A History of the World in 100 Objects

A History of the World in 100 Objects

Book - 2010
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Neil MacGregor's radio series 'A History of the World in 100 Objects' has been a unique event that has set a benchmark for public service broadcasting in the UK and across the world. This book will be the tie-in to that event, reproducing the scripts describing the objects that made us who we are.
Publisher: London : Allen Lane, 2010.
ISBN: 9781846144134
Characteristics: xxvi, 707 p. :,ill. (chiefly col.) ;,24 cm.


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Mar 18, 2019

Mixed review:

Pro: The book contains gorgeous photographs of the 1001 objects and most of the writing is fascinating. Some of the objects were so beautiful that I can still see them in my mind's eye. I learned a lot.

Con: As another reviewer said, the contents of the British Museum record the history of British colonialism. Yes, the author acknowledges this but still makes arguments for not returning stolen artifacts to countries that want them back. Of course, he's the director of the British Musuem. Another perspective on the same problem is that the book curates world history through the eyes of "Western Civ" and colonialism. So then I have to ask, "Exactly what did I learn and what did I miss learning, once again?"

Oct 29, 2018

I'm only five chapters into this fascinating book, but already I'm hooked. What an interesting concept: to talk about the history of the world, the human world, through objects. It is better than reading about battles and politics.

LoganLib_Phoebe Jun 22, 2016

Don't be daunted by the size, this is a very readable and fascinating history told through objects both grand and everyday.

Jan 24, 2015

The tack it takes on its subject, combined with all the chapters being short, makes this book terrific.

Nov 19, 2014

One of my favorite books! Actually, it started as an audio program, and I recommend first listening to it. The library has it on CD. Such a great concept - audio depictions of objects. The essay on each object includes comments from a contemporary perspective. For example, Dyson comments on potential uses of one of the earliest tools. After listening to it, I had to see the objects and checked out the book, then bought it for myself, and even emailed the author (who sent me a very nice reply). This is history at its best, respectful of cultural differences, accessible, and highly entertaining.

Jan 20, 2014

Best world history book - ever.

-a wholly enjoyable book. MacGregor makes material culture come alive through brilliant story-telling.

Sep 13, 2012

Of course this is also a history of British colonialism, but MacGregor does a good job of adding culturally sensitive insights. It's great preparation for a visit to this one of many free museums in London.

Jul 28, 2012

Well, not quite the objects I was prepared for, nor the perspective, either! Should've done my due diligence first. Still, 'twas a good, deliberate, skim. Glad to see that they chose to acknowledge more than the western world.

hgeng63 May 08, 2012

No one does history like the British! I really like how non-Western cultures were covered.

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