The Outline of History: Prehistory to the Roman Republic

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Barnes & Noble Publishing, Jun 17, 2004 - History - 528 pages
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Coming right after the carnage of World War I, this title was neither unduly pessimistic and cynical about the human condition nor Pollyannaish about humanity's future. Instead, it offered an account of the development of the world's civilizations up to the present, showing that an enlightened future depended on an unprejudiced view of the past.
  

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Review: The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind

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I came across this two volume series while working my through a list of 100 books recommended by Will Durant for those wanting a broad education. This series is by all means the best and most ... Read full review

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Contents

THE EARTH IN SPACE AND TIME
1
THE RECORD OF THE ROCKS
5
NATURAL SELECTION AND THE CHANGES OF SPECIES
13
THE INVASION OF THE DRY LAND BY LIFE
20
THE AGE OF REPTILES
26
THE AGE OF MAMMALS
39
THE ANCESTRY OF MAN
48
THE NEANDERTHAL MEN AN EXTINCT RACE THE EARLY PAL∆OLITHIC AGE
58
GODS AND STARS PRIESTS AND KINGS
184
SERFS SLAVES SOCIAL CLASSES AND FREE INDIVIDUALS
205
THE HEBREW SCRIPTURES AND THE PROPHETS
228
THE ARYANSPEAKING PEOPLES IN PREHISTORIC TIMES
248
THE GREEKS AND THE PERSIANS
266
GREEK THOUGHT IN RELATION TO HUMAN SOCIETY
308
THE CAREER OF ALEXANDER THE GREAT
328
SCIENCE AND RELIGION AT ALEXANDRIA
363

THE LATER POSTGLACIAL PALEOLITHIC MEN THE FIRST TRUE MEN LATER PAL∆OLITHIC AGE
68
NEOLITHIC MAN IN EUROPE
80
EARLY THOUGHT
95
THE RACES OF MANKIND
110
THE LANGUAGES OF MANKIND
122
THE FIRST CIVILIZATIONS
136
SEA PEOPLES AND TRADING PEOPLES
161
WRITING
174
THE RISE AND SPREAD OF BUDDHISM
376
THE TWO WESTERN REPUBLICS
403
FROM TIBERIUS GRACCHUS TO THE GOD EMPEROR IN ROME
449
THE CAESARS BETWEEN THE SEA AND THE GREAT PLAINS OF THE OLD WORLD
478
ENDNOTES
525
INDEX
537
SUGGESTED READING
567
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H.G. Wells was born in Bromley, England, the son of an unsuccessful merchant. After a limited education, he was apprenticed to a dry-goods merchant, but soon found he wanted something more out of life. He read widely and got a position as a student assistant in a secondary school, eventually winning a scholarship to the College of Science in South Kensington, where he studied biology under the British biologist and educator, Thomas Henry Huxley. After graduating, Wells took several different teaching positions and began writing for magazines. When his stories began to sell, he left teaching to write full time. Wells's first major novel, The Time Machine (1895), launched his career as a writer, and he began to produce a steady stream of science-fiction tales, short stories, realistic novels, and books of sociology, history, science, and biography, producing one or more books a year. Much of Wells's work is forward-looking, peering into the future of prophesy social and scientific developments, sometimes with amazing accuracy. Along with French writer Jules Verne, Wells is credited with popularizing science fiction, and such novels as The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds (1898) are still widely read. Many of Wells's stories are based on his own experiences. The History of Mr. Polly (1910) draws on the life of Wells's father. Kipps (1905) uses Wells's experience as an apprentice, and Love and Mr. Lewisham (1900) draws on Wells's experiences as a school teacher. Wells also wrote stories showing how the world could be a better place. One such story is A Modern Utopia (1905). As a writer, Wells's range was exceptionally wide and his imagination extremely fertile. While time may have caught up with him (many of the things he predicted have already come to pass), he remains an interesting writer because of his ability to tell a lively tale.

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