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A History of the World in 100 Objects - Neil MacGregor
A History of the World in 100 Objects
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'In this book, we travel back in time and across the globe, to see how we humans have shaped our world and been shaped by it over the past two million years. The story is told exclusively through the things that humans have made - all sorts of things, carefully designed and then either admired... show more
'In this book, we travel back in time and across the globe, to see how we humans have shaped our world and been shaped by it over the past two million years. The story is told exclusively through the things that humans have made - all sorts of things, carefully designed and then either admired and preserved or used, broken and thrown away. I've chosen just a hundred objects from different points on our journey - from a cooking pot to a golden galleon, from a Stone Age tool to a credit card, and each object comes from the collection of the British Museum' - [from the introduction]. This book takes a dramatically original approach to the history of humanity, using objects which previous civilisations have left behind them, often accidentally, as prisms through which we can explore past worlds and the lives of the men and women who lived in them. The book's range is enormous. It begins with one of the earliest surviving objects made by human hands, a chopping tool from the Olduvai gorge in Africa, and ends with an object from the 21st century which represents the world we live in today. Neil MacGregor's aim is not simply to describe these remarkable things, but to show us their significance - how a stone pillar tells us about a great Indian emperor preaching tolerance to his people, how Spanish pieces of eight tell us about the beginning of a global currency or how an early Victorian tea-set tells us about the impact of empire. Each chapter immerses the reader in a past civilisation accompanied by an exceptionally well-informed guide. Seen through this lens, history is a kaleidoscope - shifting, interconnected, constantly surprising, and shaping our world today in ways that most of us have never imagined. An intellectual and visual feast, it is one of the most engrossing and unusual history books published in years.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781846144134 (1846144132)
Publisher: Allen Lane
Pages no: 707
Edition language: English
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Edward
Edward rated it
4.0 A History of the World in 100 Objects
Preface: Mission ImpossibleIntroduction: Signals from the Past--A History of the World in 100 ObjectsMapsList of ObjectsBibliographyReferencesText AcknowledgementsAcknowledgementsIndex
Austen to Zafón
Austen to Zafón rated it
4.0 100 objects show us where we've been
I admit I skimmed a lot of this book. It is, after all, 700 pages long. But I read many of the entries and if I had more time and/or I was planning a trip to London to see the British Museum, I would certainly delve deeper because the writing is lively and engaging and the objects he chose to write ...
Sacred Space
Sacred Space rated it
I visited the British Museum recently. Due to the shortage of time, I decided to take the one-hour tour suggested by the brochure: a visit to ten objects separated across various galleries, spanning historical space and time. Even though it was a good introduction, and gave me a taste of the museu...
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Cecily's book reviews rated it
4.0
This does exactly what it says in its title. And it does so elegantly, entertainingly, educationally and beautifully.However, it was not originally an illustrated book, but a BBC Radio 4 series! The idea of doing such an apparently visual series on the radio was extraordinary, brave... crazy even, b...
Peace, Love & Books
Peace, Love & Books rated it
5.0 A History of the World in 100 Objects
A beautifully designed and illustrated, endlessly fascinating tour of human civilization from its beginning to now through artifacts from all over the world. Insightful, completely engaging, and filled with many surprises.
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