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Henry Ford said that history often seems to consist of just “one damn fact after another.” The books in Berkshire’s “This World of Ours” series, only 150 pages each, are designed to help teachers and students alike to get the most out of our shared world history.

  • This Is China is almost certainly the shortest introduction to historic and contemporary China. In the revised and updated second edition, China expert Kerry Brown provides insightful answers to today’s questions about the world’s newest superpower and offers an engaging framework for understanding its meteoric rise.
  • This Fleeting World is the smallest book of big history, telling the story of the universe and history of humanity in less than one hundred pages. Prize-winning historian David Christian covers it all in this compact, accessible, and inspiring guide to the history of everything, from stars and empires to cities, the World Wide Web, capitalism, and globalization.
  • This Is Africa, one of Berkshire's acclaimed "This World of Ours" series, provides a brief, engaging history of a great and too-little-known continent - a land rich in resources and troubled by conflict, now home to over a billion people speaking more than a thousand different languages. This book explores Africa's interrelatedness to other regions and cultures throughout history and examines its growing economic and political importance to other nations.
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    This Is America: A Short History of the United States offers a unique guide to the United States of America, a nation that in recent history has been the most affluent, influential, and powerful on Earth, known for innovation as well as for its belief in its own “exceptionalism.” This book will give US citizens and people elsewhere a more nuanced view of the "beautiful country."
  • This Is China: The First 5,000 Years contains, in brief, everything we need to know about 5,000 years of history, 30 years of “opening,” and a future that promises to shape the 21st century for all of us.
  • This Is Islam presents a lively introduction to a religion that has a dramatic history and plays a crucial role in the world today.
  • This Fleeting World: A Short History of Humanity is a compact, easy-to-read overview of world history ideal for curriculum development, classroom preparation, and student review from one of the editors of the Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History: "the benchmark against which future history encyclopedias are compared" according to Booklist magazine.
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