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Old September 19th, 2011, 07:25 PM   #1

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Will Durant's Story of Civilization?


What's your overall impression of this multi-volume work? Personally I've always found it rather enjoyable and informative in at least a more general way. And Durant's writing style is very readable, which is something I often value in historical writing.
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Old September 19th, 2011, 07:27 PM   #2

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Apologies I didn't realise there was already a thread about this.
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Apologies I didn't realise there was already a thread about this.
Indeed already a thread - and his work is excellent. Our oriental heritage is considered is weaker work, but that's mainly due to pre-carbon dating data. Nonetheless, Durant prose is most impressive.
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Durant was a dumb guy who contributed negatively in praising the dumb non-achievements of pre-colonial native tribal cultures, giving modern nostalgiacs an excuse for pursuing their fancy hat dream histories that almost entirely, or at least to an unimaginably large extent, contradict real histories as formulated by ostensibly neutral historical sources.
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I would be great to have it if I was locked up in a supermax
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It has it's place, it's like a Readers Digest history.
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I hope you people don't mind me resurrecting this thread.

With the exception of two posts, I find the above replies inadequate. So I'd like to ask if anyone here has read Durant's Story of Civilisation. Is it very dated? What is the general thesis of the work, and what is your sincere opinion on the book(s)?
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I hope you people don't mind me resurrecting this thread.

With the exception of two posts, I find the above replies inadequate. So I'd like to ask if anyone here has read Durant's Story of Civilisation. Is it very dated? What is the general thesis of the work, and what is your sincere opinion on the book(s)?
I've got the first two books. Our oriental heritage and the greek book. They're good, if very broad in scope. They're old too, the books I have. Are these still in print?
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I owned this set quite a few years back. It's well written, and pretty comprehensive. It is still available on Amazon. I think it is very worthwhile to read, to get a wide overview of world history.

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So, people who have read this: does the series have a unifying narrative, or do the individual volumes work just as well on their own? Because I really don't need a "Reader's Digest" version of classical or medieval history, but some of the volumes appear to cover a period much more broadly than any books I know...
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