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4.0 out of 5 starsMost notable civilizations!
Reviewed in the United States on March 1, 2018
At only 36 pages this book is definitely worth your time! When people talk about who had the "longest running civilization" they forget to mention the "Illinois Confederacy of North America." I didn't realize that Illinois has been populated since 10,000 BC! Read this book to find out about the 12 tribes making up the confederacy. It is amazing what a person can learn in 40 minutes.
1.0 out of 5 starsInteresting Title -questionable content at best.
Reviewed in the United States on July 4, 2021
Although it looks like a book it is a short pamphlet that is filled with 2 other pamphlets -Path of the Magus and Letsfit Smart Watch User Guide. It's unclear whether this was intentional or book binding error. No one appears to take credit for it other than In601Learning.
3.0 out of 5 starsA Quick, Yet Comprehensive, Approach to History
Reviewed in the United States on March 1, 2018
A slightly expanded version of this originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader. --- Man, it's hard to write about a book this short in a meaningful way. So I'm going to talk a little bit about this project as a whole -- there's this group, in60learning, who write very concise non-fiction (text and audiobooks) on historical topics/events or biographies (other topics are coming, apparently), so they can be read and digested in a brief matter of time. Great idea -- I'm on board with this. I found the selection a little overwhelming, honestly, since I was going to try just one -- I'm not sure I'd have been any more decisive if I'd had 6 to choose from. So I just told them to send me one at random.
Now, the title I got was Illinois Native Americans: A 9,000 Year Civilization. I know nothing about the Illinois, nada. You ask me about Native American tribes from the Idaho area, and I'm good; I know a little about the Delaware thanks to David Brainerd; and a bit about the Cheyenne thanks to Craig Johnson. I'm not sure how reliable a source Henry Standing Bear really is, though. So the Illinois? Fuhgeddaboudit. Making me a prime candidate for this book. The idea that this people group existed as a discernible culture for 9,000 years is mind-boggling.
The book covers all sorts of aspects of the Illinois -- the politics, the religion, the familial roles, hunting, interaction with other Native American groups -- and present state. It talked about changes that happened when Europeans showed up and altered the way of life for everyone in North America.
I appreciated the matter-of-fact way the book addressed cultural changes when the Illinois came into extended contact with Europeans -- apparently, primarily the French. The book didn't vilify the French (or English, etc.) for the changes they brought to the culture -- nor did they act like this was the greatest thing for them. Instead, it took more of a "so this changed" approach, letting the readers draw their own conclusions.
The writing is crisp, clear, and (seemingly) comprehensive. It achieves this great balance of being brief and yet covering 9,000 years of history. Even better, it does this history in a few paragraphs in a way that doesn't feel like you're missing a lot.
A couple of short-comings that may or may not be addressed in actual editions of the books, not just the ARC version I received -- footnotes/endnotes would be great, or at least a bibliography. Just so a reader could look into some of what's covered a little more.
I really liked this book and plan on picking up more in the series soon. I think it's just the kind of thing that could help my kids with some things in school, and yet it could also appeal to they busy adult who just feels like they should get better grounded in some part of history or just wants to read something quick. I don't see why anyone from 12 on up couldn't benefit from (or understand) this book, and assume the same is true for the rest of the series. Dive into these, folks, you'll be glad you did.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher.
4.0 out of 5 starsInteresting Account of an Ancient Civilisation
Reviewed in the United States on April 7, 2018
Subtitled ‘A 9,000 Year Civilisation’, this little book is part of a project aimed at providing readers with concise histories that can be enjoyed as text or is an audiobook version. The idea is sensible and welcome. I know absolutely nothing about American Native Indians, other than the terribly distorted view that TV’s cowboy programmes in the UK provided during the 1960s and 70s. It was that ignorance that prompted me to try this particular title. I’m glad I did, as it’s given me information I would otherwise never have known. If I have a reservation (pun unintended) it’s to do with some of the sentence structure, which occasionally jarred. The sense was always accessible from context, but some sentences were written in a slightly odd style. That said, the content was very good. A little repetition, which in a text book is no bad thing, since it emphasises certain points. The chapters are headed by contemporary quotes from people of the time. And the information is fascinating; a good way to have those initial prejudices well and truly put in their place. An interesting account of an old civilisation and culture. And a useful taster of the type of information these short books contain.