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World history in 100 objects.

After reviewing on the blog, June 2, 20018, a masterpiece like “Weapons, steel and disease” by Jared Diamond, I thought it appropriate to point out a book that can be said stands on a similar line as “intellectual guide” I believe that a path of anthropological knowledge and customs of world history can not help but keep in mind the essay by Neil MacGregor, “The history of the world in 100 objects.

A book that in its English version was published in 2010 and has aroused great interest from both the critics of the sector and the average reader.

Neil MacGregor is an art historian who has led important museum institutions, Nationa Gallery and British Museum both in London, currently is director of the Humboldt Forum in Berlin.

A very strong and important personality at international level for what concerns the history of art, has brought back to new splendor the British Museum in London that had become a yellow container clearing the accounts and bringing it to fifth place in terms of global presence, isomma has been able to combine culture and marketing in a masterly way!

Mass communication on a high cultural level is the signal that shows us MacGregor, its spirit of research and omnivorous pursuer of why historians are reported to a level of extraordinary simplicity and media effectiveness.

A great organizer of exhibitions and a great interpreter of new tastes, he even told the radio about the objects and artifacts he reviewed in his book day by day.

The philological path that begins in the wise kindergarten can be intruded in various ways and criticism of the choices made on the objects chosen can take various paths, but the fact is that it remains a huge work in a key of interpretation affordable to all with the intention of giving life to research and learning.

The Book is meeravilgioso because it collects a series of stories that trace us each a world that is there through an artifact, through a symbol of the history of humanity, a signal that joins so many other signals.

It’s a wise man who should be in a private library because at any time you take it you can open it wherever you want and you immediately immerse yourself in a magical world where the history of humanity flows in a simple and masterly way, where our Europe is just a small piece of great puzzle that always has millions of why to reaffirm, or perhaps 100 objects on which to put a little ‘of attention.

An interesting essay also because it proposes a series of artefacts not very well known to the general public, things that sometimes even in a museum we look at quickly and to which we do not give much importance, here there are more virtues to consider, the ability to see the detail, the grain that is part of everyday life and that sometimes escapes us in its importance and then the ability to show it to other souls may have a gift of beauty and inner growth.

MecGregor gives us the desire to rediscover the history of the times with a kaleidoscopic view that itself has a precise order, the strength of imagination and research at the service of a tale of stories, each chapter as a piece of soul, the soul of humanity.

The objects are all in the collection of the British Museum of London, a cultural institution on a planetary level, a place that is truly immense for works preserved but that has seemed even a sterile container, the book also puts you in a position to be curious to go maybe see closely the objects listed, of course it was also a great success to advertise the museum. Let’s say that it is a universal essay that every museum and cultural institute would dream of preparing for the general public!

The advice to have a book like this comes from the charm that comes from a simple reading that travels from the “Golden Coins of ‘Abd al-Malik” to the “Chess of Lewis” passing through the “Maeesican Map” painted on bark of 1550-1600 AD.

You can find yourself on the pages of a nice book being of the Indiana Jones, or simply yourself on an enchanted journey!

Personal evaluation of the book : 8

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