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- SynopsisThe challenge to understanding history lies in the tendency to focus on single scenes instead of the big picture, akin to looking at a tapes-try by examining individual stitches instead of the entire design. The Atlas of World History undertakes a fair-minded journey through the human story by mingling close-up looks at events with broader views of what was then happening elsewhere in the world.Each of this book's six sections, arranged chronologically, opens with a world map that shows developments at various points of the compass, along with an essay about what was happening and why.Cross-cultural time lines run through the book like a thick thread, tying all of history together. Thus, as one reads a section on Charlemagne, for example, the time line shows selected events happening in Nubia, in India, in China, and in Cyprus.The text by author Noel Grove, a staff writer for 25 years with the National Geographic magazine, continues with a world-wide perspective usually ignored in works of history: "By A.D. 100, when the Roman Empire was in full swing, some Maya cities were already in decline."Events are examined for their local as well as global impact: "Great empires butted heads and power changed hands, but these episodes fed a...kinship with a wider community."Here, then, as Daniel J. Boorstin says in his foreword, "...is an invitation to discover both the mystery and the miracle of human experience on our planet," as Grove shapes complex history into an understandable tale with a storyteller's eye for little-known details: "Russia's...Peter the Great died at the age of 53 after diving into the Neva River in winter to rescue drowning sailors." And "Vikings were not just ruthless killers; they traded as often as they raided, and their wives knew rights that other medieval women could scarcely imagine."Artwork, maps, and photographs complement the text to tell the story of human history in a single volume.
- AuthorNoel Grove,U. S. National Geographic Society Staff
- Number Of Pages400 pages
- Publication Date1998-08-01
- PublisherCENGAGE Learning
- Copyright Date1998
- Weight59.3 Oz
- Height1 In.
- Width9.4 In.
- Length11.1 In.
- LC Classification NumberD20.G76 1997
- Dewey Decimal909
Most relevant reviews
- evilgreensewing...Mar 04, 2009by
National Geographic by Noel Grove (1998)
It is a great reference book for middle school thru college age. I reccommend it to anyone who needs a great easy to read reference book. I bought it for my hubby who at 39, decided to return to school.
- cheesesofaAug 01, 2009by
Enjoyable, light on maps.
A good volume. Comprehensive, but with the usual emphasis on western civilisation. Good abbreviated time lines.
It should be noted that this is more of a general one volume history encyclopedia or overview than at atlas. Maps make up about one tenth of the book. Those expecting the purely map driven content and commentary found in the Pengun historical atlases may be disappointed.
- tymbatesJun 02, 2009by
National Geographic by Noel Grove
National Geographic by Noel Grove is very good book! National Geographic by Noel Grove is very good book!