Story Of The Nations (1896) by Weber, Georg [World History]

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∙ Title: Story Of The Nations. From The Creation of Man To The Present Day
∙ Author/Editor: Weber, Georg (1808–1888) & Little, Charles J. (????–????)
∙ Publisher: P. W. Ziegler & Co.
∙ Date/Edition/Impression: 1896


This study examines world history from Prehistoric Times to the last quarter of the 19th Century. Weber also records the activity in Arts –emphasizing Literary– and Sciences. Supplementary Book 6 written by Charles Little, Professor of History in Syracuse University, provides a comprehensive History of the United States.
One of the best one volume studies in the Public Domain dealing with World History, well written and detailed. A wonderful work of great value.

"The present work is distinguished for its breadth, its accuracy, its fulness, its conciseness, the skill with which its topics are arranged, the quiet ease and dignity of the narrative, the deft introduction of anecdote and maxim, and the warmth of noble feeling with which great men and great events are handled. It is conservative in tone, yet abounds in proofs of critical learning ; the author is not an iconoclast, much less a destroyer of well-grounded traditions ; nevertheless the truth is the object of his search and of his reverence. He sketches a character by the selection of essential facts in a man's career, by the reproduction of characteristic phrases, and tell-tale phases of his speech and conduct. So too with an epoch. The trivial and unfruitful details are discarded, so as to make room for the events that have decided crises, and determined the fate of nations and the destiny of the world."

(From Preface, written by Professor Little)

Readability Information

937 pages, plus 2 pages of Preface. 14 pages constituing a Table of Sovereigns and Rulers and 25 pages of a Chronological Table also displayed at the end of the book. The study is divided into 6 books, in turn divided into numerous chapters, subsequently divided into abundant subchapters & subsections. A bountiful number of illustrations in text –many even covering whole pages– significantly reduces overall length.
Total: No more than 725 Pages (Personal estimation based on riffling, referring strictly to legible material, excluding Table of Sovereigns & Chronological Table)

Lector Recitator’s Readability Rating

Not in regards to Subject Matter or Overall Length, but Structure
(i.e., Division of written material into Chapters/Sections & Subchapters/Subsections and their individual length.)

∙ 1/5: Laborious
∙ 2/5: Challenging
∙ 3/5: Readable
∙ 4/5: Quite Readable
5/5: Exceedingly Readable ←


Published in 1894 bearing the title History of the World :

Story of the Nations (1896):
«ὁ δὲ ἀνεξέταστος βίος οὐ βιωτὸς ἀνθρώπῳ»/"the unexamined life is not worth living"

(Plato, Apology: 38a. Translated by H. N. Fowler)

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