The books

Following in the footsteps of E. H. Gombrich’s worldwide bestseller A Little History of the World, the books in our Little Histories series explore the history of the world’s most remarkable people, events and ideas. With engaging personal insights, our authors will take you on a whistle-stop journey from ancient times to the present – exploring all of life’s big subjects from archaeology to science.

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A LITTLE HISTORY OF THE WORLD

E. H. Gombrich’s bestselling history of the world tells the story of mankind from the Stone Age to the atomic bomb, focusing not on small details, but on the sweep of human experience – and the depth of its frailty.

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A LITTLE HISTORY OF ARCHAEOLOGY

Discover the thrilling history of archaeological adventure, with tales of danger, debate, audacious explorers – and astonishing discoveries around the globe.

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What is poetry? If music is sound organized in a particular way, poetry is a way of organizing language. It is language made special so that it will be remembered and valued. It does not always work—over the centuries countless thousands of poems have been forgotten. This little history is about some that have not.

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A LITTLE HISTORY OF ECONOMICS

A lively, inviting account of the history of economics, told through events from ancient to modern times and 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.