By E. H. Gombrich
In 1935, with a doctorate in paintings historical past and no prospect of a role, the 26-year-old Ernst Gombrich was once invited by way of a publishing acquaintance to try a heritage of the realm for more youthful readers. Amazingly, he accomplished the duty in an extreme six weeks, and Eine kurze Weltgeschichte für junge Leser was released in Vienna to fast luck, and is now to be had in seventeen languages around the world.
Toward the top of his lengthy existence, Gombrich embarked upon a revision and, eventually, an English translation. A Little heritage of the area presents his energetic and regarding heritage to English-language readers for the 1st time. fantastically designed and freshly illustrated, it is a booklet to be savored and collected.
In 40 concise chapters, Gombrich tells the tale of guy from the stone age to the atomic bomb. In among emerges a colourful photograph of wars and conquests, grand artistic endeavors, and the unfold and boundaries of technology. it is a textual content ruled no longer via dates and proof, yet by way of the sweep of mankind’s event around the centuries, a consultant to humanity’s achievements and an acute witness to its frailties.
The made from a beneficiant and humane sensibility, this undying account makes intelligible the total span of human history.
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So, whenever we are glad that the week is nearly over, and Sunday is coming round again, we must spare a thought for those hills of rubble in that hot and marshy plain, and for those fierce kings with their long, black beards. For now we know how it all fits together. 22 It was in this part of the world, between Mesopotamia and Egypt, that the history of mankind began, with bloody battles and daring voyages by Phoenician trading ships. You can look at this map again as you read the next chapters.
You bring forth the barley, You create the wheat. You fill the granaries and storehouses, not forgetting the poor. For You we pluck our harps, for You we sing. So sang the ancient Egyptians. And they were right. For, thanks to the Nile, their land grew rich and powerful. Mightiest of all was their king. One king ruled over all the Egyptians, and the first to do so was King Menes. Do you remember when that was? It was in 3100 . And can you also remember – perhaps from Bible stories – what those kings of Egypt were called?
Men arose among them – not priests, but simple people – who felt compelled to speak to their people, because God spoke through them. Their sermon was always the same: ‘You yourselves are the cause of your misfortunes. ’ Through the words of these prophets the Jewish people heard again and again that suffering was God’s way of punishing them and testing their faith, and that one day salvation would come in the form of the Messiah, their Saviour, who would restore their people to its former glory and bring unending joy.
A Little History of the World by E. H. Gombrich