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The story of mankind (original 1921; udgave 1926)

af Hendrik Willem Van Loon

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This classic history, first published in 1921 and winner of the first Newbery Medal, was illustrated in pen and ink by the author. This version has incorporated recent events to make it an up-to-date world history.
Medlem:wwiegand
Titel:The story of mankind
Forfattere:Hendrik Willem Van Loon
Info:[New York] Boni and Liveright [c1926]
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Nøgleord:Van Loon

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  pszolovits | Feb 3, 2021 |
A while back I was reading some Xkcd and became intrigued by a quote that goes as follows:
"HIGH Up in the North in the land called Svithjod, there stands a rock. It is a hundred miles high and a hundred miles wide. Once every thousand years a little bird comes to this rock to sharpen its beak.
When the rock has thus been worn away, then a single day of eternity will have gone by."
I thought it was really poetic and decided to find the book to which it belonged. I was successful in doing so and have now completed the book in a day or so.

First off, this book is a bit below my level of reading. Secondly, it was written in 1922 and the version I found was not updated. Thus there are a number of things, small things, that the author got wrong. Most of these are tolerable since it was written for children during a time in which racism was acceptable. Thirdly, it skims over most of our history. This too is acceptable since a lot of the stuff we know about ancient races has to be conjecture due to the fact that few historical works are extant. Finally, this book is very Eurocentric. In his defense he states that most of the history of the world was done where history was written, but I don't really think that is a comfort to the people inhabiting China, Japan, Korea, India, and countries in Africa...

Of course, with such a wide subject matter as the history of the whole human race, some sacrifices have to be made or the book could span thousands of pages and dozens of volumes. So this book is good in terms of what it is supposed to be; a primer on history for children. It isn't fantastically amazing, but it is apparent that the author has a love of history and is trying to instill that in the reader.

PS: Most of the time I slogged through it by pretending it was narrated by the late Leonard Nimoy of Star Trek fame, but that is neither here nor there. ( )
  Floyd3345 | Jun 15, 2019 |
The is book was written in 1921 with a quick follow up by others than Van Loon that brings the history up to 2000. It is interesting to read a book about history that ends almost 90 years ago. It is more of a history of Europe and Western Civilization. Van Loon does explain why he included things and not other things. It was written for young adults so it is simplistic but that is what makes it accessible. A good book for young people to read but they probably won't because of when it was written. We had this book in our book shelf so I grabbed it to read on a trip to Paris. Reading this while in Europe was great because you were in the place where this history occurred. Not sure if I would recommend this book but would recommend that all Americans read more about history. ( )
  nivramkoorb | Oct 16, 2018 |
Didn't read this, just thumbed through it out of curiosity because it's the first winner of the Newbery. The updates, fyi, don't appear to fix the original, but rather just tack on new stuff at the end. It does seem to be charming and interesting enough to deserve accolades *in context* of its time and place. However, there are too many errors, too much Euro-centrism, etc. for it to have much value to modern children. I enjoyed thumbing through it but would not encourage my children to read it.
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