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The New Penguin History of the World,9780141007236

The New Penguin History of the World

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9780141007236

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0141007230
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Pub. Date:
8/1/2004
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Penguin (Non-Classics)
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Summary

One of the most extraordinary history bestsellers on the Penguin list, John Roberts' book has now been completely updated to the end of the last century and revised throughout to make sure it keeps its amazing appeal to a new generation of readers. The entire text has been overhauled to take account of the great range of discoveries that have changed our views on early civilizations and to bring it fully up-to-date. The book has also been completely redesigned and reset. The result is a book that is both an essential work of reference for anyone with the slightest historical interest and a great reading experience.

Author Biography

J. M. Roberts (1928-2003) was warden of Merton College, Oxford, and one of our greatest contemporary historians.

Table of Contents

List of Maps
viii
Preface to Fourth Edition xi
BOOK ONE BEFORE HISTORY -- BEGINNINGS
Introduction
1(2)
The Foundations
3(15)
Homo Sapiens
18(11)
The Possibility of Civilization
29(12)
BOOK TWO THE FIRST CIVILIZATIONS
Introduction
39(2)
Early Civilized Life
41(8)
Ancient Mesopotamia
49(17)
Ancient Egypt
66(22)
Intruders and Invaders: The Dark Ages of the Ancient Near East
88(31)
The Beginnings of Civilization in Eastern Asia
119(29)
The Other Worlds of the Ancient Past
148(11)
The End of the Old World
159(8)
BOOK THREE THE CLASSICAL MEDITERRANEAN
Introduction
165(2)
The Roots of One World
167(4)
The Greeks
171(17)
Greek Civilization
188(24)
The Hellenistic World
212(15)
Rome
227(18)
The Roman Achievement
245(15)
Jewry and the Coming of Christianity
260(16)
The Waning of the Classical West
276(25)
The Elements of a Future
301(16)
BOOK FOUR THE AGE OF DIVERGING TRADITIONS
Introduction
315(2)
Islam and the Remaking of the Near East
317(16)
The Arab Empires
333(12)
Byzantium and Its Sphere
345(27)
The Disputed Legacies of the Near East
372(21)
The Making of Europe
393(29)
India
422(22)
Imperial China
444(22)
Japan
466(11)
Worlds Apart
477(12)
Europe: the First Revolution
489(35)
New Limits, New Horizons
524(25)
BOOK FIVE THE MAKING OF THE EUROPEAN AGE
Introduction
547(2)
A New Kind of Society: Early Modern Europe
549(21)
Authority and Its Challengers
570(28)
The New World of Great Powers
598(32)
Europe's Assault on the World
630(27)
World History's New Shape
657(17)
Ideas Old and New
674(25)
BOOK SIX THE GREAT ACCELERATION
Introduction
697(2)
Long-term Change
699(21)
Political Change in an Age of Revolution
720(25)
Political Change: A New Europe
745(23)
Political Change: The Anglo-Saxon World
768(21)
The European World Hegemony
789(24)
European Imperialism and Imperial Rule
813(18)
Asia's Response to a Europeanizing World
831(32)
BOOK SEVEN THE END OF THE EUROPEANS' WORLD
Introduction
861(2)
Strains in the System
863(20)
The Era of the First World War
883(32)
A New Asia in the Making
915(17)
The Ottoman Heritage and the Western Islamic Lands
932(14)
The Second World War
946(23)
The Shaping of a New World
969(26)
BOOK EIGHT THE LATEST AGE
Introduction
991(4)
Perspectives
995(44)
A New World Order
1039(52)
Crumbling Certainties
1091(33)
The Closing of an Era
1124(24)
Openings and Closures
1148(37)
Index 1185


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