The ultimate work of historical reference 'The Times Complete History of the World' is the most comprehensive, authoritative and accessible work on world history available today. It has sold over 2.25 million copies and has been translated into 18 languages since its first publication in 1978. With a narrative scope covering the origins of humankind right through to the turmoil of the 21st century, this book is an unrivalled and breathtaking accomplishment. With over 600 full-colour maps and charts on a wide range of historical subjects and representing the work of a team of world-class historians, this new edition continues a tradition of more than thirty years of excellence, style, authority and cutting-edge design. With fully up-to-date text, including new material on the Middle East, China and Russia, this book, edited by leading modern historian Professor Richard Overy, is more compelling than ever. Updates for the ninth edition include: * New spreads: China since 1976 The collapse of the Soviet Union and the creation of modern Russia The Arab World in transition * Substantially updated spread on Europe since 1991 * The most up-to-date research on human origins * Updated spreads on South and Southeast Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Central and North America. * Updated spread on the World in 21st Century * Updated introduction
Richard Overy is Professor of History at the University of Exeter. He has written and edited more than thirty books on war and dictatorship in the 20th century, including 'The Bombing War: Europe 1939 to 1945', winner of a Cundill Award for Historical Literature in 2014, 'A History of War in 100 Battles', and most recently 'The Oxford Illustrated History of World War Two'. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. In 2001 he was awarded the Samuel Eliot Morrison Prize for his contribution to military history.