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The Oxford Illustrated History Of The World



As the readers move around the world with ease in this single volume, the interweaving of the meaning of a book, its function, and history in cultural and societal context remind readers that it is not simply about a history on the codex or the printed book, but the intellectual and social histories that must be examined to understand the activities in book history. Just as the rise in piracy and censorship cannot be viewed without giving due consideration to the revolution in the book trade and globalization, transitions in book format from early to modern cannot be viewed without giving due consideration to tensions in religion, politics, and culture which gave rise to books in all their magnificent disparate forms.




The Oxford Illustrated History of the World



David A. Warner in The History Teacher noted that the division into northern and southern chapters generally reflected reality at the time, although there were some cross-European issues that therefore failed to receive a coherent treatment. Whilst the structure of the book was not traditional, its perspective was, with little attention paid to issues such as the role of women and groups outside the mainstream such as the Jews, although current historical debates such as the Pirenne thesis were acknowledged. Warner also felt that for an illustrated history, there was a lack of coverage of the role of art and architecture in the period with Gothic art receiving little attention. Warner describes the book as clearly intended for the general reader and therefore including many maps and dispensing with footnotes, but also including some anachronistic words and a number of words and phrases that made the text more lively but seemed out of place in a work on the medieval period, such as "blitzkrieg".[8]


The set is a revision of History of the World (1976) by Roberts, a British historian, professor, editor, and author. He points out that any history of the world must be selective. In this one he has tried "to set our events, movements, determining facts and circumstances which have shaped most human lives." He emphasizes the most significant civilizations and tells their stories in all their interconnectedness, highlighting their most important contributions. The tone is optimistic, stressing human power to manage nature, overcome obstacles, and bring about conscious change.


In that distant past, my recollection is that the resources I used focused entirely on the invention of the printed book and its history in Western Europe. It is welcome, therefore, to find that this Oxford illustrated history deals with the history of the book around the world, in all of its forms. As Eleanor Robson says, at the beginning of her chapter on 'The ancient world', 'Books existed before the book: that is, many objects and forms carried script before sheets of paper, bound together, became the default portable medium for the long-term storage and transmission of writing worldwide'.


This is an excellent compilation on the world-wide history of the book and I'm sure that anyone with an interest in the field will at least want to read it and, in fact, at 30.00 (and probably discounted by some suppliers) it is a beautifully illustrated bargain. Put it on your Christmas present list.


In this richly illustrated volume, twelve leading scholars draw on the latest research and archaeological evidence to provide the clearest picture yet of this fabled people. Painting a fascinating portrait of the influences that the "Northmen" had on foreign lands, the contributors trace Viking excursions to the British Islands, Russia, Greenland, and the northern tip of Newfoundland, which the Vikings called "Vinlund." We meet the great Viking kings: from King Godfred, King of the Danes, who led campaigns against Charlemagne in Saxony, to King Harald Bluetooth, the first of the Christian rulers, who helped unify Scandinavia and introduced a modern infrastructure of bridges and roads. The volume also looks at the day-to-day social life of the Vikings, describing their almost religious reverence for boats and boat-building, and their deep bond with the sea that is still visible in the etymology of such English words as "anchor," "boat," "rudder," and "fishing," all of which can betraced back to Old Norse roots. But perhaps most importantly, the book goes a long way towards answering the age-old question of who these intriguing people were. From sagas to shipbuilding, from funeral rites to the fur trade, this superb volume is an indispensable guide to the Viking world. if (window['_OC_autoDir']) _OC_autoDir('search_form_input');Preview this book What people are saying - Write a reviewReviews aren't verified, but Google checks for and removes fake content when it's identifiedLibraryThing ReviewUser Review - eyja - LibraryThingI really enjoyed this book. It has a nice overview of where the vikings went and conquered. Read full review


Here is the story of a book--the Bible--a book like no other, which has been in continuous use for nearly 2000 years. In this new Oxford history, a distinguished team of scholars presents an authoritative account of that story, richly illustrated, and based on the latest research.


In 14 original essays, The Oxford Illustrated History of the Book (Oxford UP, 2022) reveals the history of books in all their various forms, from the ancient world to the digital present. Leading international scholars offer an original and richly illustrated narrative that is global in scope.


The history of the book is the history of millions of written, printed, and illustrated texts, their manufacture, distribution, and reception. Here are different types of production, from clay tablets to scrolls, from inscribed codices to printed books, pamphlets, magazines, and newspapers, from written parchment to digital texts. The history of the book is a history of different methods of circulation and dissemination, all dependent on innovations in transport, from coastal and transoceanic shipping to roads, trains, planes and the internet. It is a history of different modes of reading and reception, from learned debate and individual study to public instruction and entertainment. It is a history of manufacture, craftsmanship, dissemination, reading and debate.


Provides extensive coverage of world religions, major denominations, biblical studies, religious history, epistemology, political philosophy, philosophy of language, moral philosophy and the history of philosophy. Religion & Philosophy Collection offers nearly 300 full text journals, including more than 250 peer-reviewed titles. There is some content overlap with the ATLA-RDB, but about 225 of the journals are unique to this collection.


China's Boxer Rising and the First Global War: Tales of Martyrs and Myths, Murders and Monuments This illustrated talk will focus on the violent events in China that convulsed the Qing Empire and captivated the attention of newspaper readers around the world in 1900, which are the subject of a book the presenter is completing that will place the Boxer Crisis into a robustly international perspective. One central concern in that book is the very different ways that the events of 1900 were understood at the time and have been thought about since in varying parts of the world. To explore this theme - and also draw attention to how many issues associated with the Boxer Rising and the international war it sparked resonate with contemporary concerns - particular attention will be paid in this talk to monuments built to honour martyrs, and to the ways the meanings of some of these have changed dramatically over time. Of special interest will be two commemorative arches that were built on opposite sides of the Pacific not long after the Boxer Crisis ended. One commemorated an assassinated German diplomat, the other a band of slain American missionaries. One was dismantled in the 1910s, while the other became the focus of campus protests. Jeffrey Wasserstrom is Chancellor's Professor of History at UC Irvine, where he serves as Historical Writing Mentor for the Literary Journalism Program and holds a courtesy appointment in Law. He is the author of several books, including Eight Juxtapositions: China through Imperfect Analogies from Mark Twain to Manchukuo, is editor of, among other works, The Oxford Illustrated History of Modern China, and is co-author of the just published third edition of China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know. He has written for both scholarly venues, such as the China Quarterly and the History Workshop Journal, and general interest ones, such as the TLS, the New York Times, the Financial Times, and the "China Channel" of the Los Angeles Review of Books. 041b061a72


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