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A Little History of the World

A Little History of the World
Your Price: $19.50 CDN
Author: E.H. Gombrich
Translated by: Caroline Mustill
Illustrated by: Clifford Harper
Publisher: Yale University Press
Series: Little Histories
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 304
Pub. Date: 2008
ISBN-10: 030014332X
ISBN-13: 9780300143324
About the Book:

In 1935, with a doctorate in art history and no prospect of a job, the 26-year-old Ernst Gombrich was invited to attempt a history of the world for young readers. Amazingly, he completed the task in an intense six weeks, and Eine kurze Weltgeschichte für junge Leser was published in Vienna to immediate success, and is now available in twenty-five languages across the world. Toward the end of his long life, Gombrich embarked upon a revision and, at last, an English translation. 

A Little History of the World presents his lively and involving history to English-language readers for the first time. Superbly designed and freshly illustrated, this is a book to be savoured and collected. In forty concise chapters, Gombrich tells the story of man the stone age to the atomic bomb. In between emerges a colourful picture of wars and conquests, grand works of art, and the spread and limitations of science. This is a text dominated not by dates and facts, but by the sweep of mankind's experience across the centuries, a guide to humanity's achievements an acute witness to its frailties. The product of a generous and humane sensibility, this timeless account makes intelligible the full span of human history.

What people say: 

"Brilliant, irresistible: a wonderful surprise." - Philip Pullman

"His enthusiasm for his subject is irresistible...With Gombrich's Little History, at last available in English there will be many generations of future historians who will attribute to it their lifelong passion for history and for truth." - Lisa Jardine, The Times

"Gombrich opens with the most magical definition of history I have ever read... Tolerance, reason and humanity... suffuse every page of the Little History." - Amanda Vickery, Guardian

About the Author:

Ernst Gombrich (1909 - 2001) born in Vienna, came to London in 1936 to work at the Warburg Institute, where he eventually became Director from 1959 until his retirement in 1976. He won numerous international honours, including knighthood, the Order of Merit and the Goethe, Hegel and Erasmus prizes. He was one of the greatest and least conventional art historians of his age, achieving fame and distinction in three separate spheres: as a scholar, as a popularizer of art, and as a pioneer of the application of the psychology of perception to the study of art. His best-known book, The Story of Art - first published over 50 years ago and now in its sixteenth edition - is one of the most influential books ever written about art.

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