The Outline of History

The Outline of History H G Herbert George Wells

  • Title: The Outline of History
  • Author: H.G. Wells
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 396
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1920 105 100 1920 105 100 H.G Herbert George Wells 1866 1946 1890 1891 1891 1893 1895 1900 1946 8 13 1901 1985 1925 1900 1999 1995 1910 2005 1980 3 1981 11

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    1. Having decided WWI was the "War to end all wars", Wells traverses human history from pre-history to the post-WWI era and still decides WWI was so bloody and atrocious that humanity would never again let itself come to global conflict.Well, leaving off the hopelessly optimistic conclusion penned mere years before WWII, this is still one of my favorite world history works.Among the wisdow Wells gets right in my opinion: "The natural political map of the world insists upon itself. It heaves and fre [...]

    2. I came across this two volume series while working my through a list of 100 books recommended by Will Durant for those wanting a broad education. This series is by all means the best and most comprehensive general history book I have ever read. I usually don't buy books but this one was worth purchasing to add to the library.

    3. A good overview of world history, though necessarily cursory and Euro-centric. I had next to no historical understanding of the world before reading this and now I feel that I understand the basics. I feel like this book and its treatment of history would bore more knowledgeable readers, but as a general ignoramus I found it thoroughly fascinating and very readable. It seems like a good a place to start as any for people who know nothing about history. This book has very much changed my understa [...]

    4. A fantastic but sometimes overwhelming work. I actually read the second (Roman through Renaissance) section first, then found a complete edition and read sections one and three.H.G. Wells beautifully crafts his prose. Some unique points of this work are his nomads vs. city dwellers thesis (originally ibn Khaldun's, but Wells applies it globally), his attempt to focus on, or at least mention the status of common working class people at various points in history, and the attention he gives to Indi [...]

    5. I haven't read the whole book, only the first several chapters, and the last one. Here is some information I found to be useful:- "language is the instrument of thought as book-keeping is the instrument of business."- "Men paid in liberty for safety, shelter, and regular meals."- "Education is the preparation of the individual for the community"- "There will be little drudgery in this better-ordered world. Natural power harnessed in machines will be the general drudge. What drudgery is inevitabl [...]

    6. Certainly idiosyncratic. But fascinating. Very good and fair descriptions of the great religious leaders. He does not think highly of Rome for example. The only bit that is a little bit annoying is the constant view from the moderns. Everything seems to compare badly to (his) modern Britain.

    7. This is what everyone thinks of when they think of why they hated history in school. It's so incredibly dry. I gave up on the audiobook 10 hours into the 44 hours because I just couldn't do it anymore. The slow, monotone British voice is as far from attention-holding as possible.

    8. In my humble opinion the greatest and most comprehensive account of world history ever written. A classic.What great words:"We are beginning to understand something of what the world might be, something of what our race might become, Were it not for our still raw humanity. It is barely a matter of seventy generations between ourselves and Alexander ; and between ourselves and the savage hunters, our ancestors, who charred their food in the embers or ate it raw, intervene some four or five hundre [...]

    9. Not much to think, since it was probably plagiarized from an unknown writer named Florence Deeks. "The New Yorker" or some such publication had a fairly convincing article about it. Book plagiarism was apparently quite common back then. Steinbeck allegedly filched "The Grapes of Wrath" from an unknown newspaper stringer. Then there was the notorious Henri Gauthier-Villiers, who kept Colette locked in a room and chained to a desk, writing books for which Gauthier-Villiers took full credit.

    10. Very, very long, but I didn't give it more than 25 minutes. A history of just about everything, it starts with a long list of acknowledgements and follows that with a pre-tectonic account of the Earth's formation. It makes me wonder which of my beloved nonfiction books will seem ugly and old by the time that I die.

    11. I am so bummed. I took this book to read on a trip recently and left it on the plane. I was using it to help me teach Ancient History this year. I enjoyed reading it because Wells did a great job of taking what could be boring non-fiction and made it read more as a novel. Hopefully someday I will find another copy and finish reading it.

    12. I bought an edition for 25 cents in some old barn of a place. Was pleased to see it in Scott Fitzgerald's education of Sheila. Now it's dated, a bit creaky. But it was fun then, when school seemed all about American history and Rousseau/Marx sort of world history.

    13. huh. what a bookI think H G Wells has created two time machinesOne is his famous novel n another is this book really makes you travel through catalogues of timeal good .eer awesome.

    14. Mr Wells had strong openionsd they made thire way into whatever he wrote, including his attempt at history.I read this long ago during a period when I had a lot of time on my hands. The read was interesting, and he covers the basics of history all right, along with his take on them.

    15. Should have been a textbook in high school history class. What an overview! Other than Piltdown Man, not much to revise.

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