What Happened When in the World by Rob Houston and Adam Benton

Published February 18, 2023

What Happened When in the World by Rob Houston and Adam Benton

Book info

  • Title What Happened When in the World
  • Author Rob Houston
  • Year 2015
  • Genre Non-Fiction

This incredible book is filled to the brim with fun facts about the world, greatly complimented by more than 60 highly detailed maps exploring how our world has changed throughout time. It is easy to spend hours poring over every detail, with beautiful illustrations and informative content making history fun and easy (well, easier) to understand in the context of different events, different places and different dates. It dives into the history of continents across the globe in impressive detail and can be read for short or longer bursts. While it follows a logical order of civilization, you can easily skip around with no loss of interest or comprehension. Dive into this kid's atlas to learn about the medieval and modern world, the 20th and 21st centuries including: The Vikings, China's golden age and castles. The age of exploration, the French Revolution and slavery. World War I and II, Moon landings, and the Internet.


This is a useful little reference book, covering all of human history (the main areas, anyway, there’s only so much you can cover in an accessible book like this). It splits into various sections, early history, ancient lands, more recent revolutions, and right up to date with the space race and the internet taking over the globe. What I think this book does well is split up history like that, so that if you’re reading through, you can see which areas jump out at you that you might want to investigate further and read more about. It’s a great jumping off point to start learning more.

Rating: 4 / 5

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