Book Review: 1001 Days that Shaped the World, edited by Peter Furtado • Glam Adelaide

Book Review: 1001 Days that Shaped the World, edited by Peter Furtado

This enormous volume provides a history of humanity with facts, dates, pictures and more, covering pivotal moments in history from the Big Bang up to 2018.

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This is a major collaborative achievement and an invaluable reference book.
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5

The updated edition of 1001 Days that Shaped the World is a thick, heavy tome that stretches from the creation of the universe some 13,700 million years ago, to the Buddhist genocide in Burma in 2018.

This enormous volume provides a history of humanity with facts, dates, pictures and more. Pivotal events are grouped within date ranges that vary in size but are clearly articulated (Big Bang to 1 BCE, 1-999, 1950-Present, etc). The breakdown is aided by both a general index and an index by country, allowing readers to find events in various ways.

This is a collection of ideas, events, innovations, artistic creations, political discourse and more. It provides a fascinating and easy-to-ready history of the world we live in and how it was shaped.

Peter Furtado is the general editor, with eleven contributors that range from post-graduate research students to historians and writers: Tony Bunting, Richard Cavendish, Reg Grant, James J Harrison, John Haywood, Nigel Jones, Nick Kennedy, Susan Kennedy, Robert Pearce, John Swift and Furtado himself. Each entry credits the relevant contributor.

Despite its weight and size, 1001 Days that Shaped the World is a major collaborative achievement that can sit proud on a coffee table or on display in your bookshelf. The information for each entry is concise and precise, making it an invaluable reference for students and those with an avid interest in the broad history of our world.

Reviewed by Rod Lewis
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Distributed by:Murdoch Books
Released: November 2018
RRP: $39.99

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