A Very Short History of the World

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Penguin Group Australia, Feb 5, 2007 - History - 492 pages
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Following the success of his A Short History of the World, eminent historian Geoffrey Blainey has abridged his account of the grand adventure of human history to create ad eve more accesible version of his absorbing work. 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 consummate storyteller, Professor Blainey makes the past come alive as he touches on the trivial and the grand: everything from changes in diet to profound discoveries and mighty empires.

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User Review  - questbird - LibraryThing

An interesting overview of world history. Blainey almost, but not quite, avoids the view that European history is the most important. He claims that the 20th century is not the most important century ... Read full review

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User Review  - Bendick Ong - Goodreads

This is the second book i have recently on human history as a whole. My first was ehgombrich's a little history of the world which i read 2-3 years ago and was actually a very good read. And this is ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Geoffrey Blainey is one of Australia's most significant and popular historians. He has written some 36 full-length books including The Tyranny of Distance, Triumph of the Nomads, Black Kettle and Full Moon, A Short History of the 20th Century, Sea of Dangers and the best-selling A Short History of the World. Professor Blainey held chairs in economic history and then in plain history at the University of Melbourne for 21 years. He was a delegate to the 1998 Constitutional Convention and also chaired various Commonwealth government bodies, including the Australia Council, the Literature Board, the Australia-China Council, and the National Council for the Centenary of Federation. He is one of the few Australians whose biography appears in Encyclopaedia Britannica.

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