the Illustrators

Each one of Yale’s Little History books is illustrated by a different contemporary artist-illustrator, whose specially commissioned work is designed to enliven and enhance the text. Initially inspired by the style and appearance of books from the 1930s – when E. H. Gombrich was writing his Little History of the World for Younger Readers – these images are often a humorous nod towards what is to come in the chapter that follows.

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Joe McLaren

Joe graduated from the University of Brighton in 2003, and now lives and works in Rochester, Kent. Joe has taught Foundation Illustration at Central Saint Martins, and recent clients include various publishers as well as The Times, The Guardian and The Financial Times. Please visit Joe’s website here.

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Books in the little histories series

A Little History of Archaeology

What is archaeology? The word may bring to mind images of golden pharaohs and lost civilizations, or Neanderthal skulls and Ice Age cave art. Archaeology is all of these, but also far more: the only science to encompass the entire span of human history …

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