A Short History of the World (H. G. Wells)

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A Short History of the World
A Short History of the World (H.G. Wells).jpg
Author H. G. Wells
Subject General history
Publisher The Bodley Head and Penguin Books
Publication date
Pages 344
ISBN 0-14-144182-8
OCLC 45755675

A Short History of the World is a period-piece non-fictional historic work by H. G. Wells first published by Cassell & Co, Ltd Publishing in 1922. It was first published in Penguin Books in 1936. It was republished under Penguin Classics in 2006. The book was largely inspired by Wells's earlier 1919 work The Outline of History.[1][2]

The book is 344 pages in total,[3] summarising the scientific knowledge of the time regarding the history of Earth and life. It starts with its origins, goes on to explain the development of the Earth and life on Earth,[4] reaching primitive thought and the development of humankind from the Cradle of Civilisation.[5] The book ends with the outcome of the First World War, the Russian famine of 1921, and the League of Nations in 1922.[6][7]

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  1. ^ http://www.bartleby.com/86/
  2. ^ http://www.penguinclassics.co.uk/nf/Book/BookDisplay/0,,9780141441825,00.html?A_Short_History_of_the_World_H.G._Wells
  3. ^ Michael Sherborne introduction to H. G. Wells and A Short History of the World
  4. ^ http://www.math.chalmers.se/~ulfp/Review/shorthistory.pdf University of Gothenburg review
  5. ^ History is One manifesto NY:Ginn
  6. ^ The Open Conspiracy 1928
  7. ^ Outline of History, a precursor of A Short History of the World, Ch. 41

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