Reflections on the History of Art Book

Reflections on the History of Art


  • Author : Ernst Hans Gombrich
  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Release Date : 1987-01-01
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 258
  • ISBN 10 : 0520061896

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Reflections on the History of Art Excerpt :

Essays discuss Greek and Chineese art, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Dutch genre painting, Rubens, Rembrandt, art collecting, museums, and Freud's aesthetics

A Little History of the World Book
Score: 4
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A Little History of the World


  • Author : E. H. Gombrich
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Release Date : 2014-10-01
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 461
  • ISBN 10 : 9780300213973

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A Little History of the World Excerpt :

E. H. Gombrich's Little History of the World, though written in 1935, has become one of the treasures of historical writing since its first publication in English in 2005. The Yale edition alone has now sold over half a million copies, and the book is available worldwide in almost thirty languages. Gombrich was of course the best-known art historian of his time, and his text suggests illustrations on every page. This illustrated edition of the Little History brings together the pellucid humanity of his narrative with the images that may well have been in his mind's eye as he wrote the book. The two hundred illustrations—most of them in full color—are not simple embellishments, though they are beautiful. They emerge from the text, enrich the author's intention, and deepen the pleasure of reading this remarkable work. For this edition the text is reset in a spacious format, flowing around illustrations that range from paintings to line drawings, emblems, motifs, and symbols. The book incorporates freshly drawn maps, a revised preface, and a new index. Blending high-grade design, fine paper, and classic binding, this is both a sumptuous gift book and an enhanced edition of a timeless account of human history.

A Little History of Philosophy Book
Score: 4
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A Little History of Philosophy


  • Author : Nigel Warburton
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Release Date : 2011-10-25
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 308
  • ISBN 10 : 9780300177541

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A Little History of Philosophy Excerpt :

Presents an introduction to the ideas of major Western philosophers, including Aristotle, Augustine, John Locke, and Karl Marx.

A Little History of Literature Book
Score: 4
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A Little History of Literature


  • Author : John Sutherland
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Release Date : 2013-11-05
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780300188363

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A Little History of Literature Excerpt :

From The Epic of Gilgamesh to Harry Potter, this rollicking romp through the world of literature reveals how writings from all over the world can transport us and help us to make sense of what it means to be human.

A Little History of Religion Book
Score: 4
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A Little History of Religion


  • Author : Richard Holloway
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Release Date : 2016-08-23
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780300222142

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A Little History of Religion Excerpt :

For curious readers young and old, a rich and colorful history of religion from humanity’s earliest days to our own contentious times In an era of hardening religious attitudes and explosive religious violence, this book offers a welcome antidote. Richard Holloway retells the entire history of religion—from the dawn of religious belief to the twenty-first century—with deepest respect and a keen commitment to accuracy. Writing for those with faith and those without, and especially for young readers, he encourages curiosity and tolerance, accentuates nuance and mystery, and calmly restores a sense of the value of faith. Ranging far beyond the major world religions of Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, and Hinduism, Holloway also examines where religious belief comes from, the search for meaning throughout history, today’s fascinations with Scientology and creationism, religiously motivated violence, hostilities between religious people and secularists, and more. Holloway proves an empathic yet discerning guide to the enduring significance of faith and its power from ancient times to our own.

A Little History of Science Book
Score: 3.5
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A Little History of Science


  • Author : William Bynum
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Release Date : 2012-10-15
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 284
  • ISBN 10 : 9780300189421

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A Little History of Science Excerpt :

Science is fantastic. It tells us about the infinite reaches of space, the tiniest living organism, the human body, the history of Earth. People have always been doing science because they have always wanted to make sense of the world and harness its power. From ancient Greek philosophers through Einstein and Watson and Crick to the computer-assisted scientists of today, men and women have wondered, examined, experimented, calculated, and sometimes made discoveries so earthshaking that people understood the world—or themselves—in an entirely new way. This inviting book tells a great adventure story: the history of science. It takes readers to the stars through the telescope, as the sun replaces the earth at the center of our universe. It delves beneath the surface of the planet, charts the evolution of chemistry's periodic table, introduces the physics that explain electricity, gravity, and the structure of atoms. It recounts the scientific quest that revealed the DNA molecule and opened unimagined new vistas for exploration. Emphasizing surprising and personal stories of scientists both famous and unsung, A Little History of Science traces the march of science through the centuries. The book opens a window on the exciting and unpredictable nature of scientific activity and describes the uproar that may ensue when scientific findings challenge established ideas. With delightful illustrations and a warm, accessible style, this is a volume for young and old to treasure together.

A Little History of Economics Book
Score: 3
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A Little History of Economics


  • Author : Niall Kishtainy
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Release Date : 2017-03-07
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 257
  • ISBN 10 : 9780300226317

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A lively, inviting account of the history of economics, told through events from ancient to modern times and the ideas of great thinkers in the field What causes poverty? Are economic crises inevitable under capitalism? Is government intervention in an economy a helpful approach or a disastrous idea? The answers to such basic economic questions matter to everyone, yet the unfamiliar jargon and math of economics can seem daunting. This clear, accessible, and even humorous book is ideal for young readers new to economics and for all readers who seek a better understanding of the full sweep of economic history and ideas. Economic historian Niall Kishtainy organizes short, chronological chapters that center on big ideas and events. He recounts the contributions of key thinkers including Adam Smith, David Ricardo, Karl Marx, John Maynard Keynes, and others, while examining topics ranging from the invention of money and the rise of agrarianism to the Great Depression, entrepreneurship, environmental destruction, inequality, and behavioral economics. The result is a uniquely enjoyable volume that succeeds in illuminating the economic ideas and forces that shape our world.

A Short History of the World Book

A Short History of the World


  • Author : H. G. Wells
  • Publisher : Book Tree
  • Release Date : 2000
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 328
  • ISBN 10 : 1585092118

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A Short History of the World Excerpt :

A Short History of the World is a period-piece non-fictional historic work. The book was largely inspired by Wells's earlier 1919 work The Outline of History. It summarises the scientific knowledge of the time regarding the history of Earth and life and begins with its origins, goes on to explain the development of the Earth and life on Earth, reaching primitive thought and the development of humankind from the Cradle of Civilisation.

A Little History of the United States Book
Score: 3
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A Little History of the United States


  • Author : James West Davidson
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Release Date : 2015-09-15
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 340
  • ISBN 10 : 9780300182521

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A Little History of the United States Excerpt :

How did a land and people of such immense diversity come together under a banner of freedom and equality to form one of the most remarkable nations in the world? Everyone from young adults to grandparents will be fascinated by the answers uncovered in James West Davidson’s vividly told A Little History of the United States. In 300 fast-moving pages, Davidson guides his readers through 500 years, from the first contact between the two halves of the world to the rise of America as a superpower in an era of atomic perils and diminishing resources. In short, vivid chapters the book brings to life hundreds of individuals whose stories are part of the larger American story. Pilgrim William Bradford stumbles into an Indian deer trap on his first day in America; Harriet Tubman lets loose a pair of chickens to divert attention from escaping slaves; the toddler Andrew Carnegie, later an ambitious industrial magnate, gobbles his oatmeal with a spoon in each hand. Such stories are riveting in themselves, but they also spark larger questions to ponder about freedom, equality, and unity in the context of a nation that is, and always has been, remarkably divided and diverse.

A Little History of Art Book

A Little History of Art


  • Author : Charlotte Mullins
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Release Date : 2022-04-26
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 370
  • ISBN 10 : 9780300265538

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A thrilling journey through 100,000 years of art, from the first artworks ever made to art’s central role in culture today. “A fresh take on art history as we know it.” (Katy Hessel, The Great Women Artists Podcast) Charlotte Mullins brings art to life through the stories of those who created it and, importantly, reframes who is included in the narrative to create a more diverse and exciting landscape of art. She shows how art can help us see the world differently and understand our place in it, how it helps us express ourselves, fuels our creativity and contributes to our overall wellbeing and positive mental health. Why did our ancestors make art? What did art mean to them and what does their art mean for us today? Why is art even important at all? Mullins introduces readers to the Terracotta Army and Nok sculptures, Renaissance artists such as Giotto and Michelangelo, trailblazers including Käthe Kollwitz, Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, and contemporary artists who create art as resistance, such as Ai Weiwei and Shirin Neshat. She also restores forgotten artists such as Sofonisba Anguissola, Guan Daosheng and Jacob Lawrence, and travels to the Niger valley, Peru, Java, Rapa Nui and Australia, to broaden our understanding of what art is and should be. This extraordinary journey through 100,000 years celebrates art’s crucial place in understanding our collective culture and history.

A Little History of Poetry Book
Score: 2.5
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A Little History of Poetry


  • Author : John Carey
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Release Date : 2020-04-21
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 306
  • ISBN 10 : 9780300252521

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A vital, engaging, and hugely enjoyable guide to poetry, from ancient times to the present, by one of our greatest champions of literature The Times and Sunday Times, Best Books of 2020 “[A] fizzing, exhilarating book.”—Sebastian Faulks, Sunday Times What is poetry? If music is sound organized in a particular way, poetry is a way of organizing language. It is language made special so that it will be remembered and valued. It does not always work—over the centuries countless thousands of poems have been forgotten. But this Little History is about some that have not. John Carey tells the stories behind the world’s greatest poems, from the oldest surviving one written nearly four thousand years ago to those being written today. Carey looks at poets whose works shape our views of the world, such as Dante, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Whitman, and Yeats. He also looks at more recent poets, like Derek Walcott, Marianne Moore, and Maya Angelou, who have started to question what makes a poem “great” in the first place. For readers both young and old, this little history shines a light for readers on the richness of the world’s poems—and the elusive quality that makes them all the more enticing.

Little Book of Bristol Book

Little Book of Bristol


  • Author : Maurice Fells
  • Publisher : The History Press
  • Release Date : 2015-07-06
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9780750965439

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The Little Book of Bristol is an intriguing, fast-paced, fact-packed compendium of places, people and trivia. A rich, and indeed sometimes bizarre, thread of history weaves its way through the ‘Bristol story’. Find out all manner of things from why local women were allowed to hang out their washing at a local beauty spot to why local bye-laws restrict carpet beating to certain hours. Along with a fresh look at city life past and present, these and many more anecdotes will surprise even those Bristolians who thought they really knew their city.

A Short History of the World in 50 Animals Book

A Short History of the World in 50 Animals


  • Author : Jacob F. Field
  • Publisher : Michael O'Mara Books
  • Release Date : 2021-07-08
  • Genre: Nature
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 9781789292961

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A Short History of the World in 50 Animals provides a new perspective on the grand sweep of our planet's making, taking readers from the time of the dinosaurs to the time of Dolly, the first cloned mammal. This book will include a great variety of beasts from across the animal kingdom, some well known and others far more surprising, from every continent in the world. Each entry will show the creature's influence on world development, economy, health, culture, religion and society. The size of the animals range from hulking elephants to tiny bees but each one has made a significant impact on history. A Short History of the World in 50 Animals details the impact, legacy and role of fifty animals that determined the world's history and shows how many of them are essential for our future survival. Featuring charming black and white illustrations throughout, which celebrate these extraordinary animals. In the same series: A Short History of the World in 50 Places.

A Little History of Archaeology Book
Score: 4
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A Little History of Archaeology


  • Author : Brian Fagan
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Release Date : 2018-04-10
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 289
  • ISBN 10 : 9780300235289

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A Little History of Archaeology Excerpt :

The thrilling history of archaeological adventure, with tales of danger, debate, audacious explorers, and astonishing discoveries around the globe What is archaeology? The word may bring to mind images of golden pharaohs and lost civilizations, or Neanderthal skulls and Ice Age cave art. Archaeology is all of these, but also far more: the only science to encompass the entire span of human history—more than three million years! This Little History tells the riveting stories of some of the great archaeologists and their amazing discoveries around the globe: ancient Egyptian tombs, Mayan ruins, the first colonial settlements at Jamestown, mysterious Stonehenge, the incredibly preserved Pompeii, and many, many more. In forty brief, exciting chapters, the book recounts archaeology’s development from its eighteenth-century origins to its twenty-first-century technological advances, including remote sensing capabilities and satellite imagery techniques that have revolutionized the field. Shining light on the most intriguing events in the history of the field, this absolutely up-to-date book illuminates archaeology’s controversies, discoveries, heroes and scoundrels, global sites, and newest methods for curious readers of every age.

Sapiens Book
Score: 4
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Sapiens


  • Author : Yuval Noah Harari
  • Publisher : Signal
  • Release Date : 2014-10-28
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 512
  • ISBN 10 : 9780771038525

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Destined to become a modern classic in the vein of Guns, Germs, and Steel, Sapiens is a lively, groundbreaking history of humankind told from a unique perspective. 100,000 years ago, at least six species of human inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo Sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations, and human rights; to trust money, books, and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables, and consumerism? And what will our world be like in the millennia to come? In Sapiens, Dr. Yuval Noah Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical -- and sometimes devastating -- breakthroughs of the Cognitive, Agricultural, and Scientific Revolutions. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, palaeontology, and economics, he explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities. Have we become happier as history has unfolded? Can we ever free our behaviour from the heritage of our ancestors? And what, if anything, can we do to influence the course of the centuries to come? Bold, wide-ranging and provocative, Sapiens challenges everything we thought we knew about being human: our thoughts, our actions, our power...and our future.