Early-twentieth-century historiography was marked by the idea of a “universal history,” in which humanity progresses towards greater enlightenment and a common civilization. These three classic one-volume histories of the world reflect this ideal, covering from prehistoric times to the twentieth century. The authors paint in broad strokes which reveal unique wide-angle perspectives and themes often missed in an era of specialists. Designed for non-experts, these volumes are all eminently readable and full of fascinating insight into world history and historiography’s history.
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Professor Hutton Webster’s World History covers prehistoric times to the twentieth century. Written during the ascendance of universal history, in which history works towards a “common civilization of mankind,” Webster’s text reflects the historiographical ideals of the early twentieth century. His text is designed for those with only a cursory knowledge of world history and provides helpful insights on the periods “most interesting and profitable to the student.”
Hutton Webster was professor of sociology and anthropology at the University of Nebraska.
Admitting the impossibility of containing the history of the world in 200 pages, E.M. Wilmot-Buxton seeks to “trace, very simply, the line of economic development throughout the rise and fall of empires, showing . . . the general principals of cause and effect, as one nation after another rises, comes to the front, and passes away into obscurity.” Wilmot-Buxton’s work provides a broad glimpse of the history of humanity, which she argues is often missed in an era of increasing specialization and in-depth study.
E.M. Wilmot-Buxton was a twentieth-century historian. She is also the author of Told by the Northmen: Stories from the Eddas and Sagas, The Story of the Crusades, Stories from Old French Romance, A Catholic History of Great Britain, and Alcuin.
Andrew Reid Cowan’s A Guide to World-History seeks to use history as a science and answer such questions as why civilizations originated where they did; why progress occurred at different rates, at different times, and in different places; why some nations emerge as despotic and others as democratic; and what laws govern the rise and fall of empires. Cowan’s history attempts to work chronologically across the entire globe, analyzing all civilizations alongside each other a century at a time.
Andrew Reid Cowan was a historian in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He is also the author of Master-Clues in World-History.
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