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H.G.Wells' The Outline of History - Cassell 1934


Title: The Outline of History
Author: H.G. Wells
Publisher: Cassell
Publication Date: 1934
Format: Hardcover
Condition: This book is in a good condition for its age. The spine is worn and damaged with some fading to the covers. There is a prize sticker on the free endpaper.

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Reader's note

This lovely old book can take pride of place in any home reference library! Wells states in his introduction - 'The need for a common knowledge of the general facts of human history throughout the world has become very evident during the tragic happenings of the last few years. Swifter means of communication have brought all men closer to one another for good or for evil. War becomes a universal disaster, blind and monstrously destructive; it bombs the baby in its cradle and sinks the food-ships that cater for the non-combatant and the neutral. There can be no peace now, we realize, but a common peace in all the world; no prosperity but a general prosperity. But there can be no common peace and prosperity without common historical ideas. Without such ideas to hold them together in harmonious co-operation, with nothing but narrow, selfish, and conflicting nationalist traditions, races and peoples are bound to drift towards conflict and destruction. This truth, which was apparent to that great philosopher Kant a century or more ago—it is the gist of his tract upon universal peace—is now plain to the man in the street. - this book has excellent ideas throughout and is a joy to read! A must have for the budding historian in your life!