Thursday, October 6, 2011

History The Definitive Visual Guide

9780756676094HHistory The Definitive Visual Guide – From the Dawn of Civilization to the Present Day
Published at DK Canada

About the book

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.

My Thoughts

History was one of my favourite subjects when I was in high school.   I still love to learn more about ancient civilizations especially since I am a Christian.

Like it or not history is part of learning about the past and how humans have grown through the years.

Though I disagree with the first chapter of the book due to my beliefs, I think this book is worth having for anyone who would love to discover more about the places, peoples and events that happened throughout history.  Let’s take Leonardo Da Vinci for example.  on page 254 of the book, you can read a biography on the man and see some of his creations.   Leonardo Da Vinci was born in 1452 and died in 1519.  During his life, he was very creative and talented in many ways.   Part of me wish I could draw like him…

Here’s a list of the chapters you will find in this book;

Chapter 1 Origins

Chapter 2 Rulers & Hierarchies 3000 – 700 BCE

Chapter 3 Thinkers & Believers 700 BCE – 600 CE

Chapter 4 Warriors, Travelers, & Inventors 600-1450

Chapter 5 Renaissance & Reformation 1450-1750

Chapter 6 Industry & Revolution 1750 - 1914

Chapter 7 Population & Power  1914 to present

Throughout the book,  you will find stunning pictures, illustrations, timelines, maps, and pictures of items from a specific era.   Though the information on a specific subject might not be detailed enough for a report, it is a good starter and will help you to find more information on it.    

As a homeschooler I always want to have interesting books for my kids to use as reference of for simple reading fun.   This book can be used as reference when we are studying history but they can also grab it anytime they want to learn more about an era, a person and an event that happened in the past.  

At the end of the book, you can access the national histories of many countries.   For fun I checked out the information listed for Canada.  Though the information seems to be correct, I was surprised that Jacques Cartier wasn’t mentioned as being the one who claimed the land for France back in 1534!  However, it was interesting that they mentioned Nunavut as a new territory in 1999 and the constitutional crisis over Quebec.   

History is available at your favourite bookstore, even

Disclaimer: I received the book for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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