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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: DK (Sept. 21 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1465422897
  • ISBN-13: 978-1465422897
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 3.6 x 30.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 Kg
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa49d74d4) out of 5 stars 55 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4df1f84) out of 5 stars History learned through objects from their era's Oct. 31 2014
By William D. Curnutt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product
What a truly fun and amazing book. First of all be aware that this book weighs a bunch. When the package first showed up from Amazon I didn't think it was a book, it was just too heavy. But upon opening it up here was this treasure inside that is becoming one of my favorite fun things to look through, read and learn from.

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.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa51791ec) out of 5 stars The objects we cherish Oct. 26 2014
By Divascribe - Published on Amazon.com
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You'll need a sturdy coffee table to support this big book -- according to my scale, its almost 500 pages weigh more than 6 pounds. But it's a fascinating, photo-filled journey from ancient times to the present through the objects that people used and held dear. Some I already knew about, but others were a revelation. I didn't know, for example, that Roman battle horses wore armor, just as their warrior riders did.

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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5179420) out of 5 stars What a great concept for a history book Nov. 4 2014
By Shelley McDonald - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product
I just love the idea of using photographs of actual objects instead of text to show non-fiction to children. History of the World in 1,000 Objects has about half photographs and half captions or brief paragraphs on each page. It is a great way to for readers to see the technology and tools of different times during human history without being overloaded with wordy descriptions.

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.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa517975c) out of 5 stars come to the museum in your pajamas Nov. 5 2014
By E. Van Der Scratchy - Published on Amazon.com
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I love museums, and am lucky enough to have kids that love museums too. However, what this means in practice is that I divide my time between keeping them from wandering off (they're little), reading them the information about the objects which catch their interest, and just trying to keep up with them! I never, ever get to look at the objects, observing the detail and learning about what they are and how they fit into the history of the region. Now, finally, I have that chance.

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 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa51799a8) out of 5 stars Beautiful photos! Nov. 11 2014
By Beanomly - Published on Amazon.com
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I’m not really sure how to review a book like this. It is exactly what it claims to be. It’s a book with photos of different artifacts that kind of tell the story of the history of man.

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.

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