A Brief History Of The World (1920) by Botsford, G. W. & Botsford, J. A. [World History]

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Post by LectorRecitator » November 18th, 2018, 7:57 pm


Since the only recorded single volume work dealing with World History is Loon's popular History of Mankind, I would like to go through a series of suggestions examining world history, believing that such subject is of vital importance and the enrichment of recorded material dealing with it is imperative.



∙ Title: A Brief History Of The World, With Especial Reference To Social And Economic Conditions
∙ Author/Editor: Botsford, George Willis (1862–1917) Professor of History in Columbia University & Botsford, Jay Barrett (1893–1938) A. M.
∙ Publisher: The Macmillan Company
∙ Date/Edition/Impression: 1920/Revised Edition


A brief survey of the most essential events in human history, from Prehistoric Times to c.1918. Despite prevalent Eurocentrism and almost exclusive survey of European history, the authors do examine and incorporate such events as the early history of the nations of the Middle East and the American Revolution, therefore forming to some extent a study of worldwide character.
Well-written and detailed, indeed worth recording.

"This volume aims to provide a course of study for schools which give but a year to European history or which desire a general survey as a basis for more detailed work. The increasing interest in social and economic history has led the authors to emphasize these features. In this book, accordingly, military history is reduced to a minimum ; the treatment of government and administration keeps in view their effect on the welfare of the people ; and the condition and customs of the various social classes are given great prominence. In these respects the book opens to secondary schools a field of historical study quite new to them."

(From Preface)

Readability Information

532 pages, divided into 3 books and 31 chapters of short and moderate length, each chapter consequently divided into numerous subchapters and subsections. Numerous illustrations in text and sections at the end of each chapter (Topics for Reading, Review, Additional Studies) significantly reducing overall length.
Total: Approximately 480–490 (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 ←


«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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