Ploetz' Manual Of Universal History (1918) by Ploetz, Karl Julius [World History]

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Post by LectorRecitator » November 26th, 2018, 4:29 pm



Ploetz published this work initially prior to the First World War by the title Epitome of Ancient, Mediæval, and Modern History and later on by the title An Outline of Universal History (1914) which is identical in context with the attached copy of 1918.
However, during WW1 he revised annually his study, recording recent historical events and subsequently integrating them in the Supplement section of each revised edition accordingly.
Nonetheless, Contents of all these editions are identical and therefore –I presume– that is the case with the written material as well. In case you are interested in recording the Supplement section make sure you record the attached copy of 1918. Besides that, all editions are identical.

NOTE: The attached 1918 edition copy bears some flaws, therefore one can record another edition and then add the Supplement section of that edition.


∙ Title: Ploetz' Manual Of Universal History. From The Dawn Of Civilization To The Outbreak Of The Great War Of 1914
∙ Author/Editor: Ploetz, Karl Julius (1819–1881)
∙ Translator: Tillinghast, William Hopkins (1854–1913)
∙ Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
∙ Date/Edition/Impression: 1918. With Additions Covering Recent Events


So far, all suggestions concerning world history are studies addressing young readers or students. Ploetz' study, however, is of academic character and is addressing higher classes of education. Following a detailed linear narrative, Ploetz offers a quick and informative insight to the most important events of World History, yet in a dry and laconic style.

"The present 'Epitome,' which now appears in a seventh edition, enlarged and improved, is intended, in the first place, for use by the upper classes in higher educational institutions, as a guide or handbook in the historical classroom. The handy arrangement of the book and the elaborate index are intended to adapt it for private use, and to facilitate rapid acquisition of information concerning historical matters which have, for the moment, escaped the memory."

(From Introduction)

Readability Information

615 pages, plus 1 page of Preface and 4 pages of Introduction. This study is divided into 3 parts, each divided into numerous chapters and subchapters. Its structure (Date and Narrative of Events) makes stopping in between easier.
Some charts/diagrams reduce overall length to some degree.
Total: No more than 590 (Personal estimation based on riffling, referring strictly to legible material)

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 ←


(1918) ← Recommended Edition

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«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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