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From the earliest civilizations to the 21st century, this global journey through human history is the companion volume to a Discovery Channel/BBC coproduced series, like Lifeand Planet Earth Our understanding of world history is changing, as new discoveries are made on all the continents and old prejudices are being challenged. In this truly global journey Andrew Marr revisits some of traditional histories, which 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 he 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. 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.
Andrew Marr is a political journalist who has worked for the Daily Express, the Independent, the Scotsman, and the Observer, and spent five years as the BBC's political editor. He is the author of The History of Modern Britain, The Making of Modern Britain, and The Real Elizabeth.