A History of the World in 100 Objects
by Neil MacGregor
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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Neil MacGregor’s history of the world in 100 objects takes a bold and original approach to the history of humanity, exploring past civilizations through objects that define them.Including a great sweeping of human history, a world history in 100 objects begins with one of the oldest objects made by human hands, a tool to cut in Olduvai’s gorges in Africa and ends with the objects that characterize the world we live in today.Seen through MacGregor’s eyes, the story is a kaleidoscope – shifting, connected, constantly surprising and shaping our world today so that most of us would never have imagined.A pillar of Peter tells us about a great Indian emperor preaching tolerance to his people; Spanish coins of eight tells us about the beginning of a world currency; and a set of Victorian early tea tells us about the impact of the empire.A visual and intellectual celebration, it is one of the most captivating and unusual history books published over the years.Brilliant, engagingly written, profoundly studied “Mary Beard, Guardian’ a triumph: immensely popular and rightly hailed as one of the most effective and intellectually ambitious initiatives in the making of” historical audiences “for Sunday Telegraph over the decades’ Very intelligent, deliciously written and totally absorbing’ Timothy Clifford, spectator” is a lively history book.
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