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A Short History of the World

H. G. Wells Michael Sherborne Norman Stone

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Penguin
27 April 2006
General & world history; Penguin Black Classics; Literature, Poetry & Criticism
Spanning the origins of the Earth to the outcome of the First World War, A Short History of the World is a brilliantly compelling account of the evolution of life and the development of the human race. Along the way, Wells considers such diverse subjects as the Neolithic era, the rise of Judaism, the Golden Age of Athens, the life of Christ, the rise of Islam, the discovery of America and the Industrial Revolution. Breathtaking in its scope and passionate in its intensity, this history remains one of the most readable of its kind.

Witty and perceptive, the History fully illustrates the author's liberal convictions and his resolute commitment to human progress. Part of a brand-new Penguin series of H. G. Wells's works, this edition includes a newly established text, a full biographical essay on Wells, a further reading list and detailed notes. The introduction, by Norman Stone, explores Wells's reasons for writing the volume and his political beliefs.
By:   H. G. Wells
Introduction by:   Norman Stone
Edited by:   Michael Sherborne
Imprint:   Penguin
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   292g
ISBN:   9780141441825
ISBN 10:   0141441828
Pages:   400
Publication Date:   27 April 2006
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

H. G. Wells was a professional writer and journalist, who published more than a hundred books, including novels, histories, essays and programmes for world regeneration. Wells's prophetic imagination was first displayed in pioneering works of science fiction, but later he became an apostle of socialism, science and progress. His controversial views on sexual equality and the shape of a truly developed nation remain directly relevant to our world today. He was, in Bertrand Russell's words, 'an important liberator of thought and action'.

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