A History of the World in 100 Objects



➬ [Ebook] ➧ A History of the World in 100 Objects By Neil MacGregor ➸ – E17streets4all.co.uk Neil MacGregor's A History of the World in 100 Objects takes a bold original approach to human history exploring past civilizations through the objects that defined them Encompassing a grand sweep of Neil MacGregor's of the PDF Ì A History of the World in Objects takes a bold original approach to human A History Kindle - history exploring past civilizations through the objects that defined them Encompassing a grand sweep of human history A History of the Epub á History of the World in Objects begins with one of the earliest surviving objects made by human History of the World in PDF/EPUB or hands a chopping tool from the Olduvai gorge in Africa and ends with objects which characterise the world we live in today Seen through MacGregor's eyes history is a kaleidoscope shifting interconnected constantly surprising and shaping our world today in ways that most of us have never imagined History of the World in PDF/EPUB or A stone pillar tells us about a great Indian emperor preaching tolerance to his people; Spanish pieces of eight tell us about the beginning of a global currency; and an early Victorian tea set speaks to us about the impact of empire An intellectual and visual feast this is one of the most engrossing and unusual history books published in years 'Brilliant engagingly written deeply researched' Mary Beard Guardian 'A triumph hugely popular and rightly lauded as one of the most effective and intellectually ambitious initiatives in the making of 'public history' for many decades' Sunday Telegraph 'Highly intelligent delightfully written and utterly absorbing ' Timothy Clifford Spectator 'This is a story book vivid and witty shining with insights connections shocks and delights' Gillian Reynolds Daily Telegraph.A History of the World in 100 Objects

Neil MacGregor of the PDF Ì was born in Glasgow to two doctors Alexander and Anna MacGregor At the age of A History Kindle - nine he first saw Salvador Dalí's Christ of Saint John of the Cross newly acuired by Glasgow's Kelvingrove History of the Epub á Art Gallery which had a profound effect on him and sparked his lifelong interest in art MacGregor was History of the World in PDF/EPUB or educated at Glasgow Academy and then read modern languages at New College Oxford where he.

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  • Hardcover
  • 707 pages
  • A History of the World in 100 Objects
  • Neil MacGregor
  • English
  • 14 September 2014
  • 9781846144134

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  1. says:

    I visited the British Museum recently Due to the shortage of time I decided to take the one hour tour suggested by the brochure a visit to ten objects separated across various galleries spanning historical space and time Even though it was a good introduction and gave me a taste of the museum as a whole I was strangely dissatisfied it was rather like cramming for an exam where you end up with a lot of bits of disjointed knowledgeAs we were leaving the museum I asked my brother in law who is settled in England what book I should buy from the museum and he suggested the tome under discussion He had listened to the original BBC radio series and liked it very much Well I have to thank him because this book opened up a whole new vista on how we should view objects in a museum and why my whirlwind tour left me disappointedWell I will be better informed during my next visit How does one look at objects in a museum? I must confess that I had not given much thought to this subject until I read A History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil MacGregor When I enter a museum I usually wander around just gawking at the display and reading the info on the interesting ones Or if I know about something specific that the museum is famous for like the Rosetta Stone in the British Museum or the Narmer Palette in the Cairo Museum I make a beeline for the object and spend some time gazing in reverential awe at it After I spend what I consider a sufficient amount of time in the building I come out smugly satisfied at having “done” the museum properlyNeil MacGregor has taught me that I have been doing it all wrong A museum is a history book although a taciturn one and once you have learnt the language of objects a really fascinating one Because unlike history written by humans which can be true embellished or outright lies the history told by objects can never be false But we have to tease it out of them the effort has to be there on our part Otherwise any trip to the museum becomes just a sightseeing tour This book is the written from of a series of talks given by the author Director of the British Museum on the BBC In the preface and introduction the author talks about the many challenges the main one absent from the book being the medium of the radio where visual imagery is impossible But then he realised that this is also one of the strengths because the listener is forced to use his imagination not only for the object but also for the story behind itThat is what one has to do while reading this book Let the imagination roam free across space and time as MacGregor describes the object puts it in its historical context and pulls in experts from various fields like art literature history etc to give their opinions on it the mind of the reader is engaged in a continuous dialogue with history As we trace mankind’s origins from the Olduvai gorge in Africa to the interconnected modern world the sense of linear time slowly disappears history starts looking like a geography of timeThe book is written in small chapters of 5 6 pages each five chapters one working week of five days forming a common theme This structure is easily accessible even to the miniscule attention spans engendered by TV shows and the internet The book can be read through in one sitting or savoured as small tidbits over a long period However one does it it does not lose its efficacyMacGregor starts with one of the most popular objects in the museum the mummy of Hornedjitef –as a curtain raiser The remaining 99 chapters are largely chronological spanning countries and continents over defined time bands the author has selected as historical themes In the earlier chapters these time bands are large spanning millenniums then they narrow down to centuries and finally to decades as history becomes crowded and compressed And we see mankind which has been existing as isolated pockets of civilisation slowly expand and get connectedFor me the most fascinating thing about this book was not the stories told by the objects but what they left unsaid I found myself musing about the people long dead and gone who must have handled these objects many a time little knowing they would they would be enshrined and viewed by millions For example look at the Kilwa pot sherds Chapter 60 from Tanzania the housewife or maid who handled them what might have they been like? What were they thinking as they washed dried and cooked in these utensils? What would have gone through their minds when they finally threw them away? And most importantly the ordinary objects we throw away now – will they carry a similar message in a museum in say the year 2500?Or let’s look at objects from relatively unknown cultures like the Moche Warrior Pot Chapter 48 from Peru or the Taino Ritual Seat Chapter 65 from the Dominican Republic It is obvious that these are important objects religiously and culturally; yet the culture remains a mystery to us Once again we can only recreate in our mind the ceremonies which might have been conducted with these objects holding positions of importanceMoche Warrior PotTaino Ritual SeatThere are also “famous” objects in these pages like the Rosetta Stone Chapter 33 the Parthenon Sculptures Chapter 27 and India’s own Indus Seal Chapter 13 Even though these objects are known to any educated person MacGregor puts them in a new context and new light so that one learns to look at them anewThe Rosetta StoneIndus SealIn the Introduction the author says that this book could have been as well called A History of Objects Through Many Different Worlds I agree Each object sings a solitary tune sometimes happy sometimes sad and sometimes even creepy Put together they create a beautiful symphony – the song of humanity separated by time and space over a million different worlds This book opened my ears to that musicMuseum visits shall never be the same again

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    This is a book I've been reading for a year at least I think I got it for Christmas 2013 It's divided into 100 sections so it's ideal for dipping in to It starts with objects of great antiuity from pre history and moves forward ending up with an object from 2010 There are black and white pictures of each object and periodically a bunch of coloured pages with photos of the items tooThe objects are interesting and well chosen to illustrate the cultures they came from and the changing technologies beliefs and challenges of the people who made them If you regard the pieces as academic then they're pretty engaging If you consider them for the lay reader mass public then they're a little dry in placesIt's an informative book well written wide ranging If you're interested in history both on the broadest scales and in considerable pin point detail then this is the book for you If you're not really that bothered then you may not get very far with itIt did encourage me to write a small piece in the same style for an object form the Broken Empire the world my books are set in which later helped me secure a gig writing for a multi player Xbox game where a portion of the world building is delivered through the history of discovered objects Join my 3 emails a year newsletter #prizes

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    I always have a kitchen book it sits there waiting for me to have to do something or other that reuires little concentration and then I read a bit So while my immersion blender is immersed on the whisk is automatically frothing or I am just absent mindedly munching away and pretending I'm not eating view spoilerbecause it's always fattening food I pretend I'm not eating when it's cauliflower florets I'm all boastful to myself look how I'm such a healthy eater hide spoiler

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    In the British Museum I usually feel nearly overwhelmed by conflicting emotions I am ashamed of my country's heritage of colonisation and our seemingly unclouded sense of entitlement to enjoy the world's riches and at the same time I am utterly seduced by this booty and plunder and I'm shedding these useless White Tears and doing nothing to dismantle the master's house as it were Reading this is perhaps too soothing at times and I tried not to be soothed and to keep seeing as many layers as possibleSome of these objects came to the museum through violence when the people who made them were deprived of any chance to speak for themselves and MacGregor inevitably becomes a kind of vetrilouist trying to speak on behalf of the silenced And yes it must be better that we tell all of the truth we can find of these histories so as not to repeat them but here is this bark shield dropped by the man who ran from the musket shots of Cook's guards in Botany Bay and even now the suffering and subjugation of the indigenous Australian population continues and it is not only a case of not repeating as thinking how we can make reparations I hope that the objects help to open such conversations and make space for not replace the voices of oppressed peopleOne painfully literal exemplification of layering is the Sudanese slit drum that bears beautiful Islamic patterns having been taken as booty in the Egyptian slave trade and recarved by its new owners and also bears a British royal stamp having been taken as booty again by Kitchener when his army took Khartoum in 1898 Twice stolen heritage of Black Africa standing in a gallery whose greatest early donor Sir Hans Sloane was himself a slave owner in Jamaica as MacGregor reports in the chapter on a Victorian tea set discussing the violence embodied in our national drinkI can't shake off my own colonisation Another object that speaks insistently and uncomfortably to me is the buckskin map made by 'Piankishwa' Piankeshaw people about an illegal land purchase by settlers MacGregor is elouent on this; he grasps that to the people of the Piankeshaw the concept of owning land much less selling it was as bizarre and perverse as the idea of owning the air above it On the map distances are marked in travel time MacGregor states that the British tried to reign in the settlers and that the British Crown's eagerness to maintain good relations with the Native American chiefs helped trigger the War of Independence I guess he mentions this to elaborate on how the object speaks of wider events and to complicate simplistic understandings but let me not hear it as an invitation to feel better about the British role in settler colonial genocides Let me not be soothed The rationale of the 100 Objects project attracted me as soon as I heard of it MacGregor states at the outset that part of the idea was to tell the stories of ordinary people rather than only elites I'm aware of this as a trend through my Mum's work advocating for female and vernacular stories in heritage and this is one of the things I appreciate about the BM There are lots of rich and royal things in here but an attempt at widening the view is detectable I have always struggled to absorb histories; I can take in a narrative thread but I find it extremely hard to synthesise parallel stories into big pictures and I was pleased to find that the focus on objects helped me to take in a lot than usualTheses have doubtless been written about all of the things in this book and my comments below aren't so much on favourites as on things that provoked me to comment I haven't mentioned any of the American objects even though they are poignant and impressive or Japanese objects even though I find them moving and beautiful So these aren't my highlights just saying what I have to sayChapter 3 Olduvai HandaxeThis object totally blew my mind because I didn't realise that for a million years the sound of handaxes being made provided the percussion of everyday life The earliest made thing in the book a chopping tool is 2 million years old and this is about half a million years later putting the speed of technological advance in my own lifetime into perspective I didn't know about the handaxe the 'Swiss army knife of the stone age' the thing over which we maybe learned to speak and which enabled us to spread from Africa across the whole globe A few chapters later is a Clovis spear point from 11000BC even precisely designed and perfectly made after another 500000 years or so of developmentChapter 13 Indus SealI had barely heard of the ancient Indus Valley Civilisation whose script has apparently remained undeciphered What made me sit up was that according to MacGregor their cities such as Harappa built on grid patterns with sophisticated sanitation systems and home plumbing housing 30000 to 40000 people seem not to have royal palaces or great differences between rich and poor dwellings and were unfortified and weapons are not found in the sites No sign of what Doris Lessing's narrator in Shikasta calls 'the degenerative disease' 'Is it possible these societies were based not on coercion but consensus?' asks MacGregor almost incredulously He says they were made uninhabitable by climate change 4000 years ago not destroyed by violent invadersChapter 18 Minoan Bull LeaperThe 'Minoans' like the Clovis people and the Celts are a group of people whose name for themselves has been lost This is a good example this books style of evoking ancient myth the minotaur contemporary cultural and economic circumstances maritime trading of bronze bull leaping and a bit of modern thought psychoanalysis to swirl around an object Saying that Picasso turned 'instinctively to that underground labyrinth and to that encounter between man and bull that still haunts us all' seems unduly universalising and accepting of Freud to me but I suppose these sorts of flourish gives MacGregor's history its idiosyncracyChapter 20 Statue of Ramesses IIRamesses II presided over a 'golden age' MacGregor uses this phrase again later to describe a period when a ruling class was exceptionally wealthy the later Roman period in Britain of imperial expansion and to save time changed inscriptions on existing statues to be about him When a battle went badly his subjects were none the wiser as the official line proclaimed was always victory The labour involved in making this huge statue was ridiculous and largely provided by slaves But I haven't picked out this chapter to complain about ancient antecedents of recent rulers but to mention the inclusion in the book of relevant experts I noted that these were women as often as not In this case MacGregor turned to Antony Gormley always wonderfully elouent He shared this thoughtFor me as a sculptor the acceptance of the material as a means of conveying the relationship between human lived biological time and the aeons of geological time us an essential condition of the waiting uality of sculpture Sculptures persist endure and life dies And all Egyptian sculpture in some senses has this dialogue with death with that which lies on the other side There is something very humbling a celebration of what people can do together because that is the other extraordinary thing about Egyptian architecture and sculpture which were engaged upon by vast numbers of people and which were a collective act of celebration of what they were able to achieveI'm not sure that that is true but it is precisely what MacGregor wants I think when he talks about using poetic imaginationChaper 26 Oxus Chariot ModelIn all my years of compulsory schooling I don't think anyone ever mentioned the ancient Persian empire to me I come from a part of the UK rich in Roman artefacts and I have been familiar with Greek and Roman mythology for as long as I can remember I also learned about Vikings and Anglo Saxons and a little about ancient Chinese civilisation and pre modern Japan But it took actually becoming friends with an Iranian girl when I was 16 for me to find out that modern Iran has an ancient uniue heritage MacGregor tells us that 2500 years ago the Persian Iranian empire was the world superpower But unlike the Romans who encouraged those they conuered to identify themselves with Rome read imposed their culture on the vanuished the Iranian empire was non hegemonic apparently actively respecting rather than merely tolerating religious and cultural practices of subject peoples This exuisite model shows a satrap local governor taking a road journey for which he reuires no armed protection or attendant other than his coachman indicating that peace prevailed within the empire Herodotus wrote his best known words of the Persian couriers telling us that their roads and organisation were terrific Those who criticism multiculturalism in the UK would probably sound less credible if we were taught a fraction about ancient Iran of what we learn about the RomansChapter 28 Basse Yutz FlagonsOne thing MacGregor does often is highlight ethnocentric elitism Here he is agreeably unpleasant about snobbish Mediterranean attitudes towards the 'Celts' named thus by the Greeks who were I guess the archetypal barbarians the word the Greeks used for non Greeks but made objects like these unutterably beautiful flagons He also talks here about the problems of understanding the Celtic lineage through the ancient Greek stereotype and eually misleading much later British one the challenge is how to get past those distorting mists of nationalist myth making and let the objects speak as clearly as possible about their own place and their own distant world uiteChapter 30 Chinese Bronze Bell I've picked up on this chapter as MacGregor reflects on the handing back of Hong Kong in 1997 when the British with hilariously and embarrassingly maudlin pomposity played the Last Post on a bugle The Chinese performed a specially composed piece of music partly played on a set of ancient bells He sees this as stereotypical a solo instrument connecting with war and conflict versus a celebration of harmony and continuity A fascinating discussion of the importance and history of bells in Chinese culture follows which I won't spoilChapter 32 Pillar of AshokaAnother another non hegemonic empire where the idea of public service and mutual respect were much vaunted that of Ashoka in India the largest in the country's history After some brutal conuering he converted to Buddhism and became a gentle philosopher MacGregor compares the principles of rule that governed his later years to modern Bhutan uoting the coronation speech of the current king throughout my reign I will never rule you as a king I will protect you as a parent care for you as a brother and serve you as a son But then he expressed doubt that 'such high ideals can survive the realities of political power' Bhutan is doing pretty well with its Gross National Happiness as far as I'm awareChapter 41 Seated Buddha from GandharaThe religions that survive today are the ones that were spread and sustained by trade and power It's profoundly paradoxical Buddhism the religion founded by an ascetic who spurned all comfort and riches flourished thanks to the international trade in luxury goods I don't see anything ironic about this because before people saw the suffering that came with unethical trading practices and unscrupulous struggles for wealth what need had they to reject them? Buddhism followed the poison for which it presented itself as the antidoteChaper 42 Gold Coins of Kumaragupta I and Chapter 68 Shiva and Parvati SculptureI like how MacGregor picks up and has a go with the objects where possible From one perspective this might seem a bit annoying as if he's lording it over us plebs from the other side of the velvet rope but I see it as an attempt to bring us as close as we can get In these chapters he is evidently keen to point out the current importance and vitality of Hinduism in the UK which non Hindus seem to hear very little about Rather than interacting with the objects themselves here he goes to the Swaminarayan Mandir the Hindu temple in Neasden and talks to Shaunaka Rishi Das about how Hindus think about the divine and bring it into their lives These discussions were fascinating to me and I am glad I recently bought the banned book bookThe Hindus An Alternative History|5263037 hopefully my first of many steps to learning about the cultureHe also talks about the comfortable place occupied by sexuality in Hindu theology Historian of religion Karen Armstrong has this to say in the monotheisms particularly in Christianity we've found uestions of sex and gender difficult Some of the faiths that start out with a positive view of women like Christianity and also Islam get hijacked a few generations after the foundation and dragged back to the old patriarchy I think there's a big difference however in the way people view sexuality When you see it as a divine attribute a way to apprehend the divine that must have an affect You see it in the Hindu marriage service uestions of gender and sexuality have always been the Achilles heel of Christianity and that shows that there's a sort of failure to integrate a basic fact of lifeChapter 42 Sutton Hoo Helmet Chaper 60 Kilwa Pot SherdsOne of the moment when my mind changed while reading was in the discussion here of ancient maritime links so important since before fossil fuels water was much the easiest way to transport people and goods In the so called Dark Ages after the Romans left Britain sophisticated trading relationships between Britain and the Scandinavian world probably became important To people on the north east coast Danish and Norwegian people were neighbours while folks living in Devon or Dorset were a world away Similarly favourable trade winds in the Indian Ocean made eastern Africa and most of Asia a vast cosmopolitan trading community as illustrated by a collection of pot sherds from a beach in Tanzania with pieces from China and the Muslim world amongst locally made wareChaper 52 Harem Wall painting fragmentsThese little pieces of a palace wall from Samarra in Ira trasport MacGregor to the world of Scheherazade and he talks delightedly about them I do wish though that he would say some about whose bombs destroyed Samarra in 2006 and the unedifying history that has recently been made in Ira by invading US and British military forces destroying much irreplaceable ancient material heritage to say nothing of the civilians killed and injured homes and infrastructure destroyed resources appropriated et cetera something we should surely be raising awareness about and doing something to make reparations forChapter 59 Borobudur Buddha HeadA British administrator in Java Raffles gave his collection to the British Museum and it included this head from an extraordinary sculptural representation of the way to enlightenment built 780 840 but abandoned in the sixteenth century when Islam became the main faith there Raffles visited the overgrown site in 1814 and took a couple of fallen heads What interests me is his attitude he felt that the Javanese civilization built it was the eual of European civilizations Unlike other orientalists he was similarly appreciative of the Indonesian culture of his own day Anthropologist Dr Nigel Barker shares this Raffles' concept of civilization has a number of clear markers the possession of a writing system social hierarchy complex stone architecture Interesting perspective on the WhiteEuropean gazeChaper 63 Ife Head and Chapter 77 Benin PlaueIn 1910 when the German anthropologist Leo Frobenius found the first brass head outside the city of Ife he was so overwhelmed by its technical and aesthetic assurance that he immediately associated it with the classical sculptures of ancient Greece There's no record of contact between ancient Greece and Nigeriaso Frobenius decided that the lost island of Atlantis must have sunk off the coast of Nigeria and the Greek survivors stepped ashore to make this astonishing sculpture A magnificent plaue from Benin showing the local ruler the Oba and European traders similarly astonished the British when they colonised Nigeria in 1897 For all the appreciation for the amazing works documented and expressed in these chapters most Europeans probably still unhelpfully think of African art via European modernist 'primitivism' MacGregor does valuable work here to problematise and undermine such racismChapter 71 Tughra of Suleiman the MagnificentVisually this is probably my favourite object and I could talk about my love of Arabic calligraphy all day but I've picked up on this because MacGregor uses it to point out that as the Ottomans demonstrated paper is power pointing out that while the Inca and Timurid empires lasted only a few generations while the Ming and Ottoman dynasties endured for centuries and the difference was he claims efficient sophisticated bureaucracy Modern polliticians proudly announce their desire to sweep away bureaucracy The contemporary prejudice is that it slows you down clogs things up; but if you take a historical view it is bureaucracy that sees you through the rocky patches and enables the state to surviveChaper 81 Shi'a Religious Parade StandardIf you read about the Oxus Gold Chariot and didn't think know the tradition of respect for religious diversity in Zoroastrian Iran persisted into the Muslim era this chapter is for you Shah Abbas a contemporary of Elizabeth I eager to develop trade relationships had a very multicultural court at Isfahan and this standard made for a Shi'a ceremony but with skills and materials from distant lands shows what a cosmopolitan place Iran was through the periodChapter 98 Throne of WeaponsFor the first time in this history we are examining an object that is a record of war but which does not glorify war or the ruler who waged it I am tempted to reply 'it's a bit late to get critical' but it wouldn't be fair because MacGregor has viewed war making raiders and cruel traders critically throughout One thing that this history has in common with the familiar kind is that extent to which it is a history of power but it is much than traditional history a narrative in which the vanuished answer and cannot be silenced It is not in my view a radical history but it contains the seed of radical histories and in this object one of them begins to germinateChapter 100 Solar Powered Lamp ChargerThe promise to tell the stories of ordinary people has been difficult to keep but the intention returns MacGregor to this cheap mass produced but for many potentially life changing device We now live in a world clogged with discarded objects representing expended energy and released carbon If there is to be any history of us we must become sustainable That hope is embodied in this cutting edge yet inexpensive technology

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    A treasure chest a Wunderkammer of human development explained and illustratedI have approached this book from many angles I started by listening to the charming BBC broadcast Fascinated by the different voices of the interviewees just as much as by the objects themselves I fell in love with the concept of travelling the world historically and geographically on a uest to discover the diversity of man made objects and look at them from different perspectives to tell their story in the wider context of human development Just hearing the voices of Seamus Heaney Amartya Sen Wangari Maathai and many reflecting on the meaning of certain objects within the symbolical landscapes of their societies made the radio show a delight During a stay in London I decided to follow the path of the objects in the British Museum as well and having learned about the way they entered the famous museum made them all the precious The Rosetta Stone for example is not just a symbol for early multilingualism in the Northern African ancient world or for 19th century international linguistic science or for the French British conflicts during the Napoleonic wars it is also a symbol for the changing nature of humans’ approach to objects I had to lift my daughter high in the air in order for her to see the “stone that made cracking the code of the hieroglyphs possible” For her as for hundreds of other visitors in front of her that was the most important exhibit photographed over and over again Funny to think of the centuries it lay buried in sand after losing its immediate propagandistic and political meaning of enhancing the power of an ancient king only to gain a new kind of reverence in the modern world of science and exhibitionOther objects are completely overlooked in the vastness of the British Museum and one of the benefits of the concept of the book is to give them value and importance visibility When we walked through the collections one thought struck me over and over again every single object can tell a different version of the human story All of a sudden not only the 100 objects picked by Neil MacGregor but the thousands and thousands of others as well became carriers of humankind’s history in a obvious natural way There could potentially be at least a five page chapter fifteen minute radio programme on the geographical historical political social and aesthetic value of them allI ended up buying a copy of the book in the Museum store of course And again I am thrilled at the nuance the reading experience adds to the previous listening and watching Details become clear dates are easier to put into context maps illustrate the geographical spread of the objects and the uotes by illustrious and knowledgeable people are rendered in their entirety giving them depth and reflective power Cross references between different chapters can be checked The objects truly engage all senses as well as a great deal of imagination in order to visualise the life of people who felt the need to create all those different things“Objects force us to the humble recognition that since our ancestors left East Africa to populate the world we have changed very little Whether in stone or paper gold feathers or silicon it is certain we will go on making objects that shape or reflect our world and that will define us to future generations” thus the closing remarks at the end of the bookI enjoyed every moment of reading and highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in an overarching loving account of humankind’s roller coaster ride through time and space

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    If you are interested in history you should read this book 100 objects at British Museum first discussed at BBC Radio 4 string of shows in 2010 which explains the end year with 5 objects discussed each time thus the things in this book are put in groups of 5 The objects have been carefully preserved or thrown away in piece and everything in between then found or bought or taken and found their way to the museum There are black and white pictures of all of them though some would benefit from being in bigger size with some getting a color picture in the two color pictures part around the middle of the bookI think the choosing of the objects was pretty well done considering the limit and in the back you see where they are from from around the world In the back are also their dimensions and the museum inventory number if one needs them; there is also some bibiliography The objects visits various points of history from 2000000 BC to 2010; not exactly in straight A to B way but most of the time the themes kind of dictate the way Each objects also gets some commentary from various people who in some way can be connected to the objects like being from the same country or working in the finance field or able to make similar objects etcIt is mentioned that sometimes only objects can tell about the people since there was no writing or the written texts were on a material that couldn't stand the wear of time the climate the place the robbers and so on One of the objects I have as a museum souvenir the Rosetta Stone a paperweightThe book can also provide some facts that can be surprising and new; for me these included that some inventions happened in several places or less at the same time farming writing pottery coins; that the first liuid we used from cows was blood not milk; that there is jade up in the Italian Alps; that there are bull leapers even today recortadors; that Xanadu can from the city name of Shangdu And much A familiar face briefly appears from another great book I've read in chapter 74 Babur the writer of BaburnamaI liked what was chosen as the last object a solar powered lamp and charger This choosing was well explained and shows optimism for the future Another thing was that I slowly realised how much connections between people can determine where objects end up what objects end up looking like how much both objects and ideas can influence and how much humanity can desire the connection and how important it can be for a city to exist to be full of lifeThis book really shows how identity matters how great it is to be connected how creative the humanity can be Impressive

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    Preface Mission ImpossibleIntroduction Signals from the Past A History of the World in 100 Objects MapsList of ObjectsBibliographyReferencesText AcknowledgementsAcknowledgementsIndex

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    When Neil MacGregor released A History of the World in 100 Objects as a podcast in 2010 it uickly became a favourite So when my awesome co blogger TS sent me this book as a present I couldn't wait to rediscover some of the British Museum's amazing artefacts alongside my co cloggers Reading with TS and Celeste was fascinating each person's knowledge bringing out different aspects of each chapter They saw things in these stories and this history that I didn't It was a pleasure to learn from themThough the book acts as an enthusiastic and informative guide to the ways in which objects can tell us stories about ourselves and our past it remains aware of the issues with museums and the destructive process of collecting that filled them It engages with the debate offering no answers but posing uestions that the reader can consider and manages to balance a celebration of the artefacts and their cultures without negating the controversial aspect of their current home Highly recommended Since we're all stuck at home in desperate need for something to brighten our day it might be worth visiting the British Museum virtually and seeing some of the objects for yourself Take a look at this blog to find out how

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    A History of the World in 100 Objects was such a uniue fun informative way to kick of not just a new year but a new decade Unfortunately 2020 has proven itself to be a dumpster fire in almost every way but I’m incredibly grateful for my co bloggers who are not only lovely people but my very best friends We talk every single day and even though I might never meet them face to face these relationships are the most important I have outside of my family TS sent both Emma and myself a copy of this book and we three decided to read it together over the course of 100 days It was such a lovely experience to share across continentsWhen it comes history I view it very much in the same vein I view my Novel Notions friendships I might never get to experience these events and locations myself but I can connect with them through the marvels of modern technology and the thoughts written by others to be shared with the world I might never make it to the British Museum but through this book I am able to admire 100 of the objects that live there and gain insight both into the objects and what they say about the cultures they represent and the world at large through MacGregor’s careful research and philosophical examination as well as the thoughtful interviews he conducted and included in this book MacGregor did a wonderful job of balancing scholarship and storytelling He raised a lot of profound uestions And he did all of this while carefully including as many historically important eras and events as possible as well as representing as wide a swatch of the globe as he could manage Something I very much appreciated was his inclusion of the mundane among the precious the balance of everyday and extraordinary he was able to strikeReading this book with TS and Emma was a wonderful experience I appreciate MacGregor giving us an avenue by which we were able to travel the world together

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    I used to dislike history lessons in school and I could not reconcile that with my love and curiosity for ancient civilisations like Egypt Greece and Rome Now I know that the problem was with the dispassionate method of teaching employed at school I stumbled upon The Great Courses on Audible a few years back and fresh out of my Vikings obsession then thanks to the TV show my first selection was a history lecture about these people of the north Since then I realised that history could be so much interesting and engaging than I thought possible I can't even remember when I've came across this title but it was definitely after I've made my way to the British Museum recently on a solo holiday to London; and being able to slowly explore the museum to my heart's and mind's content I wished I could go back there now with this book in hand and visit each of the hundred objects armed with new insights and knowledge about the significance each of them had in telling a story of humankind In fact I was already planning to do so and was just short of booking my flight and accommodation when this global pandemic reared its horrific head I'm merely writing all these down for posterity I read this book with my co bloggers Celeste and Emma; 100 objects in 100 days Both are history buffs who have a much better foundation and grasp of the subject matter than I do and as such buddy reading with them provided me with additional insights which made the experience even fulfilling What I want to say most about this title is that it's a must read for all history lovers It was superbly written very enlightening and most crucially did not shy away from stating certain ugly truths For how else did the British Museum come to have all these objects in their possession if not for the British colonialism

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