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The Story of Civilization, Vol. 1: Our Oriental Heritage (original 1935; edición 1976)

por Will Durant (Autor)

Series: The Story of Civilization (Volume 1)

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The Story of Civilization, Volume I: A history of civilization in Egypt and the Near East to the Death of Alexander, and in India, China, and Japan from the beginning; with an introduction on the nature and foundations of civilization. This is the first volume of the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning series.… (más)
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Título:The Story of Civilization, Vol. 1: Our Oriental Heritage
Autores:Will Durant (Autor)
Info:Simon & Schuster (1976), Edition: 1st, 1049 pages
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Our Oriental Heritage por Will Durant (1935)

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This book was well done, and I enjoyed reading it. It was another awkward-to-hold-up book; so, although I did a bit of before bed reading of this book, I didn't do much. It covers a lot of information about where humanity came from, with a focus on the Orient. There is a lot of detail in this first book, showing how much effort Will Durant put into this book; it also hints to the same amount of effort put into the later books of the series. His wife, Ariel Durant, also helped to write the last five books in it (Volumes 7-11), so I'm really looking forward to those ones! Sometimes, it was a lot to take in for one sitting, which was occasionally off putting due to wanting to just sit and read for longer lengths of time. I highly recommend this as a read. ( )
  historybookreads | Jul 26, 2021 |
OK for a first introduction, but his seductive prose often leaves the reader no indication of when he's glossing over important information that doesn't fit his story arc. ( )
  HenrySt123 | Jul 19, 2021 |
When I began my quest to learn about the history of philosophy and its many famous thinkers, I was introduced to Will Durant and his fantastic writing style in his wonderful work The Story of Philosophy. I found his writing to be passionate and sincere; as one reads his words one can sense his excitement as it exudes from the pages; we see it as he explains Plato's Republic or how he responds with witty erudition to the many aphorisms of Schopenhauer.

And so with Our Oriental Heritage, the first volume of eleven of Durants’ Story of Civilization series, we see that enthusiasm pour out as he gushes about the cultural achievements of the ancient Near East and the rest of Asia -- specifically India, China and Japan. Durant focuses on the art, poetry, literature, architectural achievements, economy, religions, and social structures of these timeworn countries.

Thanks to this work I was introduced to one of the oldest stories in the world, The Epic of Gilgamesh, which originated from Mesopotamia. After visiting Judea I leapt into the verses of the King James Bible; once Durant gave a wonderful tour of China, I couldn't help but read The Analects by Confucius, and I took to heart many of the Old Teacher's maxims.

Overall, this was an awesome book and I learned so much of the history and culture of Earths’ oldest and most venerable countries. ( )
  ProfessorEX | Apr 15, 2021 |
Good book and extensive research but dated. ( )
  LeonardSmith1 | Nov 7, 2019 |
I started this book in July, and just finished it now, half a year later. And that's listening to it as an audio edition [which goes faster for me with this type of book than reading]. And it's the first in a series of twelve.

I'm attracted to the concept of the book, "The Story of Civilization." But it isn't a story. It's a catalog.

History is more like the future than many suspect. Just as their are an infinite number of possible futures, and the further out into future you move the larger that infinity, the same is true of the past. Take a historic event like World War II. There are a dozen different ways that it can be explained, neatly fit into the expansive timeline of history. Not all of these stories compliment each other or even agree on fundamentals. Sure, there are certain facts we can agree on, like the date and location of certain battles. But history isn't about numbers, it's about reasons, and these are subjective.

This being said, I find Durant's "history" as lacking a certain compelling nature to its narrative. Maybe part of the issue is that I'm reading the book almost a century after it was written.

Durant uses many generalizations when talking about history, which is an issue with a history that's so in-depth. You'd think over the course of millions of words he could get down into some details. He does quote and summarize primary sources. But I think the reader would be much better off just reading these texts for themselves and coming to their own opinions rather than relying on Durant's Spark Notes.

History's such an exciting subject. I'm not sure how Durant's managed to make it quite so boring.

This has all been talk on style. What about content?

The move developed civilizations become, the more violent they become. That's the main thing you need to know. Oh, and there were likely advanced civilizations in prehistory, but by definition [they predate recovered written records], they're generally obscured from the modern perspective.

Soon I'll be listening to Durant's "Lesson's of History." I'll be interested to see if the shorter medium better suits his style. ( )
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Civilization is social order promoting cultural creation.
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. . . barbarism is always around civilization, amid it and beneath it, ready to engulf it by arms, or mass migration, or unchecked fertility. Barbarism is like the jungle; it never admits its defeat; it waits patiently for centuries to recover the territory it has lost.
. . . civilization is a precarious thing, whose delicate complex of order and liberty, culture and peace may at any time be overthrown by barbarians invading from without or multiplying within.
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The Story of Civilization, Volume I: A history of civilization in Egypt and the Near East to the Death of Alexander, and in India, China, and Japan from the beginning; with an introduction on the nature and foundations of civilization. This is the first volume of the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning series.

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