A Short History of the World

Author(s): Geoffrey Blainey


"Narrated by a distinguished historian, here is an account of the grand adventure of human history. It is the story of the world's people during the last four million years, beginning before the human race moved out of Africa to explore and settle the other continents, and ending with the recent millennium." "Geoffrey Blainey's major themes are the development of technology and skills, the rise of major religions, the course of empires, and the role of geography, which has often governed what could not happen. He concerns himself not only with major transformations but also with what people ate and how hard they worked in order to earn their daily bread; with the intense impact of the moon, the stars, and the night sky on human experience and on the ways in which the universe was perceived."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved


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Geoffrey Blainey has written thirty books including THE TYRANNY OF DISTANCE, THE CAUSES OF WAR, A SHORTER HISTORY OF AUSTRALIA and a history of Aboriginal Australia, TRIUMPH OF THE NOMADS.

Part 1: from Africa; when the seas were rising; the first green revolution; the dome of night; cities of the valleys; amazing sea; Lord of the Yellow, King of the Ganges; the rise of Rome; Israel and the anointed one; after Christ; the sign of the crescent; the wild geese cross the mountains; towards Polynesia. Part 2 Signpost: the Mongols; the perils of climate and disease; new messengers; birdcage; the Inca and the Andes; reformation; voyage to India; the New World bears gifts; the glass eye of science; dethroning the harvest. Part 3: the fall of a pack of cards; beyond the Sahara; noble steam; will all be equal?; a globe unwrapped; the world wars; the bomb and the moon; no fruits, no birds.

General Fields

  • : 9780670911394
  • : Penguin Random House
  • : Viking
  • : 0.904
  • : September 2002
  • : 229mm X 151mm X 41mm
  • : Australia
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Geoffrey Blainey
  • : Paperback
  • : 909
  • : very good
  • : 688
  • : maps, index