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Our Oriental Heritage

Our Oriental Heritage Part Two Of Two PartsThe Durants The Story of Civilization series represents the most comprehensive attempt to present the vast panorama of human history and culture It begins with OUR ORIENTAL HERITA

  • Title: Our Oriental Heritage
  • Author: Will Durant
  • ISBN: 9780671548001
  • Page: 350
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Part Two Of Two PartsThe Durants The Story of Civilization series represents the most comprehensive attempt to present the vast panorama of human history and culture.It begins with OUR ORIENTAL HERITAGE which deals first with the establishment of civilization and then, in rich, fascinating detail, records the cultural history of Egypt and the Middle East to the death of APart Two Of Two PartsThe Durants The Story of Civilization series represents the most comprehensive attempt to present the vast panorama of human history and culture.It begins with OUR ORIENTAL HERITAGE which deals first with the establishment of civilization and then, in rich, fascinating detail, records the cultural history of Egypt and the Middle East to the death of Alexander of India from the Vedas to Mahatma Gandhi of China from Confucius to Chiang Kai shek and of Japan from the earliest times to mid 1930s All who read this book will owe the Durants a debt of gratitude The New York Times

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    1. Our Oriental Heritage (Story of Civilization 1), Will Durant عنوان: مشرق زمین، گاهواره تمدن؛ نویسنده: ویل دورانت؛ مترجمان: احمد آرام؛ عسگری پاشائی؛ امیرحسین آریانپور؛ ویراستاران: احمد آرام؛ محمود مصاحب؛ امیرحسین آریانپور؛تهران، اقبال، 1337؛ موضوع: تاریخ تمدن قرن 20 مچاپ دیگر همین اثر، تهران، اقبال، در س [...]

    2. دوستانِ گرانقدر، «تاریخ تمدن» شاملِ 11 جلد میباشد که این کتاب جلد اول آن است، از چیزی نزدیک به 1000 صفحه و 31 فصل گوناگون تشکیل شده است. که به نظرم فصل هشتم که مربوط به "تمدن مصر باستان" بود و فصل 29 و 30 و 31 که مربوط به "تمدن ژاپن" بود، بسیار جذاب و برای تکمیل اطلاعاتِ تاریخی، مفید و عال [...]

    3. There are two main reasons why this book is a pure pleasure to read. First and foremost it is always extremely enjoyable to read a book written by someone with both extraordinary clarity of mind and superior skill of written word. Second, 'Our Oriental Heritage' is very accessible introduction to history of China, India and Japan, topics that were previously unknown to me.It must however be said, that this is not a history book in traditional meaning of that term. The aim of Will Durant, as he c [...]

    4. I read this first volume of The Story of Civilization off and on for over a year. It was my first successful attempt at reading history and taught me how to do so. I have to thank Will Durant for that. Finishing it was a triumph for me as a student of literature, the world, and life.We all probably remember doing a unit in Social Studies on the cradle of civilization, Babylonia and all that. Boring but some cool pictures. My theory on the study of history during childhood is that we have our who [...]

    5. All I can say is wow, this book is extremely enlightening and eye opening. It covers the formation of civilization of the human race. which started in Africa and Asia. It was published in 1935, so if you are looking for the latest archaeological find on Egypt you won't find it here. But that's not what this book is about, this book is about exploring the development of the civilizing influenced on humanity, how cultures have risen and fallen and how human civilization has changed. I highly recom [...]

    6. This volume of Durant's Story of Civilization is distinctive for being the most cursory, his aim having been to cover all prehistory, ancient civilizations before the Greeks and Asian civilizations--quite a task for just over a thousand pages! Besides being a skimming of the surface, this volume is also the most painfully dated as it only goes up to the mid-thirties. I kept on thinking of the impending world war and of the independence of India thereafter.It is unfortunate that anyone approachin [...]

    7. My God . . . it's full of stars! No really, this is one of the mandatory reads for anyone who wants to display affectations toward a liberal education. Incredible!

    8. This book is a massive one, starting from the dawn of humanity, discusses what it is required from us as a species to start a civilization. It talks about various civilizations starting from Sumeria, Assyria, Babylonia, Egypt in the west to India, China and Japan in the east. From the origins of the people in each civilization, it discusses about various rulers who brought the kingdoms together, their polity, religion and policies. It dwells more on art, architecture, literature, science, philos [...]

    9. This book would've been way better if the author could avoid racism . The author will praise a civilization's wealth and advancement, then call those same people barbarians. He calls an Indian philosopher a pre-Kant plagiarist. What? Europe isn't special or original. The ancient east and African countries were contemplating death and suffering, calculating the circumference of the earth, when Rome was still mud

    10. All my life, I have heard about the brilliance of the Durant, but all my life, the thick volumes of the Durants books were too much for me, regardless of the brilliance.BUT suddenly, Audible has brought out the 10 volume set of The History of Civilization, each volume of which is about 500 pages. Listening is about 50 hours per volume. As I'm bedbound, 50 hours is far more manageable than 500 pages.But the brilliance I had heard about was definitely there. The lovely, easy use of language, his a [...]

    11. Durant is unmatched in the beauty and clarity of his prose, and in the piercing gaze through the mists of history. Yes, there are elements which are dated thanks to more recent research, and yes, his sections which close the book on China and Japan are probably best forgotten due to the poor availability of translations and understanding of cultures, especially from ancient China. But were I to engage in the silly game of "desert island" books, this single volume would contend for that honor. No [...]

    12. For a long time I wanted to read Durant's History of Civilization. I was thrilled when it came out on audiobook and immediately dived in. This first volumen was a pleasure. It dealt with prehistory and the first great civilizations. I particularly enjoyed he section on India and Buddhism. I wasn't too familiar with the Indian civilization, but after reading this book I feel fairly conversant with it. The descriptions are luminous, characterization, even in an era without many known individuals, [...]

    13. اولین جلد از مجموعه بزرگ ویل دورانت که به نوعی حاوی برداشت و شیوه گزارشگری او از تاریخ است.از دید او تمدن فعالیت هایی است که بر روی کره زمین در فواصله بین دو یخبندان اتفاق می افتد و تمدنی که تا به امروز به درازا کشیده در بین النهرین و پس از آخرین عصر یخبندان آغاز می شود.با توجه به [...]

    14. Great book, written in the 1920s or 30s, before political correctness flavored all we see and hear. This book took an unemotional and fair look at the debt we owe ancient civilizations like Egypt, Sumeria, Assyria, China and so on. Really good.

    15. One down, ten to go.I've looked at this set (monumental, I believe, is the obligatory adjective when referring to it) for many, many years, always promising myself that someday, I would dive in. Over time, and one by one, I've picked up each volume until I had the entire series on my shelves, and though I probably never phrased it this way, my thoughts surely went along the lines of, 'gosh, if a feller read all that, he'd really know something.'My goal is one book a month, and time off in Decemb [...]

    16. Biased and inaccurate. I'd like to get my information from sources that are way more scientifically written.

    17. WARNING TO READERS CONSIDERING THIS BOOK: DO NOT READ THIS BOOK TO LEARN ABOUT HISTORY UNLESS YOU ARE SKILLED AT CRITICALLY EVALUATING DIDACTIC LITERATURE, FOLLOWING SOURCE CITATIONS AND RECOGNIZING WHAT IS FACT AND WHAT IS SPECULATION. AT LEAST HALF OF THIS BOOK IS COMPLETE GARBAGE.There was certainly a great deal of valuable information in this tome, but it is extremely poorly documented and heavily peppered with supposition, speculation and littered with personal opinion loosely being passed [...]

    18. I am taking this book slowly and hope to read most of Durant's books as the years go by.One interesting insight: Durant says the greatest invention was the common noun. He then talks about many primitive societies that did not have separate words for colors or objects like a tree. So they had to come up with a completely different word for a red ash and a white ash. They didn’t have a word for “red,” “ash” or even “tree”. That got me thinking about how human beings think and that o [...]

    19. Beautifully written history of the Ancient Near East and Far East. Wonderful insight as to how these people lived as opposed to just histories of battles and conquests. The only issue I have--which is no fault of the Durants--is that the book is a bit dated. At the time of its publication the ancient histories of some of these places were still somewhat unknown in the West. Now we have the benefit of decades of additional research and discovery. Having said that there is still a great deal of va [...]

    20. Will Durant is an academic of the 1930's and his historical summaries of ancient Egypt, Israel, Babylon, Persia, Phoenicia, and Assyria are very much written in a style that has long passed into disuse. Durant comes off as an pretentious windbag, but I must confess I enjoyed his antiquated reflections on human nature and the evolution of civilization as we know it. When reading Durant one feels like a college freshman at an ivy league school in 1937 taking notes from a contankerous old professor [...]

    21. This tome is a wonderful tour of the oldest human civilizations that existed (China, Japan, India, Judea, Persia, Egypt, Babylonia, Assyria) and that influenced Europe in any way.The Durants know very well how to make history a funny thing with their witty comments and great analysis. What's in the menu for you? Well everything that a respected civilization do: Art, wars, politics, philosophy, culture, religion, etc.

    22. For years I've looked at the many volumes of Will and Ariel Durrent's History of Civilization and thinking--someday I will read them all. A few months ago I decided that I better get started now that I'm getting on in years. I loved this first volume and learned so much about Persian, Indian and Chinese civilizations that I had never learned in regular school. I'm reading in these books between other reading and so it is slow going, but well worth the time I invest.

    23. The book hypothesized about a lot of what must have happened for humans to have evolved into our present state. However, his theories are often archiac, for example he mentions the "snake" in the "Garden of Eden" as being a phallic symbol. This psychodynamic approach has been debunked for the most part, and it makes me wonder what other parts of the book have not been brought to modernity.

    24. I first started this book over Christmas break in 2003, which means it took me six years to finish. I found Durant entertaining despite his brutal and unrelenting atheism which constantly and obviously informs his understanding of history.

    25. Ultimately I enjoyed this work for what it was. The initial section on history in general contains some nice insights into human nature and while the author often generalises he knows he is doing so. I have heard others complain this book and the remaining ten volumes in the series contain many inaccuracies. Apparently Durant himself admitted as much. Personally I did not find it to be too bad; although written in the 1930s, much of the information is 'still good'. Where history or archaeology h [...]

    26. Masterful work, especially considering it was written in 1935. This is a seminal book, the first installment of eleven total in the seminal series, "The Story of Civilization." Will Durant was obviously at the forefront of scholastic thinking when he began this series: he approaches history from a cross-cultural perspective, accepting cultural relativism, but clearly holding modern ideals of equality, democracy, and social welfare as something special--the sum total end products of human history [...]

    27. I saw the complete set of Durant's books on the bookshelf of an older family who I admired when I was a late teenager. I found this single volume secondhand at some point much later and finally began reading it in between other books in March 2015.Published in 1935, "At this historic moment - when the ascendancy of Europe is rapidly coming to an end, when Asia is swelling with resurrected life, and the theme of the twentieth century seems destined to be an all-embracing conflict between the East [...]

    28. Durant leans a little progressive in places, and carefully maintains an enlightened view of the quality of ancient Near and Far Eastern cultures. He has no time for Westerners lauding the superiority of their heritage. Sometimes he strains credulity with his levelling of East and West. He assumes a naturalistic view of religion throughout. That said, he is consistent in his tragic view of the human condition and appreciates at least the instrumental value of faith and liberty and morality. He is [...]

    29. Granted: the title is unfortunate and potentially offensive, but it's important to note that this was written in different times, and I can assure those of you who might be offended that it was certainly not Durant's intent.I found it more fascinating than I'd ever thought such a comprehensive history text could be. Durant gives a number of historically important ancient civilizations a close study (using the more limited archeological resources available in the first half of the 20th Century), [...]

    30. What a journey! When I first begab to read this book I was not prepared by any means to the complexity of such a book. While the series of books deal with the story of western civilization, Will Durant introduces this book in homage to all ancient civilizations that had played a part in creating his own. We begin passing by the dark times, during hunting ages and man's curiosity towards simple things. Then we pass by Sumeria, Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Judea and Persia. Will then moves from the mi [...]

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