A History of the World in 100 Objects

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Little, Brown Book Group Limited, 2010 M10 28 - 464 pages
From the first signs of our origins to the present day, Mankind has made things with their hands: tools for survival, icons for sacred worship, objects to reflect our relationship with the natural world, the recording of knowledge and things to delight. The History of the World in a 100 Hundred Objects explores our global story through the things our ancestors have left behind.The 100 objects have been selected from the unparalleled collections of the British Museum, and stretch over 2 million years of history from the first hand tools discovered In Tanzania to the latest technology of the present era. Some of the objects are familiar, others less well known but equally fascinating; combined, the artefacts reflect the many strands of man_s progress: the development of farming, the rise of cities and states, the evolution of knowledge and science, the balance between the sacred and profane. The book will illustrate and explore each object, revealing the sometimes unexpected story of its discovery, how the world_s experts have interpreted it, and its contemporary power. With a specially commissioned introduction by the director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, the History of the World in 100 Objects will be an instant classic to tie-in with the groundbreaking collaboration between the Museum and BBC Radio 4. The book is fully illustrated to bring the objects to life alongside the powerful description of the object, where it comes from, and what it means. The History of the World in 100 Objects will be one of the most cherished and praised book of 2010.

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User Review  - Tess_W - LibraryThing

If anybody could kill one's love for history, this is the guy! So dry! Read full review

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User Review  - bostonian71 - LibraryThing

Fantastic resource for anyone who loves history, culture and/or museums. Even though the title reads *A* history, it could've been called *The* history, given the sheer breadth of the themes and ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Neil MacGregor was born in Glasgow in 1946 and is currently the Director of the British Museum, a position he has held since 2002. Previously hew as the Director of the National Gallery and has presented the BBC programmes: Making Masterpieces, a behind-the-scenes tour of the National Gallery, in 1997 and Seeing Salvation, on the representation of Jesus in western art, in 2000.

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