The Definitive Visual Guide : From the Dawn of Civilization to the Present Day

Book - 2007
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Penguin Putnam
Homo sapiens have remained the same species, largely unchanged in genetic makeup and anatomy since the Cro-Magnon era. By contrast, the cultural, social, and technological changes since then have been nothing less than extraordinary. Telling our story, from prehistory to the present day, DK's History is a thought-provoking journey, revealing the common threads and forces that have shaped human history.


  • Inventions, discoveries, and ideas that have shaped world history
  • A look at human achievement through artifacts, painting, sculpture, and architecture
  • An examination of humankind in context as part of the natural world
  • Eyewitness accounts and biographies of key figures
  • A comprehensive timeline chronicling the key events of the countries of the world

Baker & Taylor
Traces the course of human history from prehistoric times to the present day, analyzing the common themes, threads, forces, and factors that have shaped human life--including climate, ecology, disease, and geology--and examining human accomplishments, from the technological innovations that changed the world to key cultural, social, artistic, and intellectual achievements.

Book News
Published in oversized format (10.25x12.25"), this stimulating work is filled with images and maps placed amidst a history that spans the earliest human origins to the 21st century. The history is told through engaging two- to four-page synopses of specific issues, cultures, religions, political movements, or events, among other topics. Each is heavily illustrated with photos of art, monuments, and other historic objects, a map, and inset boxes with additional information, such as profiles of notable people. Interspersed among the synopses are accounts of individual events or issues and timelines of specific eras. The volume concludes with a lengthy section summarizing national histories, grouped by continent. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

& Taylor

Chronologically traces the course of human history and civilization from prehistoric times to the present day, covering key events, people, inventions and discoveries, and ideas and beliefs.

Publisher: New York : DK Pub., 2007
ISBN: 9780756631192
Branch Call Number: OS 900 His
Characteristics: 612 p. : ill. (some col.), col. maps
Additional Contributors: Adams, Simon 1955-


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Jul 11, 2012

Brief summary on important historical events.

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