History of the World Map by Map

DK. Oct. 2018. 440p. ed. by DK Eds. illus. maps. index. ISBN 9781465475855. $50. HIST
This accessible, comprehensive reference tells the story of world history, up to the present, through more than 140 full-color maps. Using the Smithsonian's world-renowned resources, the volume provides meticulous detail on everything from the first human migrations out of Africa to the definitive battles of World War II to the Iran and Gulf Wars. The maps contain panels of descriptive text and graphics that highlight key figures. Color photographs and images offer context. A time-line section succinctly summarizes the contents of the maps. Readers will emerge with an understanding that a country's history is shaped as much by its geography as its population.
VERDICT For anyone interested in world history.—Gary Medina, El Camino Coll., Torrance, CA

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