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Summary

In 2010, the BBC and the British Museum embarked on an ambitious project: to tell the story of 2,000,000 years of human history using 100 objects selected from the museum's vast and renowned collection.

Presented by the British Museum's then director Neil MacGregor, each episode focuses on a single object - from a Stone Age tool to a solar-powered lamp - and explains its significance in human history. A stone pillar tells us about a great Indian emperor preaching tolerance to his people; Spanish pieces of eight tell us about the beginning of a global currency; and an early Victorian tea set speaks to us about the impact of empire. Music, interviews with specialists and quotations from written texts enrich the listener's experience.

Objects from a similar period of history are grouped together to explore a common theme and make connections across the world. Seen in this way, history is a kaleidoscope: shifting, interlinked, constantly surprising and shaping our world in ways that most of us have never imagined. This download also includes an illustrated booklet with additional background information and photographs.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

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A GREAT LISTEN, BUT . . .

A superb listen spoilt by the constant interruption of high-pitched music at regular intervals throughout the narrative - why? Neil MacGregor is brilliant!

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Interesting - shame about endless flute music

The content is really good and when you listen to one chapter at a time the flute music interludes might not drive you nuts, but I had to stop listening in the end. If the BBC could produce a version without all the flute atmosphere music I would listen.

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the perfect choice for relaxing education

I can't wait to see the British museum again and go find the items I have heard so much about

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brilliant and fascinating world history

superbly thought through and narrated story. essential listening for anyone seeking to understand world history through cultural heritage

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  • 07-08-21

Warning: not audio reading of the book

This is the podcast wrapped together. It is NOT a reading of the book. But it does cover the same objects in the book.

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