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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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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I am so bummed. I took this book to read on a trip recently and left it on the plane. I was using it to help me teach Ancient History this year. I enjoyed reading it because Wells did a great job of ... 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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About the author (2004)

H. G. Wells was born in Bromley, England on September 21, 1866. After a limited education, he was apprenticed to a draper, 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 Royal College of Science in South Kensington, where he studied biology. He graduated from London University in 1888 and became a science teacher. He also wrote for magazines. When his stories began to sell, he left teaching to write full time. He became an author best known for science fiction novels and comic novels. His science fiction novels include The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, The Wonderful Visit, The Island of Doctor Moreau, The Invisible Man, The First Men in the Moon, and The Food of the Gods. His comic novels include Love and Mr. Lewisham, Kipps: The Story of a Simple Soul, The History of Mr. Polly, and Tono-Bungay. He also wrote several short story collections including The Stolen Bacillus, The Plattner Story, and Tales of Space and Time. He died on August 13, 1946 at the age of 79.

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