The History of the World in Bite-Sized Chunks ★★★★☆
Genre(s) | history, nonfiction
Goodreads Rating | 3.56
Humpo Show Rating | 4.00
Published: 2012 (my edition is 2018)
Publisher: Michael O’Mara
The History of the World in Bite-Sized Chunks packs information about historical figures, events and eras of many countries into 178 pages – spanning the earliest civilizations in 3500 BC, to the conclusion of the Second World War in 1945. Emma Marriott covers the likes of Charlemagne, the Ming dynasty, and the Spanish Civil War, to name a few. A compact history book that anyone can read.
This is a perfect, compact history book to provide readers with a whistle-stop tour of world events from the early civilizations, including: the Sumerians (modern-day Iraq), the Old Kingdom of Egypt and the Minoan civilization; to modern history, covering: the October Revolution in Russia, the Wall Street Crash and the partitioning of India and Pakistan.
I have been looking for a concise history book that has brief summaries of historical events for quite a while and this book from Marriott did not disappoint.
- Covers world history concisely and evenly? Check.
- Informative and easy-to-read maps? Check.
- Clear explanations of events? Check.
- Provides insight and knowledge about historical figures? Check.
Everyone has some knowledge about events and historical figures, but we probably don’t know too much about them, when they existed or why an event took place. This book is great for filling in gaps of knowledge that someone may have. The only drawback that I have, is that it is quite easy to forget details, dates and names – I have kept notes of things that interest me, but it impossible to take everything in.
The History of the World is ideal for someone wanting to expand their knowledge of world history. I enjoyed going from reading about ‘The Conquistadors’ one moment to the Second Opium War the next. I have definitely rediscovered my love for reading history books.
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