Yale University Press, Gombrich, an unemployed year old historian in Vienna, faced in Making matters worse, the publisher asked him to finish the manuscript in six weeks. In a way, the book can thus be compared to a string of blog entries, written in a direct, informal and opinionated way, accessible to a broad readership.
The book is quite remarkable as an introduction to world history. Its style is unique. Readers can chase this up for themselves. However, when Ernst first published his Weltgeschichte World History in he was not a grandfather but a young graduate earning a crust as a writer.
As a young graduate he would have been mindful of the difference between the kind of history written by scholars and that written by cultural historians. The first was dominated by concrete facts and the second by subjective constructions from a wide variety of historical sources, as epitomised in the work of the great Swiss historian Jacob Burckhardt.
The Little History is no dry collection of data. It opens with an invitation to stand in a hall of mirrors or peer into a bottomless well. It is a thoroughly entertaining exercise in the art of story-telling.
Its most instructive chapter is the last: Besides updating his account from the end of the First World War, he corrects two critical judgements that he made in Inbelieving German propaganda, he accused President Woodrow Wilson of failing to keep his word regarding the peace settlement.
Secondly, his belief in human progress towards civilised behaviour had been undermined by the atrocities of the Second World War. He vividly demonstrates that the writer of history is part of history itself. Back inGombrich had reservations about using art to engage with the history of the past.
There was a prevalent belief that, for instance, looking at Gothic cathedrals would reveal insights into the workings of the Gothic mind. The spectator could be spared the task of rooting around in the archives.
History could be judged on the basis of appearances. Nevertheless a young reader would be bored by a history book without any pictures, thus his text was illustrated with drawings to capture moments from the past. When Dumont published a new edition of the book inthey retained the original illustrations to produce a pocket-sized paperback.
However when Yale produced the first English translation in they disposed of the original illustrations, substituted new ones by the English illustrator Clifford Harper and used a larger format. Harper has described himself as inspired by the work of Frans Mazereel.
The artists I had in mind were people like Clare Leighton, Gertrude Hermes, Gwen Raverat, Edward Bawden and all the others who continue to influence contemporary printmakers.
Clifford Harper's illustrations are very much in this tradition. I felt the book needed to look a little old-fashioned but not be illustrated in a pastiche of the s but in the natural style of a contemporary illustrator.
Clifford was perfect in this respect.A little history for little people Gombrich, the Austrian art historian best known for the international bestseller The Story of Art, wrote this concise world history for children in history.
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