A Little History of the World by E. H. Gombrich

By E. H. Gombrich

In 1935, with a doctorate in paintings heritage and no prospect of a task, the 26-year-old Ernst Gombrich used to be invited by means of a publishing acquaintance to aim a heritage of the realm for more youthful readers. Amazingly, he accomplished the duty in an severe six weeks, and Eine kurze Weltgeschichte für junge Leser was released in Vienna to speedy good fortune, and is now on hand in seventeen languages around the world.
Toward the top of his lengthy lifestyles, Gombrich embarked upon a revision and, finally, an English translation. A Little historical past of the area presents his vigorous and regarding heritage to English-language readers for the 1st time. beautifully designed and freshly illustrated, this can be a publication to be savored and collected.
In 40 concise chapters, Gombrich tells the tale of guy from the stone age to the atomic bomb. In among emerges a colourful photo of wars and conquests, grand artworks, and the unfold and barriers of technology. it is a textual content ruled now not by means of dates and proof, yet via the sweep of mankind’s event around the centuries, a consultant to humanity’s achievements and an acute witness to its frailties.
The made from a beneficiant and humane sensibility, this undying account makes intelligible the entire span of human history.
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And you’re right. But there was something special about this one, because, small and defenceless though they were, they didn’t just become part of history, they made history – and by that I mean they shaped the course of all history to come. And this special something was their religion. B                25 All other peoples prayed to many gods – you remember Isis and Osiris, Baal and Astarte. But these herdsmen only prayed to one god, their own special protector and leader. And when they sat beside their camp fires in the evening, and sang songs about their deeds and their battles, they sang of his deeds and his battles.

They also found round seals and inscribed clay tablets in those tombs. However, the inscriptions were not in hieroglyphs, but in a totally different script that was, if anything, even harder to decipher. This was because pictures had been replaced by neatly incised single strokes ending in a small triangle, or wedge. The script is called cuneiform, meaning wedge-shaped. Books made of papyrus were unknown to the Mesopotamians. They inscribed these signs into tablets of soft clay, which they then baked hard in ovens.

This was because pictures had been replaced by neatly incised single strokes ending in a small triangle, or wedge. The script is called cuneiform, meaning wedge-shaped. Books made of papyrus were unknown to the Mesopotamians. They inscribed these signs into tablets of soft clay, which they then baked hard in ovens. Huge numbers of these ancient tablets have been found, some recounting long and wonderful stories, such as that of the hero Gilgamesh and his battles with monsters and dragons. On other tablets kings boast of their deeds: the temples they have built for all eternity, and all the nations they have conquered.

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