Marea carte a inumanității: o istorie a ororilor în 100 de episoade

Marea carte a inumanit ii o istorie a ororilor n de episoade Matthew White s a nh mat la o ntreprindere pe care nici un istoric de profesie nu i a asumat o p n acum aceea de a selecta din mul imea de hecatombe cu care este pres rat istoria cele o sut de atrocit

  • Title: Marea carte a inumanității: o istorie a ororilor în 100 de episoade
  • Author: Matthew White Dana Ligia Ilin
  • ISBN: 9789735050795
  • Page: 413
  • Format: Paperback
  • Matthew White s a nh mat la o ntreprindere pe care nici un istoric de profesie nu i a asumat o p n acum aceea de a selecta din mul imea de hecatombe cu care este pres rat istoria cele o sut de atrocit i care au f cut cel mai mare num r de victime Pornind de la r zboaiele medice i ajung nd p n la Africa zilelor noastre, White ne ofer o istorie a omenirii axat pMatthew White s a nh mat la o ntreprindere pe care nici un istoric de profesie nu i a asumat o p n acum aceea de a selecta din mul imea de hecatombe cu care este pres rat istoria cele o sut de atrocit i care au f cut cel mai mare num r de victime Pornind de la r zboaiele medice i ajung nd p n la Africa zilelor noastre, White ne ofer o istorie a omenirii axat pe marile mase f r nume care au tras mereu ponoasele de pe urma ambi iilor conduc torilor lor greci, chinezi i azteci, germani, englezi i ru i sunt prin i ntr o suit nesf r it de campanii de cucerire, conflicte civile, epur ri etnice sau r zboaie coloniale.Din nv lm eala evenimentelor se desprind fapte curioase i concluzii surprinz toare Haosul se dovede te a fi mai ucig tor dec t tirania Pe timp de r zboi e mai sigur s fii n armat dec t s faci parte din popula ia civil Spre deosebire de celelalte ri cu popula ie numeroas , India a pornit rareori r zboaie de cucerire Adesea, marii dictatori nu s au n scut n s nul na iunii pe care au condus o apoi cu m n de fier Napoleon era corsican, Stalin georgian, Hitler austriac.De i are n spate un efort enorm de documentare, cartea nu sacrific fluen a nara iunii pe altarul discursului academic Mathew White tie s povesteasc despre oameni i locuri i s ofere statistici f r s r m n mpotmolit n ele Nu ine predici, ci las faptele s vorbeasc i se m rgine te s condamne barbaria cu armele ironiei, de vreme ce inumanitatea, laitmotivul acestei istorii a umanit ii, transpare de la sine.

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    1. This book isn't in the best possible taste. Like one of those countdown programmes on cheesy tv - 2016's 100 Most Shocking Celebrity Moments - it ranks massacres, wars and man-made catastrophes of limitless human suffering and discusses them all in a slightly unnerving jokey chatty unhistorianlike manner : The Germans had come so close to winning the First World War they couldn't believe they didn't.Communism lasted longer than fascism, jazz, John Wayne, Bonanza and the American Motor Corporatio [...]

    2. You know that scene in Maus Part II when Art Spiegelman, seated at his drawing board, is perched high up on a Holocaust bodypile? Okay. Matthew White is made of something *steely* because this man's work has him sitting on top of not just *a* tragic body pile, but *the* tragic body pile, the ENTIRE HUMAN BODYPILE. And I just spent the last couple of evenings mountaineering with him to the human bodypile's damnable peak. From up here, let me tell you what it was like: I was impressed because I am [...]

    3. I expected to be utterly depressed throughout my reading of this fascinating trip down Atrocity Lane, but instead I found myself enthralled by the history being presented to me and the different way it was being presented. Though the sordid history of humanity is quite the cautionary tale in how we fail to treat each other in the ways in which we wish them to treat us, from slavery to warfare to acts of genocide to politically and racially induced famines, "The Great Big Book of Horrible Things" [...]

    4. Pierdere de timp. Nu inteleg de ce ai citi o astfel de carte. E ca si cum ti-ai propune sa citesti DOOM-ul sau DEX-ul de la cap la coada. Genul de enciclopedii scrise de un singur om nu ma atrag nicicum. Nu stiu de ce am ales, totusi, sa-mi pierd timpul cu volumul lui White. Poate ca de vina-s sarbatorile de iarnaSpicuiri din recenzia finala care se gaseste pe blogul meuNu contează ce crede Pinker despre Marea carte a umanității și nici nu mă interesează, sincer să fiu, deoarece volumul l [...]

    5. The first thing you need to know about The Great Big Book of Horrible things is, you're going to not only learn things, but you'll at times be embarrassed about the things you know almost nothing about. The worst genocide since the Holocaust occurred in Bangladesh in 1971? The bloodiest war since WWII, the Second Congo War, ended less than ten years ago, and nobody in the United States noticed? 20 million Indians died in the 1800s due to famines that the British didn't want to respond to?Makes y [...]

    6. From the introduction:"Aside from morbid fascination, is there any reason to know the one hundred highest body counts of history? Four reasons come to mind:"First, things that happen to a lot of people are usually more important than things that happen to only a few people."Second, killing a person is the most you can do to him."Therefore, just by default, my one hundred multicides had a maximum impact on an enormous number of people. Without too much debate, I can easily label these to be among [...]

    7. I know a lot of people can be heavily offended by the tone of this book. I wasn't. I couldn't be. Researching evil people and understanding war, torture, man-induced famine from a psychological point of wiew is what I do every day. This is not an offensive work - gasping and bowing your head in pain and shame everytime you hear the word "gang rape" or "Holocaust" is not a sign of caring more for the subject than someone who is very clinically exposing the truth behind (and of) them. For the ammo [...]

    8. Essentially what you have hear is a concise yet surprisingly richly detailed, informative and intriguing encyclopaedia of the last three thousand years as told through a chronological rundown of events ranked by body count.When I first picked this book up I was under the misunderstanding that it would be a collection of the most depraved examples of man's inhumanity towards their fellow man (or woman). Rather than basing his countdown of the most inhumane acts based on perceived depravity, cruel [...]

    9. Reading with hopes of an article on the value of statistics in understanding human atrocity--especially for those (like me) who tend to favour personal stories and even fictionalized accounts over this kind of data. We'll see what develops (Also: this is a whopper of a book, and while I don't often read eBooks, this one is helpful to have in this format; scrolling and searching is much easier).Update: ended up writing a post on this topic here: thinkchristian/the-good-th

    10. This book had a good chance of being dry and rambling, given the subject matter, but the author's tone and way of explaining each event kept me reading. White does not pin down a single cause for all of the horrible things in his great big book, which I liked. It is a bad historian that does that; a good historian recognizes that the world doesn't function in terms of black and white.

    11. After reading some other reviews, and considering the very sensational cover and title of this book, I was afraid it would be tasteless and of limited scientific value. I was pleasantly surprised that the humor was snarky, but not in juvenile, and that the research was scholarly in the good sense of the term. This is an excellent history book and a must-read for anyone seriously interested in democides. The scope of it is enormous, yet the descriptions feel complete. Even comparatively minor eve [...]

    12. This is quite possibly the most important history book I've ever read.White has a particular perspective: that the human cost of human actions should be quantified and studied thoroughly. This book uses a systematic approach to provide an overview of human events which does not ignore any of the ugliness in history. His use of a simple definition and exquisite sourcing give the reader quite a bit to digest - from the Punic wars to the Congolese civil war to the Three Kingdoms to the Atlantic sla [...]

    13. For people who appreciate military history and the great battles waged here on Planet Earth, this is probably going to entertain you, as it did me. The personalities, settings, and sheer number of those involved with these 100 atrocities make for some fantastic non-fiction reading. However, be warned that the author does not hold back in describing some intensely gruesome scenarios -- millions of wasted souls fly out of these pages. It got me down a bit, close to the end of the book, reading abo [...]

    14. This is a surprisingly fascinating examination of the dark side of human history- the ways in which large numbers of humans die at the hands of other humans. We learn among other things that 3 million or more people died in the Roman gladiatorial games over some 700 years. Who knew? White may not be a Harvard professor, but he is clearly a bright man who has done a lot of research and thought deeply. It is well worth reading. This turns out to NOT be a freak show or a list of horrors- it is an h [...]

    15. So far so goodme best lines I read so far:"While fighting over land is quite common, the land in dispute usually provides some practical resource - minerals, crops, harbors, farms, strategic location, exploitable labor, or sheer size. Palestine has none of these. The sole resource of the Holy Land is heritage. There's no gold, no oil, very little fertile land, and few natives, nothing but sacred sites, so in essence, the Crusades killed 3 million people in a fight to control the tourist trade." [...]

    16. This was an amazing book. I learned so many things about history that I never learned in school. Basically anything having to do with African or Asian history was news to me. The writing was also quite witty for being about horrible atrocities.

    17. This guy writes with so little emotion about world events, it's hilarious. For example, he describes the Crusades as a fight to control the tourist trade. Also, it's comical how easily humanity resorts cannibalism. Loved it.

    18. When I saw the title of this book on the shelf at our local Hastings store, I knew I had to have it. How could any historian pass up such a whimsically fascinating, yet awful, title as this? White sets out to chronicle the 100 worst atrocities in human history, comparing and analyzing the different types of multicides (a new word here) throughout human history and discussing their similarities and differences. He also theorized that, 200 years from now, historians may rank the first half of the [...]

    19. In this book, the author attempts to list every atrocity that occurred in the history of mankind. It's an ambitious project, especially considering that many of the atrocities occurred so long ago that it's nearly impossible to validate the ancient accounts. When possible, he does verify the facts with archeological evidence, but at other times, it seemed he researched and made an educated guess based on conflicting stories. He's been criticized for that but I think he is to be commended for tak [...]

    20. The book I read was titled 'Atrocitology Humanity's 100 Deadliest Achievements'. White ranks man-made causes of death devoting between a page and ten pages to each and covers them chronologically. Most of the 100 are wars but not all. I appreciated his irreverance and lack of political correctness. He stands controversially with Marvin Harris in explaining Aztec human sacrifice as a need for protein. A valuable point is made about doubt historians have for the scale of murder caused by Chinggis [...]

    21. Like a lot of pop-history books, this one is a little lacking in details; but this is forgivable because of the sheer amount of material he covers. People often have these "who was the worst" person discussions, and body counts inevitably get brought up, so it was nice to have a source that compiles all the different arguments. Also, we've all heard of the Holocaust, Stalin, etc but there were a lot of these genocides and massacres that I had never heard about before (Bengali Genocide, etc.), th [...]

    22. I picked this book up thinking I would read a little here and there, but I ended up reading it straight through from beginning to end. It really puts a perspective on history and on the extremes of human nature. Before you think times are bad now, read this book and get a perspective on what's happened in the past. It's amazing how cruel people have been. It's amazing how complicit religion has been in wholesale death and war. But what's most amazing is how no matter what some of these villains [...]

    23. Laid out chronologically the author covers the 'top 100' with classifications (religion, civil war, political, etc.) that highlights the terrible things that we have done to one another throughout history. We are very efficient at killing and we also have short memories He also brings a little levity where appropriate (yes, it can be appropriate)I really enjoyed this book. And it makes a great reference!

    24. More of a "read through the chapters that interested me" than a "put-aside." This is more of a reference book to me and not something I could ever read all the way through (unless I was into genocide and war in a big way).I quickly realized human suffering on a grand scale doesn't interest me. I'll stick to Cormac McCarthy for my fictionalized and personalized human suffering and violence, thank you.

    25. I'm starting this book again. I had to take it back to to the library. So I am going to start with Joseph Stalin on pg. 382.

    26. Fascinating account of the deadliest multicides in history, written in a refreshingly non-academic but engaging style, scrupulously impartial and thoroughly absorbing.

    27. I hope you noticed that two of the heroes from earlier chapters are the villains in this chapter. History is complicated. When I came across Atrocitology at work, I thought it was a really intriguing concept. I was actually quite surprised by the results of this book too – while some of the results were as I expected (WW2 is Number 1) there were plenty of events that I did not expect to have such a high death toll, nor some events to have occurred so long ago. Matthew White’s compendium span [...]

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