A History of the World in 100 Objects

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Publisher: Allen Lane

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Language: English | Number of Pages: 707 | Format: Hardcover

Isbn-10: 1846144132 | Isbn-13: 9781846144134 | Publish date: 

Also available as: eBook , Paperback , Audio CD

Category: Art, Architecture & Photography , History , Non-fiction

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Book Description
'In this book, we travel back in time and across the globe, to see how we humans have shaped our world and been shaped by it over the past two million years. The story is told exclusively through the things that humans have made - all sorts of things, carefully designed and then either admired and preserved or used, broken and thrown away. I've chosen just a hundred objects from different points on our journey - from a cooking pot to a golden galleon, from a Stone Age tool to a credit card, and each object comes from the collection of the British Museum' - [from the introduction]. This book takes a dramatically original approach to the history of humanity, using objects which previous civilisations have left behind them, often accidentally, as prisms through which we can explore past worlds and the lives of the men and women who lived in them. The book's range is enormous. It begins with one of the earliest surviving objects made by human hands, a chopping tool from the Olduvai gorge in Africa, and ends with an object from the 21st century which represents the world we live in today. Neil MacGregor's aim is not simply to describe these remarkable things, but to show us their significance - how a stone pillar tells us about a great Indian emperor preaching tolerance to his people, how Spanish pieces of eight tell us about the beginning of a global currency or how an early Victorian tea-set tells us about the impact of empire. Each chapter immerses the reader in a past civilisation accompanied by an exceptionally well-informed guide. Seen through this lens, history is a kaleidoscope - shifting, interconnected, constantly surprising, and shaping our world today in ways that most of us have never imagined. An intellectual and visual feast, it is one of the most engrossing and unusual history books published in years.
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    Un libro prezioso

    Un libro da gustare, un capitolo alla volta. Ogni capitolo un oggetto, ogni oggetto una storia, una sintesi coltissima di civiltà e epoche e popoli. Ogni capitolo invoglia a cercare altre storie e spi ...continue

    Un libro da gustare, un capitolo alla volta. Ogni capitolo un oggetto, ogni oggetto una storia, una sintesi coltissima di civiltà e epoche e popoli. Ogni capitolo invoglia a cercare altre storie e spiegazioni. Un vero gioiello. Da rileggere assolutamente.

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  • 5

    from party cup to scandalous vessel and finally to an iconic museum piece, this object reminds us that the way society view sexual relationship is never fixed.

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  • 3

    Avevo cinque anni. Ogni giorno uscivo dalla prima elementare a metà pomeriggio, frustrato dal non aver capito nulla dagli insegnanti, nulla dai bidelli, nulla dai compagni - tutti che si ostinavano a ...continue

    Avevo cinque anni. Ogni giorno uscivo dalla prima elementare a metà pomeriggio, frustrato dal non aver capito nulla dagli insegnanti, nulla dai bidelli, nulla dai compagni - tutti che si ostinavano a parlarmi in una lingua che non conoscevo. Quasi ogni giorno mia madre allora mi accontentava, accompagnandomi al non distante British Museum. E lì ritrovavo la serenità e l'equilibrio, affascinato da tutto: a iniziare dall'edificio, da sale e corridoi trasudanti storia e cultura e umanità.

    Questo libro non vale mezza visita al British.

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  • 4

    Utilissimo per insegnare storia

    Questo testo, con l'aggiunta dei podcast reperibili sul sito della BBC, è utilissimo per ideare percorsi di storia in modalità CLIL. Inoltre è una lettura davvero piacevole e stimolante.

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  • 4

    A History of the World in 100 Objects

    This book represents a transcript of a BBC radio series. Therefore,each object receives a very thorough description, borne out in each case by one or more illustrations. Expert commentaries by scholar ...continue

    This book represents a transcript of a BBC radio series. Therefore,each object receives a very thorough description, borne out in each case by one or more illustrations. Expert commentaries by scholars in the appropriate fields add to the reader's involvement with these sometimes baffling items, each one enshrined in the British Museum.
    While some of the artefacts presented will engage readers more than others, anyone with an interest in history, or a sense of curiosity about old things, can pick up this book and have fun, with a weight workout thrown in as a bonus.

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