A Little History of the World by E. H. Gombrich

By E. H. Gombrich

In 1935, with a doctorate in artwork historical past and no prospect of a role, the 26-year-old Ernst Gombrich used to be invited through a publishing acquaintance to try a background of the realm for more youthful readers. Amazingly, he accomplished the duty in an excessive six weeks, and Eine kurze Weltgeschichte für junge Leser was once released in Vienna to quick luck, and is now on hand in seventeen languages internationally.

towards the top of his lengthy lifestyles, Gombrich embarked upon a revision and, ultimately, an English translation. a bit heritage of the realm provides his full of life and regarding historical past to English-language readers for the 1st time. beautifully designed and freshly illustrated, this can be a publication to be savored and picked up.

In 40 concise chapters, Gombrich tells the tale of guy from the stone age to the atomic bomb. In among emerges a colourful photograph of wars and conquests, grand artworks, and the unfold and boundaries of technology. this can be a textual content ruled no longer by means of dates and proof, yet through the sweep of mankind’s adventure around the centuries, a consultant to humanity’s achievements and an acute witness to its frailties.

The made of a beneficiant and humane sensibility, this undying account makes intelligible the total span of human heritage.

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9 turn into copper when melted in a fire. Copper has a nice shine, and you can use it to make arrowheads and axes, but it is soft and gets blunt more quickly than stone. But once again, people found an answer. They discovered that if you add just a little of another, very rare, metal, it makes the copper stronger. That metal is tin, and a mixture of tin and copper is called bronze. The age in which people made themselves helmets and swords, axes and cauldrons, and bracelets and necklaces out of bronze is, naturally, known as the Bronze Age.

What mattered most to them was to catch animals or people in rapid motion: hounds chasing wild boar, and people leaping over bulls – nothing was too hard for them to paint. The kings of the Greek cities clearly learnt a great deal from them. But by 1200  this time of splendour was over. For it was at around that time (some two hundred years before the reign of     35 King Solomon) that new tribes came down from the north. Whether they were related to the former builders of Mycenae nobody knows for sure, but it is likely.

The rest of the population were simple peasants and shepherds. Now, unlike the Egyptians, the Babylonians and the Assyrians, these noblemen weren’t interested in preserving the ways of their ancestors. Their many raids and battles with foreign peoples had opened their eyes to new ideas and taught them to relish variety and change. And it was at this point, and in this part of the world, that history began to progress at a much greater speed, because people no longer believed that the old ways were best.

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