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  • Taschenbuch: 284 Seiten
  • Verlag: Yale University Press (19. August 2008)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 030014332X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300143324
  • Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: 12 - 15 Jahre
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 2,5 x 14 x 21,6 cm
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Ernst H. Gombrich, geboren 1909 in Wien, gestorben 2001 in London, war ein britischer Kunsthistoriker österreichischer Herkunft, der am Warburg Institute in London wirkte. Er gilt als einer der weltweit angesehensten Kunsthistoriker. Seine weltberühmte >Geschichte der Kunst< erschien 1950 und zählt zu den meistverkauften Kunstbüchern.

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"'I wish it had been available when I was young.' Allan Massie, Literary Review 'There is not one of the 39 short chapters that is not enlivened by a sharp insight or arresting image.' Tim Blanning, The Sunday Telegraph 'With Gombrich's Little History, at last available in English there will be many generations of future historians who will attribute to it their lifelong passion for history - and for truth.' Lisa Jardine, The Times 'Do not, from its title, underestimate this book.' Brian Sewell, Evening Standard 'Gombrich opens with the most magical definition of history I have ever read.' Amanda Vickery, Guardian Review 'Brilliant, irresistible: a wonderful surprise.' Philip Pullman 'the whole experience of human history, from prehistory to the Second World War, compressed into a flowing narrative... A delight.' The Daily Telegraph"

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In 1935, with a doctorate in art history and no prospect of a job, the 26-year-old Ernst Gombrich was invited to attempt a history of the world for younger readers. Amazingly, he completed the task in an intense six weeks, and "Eine kurze Weltgeschichte fur junge Leser" was published in Vienna to immediate success, and is now available in twenty-five languages across the world. In forty concise chapters, Gombrich tells the story of man from the stone age to the atomic bomb. In between emerges a colourful picture of wars and conquests, grand works of art, and the spread and limitations of science. This is a text dominated not by dates and facts, but by the sweep of mankind's experience across the centuries, a guide to humanity's achievements and an acute witness to its frailties.The product of a generous and humane sensibility, this timeless account makes intelligible the full span of human history.

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6 von 6 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von T. Schmidt am 9. April 2009
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Die kleine Weltgeschichte von Ernst Gombrich ist eine einmalig schöne und kompakte Darstellung der Weltgeschichte. Auch Erwachsene finden hier ein wunderbares Leseerlebnis - mit vielen Einblicken und "Aha"-Erlebnissen zur Menschheitsgeschichte. Gombrich beginnt bei der Steinzeit und endet in der Neuzeit. Das Werk ist in meinen Augen mit seinen Aussagen und Beschreibungen der Zusammenhänge top aktuell! Besonders herausragend ist Gombrichs Darstellung der Entwicklung der verschiedenen Religionen und ihrer Einflüsse auf den Verlauf der Geschichte. Dem Leser wird ein Verständnis gegeben, sich in die Zeit, in die Menschen, ihre Vorstellungen und Lebenssituatiuon hineindenken zu können. Die lebendige und so ganz und gar nicht auf bloße Fakten bezogene Darstellung gibt tiefe Einblicke. Wie war das noch einmal mit Alexander dem Großen oder Marcus Aurelius? Welche Zwänge gab es für die Menschen zur Zeit der Weberaufstände oder des 30. jährigen Krieges? Davon hat man als Leser eine klare Vorstellung. Fazit: Kein oberflächliches Buch, dass nur kurzweilig unterhält, sondern ein Buch, welches durchaus unsere Weltsicht positiv verändert. Für Kinder besonders zu empfehlen!
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Ich wußte eigentlich nicht, dass Gombrich dieses Buch in deutscher Sprache geschrieben hatte. Der deutsche Titel ist: Eine kurze Weltgeschichte für junge Leser. Bei diesem Titel versteht man schon, dass das Buch für "junge Leser" bzw. für Kinder geschrieben wurde. Ich finde es für mich bzw. für die Menschen mit Grundkenntnisse nicht geeignet. Aber kein Kommentar zum Werk, es ist ein Werk von Gombrich. Gombrich spricht selbst. Also ja, der Titel ist "Lost in Translation".
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Sehr schön sind die in einfacher, aber schöner englischer Sprache präsentierte geschichtlichen Details, manchmal ein Hauch zu sehr für Kinder gedacht, aber dafür spannend zusammengefasst und auf interessante Schwerpunkte fokussiert, beispielsweise bei den Beiträgen zu Buddha, Laotse und Konfuzius. Alles in allem ein schöner Überblick.
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Great history for children of all ages 17. Oktober 2005
Von Steven Chapra - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Most people know Gombrich through his magnificent "The Story of Art," which is simply the best overview of art ever written. Although "A Little History of the World" is on a much smaller scale, it is just as beautifully crafted. He does a wonderful job of providing a quick and insightful overview of (primarily) Western history. In particular, he transforms history into a compelling story that pulls you along from chapter to chapter. I can think of no better gift to give a young person in this day of sound bites and history-lite. And even though it was written for young people, it provides us older folks with a healthy and enjoyable refresher on where we and our society have come from. I've read several comprehensive world histories (in particular J.M. Roberts classic History of the World) and Gombrich's little book serves as a wonderful complement to such larger and more comprehensive works.
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A Wonderful history of the World 14. Januar 2009
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In history, context is vital. Events seldom make sense when presented individually, and often, the only way to fully understand, comprehend and appreciate any given event in history is to know the chain of events that led to it. Learning about the Second World War is difficult without at least a basic knowledge of the First World War and how that was influenced by the Industrial revolution. Context is vital.

Over the weekend, I picked up a book that I've long wanted to read, shown to me by a friend several years ago when it was first translated into English: A Little History of the World. First written and published in 1936 (written in six weeks - SIX), this book covers a staggering amount of history, starting from the very beginnings of human history and culture, from the prehistoric eras, and running up through to the dropping of the atomic bombs in 1945. Needless to say, in 284 pages, this is not a book rife with specific details, names and dates. Rather, this is an extremely broad look at how human history progressed.

While there are plenty of details lacking, this book is not intended as a grand work of history. It's written simply, for a younger audience, to tell the tale of our existence - it helps to provide a broad context for our history to anyone who is mildly interested in the subject, and at this, the book succeeds wonderfully. As a student of history, I can appreciate the task at hand, and having read through the book in a day, I was astounded at just how much information is here. Almost every major era of human history is covered, and linked to the next - reading over the pages, we move from the Egyptian dynasties to ancient Babylon, to Greece, to Rome, to the Middle Ages and so on, up through to the present day. Most of the major events in the world are touched upon, but only so much to move the story along from point to point.

While there is a high degree to completeness to this volume, there are aspects of history that are not examined, even lightly - the American Civil War is talked about briefly, but only in the context of the role of Slavery (which is really not the right way to examine the war) nor is the European involvements in Africa really looked at, except in the context of the buildup to the First World War. This book is largely a view of the world through Western eyes, and talk from the Americas and Asia aren't really examined as much, which is a disappointment, not out of any sort of nationalistic sense, but to the degree to which some of the major events in US history have played in the world - the Great Depression is not mentioned (although the history here really ends after the end of the First World War), but there is very little about the history of Central and South America or Africa. Reading the preface, it was mentioned that Gombrich intended to expand the book with the translation of an English version that would have talked more about Shakespeare, the Bill of Rights and the English Civil War, but he passed away before he was able to do this. I would have been interested to see how he would have characterized the rest of the 20th century, with the incredible changes and advancements that we have experienced since the end of the Second World War.

That being said, this book is a good examination of the world from a very high level - while smaller details are largely not talked about (specific important battles, such as Marathon, Waterloo, etc, are mentioned), the notion of how all these events fit together is the dominant one - specific knowledge of battles is not really necessary at most points, save when they are truly decisive historically, changing the course of nation's histories. In my day of reading the book, I feel that I have a somewhat better understanding about how parts of the world fit together - while I knew most of the details of what had gone on, there were points in history where I was fuzzy on the broad details. This is a book that I wish I had read when I was in middle or high school, because of the broad examination here.

An interesting point that I found here was the voice to which Gombrich takes throughout - very light, and while military matters are covered frequently, warfare is never glorified - the preface notes that the publication of the book in Germany was halted because it was deemed too pacifist in Nazi Germany.

On an aesthetic level, the book is easy to read - the language is simple, intended for somewhat older children, and is divided into forty short chapters, each with a specific section of history. One of the most interesting parts here is the illustrations at the beginning of each chapter - a simple woodcut that is best representative of the theme or period of the chapter, which is very characteristic of the work here - it adds beauty and a bit of elegance to the pages here.

I loved every minute and every page of this book. While this is the broadest possible view of human history, it is done with skill and grace, with an impartial voice throughout, that points out our successes and our flaws as a race, with an incredible amount of wisdom behind it. To best describe this book is an introduction of history, from which any reader would be inspired to find more about any aspect of history that they so wished. I'm now going to make it a point to seek out his second major work, The Story of Art. In the meantime, this will become a treasured addition to my own library of books.

The title of this book can be somewhat misleading - A Simple History of the World might be more accurate, but A History of the World would be the best, because Gombrich has done a nearly impossible task - distilled the world's history into a concise, yet interesting story that is optimistic, critical and inspiring.

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Wonderful Book for Homeschoolers 3. November 2005
Von Augusta37 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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There isn't much I can add much to the other reviews, but I just wanted to say that A Little History of the World is the best overview of world history for children that I've ran across. I highly recommend it to all the homeschoolers out there, and especially those who have children with attention disorders. My daughter does and this book completely held her attention and even had her asking questions. I can't praise this book highly enough.
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I LOVE this book (I wish I could give it more than 5 stars) 12. Juli 2008
Von Gregory J. Casteel - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I read a lot of books. Some would say that I read too many. Over the years, I've read some really great stuff. But this is one of the few books that I truly fell in love with. As I was reading it, I found myself saying, "I love this book!" over and over again. It's a quick read, divided into short chapters that can be read in a matter of minutes -- so even someone with a short attention span can read a chapter in a single sitting. And it is written in such an easy-to-read style that it can be understood and enjoyed by readers of any age. It was written with young readers in mind; but it is so wonderfully written that adults will love it just as much as kids will. The writing style is beautiful. I wish I could write that well. Everything is made so clear and easy to understand that it's a delight to read. It's hard to believe that this book was originally written in German and translated into English. I don't know who deserves the higher praise, E.H. Gombrich, who wrote the original German text, or Caroline Mustill, who translated it into perfect English prose. But what impresses me even more than the writing style is the content. This is simply the best history book that I've ever read. It provides an overview of all of world history from prehistoric times to the 20th century (it was originally published in 1936, and covered events up to the aftermath of World War I; but this new edition contains a final chapter that gives a brief overview of the events from World War I to roughly the end of the Cold War). And it does a masterful job of capturing the "big picture" of world history without getting bogged down in the sort of details that no one but historians really care about (as many history texts do). After reading this book, you will have a good, basic understanding of the overall course of world history. And you'll enjoy every minute of it. Imagine a history text that is never dry or boring, that is never difficult to understand, that never bogs you down in useless details you don't care about, and that is actually a pleasure to read. THIS is that history text. I would recommend it for everyone: schoolchildren, college students, and adults. (And it would make the perfect gift for a young person. Anyone who is old enough to read, understand, and enjoy Harry Potter is old enough to read, understand, and enjoy E.H. Gombrich's "A Little History of the World" -- and it's a lot more educational.)
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easy to read STORY of history 30. Oktober 2005
Von Ken - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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this relates history as if an older relative were sitting down and telling a child a story. full of mysteries, adventures and surprises...beautifully written...
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