A Short History of the World by Geoffrey Blainey

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A superb history 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. Mr. Blainey explores the development of technology and skills, the rise of major religions, and the role of geography, considering both the larger patterns and the individual nature of history. A delightful read, gracefully written, and full of odd and interesting pieces of information as well as thoughtful comparisons that span both time and space. —William L. O'Neill
 

About Geoffrey Blainey

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Geoffrey Blainey is one of Australia's best-known historians. His many pioneering books include The Tyranny of Distance, The Triumph of the Nomads, The Rush That Never Ended and The Peaks of Lyell.
 
Published March 8, 2003 by Ivan R. Dee. 480 pages
Genres: History, Travel. Non-fiction

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Nor does the work as a whole, especially compared to other one-volume histories like Clive Ponting’s Green History of the World and William McNeill’s A World History.

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Blainey's strengths lie in charting the development of human functions—how skills became technologies, how beliefs became systems, how mechanical communications of every kind have strikingly changed the world, how lives have become more complex and more fulfilled.

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This book is divided into three sections, beginning with a short overview of the world at the beginning of the century, larger coverage of World War I and World War II, and then the postwar world.

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