A History Of All Nations From The Earliest Times (1905) by Wright, John Henry [World History]

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∙ Title: A History Of All Nations From The Earliest Times
∙ Author/Editor: Wright, John Henry (1852–1908) (General Supervisor) Professor of Greek in Harvard University
∙ Publisher: Lea Brothers & Company
∙ Date/Edition/Impression: 1905


A monumental work of great value and quality. Undoubtedly one the most important voluminous studies—in my opinion the best and most circumstantial together with entry No. 6—concerning world history in the Public Domain, examining the historical framework from Prehistoric Times to the beginning of the 20th century, under the general supervision of professor Wright, with the contribution of leading authorities.
Its completion shall be a great gift to humankind.

"IN the wonderful intellectual movement of the past half-century historical science has shared in the advance made by all departments of human knowledge. New sources of information have been opened in every part of the world, which have thrown fresh light on the development of the race in all ages, from the prehistoric period down to the present day. Excavations of buried cities have revealed ancient and forgotten civilizations ; the study of the languages of the East has given us a fairly accurate knowledge of the empires and religions of Asia ; the enormous accumulation of inscriptions and the discovery of manuscripts have furnished new insight into the history and institutions of Greece and Rome; the wealth of documentary material respecting the Middle Ages has enabled students to reconstruct the political and social history of the European commonwealths ; while for modern times the throwing open of the archives of nearly all nations has laid bare the secret springs of action which have influenced the present and will mould the future. Everywhere there has been untiring zeal of investigation, which lias accumulated an enormous mass of materials unknown to the past generation. These have been analyzed and the results co-ordinated in thousands of monographs.

This accumulation has led to a complete change in the manner of treatment. History is no longer a merely superficial account of events which are conspicuous on the surface, — battles and sieges and dynastic changes. It seeks to trace the causes of events ; it concerns itself not only with political but also with social phenomena; it reconstructs society, and explains the development of civilization as this follows the changing fortunes of nations. It is no longer a more or less illusory romance, but a science which deals with the highest interests of mankind, and teaches wisdom from the lessons of the past.

Such being the modern aims of history, and such the vast mass of materials from which it is constructed, it follows self-evidently that no single mind can grasp it in its entirety. like all other sciences, it lias become specialized, and only specialists are competent to treat of its various sections. To write a general history of mankind, therefore, requires the collaboration of scholars, each of whom has made a particular era the subject of his life-work.

(From General Preface)

Readability Information

24 Volumes. Each volume is divided into numerous chapters of moderate and long length. Numerous illustrations in text reducing overall length to some degree. Volume 24 is an Index.

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


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04) https://archive.org/details/historyofallnati04wrig/page/n5
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07) https://archive.org/details/historyofallnati07wrig/page/n3
08) https://archive.org/details/historyofallnati08wrig/page/n5 & https://archive.org/details/historyofallnati08andr/page/n7
09) https://archive.org/details/historyofallnati09wrig/page/n5
10) https://archive.org/details/historyofallnati10wrig/page/n5 & https://archive.org/details/historyofallnati10andr/page/n7
11) https://archive.org/details/historyofallnati11wrig/page/n3 & https://archive.org/details/historyofallnati11andr/page/2
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17) https://archive.org/details/historyofallnati17andruoft/page/n7
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19) https://archive.org/details/historyofallnati19andr/page/n7 & https://archive.org/details/historyofallnati19wrig/page/n5
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22) https://archive.org/details/historyofallnati22andruoft/page/n5 & https://archive.org/details/historyofallnati22wrig/page/n5
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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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