A History of the World in 100 Objects

4.2 avg rating
( 7,667 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9781846145117: A History of the World in 100 Objects
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

This book takes a dramatically original approach to the history of humanity, using objects which previous civilisations have left behind them, often accidentally, as prisms through which we can explore past worlds and the lives of the men and women who lived in them. The book's range is enormous. It begins with one of the earliest surviving objects made by human hands, a chopping tool from the Olduvai gorge in Africa, and ends with an object from the 21st century which represents the world we live in today.

Neil MacGregor's aim is not simply to describe these remarkable things, but to show us their significance - how a stone pillar tells us about a great Indian emperor preaching tolerance to his people, how Spanish pieces of eight tell us about the beginning of a global currency or how an early Victorian tea-set tells us about the impact of empire. Each chapter immerses the reader in a past civilisation accompanied by an exceptionally well-informed guide. Seen through this lens, history is a kaleidoscope - shifting, interconnected, constantly surprising, and shaping our world today in ways that most of us have never imagined. An intellectual and visual feast, it is one of the most engrossing and unusual history books published in years.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

A History of the World in 100 Objects ... has been a triumph: hugely popular, and rightly lauded as one of the most effective and intellectually ambitious initiatives in the making of 'public history' for many decades. (John Adamson Sunday Telegraph)

Highly intelligent, delightfully written and utterly absorbing (Timothy Clifford Spectator)

Allen Lane has done Mr MacGregor proud... The objects have been beautifully photographed, Mr MacGregor's voice comes through distinctively and his arguments about the interconnectedness of disparate societies through the ages are all the stronger for the detail afforded by extra space. A book to savour and start over (Economist)

This is a story book, vivid and witty, shining with insights, connections, shocks and delights (Gillian Reynolds Daily Telegraph)

The style is authentic, personal and humorous. MacGregor could not have skewered our pretensions better...Look on our works, ye mighty, and despair (Andrew Roberts Financial Times)

Brilliant, engagingly written, deeply researched (Mary Beard Guardian)

Book Description:

The landmark BBC Radio 4 series that tells the story of humanity through 100 man-made objects from the British Museum's unique collection.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780241951774: A History of the World in 100 Objects

Featured Edition

ISBN 10: 0241951771 ISBN 13: 9780241951774
Publisher: Penguin, 2012
Softcover

9780143124153: A History of the World in 100 Objects

Pengui..., 2013
Softcover

9780670022700: A History of the World in 100 Objects

Viking Pr, 2011
Hardcover

9781846144134: A History of the World in 100 Objects

Allen ..., 2010
Hardcover

9780141980379: A History of the World in 100 Objects

Penguin, 2014
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

Stock Image

1.

Neil MacGregor
Published by Allen Lane (2011)
ISBN 10: 1846145112 ISBN 13: 9781846145117
New Hardcover Quantity available: 1
Seller:
GoldenWavesOfBooks
(Fayetteville, TX, U.S.A.)

Book Description Allen Lane, 2011. Condition: new. Seller Inventory # HolzP_New_1846145112

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
61.77
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.91
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

2.

MacGregor, Neil
Published by Allen Lane (2011)
ISBN 10: 1846145112 ISBN 13: 9781846145117
New Hardcover Quantity available: 2
Seller:
Save With Sam
(North Miami, FL, U.S.A.)

Book Description Allen Lane, 2011. Hardcover. Condition: New. Brand New!. Seller Inventory # VIB1846145112

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
74.34
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

3.

MacGregor, Neil
Published by Allen Lane (2011)
ISBN 10: 1846145112 ISBN 13: 9781846145117
New Hardcover Quantity available: 1
Seller:
GlassFrogBooks
(Hawthorne, CA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Allen Lane, 2011. Condition: New. A+ Customer service! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Book is in NEW condition. Seller Inventory # 1846145112-2-1

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
83.32
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

4.

History Of The World In 100 Objects,A MacGregor, Neil
Published by Allen Lane (2011)
ISBN 10: 1846145112 ISBN 13: 9781846145117
New Hardcover Quantity available: 1
Seller:
Aragon Books Canada
(OTTAWA, ON, Canada)

Book Description Allen Lane, 2011. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # IT-094

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
70.15
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 16.72
From Canada to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

5.

MacGregor, Neil
Published by Allen Lane (2011)
ISBN 10: 1846145112 ISBN 13: 9781846145117
New Hardcover Quantity available: 1
Seller:
ABC
(Iowa City, IA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Allen Lane, 2011. Hardcover. Condition: Brand New. New. Seller Inventory # DH29pg301to675-31349

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
82.13
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 7.26
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

6.

MacGregor, Neil
Published by Allen Lane (2011)
ISBN 10: 1846145112 ISBN 13: 9781846145117
New Hardcover Quantity available: 1
Seller:
My Books Store
(Tallahassee, FL, U.S.A.)

Book Description Allen Lane, 2011. Condition: new. Book is in NEW condition. Satisfaction Guaranteed! Fast Customer Service!!. Seller Inventory # MBSN1846145112

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
95.47
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.90
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds