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"The No-Nonsense Guide to World History is vivid, informal and informative. Perhaps every professional historian should be required to write a history of the world in forty thousand words - nothing would be more conducive to humility." - Professor William Beinart, St Anthony's College, Oxford.

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"To compact an all encompassing subject matter into such a slim volume must have been a daunting task for Chris Brazier. I could only admire the way he makes the task appear so effortless. Brazier, of New Internationlist is never less than provocative. He'll be criticised for his lack of neutrality but I actually quite enjoyed this aspect of the book.

I'm not a reader of New Internationlist nor particularly subscribe to its political stance but found his openness to be far less misleading than an 'objective' history. In fact, because it is written in such a lucid, humorous and spitting tone it made reading the text far more of an active process making me consider if I agreed or disagreed with the author. In turn, this made the book far more memorable. I bought the book because my knowledge of history didn't really account for the order and significance of events. It has helped me to think of history in context and also acted as an introduction to certain historical eras or larger volumes on World History." - Amazon 5-Star Customer Review.

"Never has so much been explained in so few words. The great volume of history can be daunting if you want to understand the big picture. Here at last you can read the whole story in just one small gem of a book. Give it to everyone you know. Education education education!" - Amazon 5-Star Customer Review.

"There's more to history than they year George III was born, acceded and died, there's more than Henry VIII's six wives. Did you know that things went on In India before we 'discovered' it and everywhere else as well? Brazier has given a far more balanced view of the world we live in, something you would never even knew existed if you'd done History at school!! Slightly oppinionated in places, the rest of it more than makes up for it - stick it in your dad's stocking at Christmas. - Amazon 5-Star Customer Review.

Who was the first black queen? How much do you know about China’s history? Most people’s knowledge of world history is hazy and incomplete at best. This No-Nonsense Guide gives a full picture, revealing the hidden histories and communities left out of conventional textbooks – from the civilizations of Africa, Asia and Latin America to the history of women.

The updated and revised edition of this best-selling No-Nonsense Guide will include a new chapter from the perspective of the end of the first decade of the 21st century and includes material on the financial crisis, the world response to climate change, 9/11, the Iraq war, corporate power and China’s headlong growth fit into the broader patterns of world history.

  1. In the beginning
  2. Pharoahs and priestesses
  3. Superpowers and barbarians
  4. God and the spirit
  5. Greek and Latin
  6. The rise and rise of religion
  7. Light in the East
  8. Wars of the cross
  9. Glory and murder in the New World
  10. The hidden continent
  11. Shadow of the Sun King
  12. The American way
  13. The power and plenty of Asia
  14. Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité
  15. Revolution
  16. Carving up the world
  17. Total war
  18. The power of the workers
  19. Capitalism and fascism
  20. The radical 20th century
  21. Shaping the new century

About the Author: Chris Brazier has been co-editor at New Internationalist magazine since 1984. Previous publications include Vietnam: The Price of Peace and Raging Against the Machine (editor). He is also principal writer for UNICEF’s The State of the World’s Children report.

Format: Paperback
Dimensions: 180 x 110mm
Page extent: 160 pages
Publication date: September 2006 (Previous Edition)
ISBN-13: 978-1-904456-47-6 (Previous Edition)
Publication date: September 2011 (New Edition)
ISBN-13: 978-1-78026-033-4 (New Edition)

Date added: August 1, 2010

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