History of the Ancient World

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Author: Susan Wise Bauer




Ages: Junior high through High School


As in her younger history series "Story of the World", here Susan Wise Bauer gives us a very thorough look into history.  This is the first volume in a bold new series that tells the stories of all peoples, connecting historical events from Europe to the Middle East to the far coast of China, while still giving weight to the characteristics of each country.  Susan Wise Bauer provides both sweeping scope and vivid attention to the individual lives that give flesh to abstract assertions about human history.  Dozens of maps provide a clear geography of great events, while timelines give the reader an ongoing sense of the passage of years and cultural interconnection.  This narrative history employs the methods of "history from beneath"- literature, epic traditions, private letters and accounts - to connect kings and leaders with the lives of those they ruled.  The result is an engrossing tapestry of human behavior from which we may draw conclusions about the direction of world events and the causes behind them.


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