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by Geoffrey Blainey

Author: Geoffrey Blainey
Subcategory: Americas
Language: English
Publisher: Ivan R. Dee (March 8, 2003)
Pages: 480 pages
Category: History
Rating: 4.8
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A Short History of the World is a general history non-fiction book written by Australian historian Geoffrey Blainey.

A Short History of the World is a general history non-fiction book written by Australian historian Geoffrey Blainey. First published in 2000 by Penguin Books, it describes over 4 million years of history, from before the first people left Africa, through to the current day. In 2007 Blainey released an abridged (492 pages) paperback version of the book titled A Very Short History of the World. He also released a double audio CD set of the same name.

Now here is Geoffrey Blainey with a new entrant in the world history stakes. Blainey is a distinguished Australian historian, who has held chairs at Harvard and the University of Melbourne

Now here is Geoffrey Blainey with a new entrant in the world history stakes. Blainey is a distinguished Australian historian, who has held chairs at Harvard and the University of Melbourne. He came to the attention of the general non-history-reading public, at any rate in Australia, in the mid-1980s, when he scandalized elite opinion circles by publicly questioning the doctrine of multiculturalism, and the compatibility of traditional "Anglo-Celtic" Australian social norms with high levels of immigration from Asia.

Who better, then, than Geoffrey Blainey, author of the best-selling Short History of the World and one of Australia's . Eminently readable, and written with Blainey's characteristic curiosity and story-telling skill, this book often places Christianity at the centre of world history

Who better, then, than Geoffrey Blainey, author of the best-selling Short History of the World and one of Australia's most accomplished historians, to bring us a history of this world-changing religion. A Short History of Christianity vividly describes many of the significant players in the religion's rise and fall through the ages, from Jesus himself to Francis of Assisi, Martin Luther, Francis Xavier, John Wesley and even the Beatles, who claimed to be 'more popular than Jesus'. Eminently readable, and written with Blainey's characteristic curiosity and story-telling skill, this book often places Christianity at the centre of world history. Will it remain near the centre?

Condensed from his already brief Short History of the World, this is a terrific book, one of the most consistently interesting and entertaining I’ve read in years. Blainey does an amazing job of squeezing the history of human life on this planet into 450 small pages

Condensed from his already brief Short History of the World, this is a terrific book, one of the most consistently interesting and entertaining I’ve read in years. Blainey does an amazing job of squeezing the history of human life on this planet into 450 small pages. Faced with a task of condensation on this scale, Blainey tends to focus on trends instead of events, but he succeeded in keeping my interest where others (. William McNeill) have failed

A Very Short History of the World traces the story of the world's people during the last four million years, beginning before the human race moved out of Africa to explore and settle other continents

A superb history of the world's people during the last four million years, beginning before the human race moved . As Geoffrey Blainey put it himself in the introduction, this book is a sinuous long journey which had to be fast, otherwise the destination would never be reached

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. As Geoffrey Blainey put it himself in the introduction, this book is a sinuous long journey which had to be fast, otherwise the destination would never be reached. This is not an encyclopaedia, but a sequence of narrative images designed to catch essential historical developments. The author tried to capture the most influential technological events and evolution of skills rather than listing dates and names.

Geoffrey Blainey, I think though I might be wrong, is a fairly conservative historian, one of those who leaned towards .

Geoffrey Blainey, I think though I might be wrong, is a fairly conservative historian, one of those who leaned towards John Howard's side in the history wars. This book does exactly what it said it would: tell a very short history of the world as if the author was there, feeling what a typical person from the several times, continents, cultures, civilizations and religions felt. I missed a time line and mention to the Internet, though.

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. 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. To read this book, upload.

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