Is there a survey of human history that approaches the breadth of Durant's "The Story of Civilization" that is less than 11,000 pages (i.e. that wouldn't require a lifetime of study)? I'm not a historian, but I thoroughly enjoyed Durant's "The Lessons of History" and would like to read something similar that goes in more depth.

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because requests for general purpose references are out of scope (See How to Ask and History Meta(meta.history.stackexchange.com)). This is still a debated subject, but until the debate is resolved, we should follow the established rules. Amazon or goodreads will provide suggestions on what to read next. Good luck! – Mark C. Wallace Aug 24 '15 at 14:02
  • I see some contradiction between asking for the same breadth and asking for something substantially shorter. – Greg Aug 25 '15 at 1:48
  • @Greg: there is no contradiction: volume is a product of breadth and depth, so to speak. School kids manage to learn the whole breadth of Antiquity in a single year in 2-3 class meetings/week; those who are actually interested in Antiquity would spend 10x more time on it, and still feel they just scratched the surface. – Michael Aug 25 '15 at 20:44
  • H.G. Wells wrote "A Short History of the World" in the early 20th century. – Oldcat Aug 25 '15 at 21:11

Isaac Asimov's Chronology of the World, 700 pages.

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