Mark Edward Lewis: The second in the series picks up where Lewis left off, at the end of the Han. The history Kaempfer was told and then wrote down is not always accurate, but his careful direct observations of Japanese life are invaluable. Something that reaches beyond what its own grasp is. Despite certain faults, this collection of essays is the best work that I know of which deals directly with this kingdom, from the territorial expansion and contraction of Chu to the nature of Chu art to its cultural legacy in the Han dynasty. The Japanese Discovery of Europe by Keene - studies the technology and modern ideas slowly flowing into the Tokugawa shogunate from Dutch trade, and the small group of scholars who laid the earliest foundations of Japan's modernization in the 18th century. ), *Canada's First Nations: A History of Founding Peoples from Earliest Times by Olive Dickason and David T. McNab, *American Holocaust: The Conquest of the New World by David E. Stannard, *To Die In This Way: Nicaraguan Indians and the Myth of the Mestizaje by Jeffrey L. Gould. Buy The New Penguin History of the World Revised, Updated by Roberts, J M (ISBN: 8601404508455) from Amazon's Book Store. Start by marking “The Penguin History of the World” as Want to Read: Error rating book. The Dominican Republic Reader by Eric Paul Roorda, Lauren H. Derby and Raymundo Gonzalez. However, certainly not for casual reading. His other major books include "The Paris Commune from the Right", "The Triumph of the West" (which was also a successful television series), "The Penguin History of Europe" and "The Penguin History of the Twentieth Century". Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Jansen's work is a chronicle of not just the rise of railroads, of factories, the modern firearm, electricity and gas, the telegraph, milk!, and other interesting developments of early modern Japan. It doesn't mean that there will be a Eurocentric perspective of history, but a broader more cosmopolitan perspective. Francisco de Miranda: A Transatlantic Life in the Age of Revolution by Karen Racine : The Precursor, Francisco de Miranda, the fascinating character that got Spanish American independence rolling. This is an excellent overview of ancient Anatolia, from the Neolithic settlements of Çatalhöyük to the Lydian empire. A New Economic History of Argentina by Gerardo Della Paolera and Alan M. Taylor. What Remains: Coming to Terms with Civil War in Mid-Nineteenth Century China by Tobie Meyer-Fong (2013). (Available on Kindle.). Just the fact that a book of this scope was actually completed is an amazing feat. An excellent general history of Korea under the Japanese empire, Kim il-Sung's life and rise to power, and how the North Korean government developed the way it did. The ability to weave independent threads into a cohesive whole, bringing out not the relevant threads and movements arriving at the present day, while at the same time not ignoring nuance and detail is impressive. Charles Bergman, the author-photographer who traveled the world to see them in their natural habitats, is the guy to ask. It is massive and I've read it two times from beginning to end which took a few months. The majority of species breed only once each year. The Paraguay Reader: History, Culture, Politics by Peter Lambert and Andrew Nickson. Either way, it's not what I'm looking for in a history book. This illustrated book series describes life in a variety of historical societies in an accurate yet relatable way to really give children for what growing up in Medieval Europe, Ancient Egypt or among the Sioux Indians might be like. I picked this up as a primer to the subject and was impressed not just with the immense scope but also the detail: a lot of time is spent on India, for example, a country with one of the most fascinating histories on the planet. Don't let the visuals fool you into thinking this is a glorified picture book. A firsthand account of a Japanese-Korean family's experience in North Korea and its time in the Yodok concentration camp. Read this huge, complex history to the kids for school instead of the curriculum’s suggested books. It is definitely worth a try, if you have the time and patience. *Empires of the Word by Nicholas Ostler - exploring world history through the languages that wrote it. John Morris Roberts, CBE, was a British historian, with significant published works. History's Timeline Revised and Updated: a 40,000 Year Chronicle of Civilization by Jean Cook, Ann Kramer and Theodore Rowland-Entwistle. A series that looks at some of the most inspiring heroes from our history, including Albert Einstein, Amelia Earhart, Abraham Lincoln, Jane Goodall, and Rosa Parks. State of War by Thomas Conlan - This is an in depth study of warfare in the fourteenth century conflicts between the Northern and Southern Courts. Managing Sino-American Crises: Case Studies and Analysis edited by Michael Swaine and Zhang Tuosheng. Completely updated and revised by preeminent historian J. M. Roberts, this volume features ninety up-to-date maps, new sections, and extremely well-written and accessible articles throu On that day, the crew parked near what is now Mossel Bay, South Africa, and with surprise, they discovered birds never seen by European eyes before. Please note that all Amazon links direct to smile.amazon.com, which allows a small portion of your purchase to be donated to the charity of your choice by Amazon. Instead of narrative history, Lewis focuses on material culture, as well as legal, religious, and societal structures of the Qin/Han. Perspective, for someone who studies history, is way more important than knowing all possible knowable details about one single subject. Chinese Village, Socialist State by Friedman, Pickowitz and Selden (1993) - the first Western social scientists to collect data from the People's Republic of China, focusing on rural Hebei province, south of Beijing. A quote from Monumenta Nipponica's review of it. Mark Edward Lewis provides the first three. Read this huge, complex history to the kids for school instead of the curriculums suggested books. It's a tome that's worth diving into and putting in the time, covering every aspect of world history in a single (albeit ponderous) volume. The Class of 1761: Examinations, State, and Elites in Eighteenth-Century China by Iona D. Man-Cheong (2004). I was simply overwhelmed by its scope and content. Vandon and Prevost. The idea of this book is incredible. Link posts require a description in the form of a comment. From humanity’s origins on the African Savannah to the state of the world after September 11, 2001, The New Penguin History of the World offers a magisterial sweep through time and history. Roberts manages to balance this both in good detail. This list is targeted towards our younger users and has a wide selection of recommendations on an ever growing variety of historical topics and historical fiction. *The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood by James Gleick (Available on audio format. Readers who are looking for something along the lines of a biography, that is to say, a story about Cleopatra VII as opposed to an introduction to Ptolemaic Egypt and the period of Roman intervention, could do far worse than Chauveau's *Cleopatra: Beyond the Myth which builds on the research that went into Egypt in the Age of Cleopatra and examines the classical texts and Egyptian sources balanced by modern critical analysis of one of Egypt's more controversial queens. Women and Society In Greek and Roman Egypt: A Sourcebook by Jane Rowlandson. So, to me, history was a collection of moments that I was looking to weave together. When young Dorian finds that all age and damage is inflicted on a portrait of his likeness rather than his own body he believes himself to be immortal, but finds that even the power of the portrait cannot absolve his soul of the damage he inflicts upon it. Ordinary People Change The World by Brad Meltzer. This sets a clear timeline for our evolution and development as a species and will spur on discovery for your own area of expertise. Cultural atlas of Mesopotamia and the ancient Near East by Michael Roaf. *Hellenistic Egypt By Jean Bingen is a comprehensive look at one the most romanticized and turbulent periods of Egyptian history although some of his assumptions (particularly around the nature of ethnicity and economy in Ptolemaic Egypt) are slightly dated. It took me a few months to get through it but it was worth the investment. These striking, classic pieces of literature are essential to the study of history, but rather than taking them literally they are best viewed as what they are: an insight into the minds of the author and his audience. *Important: *The Second Edition is greatly expanded and the texts have been more accurately retranslated, with more explanatory material. Witness to Transformation: Refugee Insights into North Korea by Stephen Haggard and Marcus Noland (2011). See 1 question about The Penguin History of the World…, The Penguin History of the World (Jul 6-Nov 6, 2019), A Mystery Maven's Favorite Whodunits, Thrillers, and Capers of 2020. The Early Chinese Empires: Qin and Han. Recommended for ages 5-12. The Penguin History of the World probably took me as long to read as it took JM Roberts to write. Ancient Maya: The Rise and Fall of a Rainforest Civilization By Arthur Demarest is one of the best introductions to Mayan history. Lankov saw the last of the "Soviet years" in North Korea as an exchange student, and is one of the very rare people to lend the Russian perspective on NK in the Western press. I look forward to reading the latest edition. The NHL’s write-up on that Lundqvist fan’s collection inspired me to take some pics of my own Sidney Crosby collection. There's also a lot of insight here into the Western academy's problems assembling a decent body of research on the country during the Cold War, and how the works that do exist are often intensely political. I am now feeling a supreme sense of accomplishment. I especially recommend Jenny So's Chu Art: Link Between the Old and New. Refresh and try again. Routes to Slavery: Direction, Ethnicity, and Mortality in the Transatlantic Slave Trade By David Eltis and David Richardson. It covers a lot of ground and I really enjoyed it. Pandia Press's selection of The New History of the World as one of their core books for History Odyssey prompted me to review it. The writing, although not beautiful, was occasionally pithy, and the author does a phenomenal job of tying the past to the present and future. Ancient Africa for Kids Best for ages 5-12. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Dever has a decidedly more conservative flair, but trumps other more conservative scholars by being an archaeologist, and--for the most part--giving the archaeology priority. (Available for free to read on Project Gutenberg. Making Revolution by Chen (1986) - a history of the Communist Party in China from their guerrilla tactics against the Japanese to the Cultural Revolution. If you've been following me for a while, you'll know that I read this book in increments over 13 months -- I could have read it in 12, but I took this February off because I was getting wearied by the tome. Covers all the bases. ", An exceptional book to be used as a general guide to the history of civilization and even before. Treasury of Norse Mythology: Stories of Intrigue, Trickery, Love, and Revenge Written by Donna Jo Napoli, illustrated by Christina Balit. Coffee is the second most valuable trade good in the world economy -- only oil is a bigger part of world trade. We welcome images of penguin paintings and handmade penguin-related items! War In The Shadows: The Guerrilla In History - Volume I & Volume II by Robert Asprey. Cambridge Illustrated History of China by Patricia Buckley Ebrey (2nd ed. But no matter how often I underlined important details, and jotted notes in margins, and drew timelines (with. *Land and Power in Ptolemaic Egypt: The Structure of Land Tenure 332-30 BCE by J.G. It is an awe-inspiring piece of scholarship, but ultimately a little frustrating for a reader like me. ), *The Man In The Iron Mask By Alexandre Dumas, a classic tale of betrayal, deceit, adventure and tragedy. But when it's done well, it feels like a fantastic roller coaster ride through our shared world, our past and how we've come to the present. The way the subject matter is covered is truly impressive, it flows in an interesting continuation made up of regional chunks from start to finish and provides context for all of history. Mote: a tremendous work of longue durée scholarship from one of the venerable old guard of American Sinology. Some of the writing was both dry and full of hyperbole. I started the book three separate times over the past twenty five years before I felt I had the attention span capacity to see it through. Encyclopedia of World History edited by Jeremy Black. The recommended reading list. Roberts possesses the main quality such an undertaking would requirea superbly comprehensive mindplus an eye for those game-changing things upon which history pivots, whether it's the. The original book was published in 1976, but Roberts has substantially rewritten it over the years and through a number of editions. It is effectively an anthropological ethnography written by historians, and the work reflects some of the best of both disciplines. This lists some of the most interesting and informative TV series, documentaries, Youtube series, and podcasts that we have found. Very readable and extensive in its coverage and throughly up-to-date. Manning. Daily Life in Traditional China: The Tang Dynasty by Charles Benn: Extremely accessible book that is based completely on secondary sources and cites other reference books. The Penguin Atlas of World History is a two-volume, paperback-sized historical atlas first published by Penguin Books in 1974, with the latest edition published in 2004. It has taken me 121 days/four months of reading (almost) every day, averaging nearly ten pages per day. About the authors: J.M. I don't even remember much of anything in the book that's more than about 300 pages back. Extremely rare WHITE penguin is spotted on the Galapagos Islands – believed to be the first in the islands’ history Guide Jimmy Patino filmed the unusual bird at Punta Vicente Roca site on Isabela Island while giving a tour The rare penguin with white plumage was … I could include a lot of other books, as well as other podcast and documentary links. A History of Chinese Civilization by Jacques Gernet: A readable and detailed survey of Chinese history that is notable for not prejudicing modern history over earlier periods. Attila: King of the Huns: The Man and the Myth by Patrick Howarth. Greek Thought, Arabic Culture: The Graeco-Arabic Translation Movement in Baghdad and Early 'Abbasid Society by Dimitri Gutas A good book to showcase the ways that the Dark Ages contributed to the growth and preservation of human knowledge and the way that many Classical works were preserved after the Fall of the Roman Empire. US Taiwan Strait Policy: The Origins of Strategic Ambiguity by Dean P. Chen. The Search for Modern China by Jonathan Spence. Although this size means you rarely take the foot off the gas and things keep passing by so quickly. It heavily focuses on intellectual and cultural history, and at times the details of the political history get ignored, but any survey this ambitious must make cuts. Crone, ed. (Available for free to read on Project Gutenberg. The Penguin History of the World by J. M. Roberts, Odd Arne Westad is probably the best single volume history of the world out there. Instructions and advice on how to best do an AMA. It is a truly massive tome, but I am very glad I've done it. A very interesting comparative read to the accounts given in Barbara Demick and Bradley Martin's books; Haggard and Noland argue that the famine's origins lie in 1988 with the impending collapse of the Soviet Union (and thus North Korea's source of cheap fertilizer, oil, and gas). The West Indies: Patterns of Development, Culture, and Environmental Change Since 1492 by David Watts. Similar to the title above but Rowlandson puts the emphasis on women, a task made more difficult by the comparative scarcity of contemporary evidence. Recommended for ages 5-12. A History of Chile: Enduring Editions by Luis Galdames. Nor is it intended to be, it provides a succinct, easily understandable discussion of all of the major debates in Israelite archaeology today. Religion in Roman Egypt: Assimilation and Resistance by David Frankfurter. Politics of Latin America: The Power Game: 4th Edition by Harry E. Vandon and Gary Prevost looks at the political history of Latin America and delves into the sociopolitical issues that have influenced Latin America from the ground up as well emerging issues and new problems facing Latin America in the age of globalization. The writing, although not beautiful, was occasionally pithy, and the author does a phenomenal job of tying the past to the present and future. *Agriculture and Taxation in Early Ptolemaic Egypt: Demotic Land Surveys and Accounts Monson's is available on academia.edu to read for free. China's modern history is the main concern, but the earlier periods are treated sufficiently. I really wanted to give this 5 stars. Sun Yat Sen by Bergere (1998) - an authoritative portrait of the only man revered by both the Nationalists and Communists as a Founding Father of modern China. It is also important to note that what ancient accounts we do have had to be translated and copied through the ages, often passing through several languages before being translated into the surviving editions we have here. A Concise History of Haiti by Jeremy Popkin. He provides history and analysis while his masterful writing prevents it all from burying the reader. It covers from prehistory to 1850 and is strongest in the Ancient/Classical and Late Medieval periods. Chauveau makes full use of the accounts, inscriptions, documents and research from this period to paint a more complete picture of the Ptolemaic dynasty that is easily accessible and illuminates and steps away from the common tradition of focusing on a narrative driven approach to this period in history. Before reading this book I had only an overall memory of history classes in high school, in which I was never interested in. A pretty hefty survey of almost everything that happened between Uruk and 1453. Mark Edward Lewis: The first in Timothy Brook's admirable Chinese History project with Harvard University Press. Hawting is an older read but one of the best on the Umayyad Caliphate which is too rarely looked at when studying the history of the Middle East. The Samurai Sourcebook by Stephen Turnbull - As the title says, a sourcebook, not an in-depth guide. It was a rewarding experience that kind of exploded my imagination. The world's second largest emperor penguin colony has almost disappeared, according to a new report, raising fears about the effects of climate change on the species. It's impossible to write one without omitting 90% of what humanity's been through, because there's just too much to touch on. Suitable for all ages but best for more advanced readers. A National Book Award finalist and deserving of all the accolades it's received. *The Last Pharaohs: Egypt Under the Ptolemies, 305-30 BC by J.G. The Party by Richard McGregor: Never before has there been such an amazing in depth look at the inner workings of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) before the publishing of this book. It covers everything, from arms and armour of the samurai, to their strategies, tactics, a couple famous battles and conflicts, as well as a few maps that, whilst not the best, are understandable. (Available on Kindle), *The Demography of Roman Egypt by Roger S. Bagnall and Bruce W. Frier who compiled over 300 census returns with dates ranging from the 1st to 3rd Century AD and then applied techniques from modern demography to discover information about the population of Roman Egypt from birth to death. Suitable for all ages but best for more advanced readers. *Sex and Society in Greco-Roman Egypt by Dominic Montserrat. He traces how, during eight key thresholds, the right conditions have allowed new forms of complexity to arise, from stars to galaxies, Earth … Important: As always we at /r/History like to make it perfectly clear that while these all have historical and cultural value and many may be rooted in history, they are all fictitious which is why they are here. *Egypt in the Byzantine World: 300-700 edited by Roger Bagnall is a comprehensive and essential look at Egyptian history, society and culture as it transitioned from the Late Roman to shortly after the Arab conquest. Just the fact that a book of this scope was actually completed is an amazing feat. The History of Latin America: A Collision of Cultures By Michael Eakin explores 500 years of Latin American history and looks at the economic, political, social and cultural evolution of its nations and their peoples. It's also worth noting that Asian history is not overlooked. Or is it merely exotic travel literature written by a scholar who based it on the anecdotes of travellers he interviewed despite never personally visiting the regions and cultures he wrote about? This charming book...portrays Tokugawa society as it was actually lived, instead of as it was portrayed in moralizing tracts and governmental ordinances. It details the massive influx of modern technologies that various Japanese companies were more than happy to incorporate and invest resources into. The Horrible Histories Site has links to their wickedly funny television show, books, and other extras like games and magazines. 1600 to 2000 (Second Edition, 2010) have long been a key primary source collection for studying Japanese history in English. The Great Caliphs: The Golden Age of the 'Abbasid Empire by Amira Bennison (2009): A more modern survey of the 'Abbasid period which is extremely useful for discussing not only the reign of the Caliphs, but the great developments that the Islamic world underwent during this "golden age" of Islamic endeavor (science, philosophy, history, law, etc) Extremely readable and highly recommended. That's some achievement. An exhaustive examination of the history of postwar North Korean propaganda, and how it's developed and changed to reflect the Kim regime's priorities and politics. This list has a hand-picked selection of books, documentaries, TV series, podcasts and Youtube series that stand out for their high-quality, accuracy, and appeal. A counterpart to Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom, What Remains shifts the focus from the diplomats, politicians, and generals to the millions of people who suffered the grand miseries of war; how they fed themselves (and often failed to do so), how they buried the dead (many of whom littered the countryside for decades), how they marked their allegiances on their bodies, how they commemorated the dead, and how they made moral sense of a catastrophe without equal. By far the most extensive analysis of crisis behavior by China and America during Sino-American crises. If you're looking for an in-depth analysis, this isn't the best book, as it really only shines in terms of it's accurate references. The researchers there noticed that a particular species of penguins, called Adelie penguins, began to migrate during this day. For those interested in the major changes and transformations that occurred in Chinese society at the time, this book will be greatly appreciated. I thought you. Rethinking Japanese History by Yoshihiko Amino - This book reconsiders topics in premodern Japanese history like outcasts, non-agrarian production and taxation, and Japan's position in the East Asian sphere. Suitable for all ages but best for more advanced readers. But I am more a fan of his individual war histories: The Oxford Handbook of Cuneiform Culture, edited by Karen Radner and Eleanor Robson: a voluminous collection of essays dealing with every aspect of the culture of the "cuneiform world" from food to education to political organization to music. I, *The Voyages of Cadamosto and other documents on Western Africa in the second half of the fifteenth century, *A Journal of the First Voyage of Vasco da Gama 1497-1499, *The Suma oriental of Tome´ Pires : an account of the East, from the Red Sea to Japan, written in Malacca and India in 1512-1515, The Discovery of the Solomon Islands by Alvaro de Mendaña in 1568: Translated from the Original Spanish Manuscripts, Lost Languages: The Enigma of the World's Undeciphered Scripts, Uncommon Grounds: The History Of Coffee And How It Transformed Our World, *The Landscape of History: How Historians Map the Past, *The Wealth and Poverty of Nations: Why Some Are So Rich and Some So Poor, The Code Book: The Secret History of Codes and Code Breaking, *The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood, *The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements, Blood and Soil: A World History of Genocide and Extermination from Sparta to darfur, A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide: 2013 Edition, Who's who in Mythology: Classic Guide to the Ancient World, The Scientists: A History of Science Told Through the Lives of Its Greatest Inventors, False Impressions: The Hunt for Big-Time Art Fakes, *Twentieth Century: The History of the World, 1901 to 2000, Ancient History: From the First Civilizations to the Renaissance, Modern History: From the European Age to the New Global Era, The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History, The Military 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Leaders of All Time, In Search of the Indo-Europeans: Language, Archaeology, and Myth, *After Tamerlane: The Rise and Fall of Global Empires, Asimov's Chronology of the World: The History of the World From the Big Bang to Modern Time, Asimov's Chronology of Science & Discovery: Updated and Illustrated, Asimov's Biographical Encyclopedia of Science and Technology, History's Timeline Revised and Updated: a 40,000 Year Chronicle of Civilization, Alexander of Macedon 356-323 B.C. 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