History Bestsellers – World History



Three of our bestselling history books in paperback:

  • A History of The World in 100 Objects by Neil MacGregor
  • The Silk Roads: A New History of the World by Peter Frankopan
  • A Short History of Europe by Simon Jenkins

This book bundle comes beautifully wrapped at no additional charge. Unless you specify otherwise on purchase, all three books will be wrapped as one package in Christmas-themed paper.


A History of The World in 100 Objects by Neil MacGregor

Neil MacGregor’s A History of the World in 100 Objects takes a bold, original approach to human history, exploring past civilizations through the objects that defined them. Encompassing a grand sweep of human history, A History of the World in 100 Objects begins with one of the earliest surviving objects made by human hands, a chopping tool from the Olduvai gorge in Africa, and ends with objects which characterise the world we live in today. Seen through MacGregor’s eyes, history is a kaleidoscope – shifting, interconnected, constantly surprising, and shaping our world today in ways that most of us have never imagined.

‘A triumph: hugely popular, and rightly lauded as one of the most effective and intellectually ambitious initiatives in the making of ‘public history’ for many decades’ Sunday Telegraph. ‘Highly intelligent, delightfully written and utterly absorbing.’ Timothy Clifford, Spectator. ‘This is a story book, vivid and witty, shining with insights, connections, shocks and delights.’ Gillian Reynolds Daily Telegraph.

The Silk Roads: A New History of the World by Peter Frankopan

For centuries, fame and fortune was to be found in the west – in the New World of the Americas. Today, it is the east which calls out to those in search of adventure and riches. The region stretching from eastern Europe and sweeping right across Central Asia deep into China and India, is taking centre stage in international politics, commerce and culture – and is shaping the modern world.

This region, the true centre of the earth, is obscure to many in the English-speaking world. Yet this is where civilization itself began, where the world’s great religions were born and took root. The Silk Roads were no exotic series of connections, but networks that linked continents and oceans together.

The Silk Roads are rising again. A major reassessment of world history, The Silk Roads is an important account of the forces that have shaped the global economy and the political renaissance in the re-emerging east.

A Short History of Europe by Simon Jenkins

In this dazzling history of Europe, bestselling author Simon Jenkins grippingly tells the story of the region’s evolution from warring peoples to peace, wealth and freedom – a story that twists and turns from Greece and Rome, through the Dark Ages, the Reformation and the French Revolution, to the Second World War and up to the present day. Jenkins takes in leaders from Julius Caesar and Joan of Arc, to Wellington and Angela Merkel, as well as cultural figures from Aristotle to Shakespeare and Picasso.

He brings together the transformative forces and dominant eras into one chronological tale – all with his usual insight, colour and authority.

‘Jenkins achieves a high ambition: a concise readable history of two millennia of European civilisation from its discernible origins to our present perplexities. In 305 pages… An immensely rewarding book from a gifted writer.’ Harold Evans

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