A History of the World in 100 Objects (hardback)
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Discover the epic history of humanity in this re-released hardback edition. This bestseller is an intellectual and visual feast.
Neil MacGregor, British Museum Director and author of A History of the World in 100 Objects, explores over two million years through 100 manmade objects, all from the Museum's collection.
In this book, we travel back in time and across the globe, to see how we humans have shaped our world and been shaped by it over time. The story is told exclusively through the things that humans have made – all sorts of things, carefully designed and then either admired and preserved or used, broken and thrown away.
This book takes a dramatically original approach to the history of humanity, by using these objects as prisms through which we can explore past worlds. For example: how an early Victorian tea-set tells us about the impact of empire.
The book's range is enormous. It begins with one of the earliest surviving objects made by human hands, a chopping tool from the Olduvai gorge in Africa, and ends with an object from the 21st century which represents the world we live in today.
Seen through this lens, history is a kaleidoscope - shifting, constantly surprising, and shaping our world today in ways that most of us have never imagined.
Neil MacGregor discusses this engrossing and original approach to the telling of human history - watch the video here
Product code: cmc44134
Author: Neil MacGregor
Number of pages: 656
Size: 234 x 153 mm
llustrations: 250 plus
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[A] triumph: hugely popular, and rightly lauded as one of the most effective and intellectually ambitious initiatives in the making of 'public history' for many decades.
The Sunday Telegraph
Highly intelligent, delightfully written and utterly absorbing.
The objects have been beautifully photographed, Mr MacGregor's voice comes through distinctively and his arguments about the interconnectedness of disparate societies through the ages are all the stronger ... A book to savour and start over.
This is a story book, vivid and witty, shining with insights, connections, shocks and delights.
The Daily Telegraph
The style is authentic, personal and humorous. MacGregor could not have skewered our pretensions better ... Look on our works, ye mighty, and despair.
Brilliant, engagingly written, deeply researched.