Asimov's Chronology of the World
This book by Isaac Asimov explains in chronological order important events that happened in our world from the Big Bang until the end of World War II. Each chapter covers a certain time period. The chapter is then broken down into headings for each important empire or country of the time and describes the events that happened there during that chapter's time period.
Writing and content
The book is mostly a literary and comprehensive summary on historic people, events, and their connection, and influence in historical and geographical context. Unlike most history books it gives insights rather than account of facts. The length and detail vary wildly. As such the book is not complete regarding facts and events.
A substantial part of the book is dedicated to prehistory. The rest of the book is mostly European centric and most accurate in this regard. It does not cover much on problematic issues. The book does have a lot of historical accounts on other parts of the world, but it is not as complete in scope or detail. Yet, it is noteworthy as the most complete out of all of Asimov's books.
- Asimov's Chronology of the World: : The History of the World From the Big Bang to Modern Times, Harper Collins Publishers, 1991, ISBN 0-062-70036-7.
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