Spanning the origins of the Earth to the outcome of the First World War, A Short History of the World is a brilliantly compelling account of the evolution of life and the development of the human race. Along the way, Wells considers such diverse subjects as the Neolithic era, the rise of Judaism, the Golden Age of Athens, the life of Christ, the rise of Islam, the discovery of America and the Industrial Revolution. Breathtaking in its scope and passionate in its intensity, this history remains one of the most readable of its kind.Witty and perceptive, the History fully illustrates the author's liberal convictions and his resolute commitment to human progress. Part of a brand-new Penguin series of H. G. Wells's works, this edition includes a newly established text, a full biographical essay on Wells, a further reading list and detailed notes. The introduction, by Norman Stone, explores Wells's reasons for writing the volume and his political beliefs.