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The Story of Mankind was written and illustrated by American journalist, professor, and author Hendrik Willem van Loon and published in 1921. In 1922, it was the first book to be awarded the Newbery Medal for an outstanding contribution to children's literature. Hendrik Willem Van Loon (January 14, 1882 - March 11, 1944) was a Dutch-American historian and journalist. ... 1921 (MCMXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... 1922 (MCMXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... The John Newbery Medal is a literary award given by the Association for Library Service to Children of the American Library Association (ALA) to the author of the most outstanding American book for children. ... // Basic characteristics There is some debate as to what constitutes childrens literature. ...


Written to his grandchildren, The Story of Mankind intermingles personal anecdotes with the history of Western civilization, covering the development of writing, art, and architecture, the rise of major religions, and the formation of modern (for 1921) nation-state. Van Loon explains in the book how he selected what and what not to include by subjecting all materials to the question: Did the person or event in question perform an act without which the entire history of civilization would have been different? For alternative meanings for The West in the United States, see the U.S. West and American West. ... Writing may refer to two activities: the inscribing of characters on a medium, with the intention of forming words and other constructs that represent language or record information, and the creation of material to be conveyed through written language. ... Art (or the creative arts) commonly refers to the act and process of making material works (or artworks) which, from concept to creation, hold a fidelity to the creative impulse. ... Architecture (classical [[Greek ) is the art and science of designing buildings and structures. ... The term nation-state, while often used interchangeably with the terms unitary state and independent state, refers properly to the parallel occurence of a state and a nation. ...


After its first edition, Van Loon had another edition published later in the 1920s which included an extra essay, called "After Seven Years" about the effects of World War I. Since van Loon's death in 1944, The Story of Mankind has been added to extensively by his son, Gerrit van Loon. A current release covers events up to the mid-1980s. Combatants Entente Powers Central Powers Commanders {{{commander1}}} {{{commander2}}} Strength {{{strength1}}} {{{strength2}}} Casualties > 5 million military deaths > 3 million military deaths World War I, also known as the First World War and (before 1939) the Great War, the War of the Nations, War to End All Wars was a world conflict... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ...


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The Story of Mankind - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (259 words)
The Story of Mankind was written and illustrated by American journalist, professor, and author Hendrik Willem van Loon and published in 1921.
Written to his grandchildren, The Story of Mankind intermingles personal anecdotes with the history of Western civilization, covering the development of writing, art, and architecture, the rise of major religions, and the formation of the modern (for 1921) nation-state.
In 1957 a film was made based on the book, titled The Story of Mankind and starring, oddly enough, Ronald Colman and the Marx Brothers.
What is Storying? (3754 words)
Stories are a convenient way of capturing a slice of life and retaining it an account of the event.
On the negative side oral stories can be altered more easily than things written or printed, they are subject to some distortion by careless listening, the effect that the listeners’ culture and experience may have by filtering or distorting the story, and simply by fading with time unless periodically refreshed.
These are the stories which were skipped over earlier when the listeners may have gotten side-tracked or their hostility increased by hearing them without the larger context of the Bible story and the preparation and guidance by the Holy Spirit as new believers.
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