Number of page: 613
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group, 2011
“An enthralling and profoundly humane book that every civilized person should read.” –The Wall Street Journal The blockbuster New York Times bestseller and the companion volume to the wildly popular radio seriesWhen did people first start to wear jewelry or play music
When were cows domesticated, and why do we feed their milk to our children
Where were the first cities, and what made them succeed
Who developed math–or invented money
The history of humanity is one of invention and innovation, as we have continually created new things to use, to admire, or leave our mark on the world. In this groundbreaking book, Neil MacGregor turns to objects that previous civilizations have left behind to paint a portrait of mankind’s evolution, focusing on unexpected turning points. Beginning with a chopping tool from the Olduvai Gorge in Africa and ending with a recent innovation that is transforming the way we power our world, he urges us to see history as a kaleidoscope–shifting, interconnected, constantly surprising. A landmark bestseller, A History of the World in 100 Objects is one f the most unusual and engrossing history books to be published in years. “None could have imagined quite how the radio series would permeate the national consciousness. Well over 12.5 million podcasts have been downloaded since the first programme and more than 550 museums around Britain have launched similar series featuring local history. . . . MacGregor’s voice comes through as distinctively as it did on radio and his arguments about the interconnectedness of disparate societies through the ages are all the stronger for the detail afforded by extra space. A book to savour and start over.”—The EconomistFrom the Trade Paperback edition.
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LibraryThing Review If anybody could kill one’s love for history, this is the guy! So dry!
LibraryThing Review This is an absolutely fascinating (and beautiful!) book. Really – it is public archaeology at its best.
LibraryThing Review A beautifully designed and illustrated, endlessly fascinating tour of human civilization from its beginning to now through artifacts from all over the world. Insightful, completely engaging, and filled with many surprises.
Fascinating read! This is a fascinating lens through which to view the history of the world and the story is well told by the director of the British Museum. Its a great treat for yourself or a friend my copy went into the guest room once I was finished and has already been enjoyed by several visitors.
LibraryThing Review 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
LibraryThing Review Wow, this book took awhile for me to get through. So much interesting information that I had to read only a few sections per sitting if I had any hope of retaining what I read. I found the objects to
LibraryThing Review This is a book about common humanity. Each object is accompanied by a commentary, all of around equal length, that places the object in context, describes its features and explains what it reveals
LibraryThing Review This is a nice big thick book with lots of juicy wonderful pictures. THe author, a curator of the British museum, has the airs of a fascinating and scholarly tour guide, and shows pieces diverse
LibraryThing Review I so like this book! Not only does one travel in time, one also travels around the entire world, and learns so much. (if one only could remember as well!!!) Well written, accessible and clever at the
The History of American Art Education: Learning about Art in American Schools
The ideas people and events that developed art education are described and analyzed so that art educators and educators in general will have a better understanding of what has happened and is happening to visual art in the schools Peter Smith raises the issue of art education s inordinate emphasis on Eurocentric art He challenges the often expressed notion that the field of education is the cause of art education s problems and proposes that confused conceptions within the art world are just as much a root of the difficulty No other book in art education history gives such close and analytical attention to the careers of women in the field The materials on Germanic cultural and historical influences are unequaled as is the scholarly treatment of Viktor Lowenfeld probably the most influential single figure in 20th century American art education
Principles of Art History
What are the fundamental differences between classic and baroque art Is there a pattern underlying the seemingly helter skelter development of art in different cultures and at different times What causes our entirely different reactions to precisely the same painting or to the same painter In this now classic treatise published originally in Germany in the early 1920s Professor Wölfflin provides an objective set of criteria to answer these and related questions Examining such factors as style quality and mode of representation in terms of five opposed dynamisms the linear vs painterly plane vs recession closed vs open form multiplicity vs unity and clearness vs unclearness the author analyzes the work of 64 major artists delving even into sculpture and architecture 150 illustrations of the work of Botticelli van Cleve Durer Holbein Brueghel Bouts Hals Rembrandt Velasquez Titian Vermeer and other major figures accompany Professor Wölfflin s brilliant contributions to the methodology of art criticism Whether you teach art study it or want to understand it purely for your own enjoyment this epoch making study will certainly increase your comprehension of and pleasure in the world s art heritage
Drawing Boundaries: Architectural Images in Qing China
Qing China 1644 1912 witnessed a resurgence in architectural painting a traditional subject category known as jiehua or boundary painting Drawing Boundaries concerns itself with the symbolic implications of this impressive and little studied reflorescence Beginning with a concise and well illustrated history of the evolution of the tradition this exciting new study reveals how these images were deployed in the Manchu Qing imperial court to define political social or cultural boundaries Characterized by grand conception and regal splendor the paintings served to enhance the imperial authority of rulers and to a segment of the elite to advertise social status Drawing Boundaries thus speaks to both issues of painting and architectural style and the discourse of powerful cultural forms In addition to the analysis of how the style of image construction suggests these political and social motivations the book identifies another aspect of traditional architectural representation unique to the Qing the use of architectural representation to render form and space Anita Chung makes the fascinating observation that these renderings create an overwhelming sense of being th
Shakespeare’s Restless World: Portrait of an Era
The New York Times bestselling author of A History of the World in 100 Objects brings the world of Shakespeare and the Tudor era of Elizabeth I into focusWe feel we know Shakespeare s characters Think of Hamlet trapped in indecision or Macbeth s merciless and ultimately self destructive ambition or the Machiavellian rise and short reign of Richard III They are so vital so alive and real that we can see aspects of ourselves in them But their world was at once familiar and nothing like our own In this brilliant work of historical reconstruction Neil MacGregor and his team at the British Museum working together in a landmark collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the BBC bring us twenty objects that capture the essence of Shakespeare s universe A perfect complement to A History of the World in 100 Objects MacGregor s landmark New York Times bestseller Shakespeare s Restless World highlights a turning point in human history This magnificent book illustrated throughout with more than one hundred vibrant color photographs invites you to travel back in history and to touch smell and feel what life was like at that pivotal moment when humankind leaped into the modern age This was an exhilarating time when discoveries in science and technology altered the parameters of the known world Sir Francis Drake s circumnavigation map allows us to imagine the age of exploration from the point of view of one of its most ambitious navigators A bishop s cup captures the most sacred and divisive act in Christendom With A History of the World in 100 Objects MacGregor pioneered a new way of telling history through artifacts Now he trains his eye closer to home on a subject that has mesmerized him since childhood and lets us see Shakespeare and his world in a whole new light