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A Little History of the World - Ernst H. Gombrich

A Little History of the World

By: Ernst H. Gombrich, Clifford Harper (Illustrator), Caroline Mustill (Transcribed by)


Published: 19th August 2008
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In 1935, with a doctorate in art history and no prospect of a job, the 26-year-old Ernst Gombrich was invited to attempt a history of the world for younger readers. Amazingly, he completed the task in an intense six weeks, and 'Eine kurze Weltgeschichte fur junge Leser' was published in Vienna to immediate success, and is now available in twenty-five languages across the world. In forty concise chapters, Gombrich tells the story of man from the stone age to the atomic bomb. In between emerges a colourful picture of wars and conquests, grand works of art, and the spread and limitations of science.

This is a text dominated not by dates and facts, but by the sweep of mankind's experience across the centuries, a guide to humanity's achievements and an acute witness to its frailties.The product of a generous and humane sensibility, this timeless account makes intelligible the full span of human history.

About The Author

Among E. H. GOMBRICH’s many writings are the international bestsellers The Story of Art and Art and Illusion. He was director of the Warburg Institute of the University of London from 1959 to 1976.


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A Little History of the World

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    Comments about A Little History of the World:

    I am thoroughly enjoying this book - it's extremely simplified which for me is great as I'm a new mum without much time to read. I can get through a chapter quickly and I find the writting style very enjoyable. I look forward to each chapter and I can't wait to read this to my daughter when she's old enough. I think it's an excellent read for young and old.

    Comment on this review

    "'I wish it had been available when I was young.' Allan Massie, Literary Review 'There is not one of the 39 short chapters that is not enlivened by a sharp insight or arresting image.' Tim Blanning, The Sunday Telegraph 'With Gombrich's Little History, at last available in English there will be many generations of future historians who will attribute to it their lifelong passion for history - and for truth.' Lisa Jardine, The Times 'Do not, from its title, underestimate this book.' Brian Sewell, Evening Standard 'Gombrich opens with the most magical definition of history I have ever read.' Amanda Vickery, Guardian Review 'Brilliant, irresistible: a wonderful surprise.' Philip Pullman 'the whole experience of human history, from prehistory to the Second World War, compressed into a flowing narrative... A delight.' The Daily Telegraph"

    ISBN: 9780300143324
    ISBN-10: 030014332X
    Audience: General
    For Grades: 7 - 9
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 304
    Published: 19th August 2008
    Publisher: Yale University Press
    Dimensions (cm): 21.7 x 14.1  x 2.56
    Weight (kg): 0.45