The New Penguin Atlas of Medieval History

The New Penguin Atlas of Medieval History This is a revised edition of The Penguin Atlas of Medieval History

  • Title: The New Penguin Atlas of Medieval History
  • Author: Colin McEvedy David Woodroffe
  • ISBN: 9780140512496
  • Page: 456
  • Format: Paperback
  • This is a revised edition of The Penguin Atlas of Medieval History.

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    1. Colin McEvedy David Woodroffe Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the The New Penguin Atlas of Medieval History book, this is one of the most wanted Colin McEvedy David Woodroffe author readers around the world.

    2. A delightful, irreverent romp through the Dark Ages and medieval history, and if that sounds oxymoronic, all the better to drive home what a gem this little book is. Straight to my favorites shelf.To start, since it is billed as an atlas, yes, there are maps, elegant, minimalist and well-designed maps; see other reviews for a deeper discussion of how the "flip-book" style works well here, what I would note (having sampled a few alternative atlases for this era) is the refreshing attention to str [...]

    3. 'The best history book ever'? A rather extravagant claim I admit, and impossible to substantiate, but this is truly a superb book for anyone with even the slightest interest in history. It has two main advantages:1) It covers 1,000 years in barely 100 pages for less than 10 pounds. You could read it in an afternoon2) It covers the entire sweep of European and Middle Eastern history together, so that every major event can be seen in its contextThe main body of the book consists of political maps [...]

    4. McEvedy's book is one of the best history books around, with the whole sweep of a thousand years shown in maps - each presenting the entire area of Europe, the Mediterranean and the Middle East from 362AD to 1478. The writing is light, vibrant and even humorous, with the aim of showing the history of the entire region, rather than individual countries, brilliantly achieved. As it dates from the 1960s, some of the ideas have been superseded by later research. For example, saying that Britain "sli [...]

    5. I've been looking for a book on the maps of Europe through the centuries for forever. This book was awesome; even summarizing the history of change, trade routes, and religion.

    6. This is a very fun romp through the Medieval history. Colin McEvedy gives interesting information to supplement the many maps that show the rise and fall of kingdoms, empires, and duchies. You see th travails of Europe, Africa, and the Near Orient, and how they interacted.The maps are a joy to peruse, and the information is just enough to give the maps the story and context needed to make them better to peruse. Completely recommend!

    7. as an overview of forces exerted on broad general borders that change over time, it's terrific. and it goes wide, documenting Asian migrations as a major force. it's very unlike other historical atlases, though, in steering clear of spotlights on various cultures as they are changing. and the maps are stripped of all the detail we expect to see, the record of towns and ephemeral political borders in jurisdictions that come and go. a very interesting approach.

    8. This book does what it's supposed to do. It's rather dense, but far from complete. I knocked off one star because it does not have a lot to say about Central Asia during the 10th to 13th centuries. I would have like a few extra maps, maybe one detailing the Mongols' territory and trade goods, another about the Silk Road as it pertained to crossroads civilizations such as Samarkand, Basra, Herat, etc and maybe one about the outbreaks of anti-Semitism that started in the late 1300s? That said, thi [...]

    9. If you promise not to tell , I'll tell you a secret: I don't own the New Penguin Atlas of Medieval History. I own the old one. Anyway, I love historical atlases, and flipping through this book you can watch kingdoms and empires rise, grow, shrink, and fall in pleasantly dynamic fashion, and in context with other groups doing the same thing, some of which are obscure to me. Without this book would I have known anything about the Patzinaks, who drove a wedge between the Khazars and the Volga Bulga [...]

    10. I bought this primarily as a reference work, but I found the short descriptions accompanying each map to be so enjoyable that I ended up reading the book from beginning to end. It's short, and serves as a very good overview of European history from the reign of Julian in the fourth century to the Voyages of Discovery in the fifteenth. One of the merits of McEvedy's writing is that he does not take prior knowledge of the subject matter for granted, so newcomers to this topic will not feel intimid [...]

    11. McEvedy's wit and way with words help keep your attention, as you see the progression of nations, in the whole "known world," from the ancient Roman empire to the 1600's. This book is full of fascinating facts, including the origin of the word "assassin," the division of Islam into Sunnites and Shiites, the "Crusade" that turned into a raid on the Byzantine Empire, the homecountry of the Goths and Saxons, and the relationship between the Huns and modern-day Hungary. I would love to read this boo [...]

    12. I bought this because my knowledge of world history had a giant gap between the end of the Roman empire and, say, last Tuesday. I needed something that chewed the history and fed it to me in pre-digested chunks and this book played the role of mother seagull perfectly. It shows you overview maps of the "Western" world every few decades and explanatory text on the facing page. It was nice to see some humor sprinkled here and there, it was actually quite readable and enjoyable.

    13. The best source I've find for a good big-picture look at European history. Paging through the maps, watching the political landscape change at 40- or 50-year intervals, brings the various threads of history together in a way that text narratives can't quite do. I never really grasped the scale of the Hun invasions, or the rise of the Arab caliphates, before reading this book. And the accompanying text is interesting and readable throughout.

    14. A book of historical maps is a must have for reading history. This series by Penguin is excellent. Enjoyed Colin McEvedy's commentary on specific events. Why was Ghengis Khan more successful than previous waves of barbarians, going back to the Huns? Not population pressure, not disease or environmental pressure, and not technological advance, just serendipity.

    15. The writing could use some improvement in some places. But the maps are very succinct and with consistent format. Even though not much detail can be included in the maps and descriptions in this form of presentation, it is a great experience to feel the ebb and flow of history just by turning the pages and seeing the borders on the map shift and nations appear/disappear from the scene.

    16. This is a chronological atlas. It also has extensive (for an atlas) explanations of the maps. Very good for getting a big, general picture of the movements of the different groups during the middle ages.

    17. Helpful and fascinating. It really helped me to see how the boundaries shifted, and it helped me understand the importance of invasions from the east and conflict with Islamic nations in medieval times.

    18. When I think of an atlas, I think oversize book with big pictures. So I was surprised to get this and it is a thin paperback about the size of a regular sheet of paper. Still a neat book, just not what I was expecting. :-)

    19. The atlas component is what sets this book apart. It includes essays but it's the maps that make sense of the content in a visual way.

    20. Well done. Of course I find the title amusing; it is European history from 300-1500 AD. Certainly there was lots else going on during that time around the globe.

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