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  • Published: 1 October 2001
  • ISBN: 9780670911394
  • Imprint: Viking Australia
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 688
  • RRP: $47.00
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A Short History of the World




This is the story of the world's people during the last four million years. It begins before the human race moved out of Africa to explore and settle the other continents, several of which were later marooned by the great rising of the seas. It is the story of the inhabited world being pulled apart, and of it coming together again in recent centuries.

  • Pub date: 1 October 2001
  • ISBN: 9780670911394
  • Imprint: Viking Australia
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 688
  • RRP: $47.00
Categories:

About the Author

Geoffrey Blainey

Professor Geoffrey Blainey is one of Australia’s most prolific and popular historians. He has written more than forty books, including The Tyranny of Distance, Triumph of the Nomads, A Shorter History of Australia, The Rush That Never Ended, and the international bestseller A Short History of the World, which was published in a score of lands as far apart as Brazil, India, Spain and China. He has served the federal government as chairman of the Commonwealth Literary Fund, the Australia Council for the Arts, the National Council for the Centenary of Federation, and the Australia–China Council.

At the United Nations in New York, in 1988, Professor Blainey received the celebrated Britannica Prize ‘for excellence in the dissemination of knowledge for the benefit of mankind’. A recipient of Australia’s highest honour, Companion in the Order of Australia (AC), he has been officially listed for two decades by the National Trust as a ‘National Living Treasure’. He is married to the well-known biographer Ann Blainey.

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Praise for A Short History of the World

“A triumph of literature.”

Herald Sun

“Immediately accessible and entertaining.”

West Australian


Awards & Recognition

  • Independent Scholars Association of Aust

    Joint winner • 2001 • Non-Fiction


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