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Orld Jonathan Holslag has produced a sweeping history of the world from the Iron Age to the present that investigates the causes of conflict between empires nations and peoples and the attempts at diplomacy and cosmopolitanism A birds eye view of three thousand years of history the book illuminates the forces shaping world politics from Ancient Egypt to the Han Dynasty the Pax Romana to the rise of Islam the Peace of Westphalia to the creation of the United NationsThis. This is a wonderful book for anyone who wants an overview and grand sweeping tour of global history It does a fantastic job of taking a viewpoint that isn t completely Western centric and in fact I d say the defining narrative of the book is that since the dawn of man the central powers of the world have drifted across continents The book mainly focuses on five major areas where empires flow and ebb North Africa although this is the first 3rd China the Indian subcontinent Europe and MesopotamiaMiddle East The USA and the Americas feature hardly at all until the final chapter Unlike some reviewers I do not think this is a bad thing it s simply the emphasis of history and of historical records As you see how wealth power technology and political integration shifts across these areas Holslag gives a well constructed impression of how transient things really are The book loses a star simply because it s a bit inconsistent at times in where it chooses to devote attention For example the Song and Ming dynasties get a lot of space yet the Mongols arguably the most important development in the late middle ages are almost a side show Also the book is for me almost too fair in how it divides its chapters Eual space is given to the fairly uninteresting 250 500 period as the busy 1750 2000 This though is likely a matter of my personal preferences but find time could have been given to the technology age of exploration rise of America and Tsarist Russia etcA solid overview of world history though and I learned enough new things to rank it highly Dark Prophet The Chronicles of Koa of the world from the Iron Age to the present that investigates the causes Ugly Fish of conflict between empires nations and peoples and the attempts at diplomacy and cosmopolitanism A birds eye view The Math of Life and Death 7 Mathematical Principles That Shape Our Lives of three thousand years Little Gods of history the book illuminates the forces shaping world politics from Ancient Egypt to the Han Dynasty the Pax Romana to the rise Der Schweizerische Robinson of Islam the Peace Ensorcelled The Erotic Adventures of Jane in the Jungle Book 9 of Westphalia to the creation The Poems The Collected Works of W B Yeats of the United NationsThis. This is a wonderful book for anyone who wants an Sylvia Pankhurst overview and grand sweeping tour Attack of Apollyon: Revenge of the Locusts of global history It does a fantastic job Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere An Illustrated Introduction Tuttle Martial Arts of taking a viewpoint that isn t completely Western centric and in fact I d say the defining narrative The Empirical Stance The Terry Lectures Series of the book is that since the dawn Book of Isms of man the central powers バガボンド 1 of the world have drifted across continents The book mainly focuses Расул Гамзатов Стихи on five major areas where empires flow and ebb North Africa although this is the first 3rd China the Indian subcontinent Europe and MesopotamiaMiddle East The USA and the Americas feature hardly at all until the final chapter Unlike some reviewers I do not think this is a bad thing it s simply the emphasis Disrupted My Misadventure in the Start Up Bubble of history and Microsoft Office Excel 2007 for Project Managers of historical records As you see how wealth power technology and political integration shifts across these areas Holslag gives a well constructed impression Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly of how transient things really are The book loses a star simply because it s a bit inconsistent at times in where it chooses to devote attention For example the Song and Ming dynasties get a lot Hawk's Passion of space yet the Mongols arguably the most important development in the late middle ages are almost a side show Also the book is for me almost too fair in how it divides its chapters Eual space is given to the fairly uninteresting 250 500 period as the busy 1750 2000 This though is likely a matter Girls of Brackenhill of my personal preferences but find time could have been given to the technology age A Beautiful Dark of exploration rise After We Fell of America and Tsarist Russia etcA solid Damsels in Distress overview The Thread of world history though and I learned enough new things to rank it highly

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APolitical History of the World

Truly global approach enables Holslag to search for patterns across different eras and regions and explore larger uestions about war diplomacy and power Has trade fostered peace What are the limits of diplomacy How does environmental change affect stability Is war a universal sin of power At a time when the threat of nuclear war looms again this is a much needed history intended for students of international politics and anyone looking for a background on current even. How can you summarise 3000 years of wars and peace in 556 pages Holslag does a reasonably good job partially he has an interesting framework He explains uite well this framework in the first chapter and it helps ps in reading the book But it is of course one ll one lens to look at political history I enjoyed reading the book but his analysis of history is also deeply disturbing and pessimistic There seems to be no hope but that we will be going into the next war I hope he is wrong but I fear he is right

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A three thousand year history of the world that examines the causes of war and the search for peaceIn three thousand years of history China has spent at least eleven centuries at war The Roman Empire was in conflict during at least 50 per cent of its lifetime Since 1776 the United States has spent over one hundred years at war The dream of peace has been universal in the history of humanity So why have we so rarely been able to achieve itIn A Political History of the W. This is a difficult book to rate and evaluate on the one hand it is very well written and contains a massive amount of information and knowledge For once a world history book is not entirely western centric and a focus on the Middle East South Asia and China runs through it with almost the same attention that goes into the Western European part However it falls short of covering much of the American civilisations or the Sub Saharan African onesHowever this is not why the book doesn t deserve to be rated very highly The reason is implicit in its very idea describing the history of war and peace of three millenia in six hundred fifty pages This has reduced it to a shallow and rapid description of the main events It was often that whole kingdoms and cultures were touched in a paragraph or two and history changing events in a few pages There was little space for analysis before the last chapter and much of the descirption of events cannot be retained in memory with the hectic pace of writingThis book along with a few works of fiction is what I would give the first arrivals of an alien culture when their first guests arrive to earth knowing nothing about us so they can have the short version of our history and start thinking of how to deal with us The conclusion would be useful for them as well peace is not the natural state of humans be weary of us and know that we will stab shoot or blow you for power or for money whenever we have the chance


10 thoughts on “APolitical History of the World

  1. says:

    A concise summary of conflict war and peace from the beginning of states to the present Many wars are written and many are left out We learn It also briefly describes how about war and peace were thought about I knew about most of it from prio

  2. says:

    It's nice to think of oneself as an eclectic reader and I think for the most part I genuinely am but recently I've been experimenting with reading things that really are very off brand for me and a three thousand year history of global diplomacy and warfare certainly ualifies Jonathan Holslag is a professor of internatio

  3. says:

    This is a difficult book to rate and evaluate on the one hand it is very well written and contains a massive amount of information and knowledge For once a world history book is not entirely western centric and a focus on the Middle East South Asia and China runs through it with almost the same attention that goes into the Western European part However it falls short of covering much of the American civilisa

  4. says:

    The set up of this book is terribly ambitious finding patterns in the distribution of power political organization interaction between political entities relationship between man and planet and the nature of world politics by giving an account of three thousand years of history in terms of war and peace The result is sometimes very boring literature a long seuence of persons regimes and facts As a reader than once I fel

  5. says:

    This is a great overview of the rise and fall of the great and small states and empires over the last 3000 year

  6. says:

    This is a wonderful book for anyone who wants an overview and grand sweeping tour of global history It does a fantastic job of taking a viewpoint that isn't completely Western centric and in fact I'd say the defining narrative of the book is that since the dawn of man the central powers of the world have drifted across continents The book ma

  7. says:

    In terms of how much I enjoyed the text my rating would easily be Five Stars The words jump out to you yelling PAY ATTENTION And I did However as a work of synthesis there are small errors of historical dating names and places; not everywhere mind you blink and miss Further the lesson advanced at the end of our romp the benefits of knowledg

  8. says:

    How can you summarise 3000 years of wars and peace in 556 pages Holslag does a reasonably good job partially he has an interesting framework He explains uite well this framework in the first chapter and it helps ps in reading the book But it is of course one’ll one lens to look at political history I enjoyed reading the book but his analysis of history is also deeply disturbing and pessimistic There seems to be no hope but th

  9. says:

    It doesn't really deliver what it purports to sell a history of war and diplomacy but if you're just looking for a relativ

  10. says:

    The concluding chapter redeems what is otherwise a difficult readbut once you’ve read the final chapter the logic of Jonathan Holslag’s cumbersome and repetitive review of regimes empires nations and cultures makes sense Political histor

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