The Human Web 

A Bird's-Eye View of World History
John R McNeill & William H McNeill, 2003

An attempt to encapsulate all of human history into a single short (368 page) volume. I think it succeeds admirably — well-written, and chock-full of facts and anecdotes I wanted to note down.

The authors take a largely technological view of history, with a large dose of economics (and diseases — no surprise coming from the author of Plagues and Peoples). They talk about the various webs which tie people together (culminating in today’s world-wide web — no, not the Internet).

I borrowed this book from the library, but will keep my eye open to buy a copy. 

Posted: Wed - November 12, 2003 at 08:35 PM