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The New Penguin History of the World Fifth Edition,9780141030425

The New Penguin History of the World Fifth Edition

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This is the 5th edition with a publication date of 12/18/2007.
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One of the most extraordinary history bestsellers on the Penguin list, John Roberts's book has now been updated by Odd Arne Westad to make sure it keeps its amazing appeal to a new generation of readers. 'A stupendous achievement... the unrivalled World History for our day. It extends over all ages and all continents. It covers the forgotten experiences of ordinary people as well as chronicling the acts of those in power. It is unbelievably accurate in its facts and almost incontestable in its judgements' A. J. P. Taylor, Observer

Author Biography

J. M. Roberts (1928-2003), a British historian, is the author of numerous works, including The French Revolution, A History of Europe, and The History of the World.

Table of Contents

List of Mapsp. viii
Preface to Fifth Editionp. xi
Before History - Beginnings
Introductionp. 1
The Foundationsp. 3
Homo Sapiensp. 18
The Possibility of Civilizationp. 29
The First Civilizations
Introductionp. 39
Early Civilized Lifep. 41
Ancient Mesopotamiap. 49
Ancient Egyptp. 66
Intruders and Invaders: The Dark Ages of the Ancient Near Eastp. 88
The Beginnings of Civilization in Eastern Asiap. 119
The Other Worlds of the Ancient Pastp. 148
The End of the Old Worldp. 159
The Classical Mediterranean
Introductionp. 165
The Roots of One Worldp. 167
The Greeksp. 171
Greek Civilizationp. 188
The Hellenistic Worldp. 212
Romep. 227
The Roman Achievementp. 245
Jewry and the Coming of Christianityp. 260
The Waning of the Classical Westp. 276
The Elements of a Futurep. 301
The Age of Diverging Traditions
Introductionp. 315
Islam and the Remaking of the Near Eastp. 317
The Arab Empiresp. 333
Byzantium and Its Spherep. 345
The Disputed Legacies of the Near Eastp. 372
The Making of Europep. 393
Indiap. 422
Imperial Chinap. 444
Japanp. 466
Worlds Apartp. 477
Europe: the First Revolutionp. 489
New Limits, New Horizonsp. 524
The Making of the European Age
Introductionp. 547
A New Kind of Society: Early Modern Europep. 549
Authority and Its Challengersp. 570
The New World of Great Powersp. 598
Europe's Assault on the Worldp. 630
World History's New Shapep. 657
Ideas Old and Newp. 674
The Great Acceleration
Introductionp. 697
Long-term Changep. 699
Political Change in an Age of Revolutionp. 720
Political Change: A New Europep. 745
Political Change: The Anglo-Saxon Worldp. 768
The European World Hegemonyp. 789
European Imperialism and Imperial Rulep. 813
Asia's Response to a Europeanizing Worldp. 831
The End of the Europeans' World
Introductionp. 861
Strains in the Systemp. 863
The Era of the First World Warp. 883
A New Asia in the Makingp. 915
The Ottoman Heritage and the Western Islamic Landsp. 932
The Second World Warp. 946
The Shaping of a New Worldp. 969
The Latest Age
Introductionp. 991
Perspectivesp. 995
A New World Orderp. 1040
Crumbling Certaintiesp. 1092
The Closing of an Erap. 1126
Openings and Closuresp. 1150
Indexp. 1189
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