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World History: Norman Lowe vs NCERT / Arjun Dev

I was going thorugh old NCERT books, xerox copy, and struggled for 3 days. i had committed myself not to go for any other books but only NCERTs in as many subjects as possible. however, few days back i happened to read Norman Lowe's history book from my flatmate, and found it to be really really good quality.

First, it was written in question answer format

Second, it was not too elaborate or needless like NCERT - (they have covered World history during WW1 & WW2 in to much detail, even covered every single country like SE Asia etc, which i dont think is the core, i would rather prefer doing the core things first then going for sidey topics)

Third, though written in notes format, it is really easy and interesting to read.

Fourth, it almost covers everything in few words.

Fifth, the thinking exercises given in it are really really good. I have been attempting those questions, even jotting down points on paper..have really helped me in remembering what i have read easily. Not like old NCERT which has become like an ocean for me

pls those who have read the book give your review.
I ordered from flipkart and got it and also read 4 chapters already.

ps I am not suggesting that dont read ncert. but do read lowe's book, if u get too messed up in the elaborate ncert book. once you have made a structure with lowe's book, u can read ncert and add value to ur knowledge.

Lowe is available on flipkart on below link -

http://www.flipkart.com/mastering-modern-world-history-3rd/p/itmczz2fhqfhp2g5?pid=9780333932186

those who have read both ncert and Lowe, pls share your comparison
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  • I don't plan on reading NCERT but I do concur with your views about Norman Lowe. It is a very interesting read, and is edited better than most world history books.

    Some criticisms that i have about Lowe:
    1. It is far too detailed for the purposes of GS-I. An ideal source for world history should be one which can be revised in maximum of 5 hours, we won't have time to read world history for 2 days towards the later stages of your preparation (though as a primer, it is perfect)
    2. It only concerns with 20th century history and misses what might be the more important events from our perspective like colonialism, imperialism, Enlightenment and French Revolution.
  • what about wizard world history book?is it worth giving a try..?
  • Started reading Arjun Dev. I don't know if anyone else has a similar opinion, I'm not liking the book one bit. It straight away goes to WW1 without going into any background of any sort. No mention of Industrial revolution or anything.
    In part II of the book Second Industrial revolution is mentioned.
    Perhaps I am prejudiced towards this book, but the writing style is boring, and the book seems very haphazard.
    Law

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  • edited July 2013
    Started reading Arjun Dev. I don't know if anyone else has a similar opinion, I'm not liking the book one bit. It straight away goes to WW1 without going into any background of any sort. No mention of Industrial revolution or anything.
    In part II of the book Second Industrial revolution is mentioned.
    Perhaps I am prejudiced towards this book, but the writing style is boring, and the book seems very haphazard.
    Glad to find someone who shares my thoughts on the book. I too found it boring and not upto the level for writing mains' analytical answers. I guess it's only good for undergraduate history courses as given in the blurb. And after going through the above posts, I feel I would have been better off with Norman Lowe. Btw, do you have any idea if the old ncerts are better than this book?
  • I think I wold like to agree wid @Stardust1901.

    In GS-I it is not asked in details. Also wht UPSC wants us to know is the overall idea/understanding/concepts of World History.

    What I am doing is Reading New NCERT 9 and 10, reading from wikipedia and some video from Youtube. Thts it. Please anyone of you can supplement if I have missed anything.
  • this seems to be quite demoralising - is Arjun Dev that bad for the exam?

    I remember reading (cramming) it way back in 12th standard!!
  • @TinTin don't worry, Arjun Dev gets better after the first 20 odd pages. :)
    Law

    "We've got to live, no matter how many skies have fallen."
  • Arjun dev book is good to read, but the socio-economic, political significance and consequences of events in the history are not discussed elaborately, I think which is important in the exam point of view.
  • I do not know what you ppl are talking about. I am doing from NCERT xerox and it is so elaborate there, that i hv decided to go for Lowe. Its easier to frame answers from there..
  • @BombayPirate You're in fact right. I was also wondering the same thing till the time you chipped in.

    @alexiaaicha @sina @TinTin @MSG People, I also have no idea which Arjun Dev book you're talking about. It might be the printed book published by Orient Blackswan which earlier used to be NCERT - World History for standard XII.
    The other one which I am referring to is the one Xerox available at ORN titled "The Story of Civilisation" - Arjun Dev & Indira Arjun Dev - It used to be NCERT Textbook for standard IX & X and is so detailed and nice that one can read & re-read it several times and IMO it's the best book available even for World History part of History optional.

    Please check which book you are referring to and let us know so that a final opinion can be reached at.
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  • "The Story of Civilisation" is the same book which has also been referred by Mr Seeniah at Sriram's for World History portion but he misspoke the name as "The Story of Mankind".
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  • The book is Titled "Contemporary World History :A history textbook for class XII"
    The book is in two parts.
    Its a NCERT
    Arjun Dev and Indira Arjun Dev

    Part II has more authors.
    Law

    "We've got to live, no matter how many skies have fallen."
  • @Maxi
    Yes, I also meant "Contemporary World History" which earlier used to be 12th std text book. (NCERT). Also published by Orient Blackswan.
    its in 2 parts- the second abt art, culture etc.

    Was not aware that there is another Arjun Dev as well. The Story of Civilisation? Is it avlbl in soft copy?
  • @maxi I was talking about the orient blackswan book. Have no idea about the NCERT version.
  • Ok. So it's concluded now that World History for Class XII by NCERT is not good. Though I haven't read it myself but I had a look at it's xerox at Book store in ORN along with the printed version by Orient Blackswan which is the same one and I also did not find them too good.

    But, when I was scrolling through these books, I also encountered one more NCERT World History book xerox at the same ORN shop which I found much better in presentation and structure. It is titled "The Story of Civilization" published by NCERT for World History which used to come in 2 Volumes for Class IX & X (yeah, I've read it in my time in Std. IX & X, that's why I was able to recall - I am that ancient :-O ). It is available as a single bounded xerox in which both IX & X class books are combined priced Rs. 140 for the complete xerox. There are few topics in Vol. I pertaining to syllabus such as Capitalism, Industrial revolution, Socialism, Unification of Germany & Italy, American Revolution & French Revolution. Apart from it, all other topics such as Colonization, Decolonization, World Wars, World after Second world war are covered in Vol. II.

    After much hard research which I carried on getting this request for soft copy from @TinTin, here I present you Ladies & Gentleman the soft copy of "The Story of Civilization - Vol II" by Arjun Dev. Alas, I could not find the soft copy of Vol. I :( Although on getting this request, I myself thought for a moment, "Why didn't I looked for the soft copy before purchasing that xerox?"

    https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B62-d5v9fvqOQ3dlUjVJNkE1MFk&usp=sharing

    I hope you enjoy it and if you like it, you can go for buying the xerox available at ORN shop for Vol. I. [-(
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  • Ok. So it's concluded now that World History for Class XII by NCERT is not good. Though I haven't read it myself but I had a look at it's xerox at Book store in ORN along with the printed version by Orient Blackswan which is the same one and I also did not find them too good.

    But, when I was scrolling through these books, I also encountered one more NCERT World History book xerox at the same ORN shop which I found much better in presentation and structure. It is titled "The Story of Civilization" published by NCERT for World History which used to come in 2 Volumes for Class IX & X (yeah, I've read it in my time in Std. IX & X, that's why I was able to recall - I am that ancient :-O ). It is available as a single bounded xerox in which both IX & X class books are combined priced Rs. 140 for the complete xerox. There are few topics in Vol. I pertaining to syllabus such as Capitalism, Industrial revolution, Socialism, Unification of Germany & Italy, American Revolution & French Revolution. Apart from it, all other topics such as Colonization, Decolonization, World Wars, World after Second world war are covered in Vol. II.

    After much hard research which I carried on getting this request for soft copy from @TinTin, here I present you Ladies & Gentleman the soft copy of "The Story of Civilization - Vol II" by Arjun Dev. Alas, I could not find the soft copy of Vol. I :( Although on getting this request, I myself thought for a moment, "Why didn't I looked for the soft copy before purchasing that xerox?"

    https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B62-d5v9fvqOQ3dlUjVJNkE1MFk&usp=sharing

    I hope you enjoy it and if you like it, you can go for buying the xerox available at ORN shop for Vol. I. [-(
    Dude! You are just awesome!
    Thanks a ton!
    For vol-1 I will try it at ORN. Was it Kumar book centre?
  • edited July 2013
    @maxi You are a wizard mate! Was looking for this from quite some time and had almost given up hopes of finding it (I dont live in delhi). Thanks a ton!! :)
  • Dude! You are just awesome!
    Thanks a ton!
    For vol-1 I will try it at ORN. Was it Kumar book centre?
    I don't recall the name of the shop rather correctly speaking I haven't seen the name of the shop even once though I visit it almost daily. LOL
    It's the first one you encounter on right hand side when you go from V&R, Sriram's towards ORN market. I hope it helps. Will check the name of the bookshop tomorrow & update here for sure. :D
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  • @maxi You are a wizard mate! Was looking for this from quite some time and had almost given up hopes of finding it (I dont live in delhi). Thanks a ton!! :)
    Don't call me wizard, I am no one buddy. Just a wave in the ocean of aspirants, trying to do my part :)
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  • edited July 2013
    @maxi you are a wizard for mining this out of the net :) and if it's not asking too much can you try and share the soft copy of vol I too sometime? Thing is in my place it's really hard to get even the magazines, let alone old and out of print NCERTs!
  • Dude! You are just awesome!
    Thanks a ton!
    For vol-1 I will try it at ORN. Was it Kumar book centre?
    I don't recall the name of the shop rather correctly speaking I haven't seen the name of the shop even once though I visit it almost daily. LOL
    It's the first one you encounter on right hand side when you go from V&R, Sriram's towards ORN market. I hope it helps. Will check the name of the bookshop tomorrow & update here for sure. :D
    Its okay. I got it!
    Thanks
  • @maxi you are a wizard for mining this out :) and if it's not asking too much can you try and share the soft copy of vol I too sometime? Thing is in my place it's really hard to get monthly magazines let alone old, out of print NCERTs!
    I'll try looking for it again sometime although I've exhausted almost 40% of my resources looking for it today (where I generally look for pdf/ ebooks) and I could only find Vol. II. Let's hope the rest 60% turns up something good when I search next time.
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  • Its okay. I got it!
    Thanks
    Is it Kumar? :-?
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  • edited July 2013
    @maxi you are a wizard for mining this out :) and if it's not asking too much can you try and share the soft copy of vol I too sometime? Thing is in my place it's really hard to get monthly magazines let alone old, out of print NCERTs!
    I'll try looking for it again sometime although I've exhausted almost 40% of my resources looking for it today (where I generally look for pdf/ ebooks) and I could only find Vol. II. Let's hope the rest 60% turns up something good when I search next time.
    Thanks for agreeing to help but there is no hurry. Please try and share it in your own time. TIA :)
  • Its okay. I got it!
    Thanks
    Is it Kumar? :-?
    haha- no its not Kumar. Kumar is damn opposite Mother Dairy.

    This is most probably the one which used to be a xerox shop earlier (near old Vaji building).
    Even I dont remember the name. haha...Aam khao, Guthli mat gino. :D

    But I got the location- so will find it easily.
  • Unique it is- In my opinion you're refering to 'Unique book store' . @Maxi
    Enjoy the hard work.
  • Unique it is- In my opinion you're refering to 'Unique book store' . @Maxi
    yes, I think you are right! L-)
  • Arjun Dev Class XII Chapterization:
    1: Introduction
    2: World from 1890s to WWI
    3: World between the two wars
    4: WWII
    5: World Since 1945

    Chapter 1 boring. Chapter 2 gets better after initial first few pages.
    The book isn't all that bad. But now there are so many NCERTS floating around starting from Class IX, which begins from the French Revolution, has more pictures and seems a lot better.
    So, I'm going to finish this Arjun Dev(XII), as I have already started with it and then finish the other NCERTs for the topics not covered in Arjun Dev Class XII.
    Law

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  • To avoid confusion
    NCERT 1.jpeg
    837 x 1158 - 233K
    NCERT 2.jpeg
    837 x 1158 - 289K
    Law

    "We've got to live, no matter how many skies have fallen."
  • edited July 2013
    To avoid confusion
    These contents are of part 1 of the book or both the parts combined?

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