In 1935, with a doctorate in art history and no prospect of a job, twenty-six-year-old Ernst Gombrich was invited to attempt a history of the world for younger readers. Amazingly, he completed the task in an intense six weeks, and Eine kurze Weltgeschichte fur junge Leser was published in Vienna to immediate success. It is now available in twenty-five languages across the world.
Towards the end of his long life, Gombrich embarked upon a revision and, at last, an English translation. A Little History of the World presents his lively and involving history to English-language readers for the first time.
In forty concise chapters, Gombrich tells the story of man from the Stone Age to the atomic bomb. In between emerges a colorful picture of wars and conquests, grand works of art, and the spread and limitations of science. This is a text dominated not by dates and facts, but by the sweep of mankind's experience across the centuries, a guide to humanity's achievements and an acute witness to its frailties.
The product of a generous and humane sensibility, this timeless account makes intelligible the full span of human history.
«Questo romanzo di Calvino viene ad affiancarsi a Il visconte dimezzato e a Il barone rampante, compiendo una trilogia di emblematiche figure, quasi un albero genealogico di antenati dell'uomo contemporaneo. Stavolta Calvino si è spinto più a ritroso nei secoli e il suo romanzo si svolge tra i paladini di Carlomagno, in quel Medioevo fuori d'ogni verosimiglianza storica e geografica che è propria dei romanzi cavallereschi.»