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The Story of Mankind

Hendrik van Loon

1. 00 Foreword
2. 01 The Setting of the Stage
3. 02 Our Earliest Ancestors
4. 03 Prehistoric Man
5. 04 Hieroglyphics
6. 05 The Nile Valley
7. 06 The Story of Egypt
8. 07 Mesopotamia
9. 08 The Sumerians
10. 09 Moses
11. 10 The Phoenicians
12. 11 The Indo-Europeans
13. 12 The Aegean Sea
14. 13 The Greeks
15. 14 The Greek Cities
16. 15 Greek Self-Government
17. 16 Greek Life
18. 17 The Greek Theatre
19. 18 The Persian Wars
20. 19 Athens vs. Sparta
21. 20 Alexander the Great
22. 21 A Summary
23. 22 Rome and Carthage
24. 23 The Rise of Rome
25. 24 The Roman Empire
26. 25 Joshua of Nazareth
27. 26 The Fall of Rome
28. 27 Rise of the Church
29. 28 Mohammed
30. 29 Charlemagne
31. 30 The Norsemen
32. 31 Feudalism
33. 32 Chivalry
34. 33 Pope vs. Emperor
35. 34 The Crusades
36. 35 The Mediaeval City
37. 36 Mediaeval Self-Government
38. 37 The Mediaeval World
39. 38 Mediaeval Trade
40. 39 The Renaissance
41. 40 The Age of Expression
42. 41 The Great Discoveries
43. 42 Buddha and Confucius
44. 43 The Reformation
45. 44 Religious Warfare
46. 45 The English Revolution
47. 46 The Balance of Power
48. 47 The Rise of Russia
49. 48 Russia vs Sweden
50. 49 The Rise of Prussia
51. 50 The Mercantile System
52. 51 The American Revolution
53. 52 The French Revolution
54. 53 Napoleon
55. 54 The Holy Alliance
56. 55 The Great Reaction
57. 56 National Independence
58. 57 The Age of the Engine
59. 58 The Social Revolution
60. 59 Emancipation
61. 60 The Age of Science
62. 61 Art
63. 62 Colonial Expansion and War
64. 63 A New World
65. 64 As It Shall Ever Be

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A book that won the Newberry Prize in 1921 for an Outstanding Contribution in Children's Literature, The Story of Mankind, by Hendrik van Loon is indeed a classic that has been enjoyed by generations of children and adults. The book is an engagingly written work, dedicated to the author Hendrik van Loon's two young son's Hansje and Willem. It was created to convey the history of the human race to young people in a way that was interesting, memorable and would spur them onto further research and reading into the subject. Tracing the origins of mankind from about 500,000 BC into the present era, The Story of Mankind encompasses anthropology, culture, sociology and history. This book creates a vivid portrayal of the development of the human race from the time of the caveman to the intelligent dominate species that it is today. Designed to be read by young readers and perhaps their parents and teachers along with them, it provides valuable lessons in a variety of subjects in a very readable fashion. Modern day readers may find some of the concepts politically incorrect or not quite enlightened. Some critics have also found that van Loon takes Biblical concepts and presents them as proven history. However, aside from these small blips, the book is indeed a treasure trove of information. It also describes the foundations of Western thought and culture. It traces the development of art, music, literature, culture and civilization itself in the Western World. Van Loon was motivated to select the areas of history that he would describe by apparently asking himself whether this particular person or event changed the course of civilization or not. After World War I, the author added one more chapter called “After Seven Years” and in later years, his children and other writers have added more chapters to make the book more contemporary and relevant for modern readers. The original illustrations by the author added to the appeal of the book as he was a talented artist and naturalist. The book was also adapted to film in 1957, in a quirky version starring the inimitable Marx Brothers. As basic reading for anyone interested in the history of the human race, The Story of Mankind provides a great launching pad from which to explore the deep and complex mysteries that are contained in the origin of our species on earth.


it was well read but wasnt that interesting

James L

- Loved it

Helped how I view humanity (in a positive way)

Epic story. Well read.