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An Unfinished History of the World - Hugh Thomas

Hamish Hamilton, 1979, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little rubbed at the edges. Text complete, clean and tight.

From the cover: “This book is an experimental history of the world. It is a dramatic and scholarly presentation of what every intelligent man or woman needs to know about the history of the planet. The author, famous for his histories of the Spanish Civil War and Cuba, here triumphantly abandons specialisation. The originality of the book lies, however, in its structure. There have, after all, been many histories of the world written with a more or less chronological approach. This book flouts that convention and thus enables the author to cast many new and curious lights on familiar things. Within certain obvious chronological subdivisions — the age of industry, the age of agriculture, the era of hunting and of prehistory — the treatment of human history considered here is a thematic one. There is much here about the history of the rule of law, of firearms, and of political control. But there is also appropriate consideration of the history of maladies and of population, of brandy and of sugar. The reader may ask why the book is called ‘unfinished’. That is, Hugh Thomas tells us, because that is how he thinks of it. He says that he has aspired merely to cut out a few chunks of rock and given them so far as possible certain shapes. He has not had time, no one could have time, to finish the shaping to full satisfaction. He presents, as it were, an interim report.”
Size: 9½" x 6¼"
Number of Pages: 700
ISBN: 0241102820
Cover Art By: Mon Mohan

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