The books

Following in the footsteps of E. H. Gombrich’s 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 poetry 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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A LITTLE HISTORY OF POETRY
John Carey tells the stories behind the world’s greatest poems, from the oldest surviving one written nearly four thousand years ago to those being written today.

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A LITTLE HISTORY OF ECONOMICS
A lively account of the history of economics, told through events from ancient to modern times and introducing the big ideas proposed by thinkers from Adam Smith, to Marx and Keynes.

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A LITTLE HISTORY OF RELIGION
A rich history of religion from humanity’s earliest days to our own contentious times. Holloway encourages curiosity, accentuates mystery and reflects on the value of faith.

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A LITTLE HISTORY OF LITERATURE
This 'little history' takes on a very big subject: the glorious span of literature from Greek myth to graphic novels, and from The Epic of Gilgamesh to Harry Potter.

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A LITTLE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES
How did a land and people of such immense diversity come together under a banner of freedom and equality to form one remarkable nation? This fast-paced, character-filled history brings the American story to life.

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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
Expert linguist David Crystal proves why the story of language deserves retelling, and does so entertainingly - through enlightening tables, diagrams and quizzes - all in his trade mark style.

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A LITTLE HISTORY OF SCIENCE
Ranging from Babylon to bosons, from astrology to astrophysics, this chatty account 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 larger format, filled with fascinating illustrations to accompany the classic text.