History of humanity: scientific and cultural development, v. III: From the seventh century B.C. to the seventh century A.D.
This third volume in a series of seven produced by UNESCO on the history of the human race divides the world by large geographical areas, then presents information on every aspect of the peoples there, including technology, art, literature, agriculture, and politics. The dozens of scholars from around the world who contribute to this work are all specialists, as are the editorial staff. The text itself, while it features many technical terms, is never pedantic, making the book suitable for general history readers as well as students. The illustrations, which include maps, support the text well. In its depths of scholarship and clarity, History of Humanity compares favorably with such works as Chronicle of the World (DK, 1995), The New Encyclopedia of World History (Oxford Univ., 1993), and The Timetables of History (S.L.S., 1987). It contains more information on, for example, Japan than the comparable entry in The New Encyclopedia Britannica. Recommended for academic and large public libraries.?Norman Malwitz, Queensborough P.L., Queens,, N.Y.