Little History of the World for Young Readers
An international bestseller translated into 30 languages.
In 1935, with a doctorate and no job, the 25 year-old Gombrich was invited by Walter Neurath (later founder of Thames and Hudson) to attempt a history of the world for younger readers. Written in an intense six weeks, Eine Kurze Weltgeschichte für junge Leser was first published in Vienna the same year. An immediate success, it has since been translated into nineteen languages, tailored for the different markets. The original German edition was reissued in 1985 with an Epilogue bringing the story to the present, and Gombrich further revised it shortly before his death, aged 92, in 2001.
In forty chapters, Gombrich tells the story of man from the stone age to the atomic bomb. There emerges a colourful picture of wars and conquests, grand works of art, the spread and limitations of science, tribes evolving towards society.
This is not a text dominated by dates and facts, but by the sweep of mankind's experience across the centuries, a guide to man's achievements and an acute witness to his frailties.
What has made the Little History an international success? The key is its tone - completely clear, straightforward, relaxed, unpompous, humane - Gombrich makes immediate contact with the curious of all ages. It is the product of a pan-European sensibility, and is wholly free of nationalistic preoccupations. The broad sweep of mankind's history seems freshly intelligible when told in this profoundly generous spirit.
Bulgarian (Ciela), Chinese Simplified Characters (Guanxi Normal University Press), Chinese Complex Characters (Business Weekly), Croatian (SysPrint), Czech (Argo), Danish (Sesam), Dutch (Prometheus), English language World (Yale UP), French (Ed. Hazan), Greek (Patakis), Hebrew (Books in the Attic), Indonesian (Marjin Kiri), Italian (Salani), Japanese (Chuo Koron Bijyutsu), Latvian (Janis Roze), Lithuanian (Zara), Norwegian (Dagbladet), Polish (Bertelsmann Media), Portuguese (Portugal: Tinta-da china; Brazil: Martins Editora Livraria), Romanian (Pro Editura Si Tipografie), Russian (Premiere Publishers), Serbian (Geopoetica), Slovak (Vydavatelstvo Slovart), Swedish (Daidalos), Catalan (E. Empuries), Spanish (Castilian: Grup Editorial 62, Catalan: Grup Editorial 62), Thai (silkworm Books); Turkish (Kitabevi), Ukrainian (Calvaria);
Ernst H. Gombrich, geboren 1909 in Wien, gestorben 2001 in London, war ein britischer Kunsthistoriker österreichischer Herkunft, der am Warburg Institute in London wirkte. Er gilt als einer der weltweit angesehensten Kunsthistoriker. Seine weltberühmte ›Geschichte der Kunst‹ erschien 1950 und zählt zu den meistverkauften Kunstbüchern.