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A Short History Of The World

by H. G. Wells

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Of the more than one hundred books that H. G. Wells published in his lifetime, this is one of the most ambitious. Spanning the origins of the Earth to the outcome of World War I, A Short History of the World is an engrossing account of the evolution of life and the development of the human race. Wells brings his monumental learning and penetrating historical insight to bear on the Neolithic era, the rise of Judaism, the Golden Age of Athens, the life of Christ, the rise of Islam, the discovery of America, the Industrial Revolution, and a host of other subjects. Breathtaking in scope, this thought-provoking masterwork remains one of the most readable and rewarding of its kind.

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Great conquerors appear in the dim light of that distant time and pass, Tushratta, King of Mitanni, who captured Nineveh, Tiglath Pileser I of Assyria who conquered Babylon. At last the Assyrians became the greatest military power of the time. Tiglath Pileser III conquered Babylon in 745 B.C. and founded what historians call the New Assyrian Empire. Iron had also come now into civilization out of the north; the Hittites, the precursors of the Armenians, had it first and communicated its use to the Assyrians, and an Assyrian usurper, Sargon II, armed his troops with it.

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H. G. Wells (1866–1946), one of the founding voices of visionary science fiction, published more than one hundred books, including novels, histories, essays, and programs for world regeneration.
Norman Stone is professor of international relations at Bilkent University, Ankara.
Michael Sherborne is curriculum manager of English and humanities at Luton Sixth Form College.
Jay Winter is a professor of history at Yale.
Patrick Parrinder has written on H.G. Wells, science fiction, James Joyce and the history of the English novel.
Andy Sawyer is a librarian at the University of Sheffield.



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