I'm a total novice in humanities and I want to start learning world history. Which do you guys recommend (looking for introductory and didactic books).

Thank's in advance

  • +1 I like the question, I started to get interested in History by a timeline book, which never gave enough information, but I could catch interesting parts of history, and research in topics. Sadly I don't remember the book's name anymore. Jun 22, 2013 at 5:27
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Gonick, Larry. The Cartoon History of the Universe. 3 vols. Doubleday.

Gonick, Larry. The Cartoon History of the United States. Doubleday.

Gonick, Larry. The Cartoon History of the Modern World. 2 vols. Doubleday.

Good bibliography for the time of publication for each issue. Good methodology and introduction to issues in historiography. Raises primary sources and their interpretation. Appropriate speculation.

  • Thank you! Seems like what I was looking for... Also, what do you meant by "Appropriate speculation"?
    – JLagana
    Jun 22, 2013 at 18:33
  • Learning to interpolate correctly: history.stackexchange.com/questions/8877/… Jun 23, 2013 at 2:48
  • Thank you. I'm loving it! Too bad history.stackexchange isn't confortable with reference-requests.
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    Jun 25, 2013 at 1:25

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