Item description for World History for Dummies by Peter Haugen...
If history scares you or bores you silly, that's probably because a teacher once required you to memorize a bunch of dates-- when things like the Magna Carta and the Versailles Treaty were signed, for example. Admittedly, dates are a big part of history, but only because historical events happened in a certain order. If Columbus hadn't sailed the ocean blue in fourteen hundred and ninety-two, the Mayflower Pilgrims might not have looked west for a place to practice their Puritan religion almost 130 years later. The eventual outcome? No day-after-Thanksgiving mob scenes at the mall.
So you may be asking, "How can a 330-page book cover the complete history of the world?" The short answer is that it can't. To cover thousands of years in one book would be impossible. What is possible is a skimming of the surface of world history, which is what you'll find in World History For Dummies. This book provides a fun and friendly overview of the history of the world, providing glimpses into the major players and events that have made the world what it is today.
Because the history of the world is such a grand topic, a comprehensive list of what you'll find in World History For Dummies would be almost as long as the book itself. So here are a few highlights to pique your interest:
Discover how to look at history from the historian's perspective
Becoming civilized: The invention of writing and art
Scientific developments that revolutionized the world
Building empires: From Rome to Russia
War and peace (no, not the Tolstoy novel)
The development of the world's religions
Overviews of the essential historical documents that you must know-- from the Bible to the Bill of Rights
Anyone with at least a passing interest in history can find value in World History For Dummies-- whether you're a student or a teacher in need of a broad historical overview, a history buff looking for new fascinating areas of interest, or if you just want to be the best darned Trivial Pursuit player in your neighborhood!
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Studio: IDG Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.13" Width: 7.24" Height: 1.02" Weight: 1.35 lbs.
Release Date Mar 15, 2001
Publisher For Dummies
ISBN 0764552422 ISBN13 9780764552427 UPC 785555026810
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More About Peter Haugen
Peter Haugen is a prolific history writer. In addition to authoring and contributing to several books, his work has appeared in publications including History Magazine, mental_floss, and Psychology Today. Haugen has served on the staffs of such newspapers as the St. Petersburg Times and the Sacramento Bee.
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Reviews - What do customers think about World History for Dummies?
This is not a computer/tech book May 1, 2008
this site has listed "World History for Dummies" as a computer/tech book. This is obviously a mistake. It is a history book.
World History for Dummies Mar 15, 2008
Love it. I read it whenever I'm taking long bubble baths. It allows you to appear to be more brilliant than you truly are at dinner parties.....and most importantly puts into context alot about the world and history.
Well written with a nice sense of humor.
Chaotic Dec 5, 2007
I couldn't go past 100 pages. What I read was written in a very disorganized way. It keeps going back and forward in time which makes it very difficult to follow. Then it will go through hundreds of years in a paragraph while devoting a lot more text to explain random details. Overall, I found it pretty messy and hard to read.
Good review..a little too PC Nov 13, 2007
As a lover of History, I got this book to help ensure that if I had any obvious holes in my general World History knowledge, that I could find them out and patch them up.
I'm still going through the book, but I feel I have enough information thus far to give a decent review. It looks to have most of the essentials of a nice little Western Civ/World History survey class. Which is pretty much what I was looking for. One must understand that cramming the HISTORY OF THE ENTIRE WORLD into a single volume book is daunting, and if the book is a "For Dummies" book, it's impossible. But, all things considered, the author did a fine job. I recommend this book, but I'd get it used and cheaper (I paid $5 for my like-new copy, shipping included, right here on this site).
My complaints? Not many. The only thing I can complain about is what is very common in, shall we say, Liberal Arts books these days. That, of course, is revisionist (the dreaded) "PC" history.
Look, I understand that decades ago Americans were taught a very rose-tinted version of American and World History. No one denies this. As a matter of fact, show me a society back then that gave an entirely unbiased historical account of their country and I'll eat my hat.
My problem, however, is that for the past decade or two there has been a movement to counter this in such a radical way that historians now present most European/Christian/(White people in general) very negatively, in relation to other peoples of the world. Again, I understand and sympathize that you are trying to counter earlier viewpoints. The problem is that children today are ONLY getting this radical backlash.
Ignore the PC rhetoric and just use the book for what it is: a survey.
Lots of help! Aug 5, 2007
Since my knowledge of this subject is limited, it was nice to have a product that helped me while also being quite entertaining.