A History of the World in 100 Objects
From the renowned director of the British Museum, a kaleidoscopic history of humanity told through things we have made. When did people first start to wear jewelry or play music? When were cows domesticated and why do we feed their milk to our children? Where were the first cities and what... show more
From the renowned director of the British Museum, a kaleidoscopic history of humanity told through things we have made. When did people first start to wear jewelry or play music? When were cows domesticated and why do we feed their milk to our children? Where were the first cities and what made them succeed? Who invented math-or came up with money?The history of humanity is a history of invention and innovation, as we have continually created new items to use, to admire, or to leave our mark on the world. In this original and thought-provoking book, Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum, has selected one hundred man-made artifacts, each of which gives us an intimate glimpse of an unexpected turning point in human civilization. A History of the World in 100 Objects stretches back two million years and covers the globe. From the very first hand axe to the ubiquitous credit card, each item has a story to tell; together they relate the larger history of mankind-revealing who we are by looking at what we have made.Handsomely designed, with more than 150 color photographs throughout the text, A History of the World in 100 Objects is a gorgeous reading book and makes a great gift for anyone interested in history.
Publish date: October 27th 2011
Publisher: Viking Adult
Pages no: 736
Edition language: English
Preface: Mission ImpossibleIntroduction: Signals from the Past--A History of the World in 100 ObjectsMapsList of ObjectsBibliographyReferencesText AcknowledgementsAcknowledgementsIndex
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 ...
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...
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...
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.