Nothing available of the actual text of this important book, but a few facts about it and the place it will almost surely take should help in placing it for bookshop distribution. Harry Elmer Barnes, lecturer on the History of Civilization at the New School for Social Research in New York City, is outstanding as an advocate of the so-called ""new history"", he teaches -- and practises -- the handling of historical materials, as a record of man's development. He states that in this major work, he gives proper perspective to the political, legal, military and diplomatic elements in human achievement, from their institutional rather than personal import. And he aims to make the bearing of the past on the present important throughout. The scope of the work in tremendous, bringing the reader up to the social and economic crisis of today. Two volumes. Good value.