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  • A Little History of the World

  • Von: E. H. Gombrich
  • Gesprochen von: Ralph Cosham
  • Spieldauer: 9 Std. und 11 Min.
  • Ungekürztes Hörbuch
  • Kategorien: Geschichte, Welt
  • 4,3 out of 5 stars (20 Bewertungen)

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    E. H. Gombrich's world history, an international best seller now available in English for the first time, is a text dominated not by dates and facts but by the sweep of experience across the centuries, a guide to humanity's achievements, and an acute witness to its frailties.

    In 40 concise chapters, Gombrich tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the atomic bomb. In between emerges a colorful picture of wars and conquests, grand works of art, and the spread and limitations of science. The product of a generous and humane sensibility, this timeless account makes intelligible the full span of human history for the curious of all ages.

    Translated by Caroline Mustill.

    ©1985 DuMont Literatur und Kunst Verlag GmbH und Co. KG, Cologne, Germany. English translation 2005 Leonie Gombrich (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.

    Kritikerstimmen

    "A lovely, lively historical survey....A fine conception and summarizing of the world's checkered past for young and old." ( Kirkus Reviews)
    "A remarkable book, written in an amiable, conversational style....This resurrected history deserves reading for all its delights." ( The New York Times)

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    • Gesamt
      5 out of 5 stars

    This book is really amazing! I love it

    The way that Gombrich makes everything, every subject much more simple and enjoyable is astonishing! I really love the way he writes. And the audio book also transmits that simplicity yet grandiosity. It is really worth it!

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    As the title says:a little history of the world.

    No one must expect a comprehensive historical discussion, of course, Instead a brief overview of history is given, easy to understand and good to read (listen). As such it is great.

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    An overall great book, with a few exceptions

    Gombrich really does try giving a very impartial account of events, and mostly succeeds. Still, on some occasions both he and the narrator’s voice seemed to convey rather preconceived ideas.

    It’s also really sad that the Eastern Europe — and there’s so much more to say about Russia, Poland and Baltic countries — is almost completely omitted. And things like “most Russians tsars’ destiny was to be killed by their people” are...simply not true. Also telling young listeners that the Russian tsar Alexander II was killed by his people because he was hated by them, and giving an overall not very sympathetic impression of him (while not directly mentioning his name), whereas he was the one to abolish the serfdom and introduce many liberal reforms...well. What can I say. When all this comes with an introduction which roughly reads like “Russia still lived in the Middle Ages”, while just a few moments ago we had heard that in the US slavery was abolished in 1865 (and Russian serfdom in 1861)...it just puzzles me a bit.

    Apart from these few disappointments I find the book marvelous. It’s a pity I didn’t know of its existence while a child myself.
    The narrator did a great job as well.