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To understand the cultural and political differences that endanger our world, we need to appreciate fundamental national stories In this unique book, leading writers and scholars from twenty eight countries give thoughtful, engaging accounts of their own nations history The countries have been selected to represent every continent and every type of state large and small mature democracies and religious autocracies states that have existed for centuries and those born recently, making up two thirds of the worlds population Peter Furtado is the former editor of the internationally renowned magazine History Today Note The ebook edition includes the complete text of the printed book with a reduced number of illustrations Good book packaging was excellent and neatcan trust and buy from heritage publishers. Global histories tend to be written from the narrow viewpoint of a single author and a single perspective, with the inevitable bias that it entails But in this thought provoking collection, twenty eight writers and scholars give engaging, often passionate accounts of their own nation s history.The countries have been selected to represent every continent and every type of state large and small mature democracies and religious autocracies states that have existed for thousands of years and those born as recently as the twentieth century.Together they contain two thirds of the world s population In the United States, for example, the myth of the nation s historylessness remains strong, but in China history is seen to play a crucial role in legitimizing three thousand years of imperial authority History wars over the content of textbooks rage in countries as diverse as Australia, Russia, and Japan Some countries, such as Iran or Egypt, are blessed or cursed with a glorious ancient history that the present cannot equal others, such as Germany, must find ways of approaching and reconciling the pain of the recent past. Actually not a short history of these 28 nations but rather a set of essays that tend towards the philosophical, nebulous and, to my mind, boring The essay writers may be the best that their country has to offer but possibly because if this they felt the need to stray from the unfolding drama of their history to an uncohesive discourse on what it is to be from each country. A worthwhile and good read As a person who spends time in countries other than as a tourist it s clear that national psyches, and characteristics prevail, and this book looks at that historical background and common heritage within a country.