Outlines Of Universal History (1904) by Fisher, George Park [World History]

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Post by LectorRecitator » November 20th, 2018, 6:07 pm



Professor Fisher published this work initially as a 2 volume work, titled Outlines of World History along with an abridgment designed as a text-book for the use of schools and for general reading. Since then, the abridgment was published anew numerous times throughout the following years, in several editions bearing different titles, one of them being A Brief History of the Nations and of Their Progress in Civilization (1896), profusely illustrated.
However, the present abridged edition was –as far as I am concerned– the last one published and being considerably revised, I decided therefore suggesting this one instead. For the record, links to the initial work and the 1896 edition will be included in the Links section.

"The work has been subjected to a careful revision. The aim has been to make whatever amendments are called for by historical investigations in the interval since it was published. Besides corrections, brief statements have been woven here and there into the text. The revision has embraced the bibliography connected with the successive periods or chapters. Titles of books which are no longer of service have been erased. Titles of select recent publications, as well as of meritorious writings of a remoter past, have been inserted."

(From Preface to Revised Edition)


∙ Title: Outlines Of Universal History, Designed As A Text-Book And For Private Reading
∙ Author/Editor: Fisher, George Park (1827–1909) Professor in Yale University
∙ Publisher: American Book Company
∙ Date/Edition/Impression: 1904/New and Revised Edition


A well written and detailed outline of world history, from Prehistoric Times to the last decade of the Nineteenth Century

"In writing this work I have endeavored to provide a text-book suited to more advanced pupils. My idea of such a work was, that it should present the essential facts of history in due order, and in conformity to the best and latest researches ; that it should point out clearly the connection of events and of successive eras with one another; that through the interest awakened by the natural, unforced view gained of this unity of history, and by such illustrative incidents as the brevity of the narrative would allow to be wrought into it, the dryness of a mere summary should be, as far as possible, relieved ; and that, finally, being a book intended for pupils and readers of all classes, it should be free from sectarian partiality, and should limit itself to well-established judgments and conclusions on all matters subject to party contention."

(From Preface)

Readability Information

652 pages + 5 pages of 2 Prefaces. The written material is generally divided into plentiful sections and subsections of brief length. 75 brief chapters, in turn divided into plentiful subchapters. Numerous trees of royal families and monarchs included in text, reducing to some degree overall length. Numerous maps out of text.
Total: Approximately 621–630 (Personal estimation based on riffling, referring strictly to legible material)

(Suitable for Group Recording)

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 ←




Outlines of Universal History (1886)

1) https://archive.org/details/outlinesofunive01fish/page/n5

2) https://archive.org/details/outlinesofuniver02fishuoft/page/n9

A Brief History of the Nations and of Their Progress in Civilization (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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