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Penguin Atlas of Modern History (To 1815)
by Colin McEvedy
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Paperback (01 June, 1972)
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Reviews (3)

3-0 out of 5 stars Modern History in very broad brush strokes
My recent interest in Early Modern European History led me to search for an atlas that would help place, geographically, the countries, cities, and towns often mentioned in the histories. Modern atlases will do in a pinch, but it can be difficult to match modern spellings with those of several hundred years ago - if indeed they still exist. I was surprised when my search turned up few recent publications. In fact, The Penguin Atlas of Modern History was the only one I could find readily available that covered the specific period of interest.

The Atlas itself is a mixture of text and graphics. It is generally divided into interleaved sections that cover the World and then Europe for a given period. Almost without fail each page of text is followed by a supporting map. Most of the maps are large scale - either showing the entire world or an entire continent. It is relatively easy to locate major countries and large political units, like the Holy Roman Empire, significant trade or exploration routes, and the large population centers. But forget about finding nearly any city or town even slightly off the beaten path.

The Penguin Atlas of Modern History tried to do too many things instead of just focusing on the maps. Consequently, it failed to be more than a very broad introduction to the period textually and even less so graphically. The maps provided less information than my 1950's Rand McNally Atlas of World History. And most of the historical texts covering this period provide maps on par with those in this Atlas.

If you are looking for an introduction, supported with large simple maps, to the general movement of this period than I would recommend this book. But for more in-depth study The New Cambridge Modern History Atlas, if you can find a copy, is a better choice. With 288 pages of maps it has far more information than the Penguin Atlas of Modern History. There is no text, other than that on the maps themselves, but then, thats what the history books are for.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Ancillary Text for AP Modern European History
I am writing this review to call this book (and its companion, The New Penguin Atlas of Recent History by the same author) to the attention of all the teachers and students of Advanced Placement Modern European History.Its conciseness, the entertaining nature of its narrative, and the lucidity of its well-conceived maps make it a wonderful supplement for whatever textbook you use for teaching and learning this subject matter.It can be used effectively throughout the year to make the bewildering detail of the successive epochs of European development more understandable by its clear pinpointing of the strategic objectives the various European states were aiming at.Its discussions are also so compact that they make excellent reviews before tests -- and before the big exam at the end of the year, especially.I can't recommend another work available in this field more highly.Criticism of the military and political emphases of McEvedy's narrative seem beside the point as these were instrumental in acquiring wealth and were, whether we like it or not, the basis of policy decisions for all European rulers.The introduction to this volume is particularly valuable as it challenges the universally accepted notion that Scientific and Industrial Revolutions occurred within an encapsulated time periods as a result of immediate causative factors.Here, McEvedy clearly states that the advantages European states enjoyed were not military, but cultural and administrative.These advantages were accumulated gradually.McEvedy's military/political emphasis is merely the result of his recognition that the acquisition of financial power is the objective of the modern state and that history is the resulting record of the means that shaped these ends. Lastly, one reason I find this work so useful because it is written by a British author with all the advantages that perspective entails for a view of Eurocentric history.Use this work for your APMEH courses!

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent resource--and most enjoyable reading
This was the first of Colin McEvidy's historical atlases in my collection.His skill at showing the panoramic sweep of history has kept me coming back for more.

This volume does an excellent job in covering the periodfrom the late fifteenth century to the fall of Napoleon.The maps areexcellent--clear and well-thought out.But what sets this series apartfrom other historical atlases is Colin McEvidy's sharp wit.The fact thatFrench King Francis I had "more dash than brains" breathesgreater life into that monarch's appearance on the world stage than mightbe expected in the few lines alotted to him.

Overall a wonderful atlasand a good read. ... Read more

Isbn: 0140511539
Sales Rank: 73136
Subjects:  1. Atlases - Historical    2. History - General History    3. History: World    4. Modern - General    5. Historical geography    6. World history: c 1500 to c 1750    7. World history: c 1750 to c 1900   


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Atlas of Medieval History, The New Penguin : Revised Edition (Hist Atlas)
by ColinMcEvedy, DavidWoodroffe
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Paperback (03 November, 1992)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Nice for students of Medieval Europe
Good book with simple maps, black, white and green and not poor texts. Detailed. But unfortunately, mostly focuses on European history. I' d call it Atlas of Medieval Europe.

1-0 out of 5 stars Poor map quality and duller history!
This book uses ONE single map on every page to document the movement of various people over time.However, it does notdesignate major landmarks.It tells of tribes crossing the Danube and the Volga but these rivers are never labeled.It refers to the Tigris and Euphrates but you need another map to tell you where they are.When major landmarks are not identified it is hard to understand how this can be called an Atlas.The history is disjointed and poorly written.The only reason to buy this book is that you don't have a match with which to burn your money.

4-0 out of 5 stars What about Africa and Asia?
This is a great work and describes the barbarian migrations across Europe very well.The big flaw though lies in the, "History dosen't take place outside of Europe" mindset.India, China, Japan, South-East Asia, and Africa all should have been included in this work and than this book would have been vital to any student of history.Instead Penguin makes you have to buy three other books to get the complete history. ... Read more

Isbn: 0140512497
Sales Rank: 39017
Subjects:  1. 476-1492    2. Europe    3. Europe - General    4. Geography, Medieval    5. Historical Atlases    6. Historical geography    7. History    8. History - General History    9. History: World    10. Maps    11. Medieval    12. History / General    13. Reference works    14. World history: c 500 to C 1500   


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The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Egypt (Penguin Reference)
by Bill Manley
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Paperback (01 January, 1997)
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3-0 out of 5 stars Informative but dull
It is a good read for people with recent encountering with Egypt. But I was little appalled because information seemed dull. Book will give you facts and names but there isn't much more. Colorful images will attract your attention but I really believe those images have interesting legend and tales by their own.

4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting idea
This book provides a great deal of information on 3000 years of Egyptian history in an unusual format. The book consists of many single-page essays on a particular topic or period, with the essay on the left side of the page, and the corresponding map on the other side of the page, which illustrates what's going on in the text. It's sort of an interesting way to write a history book of ancient Egypt, and I thought it worked out pretty well. Although not your typical history, it's still an interesting and useful book, especially for getting a quick overview of a particular subject or topic.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Great Book For Beginners
This book is very easy to read in both text, and maps are excellent and easy to read. This is an excellent item to use for reference. However, to compress so much History into one volume does neither the atlas or Egyptian History justice. However, as a reference item, this is an excellent item. ... Read more

Isbn: 0140513310
Sales Rank: 63038
Subjects:  1. Ancient - Egypt    2. Ancient Egypt - History    3. Ancient geography    4. Archaeology    5. Archaeology / Anthropology    6. Atlases - General    7. Atlases - Historical    8. Egypt    9. Geography, Ancient    10. Historical Atlases    11. Historical geography    12. Maps    13. Reference    14. African history: BCE to c 500 CE    15. Maps, charts & atlases   


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Penguin Atlas of Ancient History (Reference Books)
by Colin McEvedy
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Paperback (01 June, 1986)
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5-0 out of 5 stars A fine book, somewhat mis-titled
This is a very nice piece of work but not exactly an atlas of ancient history. It is a cultural geography of Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. It has far fewer place names than I wanted from an atlas and much of it is pre-history beginning some 40,000 years ago.

It starts with a brisk and entertaining account of the author's methods for interpreting scanty archaeological and linguistic evidence. This is at once accessible, learned, detailed, acerbic, and engaging. There is a funny bit about how archaeologists will say "a major new civilization" when they mean "a particularly disappointing dig", or will say "earliest known" when they mean "undated", and more. There is a terrific account of what it took to re-settle humans in Europe as the last ice age retreated. The effects were strong on Northern Europe into historical times (indeed Scandinavia and some of Russia is still rising and drying out today). The author estimates the human population of all of Europe and the Middle East was only about 100,000 in 9,000 BC.

The book describes movements of peoples, languages, technologies, and writing systems. It maps out the earliest known trade relations. It includes many maps but with few place names. Rather they indicate where various ethnic groups lived and what technologies were used where. As it enters historical times the book describes the campaigns of rulers and empires. It is a beautiful piece of work and beautifully concise.

On the other hand, if you are reading Euripides and you want to know where Lemnos was, you won't find it here. You will find the most famous places: In Greece, besides
Athens and Sparta, are Mycenea, Lesbos, Argos. That is like finding Chicago and San Francisco in an atlas of the US.But you will not find general Meno's birthplace of Larissa--which you would read about in either Plato or Xenophon.It is like not finding St. Louis in a US atlas.Those places are found in the Atlas of the Greek World (Cultural Atlas of) by Peter Levi.And they are found in another book you should read anyway, namely the Landmark Thucydides.It is a terrific edition available in paperback and it shows these places in detailed maps.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very nice summary of ancient history
I must say, this is one of the best summaries of the ancient world that I have read in a while. The text is detailed yet concise, and even humorous at times. It and the maps do a good job recording the rise and fall of many of the ancient states. My only complaint is that some of the text is outdated; the 2nd Edition is from 2002 but it fails to incorporate some of the newer discoveries. The text on the Indus Valley Civilization (discovery of only two cities) and the Aryan entry into India (states definitively that they invaded and destroyed the IVC, when this is questioned) are the most blatant examples. Still, most of the text and maps are very useful and still current. If you like ancient history, this book is for you.

4-0 out of 5 stars Looks so-so, but IS great
Having studied history, I'm still interested in lots of historical subjects. But since I'm not 'doing' history on a daily basis I find that my historical knowledge has become rusty in places. Books like the Penguin Atlas of Ancient History get it well oiled again. In was a bit dissapointed by the size of the book and the lack of colour on the maps, but when you start using the book, it turns out to be a wonderful tool. It made me dust off my old books from university again and dig into things again. Texts are realy condensed, so if you have some background information that helps. But the maps, and that's what it's all about, are great. ... Read more

Isbn: 0140511512
Sales Rank: 97421
Subjects:  1. Ancient - General    2. Atlases - General    3. Atlases - World    4. Geography, Ancient    5. History - General History    6. History, Ancient    7. History: World    8. Maps    9. Reference    10. World history: BCE to c 500 CE   


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The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Greece (Penguin Reference)
by Robert Morkot
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Paperback (01 January, 1997)
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This well-illustrated volume is just the thing to have on hand while working your way throughthe pages of Xenophon, Herodotus, and Thucydides. Robert Morkot traces the growth of Greece from aseries of often conflicting city-states, each with its own colonial outposts as far from home as Spain andTunisia, to loosely knit alliances that waged huge conflicts against the Persian empire--and, as in the caseof the Peloponnesian War, against each other. The pages devoted to Alexander the Great, which show howthe Greek empire came to extend from southern Egypt to the gates of China are particularly interesting. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great book
I agree with the reviewer who said that this book assumes you are already familiar with Greek history and even Greek geography.It is not an introductory book.Rather, it's a very good book to read after you have read a number of other books.It ties together scholarly opinion.There are still-existing controversies in Greek history, and it may be that this book takes a position in some instances that not everyone agrees with.But I don't see that as a major issue.
To be able to read comfortably just about any book on Greek history you should be familiar with the geography.This is hard for us Americans, but it is a gradual learning process, and finally when they mention Argos or Thebes or Delphi or Thrace you will know more or less where these places are located.Of course, the maps in this book can be used to make other books more readable.
An example of how this book is enjoyable in the context of other books previously-read, is the subject of Crete, Mycenae and Linear A and Linear B.The most interesting way to learn about this controversy is to read one or better yet both books about the interpretation of Linear B.The significance of the discovery that Linear B was a form of Greek is that it meant that at least by 1450 or 1400 BC Mycenae held sway over Crete instead of vice versa.What this Penguin book does is to emphasize that, according to the author, prior to 1450 BC, and for the previous say 600 years, there is no question that the Minoan civilization (Crete) held sway over Mycenae and much of the eastern mediterranean.I was not aware of that, and I'm not sure there is a consensus on that, but it is an example of how this book is much more meaningful if you have read a lot of Greek history prior to this book.This book is not an introductory course, it is a delicious dessert.

3-0 out of 5 stars Balance this book with other viewpoints
This superficially attractive book should be approached carefully.The author makes several strong, yet unsupported statements in an attempt to minimize the effect of Classical Greece on western civilization.It is refreshing to see a different viewpoint.However, the book has no references; only further readings.Had I not been exposed to other viewpoints before reading this book, I would walk away thinking the Athenian contribution to Western philosophy, arts, architecture, letters, etc., was rather inconsequential and evolutionary in nature (rather than revolutionary as it is customarily accepted).There is nothing wrong with a new point of view.But, if it is radical, it should be supported (via references, etc.) -- otherwise, it is suspect.

An example of this is the statement (p. 93) that an exquisite ivory carving of Philip II "a little over three centimetres in height ... belies Demosthenes' claim that the Macedonians were 'barbarians'".In the same paragraph we hear that Philip employed many Greeks at his court, including Aristotle.Could it be possible that the barbarian conqueror, Phillip, surrounded himself with the beauty of the world he conquered?Readers exposed to the beauty of Classical Greek thought and art are left wondering about the motives (or background) of this author who chooses to focus on the political, military, and perhaps greedy aspects of Greek civilization, while completely ignoring its more noble contributions to Western thought.Perhaps the book balances the opposite tendency, i.e., to focus on the marvels of Greek Arts, and disregard the support environment that provided the safety and affluence for Greek Arts to flourish.The author only mentions Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle by name, but without any statement that might suggest he has studied their works (which I am sure he has, but ...).

A search on the web reveals the author is mainly an Egyptologist.This explains his belief that the Greeks were not initiators of Western thought, but rather mere continuators of the Egyptian arts and sciences, and "deeply influenced in all [their historical and cultural] phases by the other civilizations of the eastern Mediterranean and western Asia."While it is true that Greek culture was influenced by other cultures of the region, it is suspect to underplay the influence of Greek innovation on Democratic thought and other noble ideals of western society.

Again, balance this book with other viewpoints and do study some Plato (among others), while you are at it.

5-0 out of 5 stars A necessary primer and companion
Superb map illustrations and general summaries for this period of history.A "must" for any student of ancient Greek history as a companion to all other books. ... Read more

Isbn: 0140513353
Subjects:  1. Ancient - Greece    2. Ancient Greece - History    3. Ancient geography    4. Archaeology / Anthropology    5. Atlases    6. Atlases - General    7. Atlases - Historical    8. Geography, Ancient    9. Greece    10. Historical Atlases    11. History    12. Maps    13. Reference    14. Ancient Greece    15. European history: BCE to c 500 CE    16. Historical geography    17. Maps, charts & atlases   


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The Penguin Historical Atlas of the Third Reich (Penguin Reference)
by R. J. Overy, Richard Overy
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Paperback (01 July, 1997)
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4-0 out of 5 stars A window into socio-political realm of the Third Reich...
~The Penguin Historical Atlas of the Third Reich~ is an intriguing window into economic, military, social and political policies of the Third Reich. The best value in this nifty and succinct roughly 150-page historical atlas is putting the Third Reich into perspective and gaining an understanding of the policies and ideology that fueled its fanatical, albeit short-lived assent to power. With pictures, maps, statistics, and demographics, this book captures something that more voluminous books on the subject often fail to do. It frames economic, social, and political policies of the Third Reich into perspective while offering a history of the rise and fall of Nazi Germany. Overy even chronicles post-war plans for the New Order under the Reich. Hitler was obsessed with building colossal monuments (mostly those designed by Speer) and hoped to make Berlin into 'Germania,' the capital of the world. He aspired to implement massive network of road and rail to forge his new empire and tighten the noose over the conquered territories. The Germans hoped to harness their innate engineering ingenuity and the Nazi henchman laid out plans for a New Order under German dominance, which never prevailed. In reality, the so-called thousand-year Reich died in its infancy.

Ideas have consequences! In ascertaining Nazi ideology, as it relates to economic matters, most modern liberal historians who tacitly embrace Marxist-Leninist revisionist interpretation of the fascist phenomenon, ignore the Nazi affinity for socialist ideas.They're always apt to paint fascism in a caricatured mold of imperialism - capitalism serving the interest of capitalists - which is a dubious assessment to say the least given the anti-capitalism espoused by Nazi ideologues like Goering and Hitler for example. Richard Overy perceptively outlines Nazi ideology and its economic, political and social policies in practice. In reality, the Nazis on their own terms tended to see themselves as expositors of an authentic nationalism of the "German Left."(See _Leftism Revisited_ and Konrad Heiden's biography on _Hitler_ to corroborate this.)The anti-bourgeoisie ideological flavor and Byzantine corporatism of Nazi economic policy acted to undermine the industrial potential of Germany by sabotaging its productivity potential and ultimately alienating the Ruhr industrialists-the very class that the Nazis most needed to build and supply their war machine.As Overy notes, the Nazis occasionally tolerated the private sector only as practical expedient, though they didn't shy from sporadic intervention, economic controls, as well as outright confiscation. The industrialist Fritz Thyssen, frustrated with state prodding, lamented, "Soon Germany will not be any different from Bolshevik in Russia." Likewise, the Nazi economic chieftain, Hermann Goering was always out to gobble up private industry and incorporate it into the state-run conglomerate, the Reichswerke A.G. In précis, Richard Overy captures the historical developments as well as the economic, military, social and political policies of the Third Reich on the pages of this succinct and informative book.

4-0 out of 5 stars chock full of info
If you are looking for a book that gives a tremendous amount of information, of the sort not often found in the books that primarily cover only the actual fighting, or the personality of Hitlerand his henchmen, this may be the book you're looking for.

Most of the chapters run from 2 to 4 pages, often detailing subjects like Culture and Education, Farming in the Third Reich, Planning the Post-War Order, Exploitation and Plunder, and The Survival of Neo-Nazism. And do you like charts and graphs? Well, this book won't leave you disappointed.

All in all, well done.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent and concise reference
I bought this book because I wanted to know about the actual mechanics of the Nazi government before and during WWII.This book contains a wealth of information in a very effective format.Each section is 2-4 pages with several maps and graphs, all clearly captioned, accompanied by a page or two of concise text.The book illustrates the state of Germany in the 20's and 30's, Hitler's rise, the path he took into the war, the Nazi plans for post-war Europe, and the overall cost of it all to Germany.Social, industrial, political, and military matters are all covered, in great detail (i.e. number of ships made per yer, broken down by type, number of women in the Nazi party '33 to '45, etc.). The text conveys the underlying situations behind issues of the day, such as Hitler's quest to "unite Germanic peoples" and the underpinnings of the Allies' pacifism in the face of it. I rocommend this book for anyone interested in that era of world history, novice or expert. ... Read more

Isbn: 0140513302
Sales Rank: 458209
Subjects:  1. Atlases - Historical    2. Europe - Germany    3. Germany    4. Germany - History - Third Reich (1933-1945)    5. Historical Atlases    6. Historical geography    7. History - Military / War    8. Maps    9. Military - World War II    10. Reference    11. World War, 1939-1945    12. European history: from c 1900 -    13. Inter-war period, 1918-1939    14. Maps, charts & atlases    15. Postwar period, 1945 to c 2000    16. Second World War, 1939-1945   


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Historical Atlas of the 20th Century
by John Haywood
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Hardcover (01 August, 2001)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Good value for money
First, disadvantages:
- too few maps and those available are with a small scale, so one can get only a rough idea about the changes on the word and especially European political maps within the century;
- the timeline doesn't contain the exact dates wherever it is possible (months, at best).

Meanwhile, all in all, due to the brilliant and concise annotation it is worth keeping for reference even by advanced students of this period. I also consider it good value for money

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome introduction
Most history books that I have read have far too few maps to help you visualize the events that you're reading about. Moreover, these books do not provide a quick overview so that you can appreciate the long-term trends and the significance of some arcane details.

This book solves both problems. It is extremely simplistic with few details, but provides maps (thank you) and an overview of the major trends (thanks again). If you plan to study any aspect of the 20th century in detail, start with this book first.

FYI, this book is actually just the last chapter (of 6) taken from "Atlas of World History" by the same author. If you're concerned about portability, then buy this lightweight volume. Otherwise, get the entire book, which starts at 10,000 BC and runs through the present -- and only costs $20. It's an INCREDIBLE bargain!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Overview
While these maps do not go into great and glorious detail, they do provide an excellent overview for students or lovers of 20th century history. Published in full color, therea are good keys, timelines for each map, brief explanations of historic events, world, regional and detail maps divided by era. An excellent value for the money, it should be in the library of any student taking 20th century history courses. ... Read more

Isbn: 1586632396
Sales Rank: 344049
Subjects:  1. Atlases - Historical    2. History    3. History: World    4. Modern - 20th Century    5. Reference   


Historical Atlas of the Ancient World
by John Haywood, Charles Freeman, Paul Garwood, Judith Toms
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Hardcover (01 August, 2001)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Another fine volume from Haywood
This is another fine history book and atlas by Dr. Haywood, whose historical atlases are some of the best out there for readability, ease of use, and price. I have his Atlas of World History, and it's excellent as well. This one seems to be a little less technical than that one, but both are very readable and not dry like your typical historical atlas. I practically collect these things and have 7 or 8 of the major ones, and as I said, Haywood's are often the most readable and often the best value in terms of price.

Haywood has his usual nice touch with the material and he pays more attention to skillfully integrating graphics and illustrations with the text. In fact, his Atlas of World History used a team of graphics experts which worked specifically on that aspect of the book, and it shows compared to the other atlases on the market. I assume the nice layout and design on this book means the same approach was used here. The only other major historical atlas that competes with Haywood's in terms of visual design is the big Dorling-Kindersley one, which, although great, is four or five times the price of this one.

This book contains two-page spreads covering the historical periods from prehistoric times up to 500 B.C. The maps are well done and not too busy like the ones in some atlases, where they're so dense with symbols and other junk that you can hardly read the map. This book and the Atlas of World History overlap somewhat as this volume contains all of the material on the ancient world in that volume, but since it's specifically devoted to the ancient world, there is quite a bit more additional material as well. Overall, another fine history offering from Prof. Haywood.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference
Any of the historical atlases by John Haywood is excellent. They combine readable text with great illustrative maps. The combination makes history easier to understand and remember. This atlas covers the time of human origins to 500 BC. Those of you familiar with Haywood's Atlas of World History should note that this atlas contains all of the material as the ancient world section of that comprehensive, one-volume atlas plus about fifty percent more. The only problem is that all of Haywood's atlases seem to be out of print.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent, readable reference
I have started reading a lot of historical fiction and nonfiction, and have found Haywood's Altas to be very useful.It works well as an introduction, being quite readable and succinct.In addition, it is an excellent reference to use when reading nonfiction tombs that presume we all know where all the Hittites came from, or how the Illyrians migrated to Italy.Just easily finding Zhou, or Thrace on a map has been a big help for me.A good atlas, well worth the reasonably price. ... Read more

Isbn: 1586632388
Sales Rank: 289780
Subjects:  1. Ancient - General    2. Atlases - Historical    3. History    4. History: World    5. Reference   


DK Atlas of World History
by Jeremy Black
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Hardcover (01 April, 2000)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Making History a Journey
The DK World History Atlas brings the DK uniformity of style and lots of helpful illustrations to something that's more than a collection of maps.I really use this book frequently and find it well-organized and indexed.The companion to this book is the DK Timelines of History.The only complaint is one that another reviewer raised.The 20th century is short-changed given the density of boundary-moving events.

3-0 out of 5 stars I Rate and Compare World History Atlas Books
As a reader I like to have quick reference books at my finger tips including a new version of the Oxford English Dictionary about 3500 pages long - that I use almost daily. So I decided to add a "history atlas". In the process of doing my research I read the other amazon.com reviewers and then made three trips to two large book stores to actually look at the books and get a better feel for which was the best. I ended up buying the Oxford Atlas of World History. Here are my picks and rankings.

Listed by My ranking, #1 is the best, #2 is a creative alternative but no substitute.

1.Atlas of World History, Oxford University Press 2002, 368 pages, $57.80, 13.5" x 10.3" x 1.62" ranked 46,632 on Amazon.com. Hands down winner - professional - good text descriptions, outstanding maps and drawings, covers most things from the cave man forward. Negatives: Big and heavy. If you want to save a few dollars buy the "concise" version.

2.Creative alternative: The Penguin Atlas of World History, Penguin Books 2004, $11.20, just a paperback sized, just published, 304 pages. Surprisingly impressive, lots of text and pictures mixed together and it is easy to carry around. A nice quick alternative but it will be printed in two volumes.
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3.Timelines of World History, DK Publishing 2002, 666 pages, $27.20. 10.0" x 1.6" ranked 25,800 on Amazon.com. Second with lots of value but in some ways not as comprehensive.

4. National Geographic Almanac of World History, National Geographic 2003, 384 pages, $28.00, 9.6" x 7.8" x 1.17" ranked 24,426 on Amazon.com. Similar to but less impressive than Oxford books. More text, narrower coverage, fewer maps and drawings.

5.DK Atlas of World History, DK Publishing, 352 pages, $35.00, 10.96" x 14.66" x 1.28" ranked 10,716 on Amazon.com. My 4th or 5th place book seems like a giant comic book. I love the DK travel books but this seems like one step beyond DK's area of expertise. Superficially it is similar to the Oxford book and it is cheaper to buy, and some might like it but it tries to be politically correct and fails.

6.Oxford Dictionary of World History, Oxford University Press, 704 pages, $7,66, pocketbook sized, sales rank 330,000. Mainly terms, people, and dates but has a few maps also. Limited use but an alternative. I prefer the new Penguin book but this is the best history dictionary to buy.

Jack in Toronto

2-0 out of 5 stars The most politically correct atlas of world history
The DKAtlas of World History: Mapping the Human Journey is a huge top shelf book. It is divided into two parts: the first gives the reader a global view of history divided into different eras(e.g.the advent of agriculture, trade and first cities, the age of the crusades,etc.), the second describes regional history (North America, South America, Africa, Europe,West Asia, South and South East Asia, Noth and East Asia, Oceania, the Arctic and Antarctica).In both parts you will find numerous time lines with the important dates, small color illustrations and short paragraphs about the events covered.At the end of the book there is a subject index and glossary and an index with all the place names shown on the maps.Finally there is a two page bibliography.

There is no question that this is a very beautiful book with pleasant pastel colors, pleasant, glossy paper and maps of different sizes and seen under different angles, which avoids monotony.

Having said that, it is also clear for an attentive reader that the editor has been at pains to be absolutely politically correct, which means:
-ostentatious use of BCE and CE instead of AD and BC
-gross neglect of Christianity: whereas the spread of Islam is worth a double page with big maps in both sections of the Atlas, there is not a single chapter or map about the spread or history of Christianity, which is amazing, considering its importance for the "human journey". In the index, Jesus is nonchalantly called "the inspiration of the Christian religion" (is it an abstract character, one wonders), crucified as a "troublemaker in 29 CE". Strangely enough, Buddha and Muhammad are called "founders" of their respective religions, which is quite true but why deny the title to Christ?
The entry for "Christianity" is also enlightening: here we are told that the early Christian faith, which is decribed as an "offshoot of Judaism", split from the very beginning into "many sects". Never mind the same happened to Islam, there is no mention of any heresies or infighting inside that religion at the corresponding entry.
I also could not find a single time line showing the birth or death of Jesus and other great Christians like Paul and Peter.
-neglect of European history: although European history is the best documented, in this atlas it is treated on the same level as Africa or Australia, which means that at least a dozen chapters and scores of maps are missing for the serious student of history.

Being anti-Christian and anti-European are, as some have rightly said, the last acceptable prejudices. ... Read more

Isbn: 078944609X
Sales Rank: 8110
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The Routledge Atlas of the First World War: The Complete History (Routledge Historical Atlases)
by Martin Gilbert
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars A Real Gem of a Reference Tool
The first edition of The Routledge Atlas of the First World War was published in 1970, and this new edition is extremely useful for readers interested in the conflict.Martin Gilbert has amassed something like 200 maps that cover various aspects of the First World.However, readers should realize that this is not a battle atlas that will depict every battle in great detail; rather, Gilbert's intent is to use maps to graphically portray many of the factors that shaped the war but that are often glossed over in textual accounts.While Gilbert does include maps of individual battles and campaigns, this atlas is designed to give the reader a fuller understanding of the political, military, economic and social factors that ultimately determined the outcome.Readers should also be advised that this atlas is heavily Anglo-centric, with only minimal coverage of the Eastern Front.The contributions of the French, Italians and Romanians are virtually absent from this volume.Despite this glaring bias, this atlas is still a useful reference tool (unless you are researching the French, Italian or Romanian armies).

The Routledge Atlas of the First World War consists of ten sections, five covering a single year of the war, one covering the prelude to war, one each on the war at sea and in the air, a section on the global war, and an aftermath.The section on prelude to war covers many well-known issues - such as the alliance system in Europe, the Berlin-Baghdad Railway, and ethnic politics in the Balkans - but it is nice to have all these put together in one graphic package.Oddly, there is no map detailing the various crises that preceded the war, such as the 1908 Bosnian Annexation Crisis.

The section on 1914 is good, covering the main campaigns on the East and Western Fronts, as well as naval actions overseas and the fate of the German colonies.Two significant omissions are the lack of a map of the Austrian invasion of Serbia or the French Plan XVII offensive that led to the Battle of the Frontiers.The section on 1915 is rather lame, with over-focus on British operations in Gallipoli and Mesopotamia, but only a handful of maps on the Eastern Front.Even the Western Front is down-played in the 1915 section, with no mention of the British Loos or Neuve Chapelle offensives, or any French operations.The 1916 section is also skimpy on non-British issues, with only one simple map of Verdun and no coverage of the Brusilov offensive.

The section on the air war is quite interesting, with maps depicting German zeppelin raids over England, London's air defenses, and British air raids on Germany.The section on the naval war has interesting maps of the British blockade, food riots in Germany, Allied merchant ship losses in the Mediterranean and in British waters, and American ship-building. The section on 1917 is better than the earlier sections on 1915-1916, with very nice maps of the underground mines at Messines Ridge, 3rd Ypres and several maps on the Eastern Front. The section on 1918 is also interesting, although the belated inclusion of a single map on the Italian Front is rather telling about the Anglo-centric nature of this volume.Certainly the most informative section of the Atlas is that covering the world at war, which has maps depicting the various war aims, India and the Commonwealth's contributions, British munitions production and British supplies to the Allies.The aftermath section is also useful for understanding the various treaties, ... Read more

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The Routledge Atlas of British History: From 45 BC to the Present Day
by Martin Gilbert
Paperback (January, 2003)
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Isbn: 0415281482
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The Routledge Atlas of American History: From the First Exploration to the Present Day
by Martin Gilbert, Marin Gilbert
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Very useful supplement to a study of U.S. History
I use this book in the Grade 11 U.S. History class that I teach and I must say that it is very useful.Maps cover dozens of topics from the original settlement of North America to the 9/11 tragedy.The maps are in black and white, making them easily used if you need to reproduce them.

There is the downside that some of the maps are a little unclear.There are also a couple of maps (#51 and 52) dealing with slavery that show the Indian Territory as a part of Texas.

However, for a teacher of High School U.S. History, this is a valuable supplement.This is also recommended for any student of U.S. History (either high school or university) and anyone else who would like to get a spatial view of the currents of U.S. History.
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Isbn: 0415281520
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The Cassell Atlas Of The Second World War
by Peter Young
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Hardcover (01 March, 2000)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Military Atlas with minor flaws
Let me first state the main flaw before it gets too far overshadowed in my mind by the positive aspects of the book.A flaw is that the book sticks to battles and often neglects the bigger picture by coverring individual battles out of chronology.

That said, it seems to me that this is a necessary evil.Battles ae arranged by theater of war... each theater is arranged in chronology, so my above complaint doesn't present itself too often.What is lost by this format is that when we look at the battle of the bulge we aren't really made aware of what is happening in russia or japan at the same time.

Each map covers the area of action with frequent "zoom-in" maps for busy areas of a battle.Each battle is accompanied by a superbly detailed account of the battle that corresponds easily with the map.Each section of the book has a two paged introduction that is a summary of the events in said section's theater of combat... this helps to allieviate the bigger picture problem.

I have casually read this book several times, and the great text, maps and relevant pictures never cease to entertain me.Not detailed enough for the ww2 scholar, but certainly good enough for a casual history buff such as myself.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but map colors are poor
This book covers all of WWII.It is like reading a book with text, pictures, and maps.It is full of information.The biggest draw back to this book is the map colors.The only colors you will see is black, gray, red, pink, & white.

3-0 out of 5 stars Pretty cover, but mediocre maps and photos
As a professional cartographer, I was excited to add this atlas to my map research collection, but I was disappointed by the quality of the maps and photographs. The maps are numerous and reasonably clear, but the cartography is 30 years old, and they look like photocopies. Same for the pictures--poor contrast, grainy, and ugly. I've seen some of the same stock photos in other books, where they were given a much better treatment.

The scope of the atlas reaches wide, but not deep. Nearly every campaign is covered, but in little detail. I would have appreciated more footnotes and sources also.

The price is reasonable for a thick atlas, but I would've gladly paid twice the price for a better looking product. ... Read more

Isbn: 0304352861
Sales Rank: 635292
Subjects:  1. Atlases - Historical    2. History    3. History - Military / War    4. History: World    5. Military - World War II    6. Military History - World War II    7. Battles & campaigns    8. Historical geography    9. Maps, charts & atlases    10. Second World War, 1939-1945    11. World history: Second World War   


The Western Perspective: A History of European Civilization, Comprehensive
by Philip Cannistraro, John J. Reich
Spiral-bound (14 August, 1998)
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The Western Experience with Powerweb
by MortimerChambers, BarbaraHanawalt, TheodoreRabb, IsserWoloch, RaymondGrew, Mortimer Chambers, Barbara Hanawalt, Theodore Rabb, Isser Woloch, Raymond Grew
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A History of the Modern World (9th Edition)
by R. R. PALMER, JOEL COLTON, LLOYD KRAMER
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars An invaluable resource, A remarkable book
A History of the Modern World is an informative, all-encompassing compendium on European history.I was able to attain a 5 on the AP European History exam independent of teaching instruction and based on this book alone.And yet, even if I hadn't reaped an academic reward from this book, the experience of reading it carries a reward in of itself, for I genuinely feel as though this book changed my perspective on society.As the narrative of European history progresses, from the Renaissance to recent European events, Palmer's eloquent and informative prose allowed me to interpret patterns in social structure, politics, and economics that, I feel, give me a greater perspective on modern society.In that sense, A History of the Modern World is a book that holds great gratification for serious and committed readers- in or outside the classroom.

5-0 out of 5 stars wow what a book
I have to say that when I started reading this for my AP European History class, I was very overwhelmed.However, I cannot imagine trying to use any other book.The prose is incredibly difficult to understand sometimes, but I found this helpful, as often historical documents require so much more concentration for understanding.As other have said, this book is not for the faint of heart; it will be a challenge, regardless of the reader's abilities, but 60 percent of my ability to achieve a Five (highest possible score) on the AP exam was due to this book (the other 40, of course being from one absolutely fantastic teacher).

5-0 out of 5 stars A review of the reviews
Often before writing a review on Amazon I read what other reviewers have written. There have been fifty- seven previous reviews of this book and I looked at them all. Most of them simply express admiration for the book, or revulsion for it. There is little relation in most of these reviews to the objective content of the book, various problems in the study of European history, a comparison of Palmer's approach to that of other text - books.
A couple of reviews were informative arguing that though the Palmer textbook does not really present a 'History of the World ' but rather a history of Christian Europe only , it is a tremendously valuable resource. For these reviewers the book provided a credible account of European history.
I read this book as a text book in World History in freshman college. What struck me then was the understanding given by the book that on most major historical questions there is a real division of opinion. And that the straightforward narrative can be challenged at every point. There is not history then but a variety of interpretations of history.
If I remember rightly this was a workable history without great fire or flair, solid and reliable ,a good piece of work. ... Read more

Isbn: 0375413987
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History of Western Society, Vol. 2 (Study Guide)
by J. P. McKay
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Paperback (01 June, 1994)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Best book i think i have read in High school
Mckay's way is the best way. I loved this book i read it nightly ... perhaps i may have only got a 3 on the APEH exam, but that was my fault i read the book in one weekend and was confused (do not do the weekend before the test).... i love this book, my book is old, no cover.... most read book i have... its very clean cut...Mckays ties up everything very nicely... the book is set up themematicly, not evently, so it gets kind of jumbled but in the end it makes things seem more clear (especially using if you know your themes!....Intellectual Culture ... Political and diplomatic... social and economic ) ... it goes French Rev, IR Then ideology, seems odd while reading it but made more sense in the end.... . i really enjoyed this book...Mckay Buckler Hill have a very relaxing writing style that keeps you going and wanting to indulge your self into a moreindepth view of European History. Only flaw is that i though the Ren/Ref era was kind ofshort lacking something.. Best chapter is chapter 18-THE ENLIGHTENMENT

5-0 out of 5 stars Fun to read, and very helpful in prep for AP test
History is one of my favorite subjects, and I have read quite a few textbooks in the area, and I have never found one with the perfect combination of being readable yet comprehensive.

I must admit, I found the chapters covering 1200-1800 to be much more interesting than the last few chapters, but even the last chapters had all the characters and events that you need to know.

One point that recommends this book is that it acknowledges point of view, something very important on the APEH exam or in any history analysis.Most textbooks force you to extrapolate their point of view and shift your interpretation.I found that McKay and his co-authors present a very neutral account of history, rarely passing judgment on history's actors.

The organization worked for me also.It is loosely chronological, but bends for continuity.It adequately covers almost all areas, from the Renaissance to the Thirty Years' War to the Industrial Revolution.Something about the style of writing and the organization helped my memory retention magnificently.

I took Euro sophomore year, US junior year, and as a senior I remember about twice as many things from Euro as I remember from US.I largely owe that to this book.

Remember to give yourself enough time to read the chapters, which are long and moderately dense.They take a few hours to read them really well, and you wouldn't want to read any of this book too fast or without your full attention.

Anyway, buy it, read it, enjoy it! = deeper understanding of Euro History and a 5 on the AP test.

5-0 out of 5 stars Superb refresher and quick reference
This tome, actually intended to be a textbook (thus the very substantial price), is a wonderful read and great for refreshing one's "Western civ" knowledge after being out of school over 30 years. I've always enjoyed history and it helps to have such a reference as this which presents a cogent overview of events. Certainly the book can't be all things to all people. For those areas of special interest, e.g., the Celts, one desires to obtain more in-depth sources. However, this work accomplishes what it sets out to do, to present in a mentally-digestible chronology the flow of the most significant events in Western society and to make it interesting and fun in the process. The fact that the book makes a fine general reference for home or library is an added benefit, i.e., it is not a publication to be perused just the one time. This is one of the very best history books of its kind! ... Read more

Isbn: 039571897X
Sales Rank: 643932
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A History of Western Society: From Absolutism to the Present
by John P. McKay, Bennett D. Hill, John Buckler
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Paperback (1999)
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2-0 out of 5 stars Good information, bad style
The style of this author's work was very jumpy.One time it would be talking about one thing and jump to another subject very quickly.He also did not explain certain terms used until later on, which forces you to go back and find where he had used the same term.He provides good information, but it is hard to absorb a lot of it because of his style.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent study guide for understsanding the basic text.
The study guide helps in the process ofunderstanding the narrative of the main text. The multiple choice answers gives a correctexplanation for each of the five answers.The guide has a summary for each chapterwithan outline of the principle learning objectivesof the chapter, asummary, study outline, and tocheck understanding there are reviewquestions,and study-review exercises, issues for essays anddiscussion,questions on major political ideas, geography, and problems for furtherinvestigation.This is a very well structured guide thatreally helpsto deal with the basic text.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent study guide for understsanding the basic text.
The study guide helps in the process ofunderstanding the narrative of the main text. The multiple choice answers gives a correctexplanation for each of the five answers.The guide has a summary for each chapterwithan outline of the principle learning objectivesof the chapter, asummary, study outline, and tocheck understanding there are reviewquestions,and study-review exercises, issues for essays anddiscussion,questions on major political ideas, geography, and problems for furtherinvestigation.This is a very well structured guide thatreally helpsto deal with the basic text. ... Read more

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Western Civilization: The Continuing Experiment - Complete
by Thomas F. X. Noble, Barry S. Staruss, Duane J. Osheim, Kristen B. Neuschel, William B. Cohen, David D. Roberts
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A History of Western Society
by John P. McKay
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Hardcover (01 August, 1998)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Best book i think i have read in High school
Mckay's way is the best way. I loved this book i read it nightly ... perhaps i may have only got a 3 on the APEH exam, but that was my fault i read the book in one weekend and was confused (do not do the weekend before the test).... i love this book, my book is old, no cover.... most read book i have... its very clean cut...Mckays ties up everything very nicely... the book is set up themematicly, not evently, so it gets kind of jumbled but in the end it makes things seem more clear (especially using if you know your themes!....Intellectual Culture ... Political and diplomatic... social and economic ) ... it goes French Rev, IR Then ideology, seems odd while reading it but made more sense in the end.... . i really enjoyed this book...Mckay Buckler Hill have a very relaxing writing style that keeps you going and wanting to indulge your self into a moreindepth view of European History. Only flaw is that i though the Ren/Ref era was kind ofshort lacking something.. Best chapter is chapter 18-THE ENLIGHTENMENT

5-0 out of 5 stars Fun to read, and very helpful in prep for AP test
History is one of my favorite subjects, and I have read quite a few textbooks in the area, and I have never found one with the perfect combination of being readable yet comprehensive.

I must admit, I found the chapters covering 1200-1800 to be much more interesting than the last few chapters, but even the last chapters had all the characters and events that you need to know.

One point that recommends this book is that it acknowledges point of view, something very important on the APEH exam or in any history analysis.Most textbooks force you to extrapolate their point of view and shift your interpretation.I found that McKay and his co-authors present a very neutral account of history, rarely passing judgment on history's actors.

The organization worked for me also.It is loosely chronological, but bends for continuity.It adequately covers almost all areas, from the Renaissance to the Thirty Years' War to the Industrial Revolution.Something about the style of writing and the organization helped my memory retention magnificently.

I took Euro sophomore year, US junior year, and as a senior I remember about twice as many things from Euro as I remember from US.I largely owe that to this book.

Remember to give yourself enough time to read the chapters, which are long and moderately dense.They take a few hours to read them really well, and you wouldn't want to read any of this book too fast or without your full attention.

Anyway, buy it, read it, enjoy it! = deeper understanding of Euro History and a 5 on the AP test.

5-0 out of 5 stars Superb refresher and quick reference
This tome, actually intended to be a textbook (thus the very substantial price), is a wonderful read and great for refreshing one's "Western civ" knowledge after being out of school over 30 years. I've always enjoyed history and it helps to have such a reference as this which presents a cogent overview of events. Certainly the book can't be all things to all people. For those areas of special interest, e.g., the Celts, one desires to obtain more in-depth sources. However, this work accomplishes what it sets out to do, to present in a mentally-digestible chronology the flow of the most significant events in Western society and to make it interesting and fun in the process. The fact that the book makes a fine general reference for home or library is an added benefit, i.e., it is not a publication to be perused just the one time. This is one of the very best history books of its kind! ... Read more

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Sales Rank: 148072
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