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Truly global approach enables Holslag to search for patterns across different eras and regions and explore larger uestions about war diplomacy and power Has trade fostered peace What are the limits of diplomacy How does environmental change affect stability Is war a universal sin of power At a time when the threat of nuclear war looms again this is a much needed history intended for students of international politics and anyone looking for a background on current even How can you summarise 3000 years of wars and peace in 556 pages Holslag does a reasonably good job partially he has an interesting framework He explains uite well this framework in the first chapter and it helps ps in reading the book But it is of course one ll one lens to look at political history I enjoyed reading the book but his analysis of history is also deeply disturbing and pessimistic There seems to be no hope but that we will be going into the next war I hope he is wrong but I fear he is right Beyond the Pale uestions about war diplomacy and power Has trade fostered peace What are the limits of diplomacy How does environmental change affect stability Is war a The Black Ice Score (Parker, universal sin of power At a time when the threat of nuclear war looms again this is a much needed history intended for students of international politics and anyone looking for a background on current even How can you summarise 3000 years of wars and peace in 556 pages Holslag does a reasonably good job partially he has an interesting framework He explains The Black Painting uite well this framework in the first chapter and it helps ps in reading the book But it is of course one ll one lens to look at political history I enjoyed reading the book but his analysis of history is also deeply disturbing and pessimistic There seems to be no hope but that we will be going into the next war I hope he is wrong but I fear he is right

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APolitical History of the World

Orld Jonathan Holslag has produced a sweeping history of the world from the Iron Age to the present that investigates the causes of conflict between empires nations and peoples and the attempts at diplomacy and cosmopolitanism A birds eye view of three thousand years of history the book illuminates the forces shaping world politics from Ancient Egypt to the Han Dynasty the Pax Romana to the rise of Islam the Peace of Westphalia to the creation of the United NationsThis This is a wonderful book for anyone who wants an overview and grand sweeping tour of global history It does a fantastic job of taking a viewpoint that isn t completely Western centric and in fact I d say the defining narrative of the book is that since the dawn of man the central powers of the world have drifted across continents The book mainly focuses on five major areas where empires flow and ebb North Africa although this is the first 3rd China the Indian subcontinent Europe and MesopotamiaMiddle East The USA and the Americas feature hardly at all until the final chapter Unlike some reviewers I do not think this is a bad thing it s simply the emphasis of history and of historical records As you see how wealth power technology and political integration shifts across these areas Holslag gives a well constructed impression of how transient things really are The book loses a star simply because it s a bit inconsistent at times in where it chooses to devote attention For example the Song and Ming dynasties get a lot of space yet the Mongols arguably the most important development in the late middle ages are almost a side show Also the book is for me almost too fair in how it divides its chapters Eual space is given to the fairly uninteresting 250 500 period as the busy 1750 2000 This though is likely a matter of my personal preferences but find time could have been given to the technology age of exploration rise of America and Tsarist Russia etcA solid overview of world history though and I learned enough new things to rank it highly Double Jeopardy until the final chapter Unlike some reviewers I do not think this is a bad thing it s simply the emphasis of history and of historical records As you see how wealth power technology and political integration shifts across these areas Holslag gives a well constructed impression of how transient things really are The book loses a star simply because it s a bit inconsistent at times in where it chooses to devote attention For example the Song and Ming dynasties get a lot of space yet the Mongols arguably the most important development in the late middle ages are almost a side show Also the book is for me almost too fair in how it divides its chapters Eual space is given to the fairly Einsteins Generation uninteresting 250 500 period as the busy 1750 2000 This though is likely a matter of my personal preferences but find time could have been given to the technology age of exploration rise of America and Tsarist Russia etcA solid overview of world history though and I learned enough new things to rank it highly

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A three thousand year history of the world that examines the causes of war and the search for peaceIn three thousand years of history China has spent at least eleven centuries at war The Roman Empire was in conflict during at least 50 per cent of its lifetime Since 1776 the United States has spent over one hundred years at war The dream of peace has been universal in the history of humanity So why have we so rarely been able to achieve itIn A Political History of the W A concise summary of conflict war and peace from the beginning of states to the present Many wars are written and many are left out We learn It also briefly describes how about war and peace were thought about I knew about most of it from prior reading but it is always good to stay informed about the past I m a sucker for big history so I lapped it up The author wrote it to cover the most important things that politicians diplomats and other decision makers should know One shortcoming of the book is that the conuests of the Spanish Empire could have been dealt with a bit thoroughly as well as its defeat that was a significant step in the rise of American power In the epilogue the author summarizes the book uickly discusses the theories of international relations and how none of the conflict has been moral But the author never considers the marked decline in violence and war as documented in The Better Angels of Our Nature Why Violence Has Declined which was disappointingI suggest you read this alongside War What is it Good For which gives key information on the history of war and conflict The Black Painting universal in the history of humanity So why have we so rarely been able to achieve itIn A Political History of the W A concise summary of conflict war and peace from the beginning of states to the present Many wars are written and many are left out We learn It also briefly describes how about war and peace were thought about I knew about most of it from prior reading but it is always good to stay informed about the past I m a sucker for big history so I lapped it Fire and Desire up The author wrote it to cover the most important things that politicians diplomats and other decision makers should know One shortcoming of the book is that the conuests of the Spanish Empire could have been dealt with a bit thoroughly as well as its defeat that was a significant step in the rise of American power In the epilogue the author summarizes the book The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox uickly discusses the theories of international relations and how none of the conflict has been moral But the author never considers the marked decline in violence and war as documented in The Better Angels of Our Nature Why Violence Has Declined which was disappointingI suggest you read this alongside War What is it Good For which gives key information on the history of war and conflict


10 thoughts on “APolitical History of the World

  1. says:

    A concise summary of conflict war and peace from the beginning of states to the present Many wars are written and many are left out We learn It also briefly describes how about war and peace were thought about I knew about most of it from prior reading but it is always good to stay informed about the past I’m a sucker for big history so I lapped it up The author wrote it to cover the most important things that politic

  2. says:

    It's nice to think of oneself as an eclectic reader and I think for the most part I genuinely am but recently I've been experimenting with reading things that really are very off brand for me and a three thousand year history of global diplomacy and warfare certainly ualifies Jonathan Holslag is a professor of internati

  3. says:

    This is a difficult book to rate and evaluate on the one hand it is very well written and contains a massive amount of information an

  4. says:

    The set up of this book is terribly ambitious finding patterns in the distribution of power political organization interaction between political entities relationship between man and planet and the nature of world politics by giving an account of three thousand years of history in terms of war and peace The result is sometimes very boring literature a long seuence of persons regimes and facts As a reader than once I felt completel

  5. says:

    This is a great overview of the rise and fall of the great and small states and empires over the last 3000 years concentrating on China India the Middle East and Europe with brief forays into the Americas What I really liked about it is that each chapter covers a couple of centuries and so put the various empires in context and it was nice to see what say the Mughals or the Han were up to as their contemporaneous European neighbou

  6. says:

    This is a wonderful book for anyone who wants an overview and grand sweeping tour of global history It does a fantastic job of taking a viewpoint that isn't completely Western centric and in fact I'd say the defining narrative of the book is that since the dawn of man the central powers of the world have drifted across continents

  7. says:

    In terms of how much I enjoyed the text my rating would easily be Five Stars The words jump out to you yelling PAY ATTENTION And I did However as a work of synthesis there are small errors of historical dating name

  8. says:

    How can you summarise 3000 years of wars and peace in 556 pages Holslag does a reasonably good job partially he has an interesting framework He explains uite well this framework in the first chapter and it helps ps in reading the book But it is of course one’ll one lens to look at political history I enjoyed reading the book but his analysis of history is also deeply disturbing and pessimistic There seems to be no hope but that we will b

  9. says:

    It doesn't really deliver what it purports to sell a history of war and diplomacy but if you're just looking for a relatively compact summary of the major political developments over the 3000 years since the arrival of Iron this is a pretty good read Obviously very little depth but as someone who has a bit of trouble holding the big picture in my mind when digging into specific cases this was very helpful to deliver some context

  10. says:

    The concluding chapter redeems what is otherwise a difficult readbut once you’ve read the final chapter the logic of Jonathan Holslag’s cumbersome and repetitive review of regimes empires nations and cultures makes sens

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