Author(s): MacGregor, Neil,
Date of Publication: 28/06/2012,
Pagination: 640 pages, Illustrations (some col.), maps,
Imprint: Penguin Books Ltd,
Published By: Penguin Books Ltd,
Book Classification: General & world history
Neil MacGregor's A History of the World in 100 Objects takes a bold, original approach to human history, exploring past civilisations through the objects that defined them.
Encompassing a grand sweep of human history, A History of the World in 100 Objects begins with one of the earliest surviving objects made by human hands, a chopping tool from the Olduvai gorge in Africa, and ends with objects which characterise the world we live in today.
Seen through MacGregor's eyes, history is a kaleidoscope - shifting, interconnected, constantly surprising, and shaping our world today in ways that most of us have never imagined.
A stone pillar tells us about a great Indian emperor preaching tolerance to his people; Spanish pieces of eight tell us about the beginning of a global currency; and an early Victorian tea-set speaks to us about the impact of empire.
An intellectual and visual feast, this is one of the most engrossing and unusual history books published in years.