By E. H. Gombrich
In 1935, with a doctorate in artwork heritage and no prospect of a task, the 26-year-old Ernst Gombrich used to be invited by way of a publishing acquaintance to try a background of the realm for more youthful readers. Amazingly, he accomplished the duty in an excessive six weeks, and Eine kurze Weltgeschichte für junge Leser was released in Vienna to fast good fortune, and is now to be had in seventeen languages around the world.
Toward the tip of his lengthy existence, Gombrich embarked upon a revision and, finally, an English translation. A Little heritage of the area presents his vigorous and regarding heritage to English-language readers for the 1st time. fantastically designed and freshly illustrated, it is a ebook 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 barriers of technological know-how. it is a textual content ruled no longer by means of dates and evidence, yet via the sweep of mankind’s adventure around the centuries, a consultant to humanity’s achievements and an acute witness to its frailties.
The manufactured from a beneficiant and humane sensibility, this undying account makes intelligible the whole span of human history.
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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. , . . 23 5 ❖ T O O G etween Egypt and Mesopotamia there is a land of deep valleys and rich pastures. There, for thousands of years, herdsmen tended their flocks.
And so Cyrus became lord of that great realm. His first act was to free all the peoples held in captivity by the Babylonians. S 38 Among them were the Jews, who went home to Jerusalem (that was, as you remember, in 538 ). Not content with his great kingdom, however, Cyrus marched on to conquer Egypt, only to die on the way. But his son, Cambyses, succeeded. Egypt fell and the pharaoh was deposed. That was the end of the Egyptian empire, which had lasted almost three thousand years!
An object or a person that is behind another is generally shown on top, and the figures often look stiff. Bodies are shown from the front and hands and feet from the side, so they look as if they have been ironed flat. But the Egyptians knew what they were doing. Every detail is clear: how they used great nets to catch ducks on the Nile, how they paddled their boats and fished with long spears, how they pumped water into ditches to irrigate the fields, how they drove their cows and goats to pasture, how they threshed grain, made shoes and clothes, blew glass – for they could already do that!