The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Civilizations


  • Hardcover
  • 144 pages
  • The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Civilizations
  • John Haywood
  • English
  • 04 August 2017
  • 141782493X

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The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient CivilizationsThis new historical atlas richly illustrated with photographs, artwork recreations and full colour maps explores the world s earliest civilisations from the first farming settlements of Mesopotamia, via Egypt, Greece and Rome, to the civilisations of the Far East, Europe and America Informatively written, and ideal for both students and the general reader, it plots the rise and fall of empires, the nature of different societies and the evolution of technology Includes coverage of The Ancient Near EastThe African Civilizations only northern Africa is included The First Civilizations of Asia Only China, Indus Valley and India are included Nothing for the rest of Asia First European CivilizationsThe Ancient Americans Mexico, Andes, Easter Island Eastern USA are included For the areas covered, the maps are fantastic They are standard political map that list things like cities, regions provinces and rivers Very useful as a reference or to complim Includes coverage of The Ancient Near EastThe African Civilizations only northern Africa is included The First Civilizations of Asia Only China, Indus Valley and India are included Nothing for the rest of Asia First European CivilizationsThe Ancient Americans Mexico, Andes, Easter Island Eastern USA are included For the areas covered, the maps are fantastic They are standard political map that list things like cities, regions provinces and rivers Very useful as a reference or to compliment a history book about a certain region.Excellent introduction to the topic It covers all the popular mainstream areas Egyptians, Greek, Roman, Aztec, Mayan, Easter Island, Terra Cotta Warriors I d recommend it for people new to this field of study and are curious Atlas or map collectors, mythology fans, history and political buffs Elementary and High School Projects if they are interested and need maps of these old places What I like about books is that some of them have maps in them. The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Civilizations was an easy primer to learn about ancient civilizations featuring brief summaries about civilizations from all the inhabited continents and maps of the territory each civilization impacted The book made me think about the bias of recording only official civilizations throughout history the primary characteristics of civilizations are monumental structures and social hierarchy The book covered theinfluential civilizations like the Chi The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Civilizations was an easy primer to learn about ancient civilizations featuring brief summaries about civilizations from all the inhabited continents and maps of the territory each civilization impacted The book made me think about the bias of recording only official civilizations throughout history the primary characteristics of civilizations are monumental structures and social hierarchy The book covered theinfluential civilizations like the Chinese, Greek, Celtic, Egyptian, and Aztec The focus of the book made me consider what tribal values might be And I think tribal values limit hierarchy This book about civilizations made me curious about the developments within tribal societies that promoted horizontal relationships I wonder how horizontal relationships can be effectively maintained at the scale of a civilization The maps throughout the book were simple and helpful to start to imagine a very different world than our current nation state world I would like to readabout Ashoka, the Indian ruler from the 3rd century, who converted to Buddhism and influenced his subjects to become vegetarian I find it very intriguing to discover how, what some might say is a progressive value, like vegetarianism, could be implemented on a grand scale thousands of years ago Proof that societies don t necessarily becomeadvance or ethically better as time goes on There are impressive examples of what we consider progressive ideas deep in the past that got buried I also would love to readMesopotamian stories to see their similarities with Torah stories Clearly presented I bought it mainly for the maps which are very useful John Haywood has a simple and friendly style. I enjoyed this reference very much I picked it up thinking it would focus only on Egypt and the Near East and was pleasantly surprised to find it also covered the Americas, Asia and Northern Europe I did find one printing error, but otherwise the articles were informative without being overwhelming They made good use of maps and pictures of artifacts to give an introductory taste of the civilizations being surveyed A good starting point for further reading. I loved it If you teach World History and need a quick reference guide or somewhere to pull new material from, this is a great source. Very clear OK, it s high level and very short but it does deliver what it says and it s not euro centric And the print quality for the maps and illustrations is excellent, which is an essential attribute for a book like this.


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