World history


Everything you missed in a single book about history. A collection of books and my take on them.

The positives of this book are it is easy to read and understand. The audiobook and TV series are also worth a mention. The negative aspects are it is relatively shallow, I am not sure Marr is a historian, and hence non-expert, if not a good presenter of the basic facts.

Very nice world history book. Overy is well considered in the historian community and for a single book (actually up to 2008) it is a good read and I would recommend it to someone who wants to start brushing up on their history, the illustrations are splendid too. I think a few more sections per topic would be nice, especially the cold war, but still a good first read.

The 20th century was a time of massive political upheaval and rapid transition that included the Age of Imperialism, Lenin, the First World War, the rise of Hitler, the Second World War, decolonization, the founding of the United Nations, the collapse of Communism, and the Gulf Wars. The Collins Atlas of 20th Century History provides a new approach to understanding the century’s major developments, from the height of the Imperial Age to the challenges of the post-Cold War era. Here is a visual presentation of an incredibly eventful 100 years, a tour through ten decades of conflict, hope, and innovation. Maps and graphics trace the rise and fall of empires and dictatorships, the hope for democracy, and the social and political change around the world.

  • More than 200 full-color maps, diagrams, and timelines
  • Edited by 20th century historian Richard Overy
  • Comprehensive coverage of all areas of the world
  • Examination of key battles and events
  • Internet links for further research

Now in its 3rd edition, this book is a comprehensive small-format single-volume historical atlas. The new edition sees a larger page-format and the inclusion of photographs for the first time to accompany the more than 140 maps. From the emergence of the first modern humans to the Kosovo crisis and the challenges of a new millennium, “The Times Compact History of the World” covers the whole spectrum of human development through an integrated approach of concise yet accessible text, informative mapping, and illustrations.

The simplest world history book I have found. A good starting point for newbies. (Amazon) The History of the World in Bite-Sized Chunks pulls it all together, from the world’s earliest civilizations in 3500 BC to the founding of the United Nations in 1945, passing by the likes of Charlemagne, the Ottoman Empire, and the Crimean War. Just 180 pages, digestible and simple maps to boot.

A history book written by an author rather than a historian. Very well written (obviously) but a focus on why and how events are related rather than a focus on dates. Highly recommended.

Started as a history book for children. Originally in German and translated. Nice read.

American book of history, quite long (4.3 / 5.0 Amazon). Nice read. Worth a look.

World history through maps. Nice take and a little different.

An Australian take on world history. Good to see less European centric ‘view’ of the world.