Cassell's chronology of world history : dates, events and ideas that made history /
Hywel Williams.
London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2005.
xii, 767 p. ; 25 cm.
0304357308 (hbk.)
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London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2005.
0304357308 (hbk.)
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Includes index.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2005-07-01:
Constructing an inclusive chronology of world history across several thousand years is difficult at best, but Welsh historian Williams (Guilty Men: Conservative Decline and Fall 1992-97) succeeds on the whole. Starting with the earliest human fossils, discovered in Ethiopia, the book settles into a sequential listing of the leading events of world history through the early 21st century. The text is arranged into four major sections-"The Ancient and Medieval Worlds, 135,000 B.P.-1449," "The Early Modern World, 1450-1799," The Nineteenth Century World, 1800-1899," and "The Modern World, 1900-2004"-each of which is subdivided by continent and such categories as "Economy and Society," "Science and Technology," and "Arts and Humanities." Highlights assigned to particular years include significant occurrences and people, new music and literature, and discoveries and other data. Each section also includes essays on themes such as religious conflict, economic conditions, or political movements. In addition, biographical profiles that place selected major individuals in their historical contexts are scattered throughout. The book contains a helpful index but unfortunately no bibliography or endnotes, leaving us to speculate where the information came from. Bottom Line This affordable and browseable work is more wide-ranging than The Wilson Calendar of World History (edited by S.H. Steinberg and others). Recommended for public libraries and, with reservations, for undergraduate academic libraries.-Judith Klamm, Kansas City P.L., MO (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 2005-10-01:
The latest pedigree from the Cassell family of publications, this single volume chronicles in great detail regional events, ideas, and cultural developments paramount to the history of humankind. This sweeping chronology begins with a crucial anthropological view of human civilization in its embryonic stages and extends to the state of current affairs and global shifts of the 21st century. Also of note is the intentional shift away from the currently dominant progressive view of world history. This chronology's approach--refraining from positing itself as a grand narrative of universal history--indeed sets it apart from others. Spanning three millennia, Cassell's Chronology is divided into four broad sections with essays summarizing the rise and fall of empires and the impact of cultural ideas and technological advances, accompanied by 100 profiles of key world thinkers whose ideas have influenced posterity. This incredible resource is a must-have for public and academic libraries. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers. P. M. Adams Nova Southeastern University
Review Quotes
"What sets Hywel Williams's book apart is the analysis he applies to the avalanche of facts he presents... William's thoughtful essays, dotted throughout the book, give structure and context to the overall work... books such as this are invaluable, and this particular one is the best of the large crop available."
"definitely one for the would-be scholar who has never had time to learn dates, names and places. It's all there... in a simple, comprehensive and immensely interesting near-770 page compendium."
Many people have tried to write histories of the world: but the sheer scope of the task has often defeated even the most intelligent and gifted writers. In this immensely valuable and absorbing book, Hywel Williams takes the most straightforward approach to this immeasurable subject.... This is a superb book of its type, written with real authority and with a majestic sweep. It should be an essential part of the library of any intelligent household."
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Long Description
This extraordinary reference provides a comprehensive summary of world history from the earliest recorded evens to the start of the third millennium. Arranged in an accessible year by year form that invites browsing, it answers research questions, and illuminates similarities and contrasts between different nations and different ages. With narrative essays preceding every section, spotlight essays on key historical themes, and detailed profiles of 101 of history's most influential thinkers, it offers a depth of insight that goes far beyond a mere listing of important dates. Here is the whole vast panorama of history in every region of the globe-wars, migrations, disasters, discoveries, inventions, the birth of new religions, the rise and fall of nations-complete with authoritative commentary that pulls it all together in a broad and informative perspective.
Main Description
CASSELL'S CHRONOLOGY OF WORLD HISTORY lists year by year and region by region not only pivotal historical and political events but also advances and achievements in the arts and sciences. Charting the rise and fall of civilizations and empires, as well as the arrival and impact of cultural and technological innovations, it guides the user through the myriad developments and upheavals that have shaped the history of the world.The volume is divided into four broad sections, each of which is preceded by a narrative essay depicting in broad brushstrokes the salient developments and trends of the period in question. Within each of these broad sections, a series of 'spotlight' essays look at key historical themes in the history of the period, from the Arab Revolution and Islam's God to the American Hegemony. These essays - together with the author's 100 profiles - complement perfectly the chronological content of the volume and provide the user with a twin-track entry to the book.
Bowker Data Service Summary
This comprehensive overview of world history records some of mankind's most significant events, from the earliest stages of civilisation right up to the upheavals that have shaped the world as we know it today.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. vii
Introduction: The Idea of Progressp. xi
The Ancient and Medieval Worlds 135,000BP-1449p. 1
The Roots of Civilization: River-valley Civilizations of Mesopotamia, the Indus and the Nilep. 7
India and Hinduism: The Invention of a Countryp. 18
The Classical World: Polis and Republic in Greece and Romep. 26
Bureaucracy and Intelligence: The Rise of Chinap. 32
The Rise of Islam: An Arab Revolutionp. 75
Castle and Cathedral: Europe's Middle Ages and the Idea of a Christian Civilizationp. 84
The Early Modern World 1450-1799p. 179
Europe's Drama: Renaissance and Reformationp. 202
Turkic Power: The Ottoman Challenge to the Westp. 205
Colonial Collisions: The European Push into Asia, the Americas and Africap. 234
The Sense of the New: The Enlightenment and the French Revolutionp. 338
The Nineteenth-century World 1800-1899p. 349
Nationalism and Capitalism: The Dynamic Order of the 19th Centuryp. 367
Hierarchies in Collision: China and Japan in the 19th Centuryp. 397
An American Civilization: Unity, Power and Race in the New Worldp. 410
The Modern World 1900-2004p. 455
A Continent Divided: Europe from Armageddon to Reconstruction, 1914-89p. 484
Old Empires and New Beginnings: Decolonization and the Fall of Europep. 552
American Hegemony: The Victories, Dilemmas and Fears of a 21st-century Colossusp. 628
Conclusion: Towards One Worldp. 661
Indexp. 663
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