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- Verlag: Whole Story Audio Books; Auflage: Unabridged edition (1. April 2008)
- ISBN-10: 1407479245
- ISBN-13: 978-1407479248
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14,9 x 2,6 x 13,9 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 7 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.886.513 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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"Had I a dozen grandchildren... I'd order two dozen copies, one for the children, the other for their parents." Evening Standard "Gombrich opens with the most magical definition of history I have ever read." Guardian "I doubt if it could be bettered." Literary Review"
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.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Starting in pre-history the history of the world is dealt with in 40 chapters – and not as euro-centric as you might expect from this time period. Basically Gombrich looks at the rise and fall of Empires – whether of politics, of ideology, ideas, or religions. So to start and keep them, just to lose them eventually all the detructive devices mankind has devised are explored.
So war is the dominant factor that remains constant throught the history of mankind. Whenever one group acquires some kind of power it used the power to batter another group into submission. That pattern never changes and taking a look a history today there is no change for the better in sight.
Gombrich, however, writes about these things in a compassionate way and is even optimistic. His intellectual curiousity is always there as warming light and makes the reading interesting and enlightening. He always stresses the positive aspects of human heritage
By addressing young people there is always the hope encourage them to stem the river of histroy and guide into another direction. He really writes about history in a poetic way. Hje comapres historyto a river: „ Look carefully at the millions of shimmering white bubbles rising and then vanishing with each wave. Over and over again, new bubbles come to the surface and then vanish in time with the waves. For a brief moments they are lifted on the wave’s crest and then they sink down and are seen no more. We are like that. Each one of us no more than a tiny glimmering thing, a sparkling droplet on the waves of time which flow past beneath us into an unknown, misty future. We leap us, look around us and, before we know it, we vanish again. We can hardly be seen in the great river of time. New drops keep rising to the surface. And what we call our fate is no more than our struggle in that multitude of droplets in the rise and fall of one wave. But we must make use of that moment. It is worth the effort.”
This book provides a great overview on the history of mankind and appeals to children and adults alike. 5 well deserved stars.
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