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History of the World in 1,000 Objects Hardcover – Sep 21 2014
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"This vividly illustrated book provides a fresh perspective on world history by revealing how our ancestors lived through the objects they fashioned." — Longitude
"[A] completely fresh perspective on the history of the world." — Releaselog
"[A] treasure trove of human creativity from earliest cultures to the present day." — USA Today
"Using human-made objects to explain world history is such a fun and interesting way to see how societies around the planet have evolved both culturally and technologically." — Winkbooks
From the Publisher
Cultures explored include:
- Bronze and Iron Ages
- Ancient Greeks and Romans
- The Maya
- Normans and Crusaders
- Holy Roman Empire
- Hindu Kingdoms
- Imperial China
- Mesoamerican cultures
- Ottoman Empire
- Czarist Russia
- Qing China
- Solomonic Ethiopia
- Great Plainsmen: The Dakota
- And many more!
History of the World in 1,000 Objects
A fascinating visual exploration of our civilization, shown through a catalog of objects.
DK uses its hallmark visual approach to weave the extraordinary legacy of our creativity into a unique view of world history. This incredible guide contains a rich treasure trove of human creativity from around the world and from early civilizations to the present day.
Each culture features sections on the following themes, as appropriate, focusing in on relevant objects as a lens for the culture. Topics include:
- Technology and Innovation
- Science and Medicine
- In the Home
- Trade and Transportation
- Politics, Battle, and Conflict
- Beliefs and Rituals
- Clothing and Adornment
- Leisure and Entertainment
Early Societies (20,000 - 700 BCE)
Featuring key objects from home life, clothing, and adornment.
Trade and Empire (600 - 1450 CE)
Norman Crusaders and Conquerors. Close-up on The Book of Hours.
Industry and Independence (1750 - 1900)
The birth of the industrial age produces some key inventions.
Unrest in Late Imperial China
From the chapter Industry and Independence (1750 - 1900).
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No I have not finished the entire book, that will take a long time. But what is so amazing are the pictures of the items that are being described and the stories that they tell.
The book is laid out by different time periods of history. Then within those time periods they have amassed pictures of items from pottery to petticoats. Then they describe each item and it's relationship to that period of history.
As a reference book this will be a fun addition to any library, your children can start looking through it and find items of interest that will help them create even more informed essay's on history for their education. I think also that this will help teach kids and adults alike about history in a fun way. It truly is a stunning piece of work and one that you will not want to hide away, but place on a coffee table and keep handy for times of learning and enjoyment.
I think also this would be a great addition to a home library for those who home school, your kids will love it.
The book is divided into six sections: Early Societies, Ancient Civilizations, Trade and Empire, Enlightenment and Imperialism, Industry and Independence, and A Shrinking World. There also is a section of timelines at the end of the book.
The format is photos of the objects accompanied by short snippets of text, so it's easy to dip in here and there or read it straight through. It's a beautiful book, with color photos that show plenty of detail. The pages are divided into sections such as Beliefs and Rituals, Home Life, and Art and Culture, with a short explanation of each in addition to descriptions of the objects themselves.
This is an engaging and detailed history of the world for those who don't want to read long, dusty tomes -- or for those to want to supplement their reading. It has something for everyone, from jewelry to weapons to transportation. With the holidays coming up, it could make a great gift.
The book is separated into seven sections: Early Societies 20,000-700 BCE; Ancient Civilizations 700 BCE-600CE; Trade and Empire 600-1450; Enlightenment and Imperialism 1450-1750; Industry and Independence 1750-1900; A Shrinking World 1900 to Present; Timelines of World History, which has pages of timelines marked with important events in civilizations.
This book has so much to offer. There is such a great deal of information and readers can get completely absorbed in all the details or just enjoy reading the captions of the items that interest them. The photographs of everything from pottery to vehicles to medical tools are beautiful and the descriptions are clear and concise. The timelines seem very thorough in the events they’ve listed. My kids were instantly fascinated with this book, as was I. I think it would make a wonderful gift of just a nice reference book to have around the house.
This book is beautiful and large. It's similar to the DK books you probably have bought for your kids, but with a dust jacket and higher quality paper. This is a coffee table quality book that is suited to flipping through until something catches your eye, or going through it in order for an organized, thorough tour of a time in history or human progress. It actually reminds me of the Smithsonian Museums all wrapped up in a book cover. As we don't have a coffee table I am keeping it on the dining table and get lost in the pages when I sit down for my coffee in the morning. Beautiful book and would be a great Christmas present for a family or your favorite art or history buff.
1. I liked how it was sectioned by timeframe. Each section gives a brief introduction to the time and basic information. Then, all the artifacts correlate to that time.
2. The pictures are amazing! They are detailed and the colors are vibrant. They are also close enough so that you can really see the detail of the objects.
3. It is a BIG book! This is nice because for the money, it should be. It is definitely not something you’ll flip through in an hour (unless you aren’t reading anything at all).
4. The descriptions for each artifact are the perfect length. They give enough information, but not too much. It really makes the photos more prominent and makes them tell the story.
Honestly, I haven’t found any so far.