The Outline of History, subtitled either “The Whole Story of Man” or “Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind”, is a work by H. G. Wells chronicling the history of the world from the origin of the Earth to the First World War.
It appeared in an illustrated version of 24 fortnightly installments beginning on 22 November 1919 and was published as a single volume in 1920. It sold more than two million copies, was translated into many languages, and had a considerable impact on the teaching of history in institutions of higher education. Wells modeled the Outline on the Encyclopédie of Denis Diderot.
In the years leading up to the writing of The Outline of History Wells was increasingly preoccupied by history, as many works testify. During World War I, he tried to promote a world history to be sponsored by the League of Nations Union, of which he was a member.
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A 1972 hard cover edition with red cloth cover, gilt lettering and clipped dust jacket. There is some foxing and toning throughout and an inscription on the front inside page. The text and diagrams are clean and legible. The dust cover has some wear and tear and some rubbing to the edges, the cloth cover also has some rubbing and fading. The binding is mostly fine except for a loose title page.
Published by Cassell & Company Ltd, London.
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