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  • Published: 1 October 2015
  • ISBN: 9781473545519
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 432

Human Race

10 Centuries of Change on Earth

A thrilling tour of a millenium of human innovation

We are an astonishing species. Over the past millennium of plagues and exploration, revolution and scientific discovery, woman’s rights and technological advances, human society has changed beyond recognition.

Sweeping through the last thousand years of human development, Human Race is a treasure chest of the lunar leaps and lightbulb moments that, for better or worse, have sent humanity swerving down a path that no one could ever have predicted.

But which of the last ten centuries saw the greatest changes in human history?

History’s greatest tour guide, Ian Mortimer, knows what answer he would give. But what’s yours?

  • Pub date: 1 October 2015
  • ISBN: 9781473545519
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 432

About the Author

Ian Mortimer

Dr Ian Mortimer is the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England and The Time Traveller’s Guide to Elizabethan England, as well as four critically acclaimed medieval biographies, and numerous scholarly articles on subjects ranging in date from the twelfth to the twentieth centuries.

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 1998. His work on the social history of medicine won the Alexander Prize (2004) and was published by the Royal Historical Society in 2009. He lives with his wife and three children in Moretonhampstead, on the edge of Dartmoor.

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Praise for Human Race

“I loved this book... It will enable you to understand your past, your place in it and that of your ancestors as never before. A modern classic”

FIVE STARS, James Delingpole, Mail on Sunday

“Mortimer is an entertaining guide on this superb time-travel journey of human innovations”

Julia Richardson, Daily Mail

“An ambitious study of the last millennium”

Evening Standard

“Provocative and enjoyable... Almost every page of this engaging book sets your mind racing”

Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times

“An excellent romp through the past millennium of British (and particularly English) history… Highly entertaining, well written and packed with lively characters and surprising facts.”

Ian Morris, BBC History Magazine

“Original and fascinating... It is a planetary ride which Mortimer offers us in his tour of ten centuries. It is exhilarating to time-travel with him”

Peter Lewis, Book of the Week, Daily Mail

“It feels as though he has put his heart and soul into it and readers of his other books will enjoy it for its scope and energy”

The Times

“Written in his usual accessible yet quirky style Mortimer proves his worth as the best upmarket tour guide to the hidden mysteries of the past that we have”

Alex Larman, Daily Express

“On his whirlwind tour of western history through the part millennium, he takes his readers on an entertaining and thought-provoking journey”

Choice Magazine

“Smarten up your discussion technique with this fascinating book by a universally-known historian… This is history made real”

Sophie King, Sidmouth Herald

“This is an entertaining and thought-provoking book for anyone who likes to argue about history”

Good Book Guide

“In this brilliant idea for a book…Ian Mortimer treats us to an exhilarating time-travel ride”

Peter Lewis, Daily Mail

“Perfect for history buffs or for those who want to know a little more about the world we live in”

No. 1

“Fascinating and humorous book”


“[Mortimer] delivers a fascinating study”

Lauro Martines, The Times Literary Supplement

“[Mortimer] draws a wide circle of investigation, employing his well-stocked mind, wide curiosity, verve, humour, telling turn of phrase and a proven ability to clarify and intrigue by making unlikely conjunctions and connections”

Juliet Gardiner, History Today

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