A Short History of the World

A Short History of the World

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A Short History of the World by H. G. Wells

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1922

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A Short History of the World

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A story of our planet and humankind. From the origins of the earth to the founding of the League of Nations.Wells wrote this short version of "The Outline of History" to, in his own words "meet the needs of the busy general reader".

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is a length of time that absolutely overpowers the imagination.

Before that vast period of separate existence, the sun and earth and the other planets that circulate round the sun may have been a great swirl of diffused matter in space. The telescope reveals to us in various parts of the heavens luminous spiral clouds of matter, the spiral nebulae, which appear to be in rotation about a centre. It is supposed by many astronomers that the sun and its planets were once such a spiral, and that their matter has undergone concentration into its present form. Through majestic aeons that concentration went on until in that vast remoteness of the past for which we have given figures, the world and its moon were distinguishable. They were spinning then much faster than they are spinning now; they were at a lesser distance from the sun; they travelled round it very much faster, and they were probably incandescent or molten at the surface. The sun itself was a much greater blaze in the heavens.

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This is a nice interesting history as long as you remember it is from 1922. It is more interesting than most histories because it is from H. G. Wells. Wells was a futurist and he predicted World War II in this book. Some things are wrong like is age for the Earth being 2 billion years while now it is said to be 4.4 billion. But even with the unimportant errors and the last 90 years missing it is more lively than most history books I have encountered.

He does go off on a bit of a socialist rant a few chapters from the end but was a hoot too.