited by a publishing acquaintance to attempt a history of the world for younger readers. Amazingly, he completed the task in an intense six weeks, and Eine kurze Weltgeschichte für junge Leser was published in Vienna to immediate su...

Among E. H. GOMBRICH’s many writings are the international bestsellers The Story of Art and Art and Illusion. He was director of the Warburg Institute of the University of London from 1959 to 1976.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:October 7, 2008Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:030014332X

ISBN - 13:9780300143324

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Yes! The review on its cover sums up this gem of a book: “Brilliant, irresistible, a wonderful surprise.” – Philip Pullman. It upholds that “story” is a vital part of the word “history.”
Date published: 2014-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Delicious and Digestible Taste of World History What a fantastic book!! With clarity and connection it offers world history in a way that doesn't involk fear (for once)!!! This book is a great place to begin one's journey into the past!
Date published: 2009-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this book! My children (then 8 and 10) loved this book when it appeared in French some years ago, translated from the original German. I can't believe it's in English at last. It's a wonderful book to read aloud - and I confess, I learned a lot of interesting things from it myself. Best of all, it's just a great read.
Date published: 2005-09-19

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‘What was the bestselling title this Christmas at Foyles in London? Hilary Mantel’s Man Booker Prize-winning Wolf Hall? Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo? Cormac McCarthy’s The Road? Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol? No. It was EH Gombrich’s A Little History of the World.’