The Historians' History of the World

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Title page.

The Historians' History of the World, subtitled A Comprehensive Narrative of the Rise and Development of Nations as Recorded by over two thousand of the Great Writers of all Ages, is a 25-volume encyclopedia of world history originally published in English near the beginning of the 20th century. It is quite extensive and its perspective is entirely Western Eurocentric. It was compiled by Henry Smith Williams, a medical doctor and author of many books on medicine, science, and history, as well as other authorities on history, and published in New York in 1904 by Encyclopædia Britannica, it was also published in London printed by Morrison & Gibb Limited, of Edinburgh.

Others involved were historian Walter Lynwood Fleming, and Rupert Hughes as editor.[1]

Digital reproductions of the volumes are available via the Google Books project (links below). Most have been converted to the DjVu file format and made available on archive.org.[2]

List of Volumes[edit]

Volume I: Prolegomena, Egypt, Mesopotamia[edit]

Google Books link to Volume I
Illustration of an Assyrian infantry spearman from Volume I.

The prolegomena discuss various topics relating to the practice of historical study.

Volume II: Israel, India, Persia, Phoenicia, minor nations of Western Asia[edit]

Google Books link to Volume II
Royal palace in the Kingdom of Israel from Volume II.


Volume III: Greece to the Peloponnesian war[edit]

Google Books link to Volume III
Ancient Greek dancer from Volume III.
Row of Hoplites - headpiece ornament for Chapter XV: The First Foreign Invasion.


Volume IV: Greece to the Roman conquest[edit]

Google Books link to Volume IV


Satyr sitting in a tree and playing pipes - tailpiece ornament for Chapter LV: The Conquest of India.

Volume V: The Roman Republic[edit]

Google Books link to Volume V
Portrait of Mark Antony - headpiece ornament for Chapter XXVII: The Last Days of the Republic.


Volume VI: The early Roman empire[edit]

Google Books link to Volume VI
Portrait of Drusus, brother of Roman Emperor Tiberius I and father of Emperor Claudius I, from Volume VI.


Volume VII: The later Roman Empire[edit]

Google Books link to Volume VII
"Early coats of mail" Illustration from Volume VII.


Volume VIII: Parthians, Sassanids, and Arabs, the Crusades and the Papacy[edit]

Google Books link to Volume VIII
Desert scene; an Arab family and a camel at an oasis - headpiece ornament for Introductory Essay: The Scope and Influence of Arabic History.


Volume IX: Italy[edit]

Google Books link to Volume IX
Illustration of the birthplace of Amerigo Vespucci from Volume IX.


Volume X: Spain and Portugal[edit]

Google Books link to Volume X
Portrait of historian William Hickling Prescott from Volume X.
Illustration of a medieval Spanish Christian flagellant from Volume X.
Portrait of Spanish knight and folk hero El Cid from Volume X.


Volume XI: France, 843-1715[edit]

Google Books link to Volume XI
Portrait of King Philip I of France from Volume XI.


Volume XII: France, 1715-1815[edit]

Google Books link to Volume XII



Volume XIII: France, 1815-1904; Netherlands[edit]

Google Books link to Volume XIII


Volume XIV: The Netherlands (concluded), the Germanic empires[edit]

Google Books link to Volume XIV


Volume XV: Germanic empires (concluded)[edit]

Google Books link to Volume XV


Austria-Hungary (concluded)[edit]

The History of Modern Germany[edit]

Volume XVI: Scandinavia, Switzerland to 1715[edit]

Google Books link to Volume XVI


Volume XVII: Switzerland (concluded), Russia and Poland[edit]

Google Books link to Volume XVII


Volume XVIII: England to 1485[edit]

Google Books link to Volume XVIII


Volume XIX England, 1485-1642[edit]

Google Books link to Volume XIX


Volume XX: England, 1642-1791[edit]

Google Books link to Volume XX


Volume XXI: Scotland, Ireland, England since 1792[edit]

Google Books link to Volume XXI


Volume XXII: The British colonies, the United States (early colonial period)[edit]

Google Books link to Volume XXII


Volume XXII supplement: Australia and New Zealand[edit]

Published 1908, and containing two additional chapters on Australia and four on New Zealand.

Volume XXIII: The United States (concluded), Spanish America[edit]

Google Books link to Volume XXIII


Volume XXIV: Poland, the Balkans, Turkey, minor Eastern states, China, Japan[edit]

Google Books link to Volume XXIV


Volume XXV: Index[edit]

Google Books link to Volume XXV


References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/spec-coll/Bai/kemm.htm
  2. ^ http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=The%20Historians%20History%20Of%20The%20World

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