Title: World History: History of the World: Ancient History in Mesopotamia to Modern History- The Events, People and Leaders that shaped Our Planet (Book 1)
Author: Robert Dean
Publisher: Robert Dean
Date of Publication: 7 October 2016
Genre: History/ Politics
With a conversational narrative style Robert Dean deals with the history of the birth, growth and development of human kind as a civilisation. The book is an index to an otherwise elaborate topic that spans eras of inexorable evolution on the face of this planet. The book begins with the Paleolithic Age or the early Stone Age. This is followed by the Neolithic Age of human settlements that were situated beside the river banks where water served to be the most important element in sustaining life. These settlements were agriculture oriented farming families that depended heavily upon crop cultivation and cattle rearing. These indigenous primitive people were mostly a part of what is termed as the Old Age which includes Europe, Asia and Africa until the accidental discovery of the New Age by Columbus. This New World is pioneered by the advanced developments of America. The Neo Classical Age includes the Classical Antiquity of Ancient Greece that led to the Golden Age of Islam in the early part of Renaissance while the Dark Ages reigned in Europe; also marking the beginning of the early Modern Period.
The book provides a quick overview of all the stages in the development of human civilisation throughout the various ages. This sort of textbook division is done to facilitate a better understanding of the trends, patterns and impressions in the historical process. However, like all historical events, there are cross currents of several fundamental happenings simultaneously forming a dynamic history that cannot be strictly divided one dimensionally. Each chapter ends with sections such as Fun facts to shake your brain and General misconceptions of our history which show the contrasting ideas that ancient people held in comparison to the moderns and the extent of their ill-informed notions about social and scientific issues. If the choice were yours is an interesting way to get readers involved in imagining their role as people present during important historical happenings.
Each age is dealt with in brief key points. Learning about history and finding accurate sources is not easy. The book explains how geographers and archaeologists go about this laborious task. Bullet points with step by step detail of events in chronological order of occurrence is very useful. The clarity of perception makes the book highly informative though tediously factual. The information is neither diluted nor convoluted. No era is misrepresented over another. There is equal focus on all ages.
The book is easy to read and enlightening but may seem monotonous to those who do not enjoy reading about history at all. The lack of photographs, pictures or any kind of illustrations only adds to the tedium and is a serious drawback. It is a good handbook for introductory lessons to students of history, literature, archaeology and geography. Another interesting feature lies in the final chapters that cover both the heroes and villains that appeared in history. Dean argues that history shows us how much we have become more and more intertwined with different races in a globalised world. Dean also stresses on the importance of studying this history which is his ultimate motive behind writing the book in order to understand where we came from and where we belong so that we may avoid making mistakes similar to those of our ancestors.