The books

Whether you know absolutely nothing about a subject and are embarking on your first steps, or you are already familiar with the world of Little Histories, these books are the most energetic, entertaining and reliable guides you will find.

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A LITTLE HISTORY OF THE WORLD

This is a text dominated not by dates and facts, but by the sweep of mankind's experience across the centuries, a guide to humanity's achievements and an acute witness to its frailties.

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This clear, accessible, and enjoyable book presents a lively account of the history of economics, from the rise of agrarianism to the findings of behavioral economics in the twenty-first century, while introducing the big ideas proposed by thinkers including Adam Smith, Ricardo, Marx, and Keynes.

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A LITTLE HISTORY OF RELIGION

For curious readers young and old, a rich and colourful history of religion from humanity’s earliest days to our own contentious times.

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A LITTLE HISTORY OF LITERATURE

A much-loved author brings the world of literature alive for all ages – from 'The Epic of Gilgamesh' to 'Harry Potter'.

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A LITTLE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES

A fast-paced, character-filled history that brings the unique American saga to life for readers of all ages.

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A LITTLE HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY

This little history presents the grand sweep of humanity's search for philosophical understanding and invites all to join in the discussion.

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A LITTLE HISTORY OF LANGUAGE

In this charming volume, a narrative history written explicitly for a young audience, expert linguist David Crystal proves why the story of language deserves retelling.

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A LITTLE HISTORY OF SCIENCE

Ranging from Babylon to bosons, from astrology to astrophysics, this chatty account for teenagers covers not only the world of science but also the scientific history of the world.

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A LITTLE HISTORY OF THE WORLD • ILLUSTRATED EDITION

Art historian E. H. Gombrich's original history for younger readers lends itself to this new format, complete with abundant illustrations to accompany the classic text.