Nathan Schur has put together the most compact and complete history of mankind ever written in one volume. With sublime skill and a superbly accessible writing style he illuminates the turning points in World History from Early Man to the Collapse of the Soviet Empire.
From the Epilogue: On the Threshold of the Third Millennium: It can be argued that the 15th century was the Italian, the 16th the Spanish, the 17th the Dutch, the 18th the French, the 19th the British, and the 20th the American. Just to show how changeable and uncertain human affairs are whom should we nominate for the 21st century the Japanese?, the Germans?, the Chinese?, the "Europeans"?, or once more the Americans?
But are we even certain that our descendants will still be around then? Might not pollution, or the greenhouse effect, or ozone depletion, or acid rain, or an atomic war, have wiped out the human race earlier than that?
On the other hand, human adaptability and initiative might have found solutions to these and other problems, just as solutions were found and implemented earlier -- from the fashioning of stone tools to the discovery of antibiotics.... Thus, the young generations which will soon now enter into the third millennium need not fear that they will lack challenges. They should, however, heed George Santayana's warning:
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
Refreshing, fascinating and informative, this book is an essential read for the enquiring student or adult. "World History" is both fascinating and important. There is no other way to understand who we are and how we came to be where we are now.
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