By E. H. Gombrich
In 1935, with a doctorate in paintings historical past and no prospect of a task, the 26-year-old Ernst Gombrich used to be invited by way of a publishing acquaintance to aim a background of the area for more youthful readers. Amazingly, he accomplished the duty in an excessive six weeks, and Eine kurze Weltgeschichte für junge Leser was once released in Vienna to speedy good fortune, and is now to be had in seventeen languages the world over.
towards the tip of his lengthy existence, Gombrich embarked upon a revision and, eventually, an English translation. a bit background of the area provides his full of life and concerning background to English-language readers for the 1st time. fantastically designed and freshly illustrated, it is a e-book to be savored and picked up.
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 obstacles of technological know-how. it is a textual content ruled no longer via dates and proof, yet via the sweep of mankind’s adventure around the centuries, a advisor 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 historical past.
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Their first king was Saul, who fought against a neighbouring tribe, the Philistines, and died on the battlefield. The Bible has lots of good stories about the next kings, King David and King Solomon. Solomon was a wise and just king who ruled soon after 1000 , which was about seven hundred years after King Hammurabi and 2,100 years after King Menes. He built the first Temple of Jerusalem, although his architects weren’t Jews, but foreign artisans from neighbouring lands. It was as large and as 27 splendid as any built by the Egyptians or the Babylonians.
Longer than any empire the world has ever known: nearly three thousand years. And they took just as much care as they did with their corpses, when they preserved them from rotting away, in preserving all their ancient traditions over the centuries. Their priests made quite sure that no son did anything his father had not done before him. To them, everything old was sacred. Only rarely in the course of all that time did people turn against this strict conformity. Once was shortly after the reign of King Cheops, about 2100 , when the people tried to change everything.
Glory be to thee, Oh Nile! You rise out of the earth and come to nourish Egypt! You water the plains and have the power to feed all cattle. You quench the thirsty desert, far from any water. You bring forth the barley, You create the wheat. You fill the granaries and storehouses, not forgetting the poor. For You we pluck our harps, for You we sing. So sang the ancient Egyptians. And they were right. For, thanks to the Nile, their land grew rich and powerful. Mightiest of all was their king. One king ruled over all the Egyptians, and the first to do so was King Menes.
A Little History of the World by E. H. Gombrich