Histories of Nations : How Their Identities Were Forged
by Peter Furtado
Editor: Thames & Hudson Ltd
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National history is an essential part of the definitionMost books on world history, try to impose a uniform narrative, usually written from a single writer’s point of viewThe stories of the United Nations is different: it presents 28 essays written by a great historian as a “self-portrait” of his native country, defining the characteristics that embody his sense of national identityCountries have been selected to represent each continent and each type of state, large and small, and together they represent two-thirds of the world’s population.They range from the maturity of religious democracy to autocracies and some of the states, countries with a venerated history, for those who only came in the 20th centuryIn order to become familiar with the national and cultural differences that both animate and endanger our world, we need to understand the different national viewpoints – read the always engaging and often passionate accounts given in the remarkable and unusual present bookOriginal and thoughtprovoking, it is a crucial point of primer coat for the modern age.
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