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Most people's knowledge of world history is hazy and incomplete at best. We know bits and pieces without understanding how they fit together. This No-Nonsense Guide gives a full picture, revealing what's hidden by conventional textbooks - from the civilizations of Africa, Asia and Latin America to the history of women, submerged beneath accounts of politics and war.
By looking at history in its entirety we see the interconnections in our past and the contexts of conventional historical narrative. This new edition is fully revised and updated to include a section on how the key issues of the 21st century - climate change, 9/11, the Iraq war, the GFC, the Obama election and the uprisings in the Arab world - fit into the broader patterns of world history. It aims to tell the whole story in the space of one slim volume - and to tease out some of the lessons of history that humanity needs to take forward.
"That said", as Chris Brazier writes in the introduction to this new edition, "it already seems evident that the judgement of history is unlikely to be kind on the world's present leaders, who look to be as incapable of learning from the past as any of their predecessors".
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I have just finished reading The No-Nonsense Guide to World History - it was brilliant. I'm really impressed by the way you managed to pare down the whole of human history into under 160 pages. I'm no historian but it was easy to follow, really enjoyable and told me a whole lot of stuff I had no idea about before. Possibly the big thing though is how inspiring it is, not only because it's zinged me into new action and full of new ideas but because another voice is shouting about social and environmental justice. What a clamour we are all beginning to make! Hurrah! Please don't ever doubt that the things you write and the New Internationalist publish make the biggest difference.
For anyone who wants a lucid, factual, reliable guide to some of the most important issues of our time, I strongly recommend you check out the No-Nonsense Guides.
Chris Brazier's No-Nonsense Guide to World History is vivid, informal and informative. Perhaps every professional historian should be required to write a history of the world in forty thousand words - nothing would be more conducive to humility.
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