❴EPUB❵ ✹ APolitical History of the World Author Jonathan Holslag – Dolove.info
It s nice to think of oneself as an eclectic reader, and I think for the most part I genuinely am, but recently I ve been experimenting with reading things that really are very off brand for me, and a three thousand year history of global diplomacy and warfare certainly qualifies Jonathan Holslag is a professor of international politics in Brussels, which is both an occupation and a locale that would seem to equip him thoroughly to write this book For the most part, it s delightfully informative, covering Asian pre history and antiquity as well as the obvious Western empires There s much less about North and South American civilisations, though Holslag acknowledges, occasionally, peoples like the Olmec and the Maya, with the addendum that the documentary evidence for civilisations in these places is thinner on the ground This is probably true, although it seems rather weak sauce The main problem, though, is that he covers so much in the way of historical event kingdom A fought kingdom B kingdom B, forced to defend against kingdoms C through E, declined until its overthrow by kingdom F, which had been quietly amassing strength for decades that he leaves little room for analysis or exposition regarding diplomacy, which is, in theory, the purpose of the book It s of little interest to know about the vacillations of power amongst kingdoms A through F when the rationale, or the psychology, behind those vacillations remains largely unexplained. This is a great overview of the rise and fall of the great, and small, states and empires over the last 3000 years, concentrating on China, India, the Middle East, and Europe with brief forays into the Americas What I really liked about it is that each chapter covers a couple of centuries and so put the various empires in context and it was nice to see what, say, the Mughals or the Han were up to as their contemporaneous European neighbours were doing their thing There wasn t enough analysis of the causes of peace or a dissection of the breakdown of diplomacy for my liking and what I was expecting from the blurb but it was a good birdseye view nonetheless. This is a difficult book to rate and evaluate, on the one hand, it is very well written and contains a massive amount of information and knowledge For once, a world history book is not entirely western centric and a focus on the Middle East, South Asia, and China runs through it with almost the same attention that goes into the Western European part However, it falls short of covering much of the American civilisations or the Sub Saharan African ones.However, this is not why the book doesn t deserve to be rated very highly The reason is implicit in its very idea describing the history of war and peace of three millenia in six hundred fifty pages This has reduced it to a shallow and rapid description of the main events It was often that whole kingdoms and cultures were touched in a paragraph or two and history changing events in a few pages There was little space for analysis before the last chapter and much of the descirption of events cannot be retained in memory with the hectic pace of writing.This book, along with a few works of fiction, is what I would give the first arrivals of an alien culture when their first guests arrive to earth knowing nothing about us so they can have the short version of our history and start thinking of how to deal with us The conclusion would be useful for them as well, peace is not the natural state of humans, be weary of us and know that we will stab, shoot, or blow you for power or for money whenever we have the chance. Een geschiedenis van de laatste 3000 jaar en dan vooral over de in die tijd gevoerde oorlogen Dat zijn er veel en het eind is nog niet in zicht Wat het boek vooral laat zien is dat oorlogen van alle tijden zijn en door alle volkeren werden gevoerd Veel aandacht in dit boek voor China, India en het Perzische rijk En natuurlijk voor Europa Zuid Amerika en sub Sahara Afrika komen er wat bekaaid van af Omdat alles erg beknopt beschreven wordt, helpt het wel, als je al eerder wat over de verschillende onderwerpen gelezen hebt Ondanks de grote hoeveelheid informatie is het boek goed leesbaar Vooral interessant de conclusies aan het eind landen staten, mensen dus, zullen altijd meer macht en geld willen hebben en zullen dus oorlog blijven voeren In welke vorm dan ook Pessimistisch, maar wel realistisch. A Three Thousand Year History Of The World That Examines The Causes Of War And The Search For PeaceIn Three Thousand Years Of History, China Has Spent At Least Eleven Centuries At War The Roman Empire Was In Conflict During At Least Per Cent Of Its Lifetime Since , The United States Has Spent Over One Hundred Years At War The Dream Of Peace Has Been Universal In The History Of Humanity So Why Have We So Rarely Been Able To Achieve It In A Political History Of The World, Jonathan Holslag Has Produced A Sweeping History Of The World, From The Iron Age To The Present, That Investigates The Causes Of Conflict Between Empires, Nations And Peoples And The Attempts At Diplomacy And Cosmopolitanism A Birds Eye View Of Three Thousand Years Of History, The Book Illuminates The Forces Shaping World Politics From Ancient Egypt To The Han Dynasty, The Pax Romana To The Rise Of Islam, The Peace Of Westphalia To The Creation Of The United NationsThis Truly Global Approach Enables Holslag To Search For Patterns Across Different Eras And Regions, And Explore Larger Questions About War, Diplomacy, And Power Has Trade Fostered Peace What Are The Limits Of Diplomacy How Does Environmental Change Affect Stability Is War A Universal Sin Of Power At A Time When The Threat Of Nuclear War Looms Again, This Is A Much Needed History Intended For Students Of International Politics, And Anyone Looking For A Background On Current Events This is a wonderful book for anyone who wants an overview and grand sweeping tour of global history It does a fantastic job of taking a viewpoint that isn t completely Western centric, and, in fact, I d say the defining narrative of the book is that, since the dawn of man, the central powers of the world have drifted across continents The book mainly focuses on five major areas where empires flow and ebb North Africa although this is the first 3rd , China, the Indian subcontinent, Europe, and Mesopotamia Middle East The USA and the Americas feature hardly at all until the final chapter Unlike some reviewers, I do not think this is a bad thing it s simply the emphasis of history and of historical records As you see how wealth, power, technology and political integration shifts across these areas, Holslag gives a well constructed impression of how transient things really are The book loses a star simply because it s a bit inconsistent at times in where it chooses to devote attention For example, the Song and Ming dynasties get a lot of space yet the Mongols arguably the most important development in the late middle ages are almost a side show Also, the book is for me almost too fair in how it divides its chapters Equal space is given to the fairly uninteresting 250 500 period as the busy 1750 2000 This, though, is likely a matter of my personal preferences but find time could have been given to the technology, age of exploration, rise of America and Tsarist Russia etc.A solid overview of world history, though, and I learned enough new things to rank it highly. The set up of this book is terribly ambitious finding patterns in the distribution of power, political organization, interaction between political entities, relationship between man and planet and the nature of world politics, by giving an account of three thousand years of history in terms of war and peace The result is sometimes very boring literature, a long sequence of persons, regimes and facts As a reader than once I felt completely lost in monotony The conclusion on the contrary is strong, so just read the conclusion and you are fine For underlying evidence and illustrations, however, you must dive into the book The book has merits too Holslag divides the last three thousand years of history in twelve chapters of equal length, each spanning a period two hundred and fifty years The whole world gets attention Regardless the period, the history is told in a consistent, modern way, demonstrating that the ancient times are not so different from modern times.In general Jonathan Holslag is quite pessimistic wars are just part of the human condition Peace is relative on only for the happy few Neither diplomacy nor trade put a stop on war Are we really unable to learn from history A last comment on religion The book shows once again that religion throughout history is only there to organize people into societies Any religion is far a driver for war than a carrier of peace and morality Writing this, I must think of Frans de Waal morality is much older than mankind see The Bonobo and the Atheist In Search of Humanism Among the Primates.I read the book in Dutch. In terms of how much I enjoyed the text, my rating would easily be Five Stars The words jump out to you yelling PAY ATTENTION And I did However, as a work of synthesis, there are small errors of historical dating, names and places not everywhere mind you, blink and miss Further, the lesson advanced at the end of our romp the benefits of knowledge edged with humility in our dealings with each other is undeniable It is, however, unoriginal, confirmation of lessons avid history lovers would have already picked up many times At least I have, hence the one star, really a half star knock off.I have and will heartily recommend this book It is a sigh timely reminder that we have a civilisation but only if we can preserve it P.S It is entirely the author s fault that from now on, all misfortune I may come across shall be met with the cry, ohh I have seen the wilderness of this world. How can you summarise 3000 years of wars and peace in 556 pages Holslag does a reasonably good job, partially he has an interesting framework He explains quite well this framework in the first chapter and it helps ps in reading the book But it is of course one ll one lens to look at political history I enjoyed reading the book, but his analysis of history is also deeply disturbing and pessimistic There seems to be no hope but that we will be going into the next war I hope he is wrong, but I fear he is right. Ideaal om de geschiedenis op te frissen en verbanden te leggen met actuele politieke en sociaal economische ontwikkelingen De auteur rijgt alle belangrijke gebeurtenissen aan elkaar waardoor dit boek nooit verveeld Game of Thrones in sneltempo Voor mij een dikke 4 op 5 waard.