A Short History of the World is exactly what it claims to be. This is an information book that tries to succinctly relay the history of the world to a young audience. It is factual in tone, logical in presentation and diligent in detail.
Its premise is almost impossible; the world is so vast with every second that passes becoming a moment in history – so how can one possibly keep up? This book makes a very good attempt. It informs the reader on the important aspects of history which have shaped the world into what it is today. In a nod to the ever expanding digital world, this book begins by directing the reader to the Usborne Quicklinks website. Here, the reader will find recommended websites delving further into topics that are covered briefly in the text. This book aims to whet the appetite of the reader while giving them the option to devour more.
Throughout the book Larkum’s illustrations highlight and inform the reader. Maps, diagrams and simple drawings give information and aid comprehension. There is an appropriate balance between text and illustration – they complement each other very well. It is worth noting that this book does not take into account any modern-day history. It concludes with events occurring in the 1990s.
This book is for lovers of history and is a reminder of encyclopaedias of the past. It is a colourful reference book to dip in and out of as you so please.