Author(s): Chris Harman
In this monumental book, Chris Harman achieves the impossible - a gripping history of the planet from the perspective of the struggling people throughout the ages. From earliest human society to the Holy Roman Empire, from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment, from the Industrial Revolution to the end of the millennium, Chris Harman provides a brilliant and comprehensive history of the planet. Eschewing the standard histories of "Great Men," of dates and kings, Harman offers a groundbreaking counter-history, a breathtaking sweep across the centuries in the tradition of "history from below." In a fiery narrative, he shows how ordinary men and women were involved in creating and changing society and how conflict between classes was often at the core of these changes. While many pundits see the victory of capitalism as now safely secured, Harman explains the rise and fall of societies and civilizations throughout the ages and demonstrates that history never ends. This magisterial study is essential reading for anyone interested in how society has changed and developed and the possibilities for further radical change.
"I have had many people ask me if there is a book which does for world history what my book A People's History of the United States does for this country. I always responded that I know of only one book that accomplishes this extremely difficult task, and that is Chris Harman's A People's History of the World. It is an indispensable volume on my reference bookshelf." - Howard Zinn "The left ... has few accounts which convey as well as this book does the broad sweep of human history." - Robin Blackburn
Chris Harman (1942-2009) was the author of numerous books including A People's History of the World, The Fire Last Time: 1968 and After and The Lost Revolution: Germany 1918-23. He was editor of International Socialism Journal and was previously the editor of Socialist Worker for over two decades.