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Preview — The Outline of History, Vol. The Outline of History, Vol. Several revised versions were produced during Wells' lifetime. He kept notes on factual corrections he received from educators around the world. The last revision in his lifetime was published in In the later editions, G.
Wells, the author's son, updated the early chapters about prehistory to reflect current theories; editions, for instance, reflected the credence given to the Piltdown Man hoax.
The final edition appeared inbut earlier editions are still in print. Get A Copy. Library Bindings. Published June 1st by Reprint Services Corp first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please up. To ask other readers questions about The Outline of History, Vol. Marc Washburne Standing beside him during his lifetime, measured against the Time Line of History, you can see why his vision might have been limited. ALL of us have …more Standing beside him during his lifetime, measured against the Time Line of History, you can see why his vision might have been limited.
ALL of us have limited visions. I suspect he would have very inaccurate ideas about quantum physics, or space flight I found his writings brilliant, accurate for his time See 2 questions about The Outline of History, Vol.
Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Outline of History, Vol. Apr 03, Checkman rated it really liked it Shelves: history. I had no idea that H. Wells had written a history text. Being a history buff and having earned my degree in history I was suprised. I never heard this text mentioned once in four and a half years of higher education - why?
Well for one Mr. Wells does not fit the academic mold nor does his book follow what is still established doctrine for history texts.
He has opinions about everything, he won't hesitate to tell the reader what he thinks was wrong with ancient Greece, the Roman Empire, Alexander ect. This isn't a man suffering from hero worship. Being a fan of all things Roman I didn't necessary agree with all his evaluations of the Empire and it's civilization, but I have to respect his courage in stating it. This is a book which challenges the reader to think. While Wells is guilty of ommission and some commission which historian isn't?
No this is a daring work and even though it's ninety years old I found it very relevant and lacking in pretension. I'm proud to have this book sitting on my shelves. View all 3 comments. Shelves: cphilosophymedievalnatural-historymodernhistorysocial-theorysocial-scienceessential-readingfive-star. I hunted this book down after realising it was a book I needed in my life, my knowledge of history was patchy at best, Eurocentric and in a bit of a jumble.
David Attenborough was in a similar pickle when he was appointed head of the new BBC2, and this was the book that set him straight and proved a bit of an inspiration. I am glad to say it's done the same thing for me.
This book is not without flaws, it is about 80 years old now, and the early chapters on man's evolution are probably laughable I hunted this book down after realising it was a book I needed in my life, my knowledge of history was patchy at best, Eurocentric and in a bit of a jumble.
This book is not without flaws, it is about 80 years old now, and the early chapters on man's evolution are probably laughable to any expert in the field. As well as a few out of date ideas that let down Well's huge intellect. That said I cannot praise what this book does enough. Wells has condensed an incredible amount of information without losing any clarity or vitality. It is immensely readable and manages to bring historical figures to life in a paragraph or even a line!
It is a book full of hopes and dreams for the The outline of history by h.g. wells, noble and relevant ones, which continually give the histories meaning. I really think he had good intentions about presenting us with a global history, he falls a little short, probably due to a glut of information on one hand and a scarcity on the other.
Also his sense of urgency about framing the world wars seems to skew the later half of the book to Europe. I would heartily recommend this to anyone who is not sure how Rome ended and Italy began, to anyone who is unfamiliar with Charlemagne and Asoka, and to anyone who is not sure who got liberty first; America or France.
Nov 19, David rated it it was amazing. Quite an wonderful, and extensive, work. Wells takes the reader through human civilization, admittedly from the viewpoint of Europeanism, from the paleolithic to the end of WW1 and the League of Nations. He reviews the origins of the "great" religions; Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, and Buddhism, and explains their doctrines and the ways in which religion has poisoned the original assertions, and the reasons and benefits of its arising, of each faith.
The final chapter is exceptional in Quite an wonderful, and extensive, work. The final chapter is exceptional in its describing the benefits of civilization which has evolved beyond dogma, warfare, empire, and ignorance. A great read and extremely informative close tobut not quite on, the level of Gibbon.
Highly recommend. May 07, Ann Michael rated it liked it. Fascinating from a cultural-historical perspective trying to imagine Wells' frames of reference and open-mindedness in the years Not a bad choice for the average US citizen to read just for filling in our cultural gaps, still true today as in the 30s. Interesting, to me, that Wells at the start of the 20th century understood the need to de-westernize history I read it about 3 years after reading War of the Worlds. I had no idea really there was a 2nd volume, I just uncovered this book will looking for another.
I thank Goodre for this rare gem, as I probably wouldn't have found it for a long time. I am unearthing closets full of books to enter in my Goodre bookshelves. My brother took most of the books my father owned, I glad he missed this one.
Maybe he has volume 2!The outline of history by h.g. wells
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