Little History of the World

ISBN-10: 0300108834

ISBN-13: 9780300108835

Edition: 2005

Authors: Caroline Mustill, E. H. Gombrich, Clifford Harper

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In 1935, with a doctorate in art history and no prospect of a job, the 26-year-old Ernst Gombrich was invited by a publishing acquaintance to attempt a history of the world for younger readers. Amazingly, he completed the task in an intense six weeks, and "Eine kurze Weltgeschichte fur junge Leser was published in Vienna to immediate success, and is now available in seventeen languages across the world. Toward the end of his long life, Gombrich embarked upon a revision and, at last, an English translation. "A Little History of the World presents his lively and involving history to English-language readers for the first time. Superbly designed and freshly illustrated, this is a book to be savored and collected. In forty concise chapters, Gombrich tells the story of man from the stone age to the atomic bomb. In between emerges a colorful picture of wars and conquests, grand works of art, and the spread and limitations of science. This is a text dominated not by dates and facts, but by the sweep of mankind's experience across the centuries, a guide to humanity's achievements and an acute witness to its frailties. The product of a generous and humane sensibility, this timeless account makes intelligible the full span of human history.
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List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 10/13/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 5.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Ernst Hans Josef Gombrich, born March 30, 1909, in Vienna, Austria, was educated at Vienna University where he earned a Ph.D. His career includes terms as Slade Professor of Fine Arts at Oxford and Cambridge universities and as Andrew D. White Professor-at-large at Cornell University. Gombrich's books on art and art history have sold as well as some works of fiction. One of his most popular titles is The Story of Art, which has been translated into 18 languages and sold more than two million copies. Other titles are; Looking for Answers: Conversations on Art and Science (with Didier Eribon), Shadows: The Depiction of Cast Shadows in Western Art, and Gombrich on Art and Psychology. His numerous awards include the Erasmus Prize in 1975, the Hegel Prize in 1976, and the International Balzan Prize in 1985. He holds honorary degrees from various universities, among them Oxford, Cambridge, and Harvard, and from the Royal College of Art (London), 1981.

Once Upon a Time
The past and memory
Before there were any people
Dragon-like creatures
Earth without life
Sun without earth
What is history?
The Greatest Inventors of All Time
The Heidelberg jaw
Neanderthal man
Making magic
The Ice Age and the Early Stone Age
Pile dwellings
The Bronze Age
People like you and me
The Land by the Nile
King Menes
A hymn to the Nile
The religion of the ancient Egyptians
The Sphinx
Revolution in the old kingdom
Akhenaton's reforms
Sunday, Monday
Mesopotamia today
The burial sites at Ur
Clay tablets and cuneiform script
Hamurabi's laws
Star worship
The origin of the days of the week
The Tower of Babel
The One and Only God
Abraham of Ur
The Flood
Moses' bondage in Egypt and the year of the departure from Egypt
Saul, David, Solomon
The division of the kingdom
The destruction of Israel
The prophets speak
The Babylonian Captivity
The Return
The Old Testament and faith in the Messiah
Writing with the alphabet
The Phoenicians and their trading posts
Heroes and their Weapons
The songs of Homer
Schliemann's excavations
Sea-raider kings
Crete and the labyrinth
The Dorian migration
The songs of the heroes
Greek tribes and their colonies
An Unequal Struggle
The Persians and their faith
Cyrus conquers Babylon
Cambyses in Egypt
Darius's empire
The Ionian revolt
The first Punitive Expedition
The second Punitive Expedition and the Battle of Marathon
Xerxes' campaign
The Battle of Salamis
Two Small Cities in One Small Land
The Olympic Games
The Delphic Oracle
Sparta and Spartan education
Draco and Solon
The People's Assembly and tyrants
The time of Pericles
Sculpture and painting
The Enlightened One and his Land
Mohenjo-Daro, a city from the time of Ur
The Indian migrations
Indo-European languages
Brahma and the transmigration of souls
'This is you'
Prince Gautama
The Enlightenment
Release from sufffering
The followers of the Buddha
A Great Teacher of a Great People
China in the time before Christ
The emperor of China and the princes
The meaning of Chinese writing
The importance of practices and customs
The family
Ruler and subject
The Tao
The Greatest Adventure of All
The Peloponnesian War
The Delphic War
Philip of Macedon
The Battle of Chaeronea
The decline of the Persian empire
Alexander the Great
The destruction of Thebes
Aristotle and his knowledge
The conquest of Asia Minor
The Gordion Knot
The Battle of Issus
The conquest of Tyre and the conquest of Egypt
The Battle of Gaugamela
The Indian expedition
Alexander, ruler of the Orient
Alexander's death and his successors
The library of Alexandria
New Wars and New Warriors
Rome and the myth of Rome's foundation
Class warfare
The twelve tablets of the law
The Roman character
Rome's capture by the Gauls
The conquest of Italy
The First Punic War
Crossing the Alps
Quintus Fabius Maximus
The last call to arms
Scipio's victory over Hannibal
The conquest of Greece
The destruction of Carthage
An Enemy of History
The Emperor Shih Huang-ti of Ch'in
The burning of the books
The princes of Ch'in and the naming of China
The Great Wall of China
The Han ruling family
Learned officials
Rulers of the Western World
Roman provinces
Roads and aqueducts
The two Gracchi
Bread and circuses
The Cimbri and the Teutones
Julius Caesar
The Gallic Wars
Victory in the civil war
The reform of the calendar
Caesar's murder
Augustus and the empire
The arts
The Good News
Jesus Christ
The teachings of the Apostle Paul
The Cross
Paul preaching to the Corinthians
The cult of the emperor
Rome burns
The first Christian persecutions
The catacombs
Titus destroys Jerusalem
The dispersal of the Jews
Life in the Empire and at its Frontiers
Tenements and villas
The Colosseum
The Germans
Arminius and the battle in Teutoburg forest
The Limes
Soldiers and their gods
Trajan's expeditions in Dacia
Marcus Aurelius's battles near Vienna
The decline of Italy
The spread of Christianity
Diocletian's reforms
The last Christian persecution
The founding of Constantinople
The division of the empire
Christianity becomes the religion of the state
The Storm
The Huns
The Visigoths
The Migrations
Leo the Great
Romulus Augustulus
Odoacer and the end of antiquity
The Ostrogoths and Theodoric
The Pandects of Justinian and the Agia Sophia
The end of the Goths
The Lombards
The Starry Night Begins
'The Dark Ages'?
Belief and superstition
Preserving the inheritance of antiquity
The importance of the northern monasteries
Clovis's baptism
The role of the clergy in the Merovingian kingdom
There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is His Prophet
The Arabian desert
Mecca and the Kaaba
Muhammad's background and life
Persecution and flight
The battle with Mecca
The last sermon
The conquests of Palestine, Persia and Egypt
The burning of the Alexandrian library
The siege of Constantinople
The conquests of North Africa and Spain
The battles of Tours and Poitiers
Arab culture
Arabic numerals
A Conqueror who Knows How to Rule
The Merovingians and their stewards
The Kingdom of the Franks
Charlemagne's battles in Gaul, Italy and Spain
The Avars
Battles with the Saxons
The Heldenlieder
The crowning of the emperor
Harun al-Rashid's ambassadors
The division and decline of the Carolingian empire
The Vikings
The kingdoms of the Normans
A Struggle to Become Lord of Christendom
East and West in Carolingian times
The blossoming of culture in China
The Magyar invasion
King Henry
Otto the Great
Austria and the Babenbergs
Feudalism and serfdom
Hugh Capet
The Danes in England
Religious appointments
The Investiture Controversy
Gregory VII and Henry IV
Robert Guiscard and William the Conqueror
Chivalrous Knights
Horsemen and knights
From noble youth to knight: page, squire, dubbing
A knight's duties
Chivalrous poetry
The Song of the Nibelungen
The First Crusade
Godfrey of Bouillon and the conquest of Jerusalem
The significance of the crusades
Emperors in the Age of Chivalry
Frederick Barbarossa
Barter and the money-based economy
Italian towns
The empire
The resistance and defeat of Milan
The dubbing feast at Mainz
The Third Crusade
Frederick II
Guelphs and Ghibellines
Innocent III
The Magna Carta
Sicily's rulers
The end of the Hohenstaufens
Ghengis Khan and the Mongol invasion
The lack of an emperor and 'fist-law'
The Kyffhauser legend
Rudolf of Habsburg
Victory over Otakar
The power of the House of Habsburg is established
Cities and Citizens
Markets and towns
Merchants and knights
Building cathedrals
Mendicant friars and penitential priests
The persecution of Jews and heretics
The Babylonian Captivity of the popes
The Hundred Years War with England
Joan of Arc
Life at court
Charles IV and Rudolf the Founder
A New Age
The burghers of Florence
The rebirth of antiquity
The flowering of art
Leonardo da Vinci
The Medici
Renaissance popes
New ideas in Germany
The art of printing
The downfall of Charles the Bold
Maximilian, the Last Knight
Fighting in Italy
Maximilian and Durer
A New World
The compass
Spain and the conquest of Granada
Columbus and Isabella
The discovery of America
The modern era
Columbus's fate
The conquistadores
Hernando Cortez
The fall of Montezuma
The Portuguese in India
A New Faith
The building of the Church of St Peter
Luther's theses
Luther's forerunner, Hus
The burning of the papal bull
Charles V and his empire
The sack of Rome
The Diet of Worms
Luther at the Wartburg
The translation of the Bible
Henry VIII
Turkish conquests
The division of the empire
The Church at War
Ignatius of Loyola
The Council of Trent
The Counter-Reformation
The St Bartholomew's Day Massacre
Philip of Spain
The Battle of Lepanto
The revolt of the Low Countries
Elizabeth of England
Mary Stuart
The sinking of the Armada
English trading posts in America
The East India Companies
The beginnings of the British empire
Terrible Times
The Defenestration of Prague
The Thirty Years War
Gustavus Adolphus
The Peace of Westphalia
The devastation of Germany
The persecution of witches
The birth of a scientific understanding of the world
Nature's laws
Galileo and his trial
An Unlucky King and a Lucky King
The Stuart king, Charles I
Cromwell and the Puritans
The rise of England
The year of the Glorious Revolution
France's prosperity
Richelieu's policies
Louis XIV
A king's lever
Sources of the government's wealth
The peasants' misery
Predatory wars
Meanwhile, Looking Eastwards...
Turkish conquests
Insurrection in Hungary
The siege of Vienna
Jan Sobieski and the relief of Vienna
Prince Eugene
Ivan the Terrible
Peter the Great
The founding of St Petersburg
Charles XII of Sweden
The race to Stralsund
The expansion of Russian might
A Truly New Age
The Enlightenment
Tolerance, reason and humanity
Critique of the Enlightenment
The rise of Prussia
Frederick the Great
Maria Theresa
The Prussian army
The Grand Coalition
The Seven Years War
Joseph II
The abolition of serfdom
Overhasty reforms
The American War of Independence
Benjamin Franklin
Human rights and negro slaves
A Very Violent Revolution
Catherine the Great
Louis XV and Louis XVI
Life at court
Justice and the landowning nobility
The Rococo
Marie Antoinette
The convocation of the Estates-General
The storming of the Bastille
The sovereignty of the people
The National Assembly
The Jacobins
The guillotine and the Revolutionary Tribunal
The Reign of Terror
The sentencing of the king
The foreigners defeated
The Directory
Neighbouring republics
The Last Conqueror
Napoleon in Corsica
To Paris
The siege of Toulon
The conquest of Italy
The Egyptian expedition
The coup d'etat
The consulate and the Code Napoleon
Emperor of the French
Victory at Austerlitz
The end of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation
Francis I
The Continental System
Victory over Russia
Spain and the War of Spanish Resistance
Aspern and Wagram
The German uprising
The Grande Armee
The retreat from Moscow
The Battle of Leipzig
The Congress of Vienna
Napoleon's return from Elba
St Helena
Men and Machines
The Biedermeier era
Steam engines, steamships, locomotives, the telegraph
Spinning machines and mechanical looms
Coal and iron
Socialist ideas
Marx and his theory of class war
The revolutions of 1830 and 1848
Across the Seas
China before 1800
The Opium war
The Taiping Rebellion
China's submission
Japan in 1850
Revolution in support of the Mikado
Japan's modernisation with foreign assistance
America after 1776
The slave states
The North
Abraham Lincoln
The Civil War
Two New States in Europe
Europe after 1848
The Emperor Franz Josef and Austria
The German Confederation
France under Napoleon III
Spain's decline
The liberation of the peoples of the Balkans
The fight for Constantinople
The kingdom of Sardinia
The reform of the army in defiance of the constitution
The Battle of Koniggratz
The founding of the German empire
The Paris Commune
Bismarck's social reforms
Dismissal of the Iron Chancellor
Dividing Up the World
Markets and sources of raw materials
Britain and France
The Russo-Japanese War
Italy and Germany
The race to mobilize
Austria and the East
The outbreak of the First World War
New weapons
Revolution in Russia
The American intervention
The terms of peace
Scientific advance
The Small Part of the History of the World Which I Have Lived Through Myself: Looking Back
The growth of the world's population
The defeat of the central-European powers during the First World War
The incitement of the masses
The disappearance of tolerance from political life in Germany, Italy, Japan and Soviet Russia
Economic crisis and the outbreak of the Second World War
Propaganda and reality
The murder of the Jews
The atomic bomb
The blessings of science
The collapse of the Communist system
International aid efforts as a reason for hope
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