A Little History of the World

By E. H. Gombrich

In 'A Little background of the area' Ernst Gombrich tells the tale of guy from the stone age to the atomic bomb. There emerges a colorful photograph of wars and conquests, grand artistic endeavors, the unfold and barriers of technological know-how and tribes evolving in the direction of society.

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