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The United NationsThis truly global approach enables Holslag to search for patterns across different eras and regions and explore larger uestions about war diplomacy and power Has trade fostered peace What are the limits of diplomacy How does environmental change affect stability Is war a universal sin of power At a time when the threat of nuclear war looms again this is a much needed history intended for students of international politics and anyone looking for a background on current event. In terms of how much I enjoyed the text my rating would easily be Five Stars The words jump out to you yelling PAY ATTENTION And I did However as a work of synthesis there are small errors of historical dating names and places not everywhere mind you blink and miss Further the lesson advanced at the end of our romp the benefits of knowledge edged with humility in our dealings with each other is undeniable It is however unoriginal confirmation of lessons avid history lovers would have already picked up many times At least I have hence the one star really a half star knock offI have and will heartily recommend this book It is a sigh timely reminder that we have a civilisation but only if we can preserve it PS It is entirely the author s fault that from now on all misfortune I may come across shall be met with the cry ohh I have seen the wilderness of this world

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APolitical History of the World

History of the World Jonathan Holslag has produced a sweeping history of the world from the Iron Age to the present that investigates the causes of conflict between empires nations and peoples and the attempts History of the PDFEPUB #229 at diplomacy and cosmopolitanism A birds eye view of three thousand years of history the book illuminates the forces shaping world politics from Ancient Egypt to the Han Dynasty the Pax Romana to the rise of Islam the Peace of Westphalia to the creation of. This is a great overview of the rise and fall of the great and small states and empires over the last 3000 years concentrating on China India the Middle East and Europe with brief forays into the Americas What I really liked about it is that each chapter covers a couple of centuries and so put the various empires in context and it was nice to see what say the Mughals or the Han were up to as their contemporaneous European neighbours were doing their thing There wasn t enough analysis of the causes of peace or a dissection of the breakdown of diplomacy for my liking and what I was expecting from the blurb but it was a good birdseye view nonetheless

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A three of the MOBI #243 thousand year history of the world that examines the causes of war and the search for peaceIn three thousand years of history China has spent at least eleven centuries at war The Roman Empire was in conflict during at least per cent of its lifetime Since the United States has spent over one hundred years at APolitical History eBook #8608 war The dream of peace has been universal in the history of humanity So why have we so rarely been able to achieve itIn A Political. This is a difficult book to rate and evaluate on the one hand it is very well written and contains a massive amount of information and knowledge For once a world history book is not entirely western centric and a focus on the Middle East South Asia and China runs through it with almost the same attention that goes into the Western European part However it falls short of covering much of the American civilisations or the Sub Saharan African onesHowever this is not why the book doesn t deserve to be rated very highly The reason is implicit in its very idea describing the history of war and peace of three millenia in six hundred fifty pages This has reduced it to a shallow and rapid description of the main events It was often that whole kingdoms and cultures were touched in a paragraph or two and history changing events in a few pages There was little space for analysis before the last chapter and much of the descirption of events cannot be retained in memory with the hectic pace of writingThis book along with a few works of fiction is what I would give the first arrivals of an alien culture when their first guests arrive to earth knowing nothing about us so they can have the short version of our history and start thinking of how to deal with us The conclusion would be useful for them as well peace is not the natural state of humans be weary of us and know that we will stab shoot or blow you for power or for money whenever we have the chance


10 thoughts on “APolitical History of the World

  1. says:

    A concise summary of conflict war and peace from the beginning of states to the present Many wars are written and many are left out We learn It also briefly describes how about war and peace were thought about I knew about most of it from prior reading but it is always good to stay informed about the past I’m a sucker for big history so I lapped it up The author wrote it to cover the most important things that politicians diplomats and

  2. says:

    It's nice to think of oneself as an eclectic reader and I think for the most part I genuinely am but recently I've been experimenting with reading things that really are very off brand for me and a three thousand year history of global diplomacy and warfare certainly ualifies Jonathan Holslag is a professor of international politics in Brussels which is both an occupation and a locale that would seem to euip

  3. says:

    This is a difficult book to rate and evaluate on the one hand it is very well written and contains a massive amo

  4. says:

    The set up of this book is terribly ambitious finding patterns in the distribution of power political organization interaction between political entities relationship between man and planet and the nature of world politics by giving an account

  5. says:

    This is a great overview of the rise and fall of the great and small states and empires over the last 3000 years concentrating on China India the Middle East and Europe with brief forays into the Americas What I really liked about it is that each chapter covers a couple of centuries and so put the various empires in context and it was nice to see what say the Mughals or the Han were up to as their contemporaneous European neighbours were d

  6. says:

    This is a wonderful book for anyone who wants an overview and grand sweeping tour of global history It does a fantastic job of taking a viewpoint that isn't completely Western centric and in fact I'd say the defining narrative of the book is that since the dawn of man the central powers of the world have drifted across c

  7. says:

    In terms of how much I enjoyed the text my rating would easily be Five Stars The words jump out to you yelling PAY ATTENTION And I did However as a work of synthesis there are small errors of historical dating names and places; not everywhere mind you blink and miss Further the lesson advanced at the end of our romp the benefits of knowledg

  8. says:

    How can you summarise 3000 years of wars and peace in 556 pages Holslag does a reasonably good job partially he has an interesting framework He explains uite well this framework in the first chapter and it helps ps in reading the book But it is of course one’ll one lens to look at political history I enjoyed reading the book but his analy

  9. says:

    It doesn't really deliver what it purports to sell a history of war and diplomacy but if you're just looking for a relatively compact

  10. says:

    The concluding chapter redeems what is otherwise a difficult readbut once you’ve read the final chapter the logic of Jonathan Holsla

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