Will Durant's Story of Civilization

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    Is Will Durant’s classic The Story of Civilization still reliable? I’m currently on the first volume and I’m wondering whether I should continue to read the series.

    I guess this question also applies to “Western Civilization Since 1500” but I didn’t want to make two separate topics.

    Jason Jewell

    I haven’t read the entire Durant series, but my impression is that it provides a decent narrative of the main outline of civilization’s history. The Durants have a modernist, secularist bias and are big fans of Napoleon and (in general) centralization. Don’t get blindsided by any of that. The volumes are well written.



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