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Our Oriental Heritage (1935)

av Will Durant, Ariel Durant

Serier: The Story of Civilization (Volume 1)

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The Story of Civilization, Volume I: A history of civilization in Egypt and the Near East to the Death of Alexander, and in India, China, and Japan from the beginning; with an introduction on the nature and foundations of civilization. This is the first volume of the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning series.… (mer)
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Good book and extensive research but dated. ( )
  LeonardSmith1 | Nov 7, 2019 |
I started this book in July, and just finished it now, half a year later. And that's listening to it as an audio edition [which goes faster for me with this type of book than reading]. And it's the first in a series of twelve.

I'm attracted to the concept of the book, "The Story of Civilization." But it isn't a story. It's a catalog.

History is more like the future than many suspect. Just as their are an infinite number of possible futures, and the further out into future you move the larger that infinity, the same is true of the past. Take a historic event like World War II. There are a dozen different ways that it can be explained, neatly fit into the expansive timeline of history. Not all of these stories compliment each other or even agree on fundamentals. Sure, there are certain facts we can agree on, like the date and location of certain battles. But history isn't about numbers, it's about reasons, and these are subjective.

This being said, I find Durant's "history" as lacking a certain compelling nature to its narrative. Maybe part of the issue is that I'm reading the book almost a century after it was written.

Durant uses many generalizations when talking about history, which is an issue with a history that's so in-depth. You'd think over the course of millions of words he could get down into some details. He does quote and summarize primary sources. But I think the reader would be much better off just reading these texts for themselves and coming to their own opinions rather than relying on Durant's Spark Notes.

History's such an exciting subject. I'm not sure how Durant's managed to make it quite so boring.

This has all been talk on style. What about content?

The move developed civilizations become, the more violent they become. That's the main thing you need to know. Oh, and there were likely advanced civilizations in prehistory, but by definition [they predate recovered written records], they're generally obscured from the modern perspective.

Soon I'll be listening to Durant's "Lesson's of History." I'll be interested to see if the shorter medium better suits his style. ( )
  willszal | Jan 3, 2016 |
Hasn't aged nearly as well as his other works in the series. ( )
  TheGoldyns | Sep 15, 2015 |
A history of Egypt and the Near East. To the death of Alexander. In India, China and Japan. An introduction on the foundation of civilization. ( )
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  Tutter | Feb 20, 2015 |
The first volume of The History of Civilization gives to the reader a good bunch of information about regions and people most of us (westerners) ignore. The text is readable and enlightened. The author gives his thoughts about the facts examined. The first and the last chapters discuss the idea of civilization. The others chapters examine the easterns regions and peoples, its beginings, development and achievements. One will profit a lot with this reading. ( )
  MarcusBastos | Feb 10, 2015 |
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. . . barbarism is always around civilization, amid it and beneath it, ready to engulf it by arms, or mass migration, or unchecked fertility. Barbarism is like the jungle; it never admits its defeat; it waits patiently for centuries to recover the territory it has lost.
. . . civilization is a precarious thing, whose delicate complex of order and liberty, culture and peace may at any time be overthrown by barbarians invading from without or multiplying within.
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