A friend suggested me to write about one of the historical book “Return of the Aryans” which I had read long time back but then I thought I should write about “Glimpses of World History” first because this is the first book that made history interesting for me rather than being a difficult subject with a series of names and dates. This book is a collection of almost 200 letters that Nehru had written to his daughter Indira Gandhi (at that time Indira Nehru) from prison in an effort to teach her about world history and so the style of writing is very conversational and informal making it a very interesting read.
He has traced human history of almost all parts of the world from 6000 BC to the present day world and has taken a very non-biased view of events. This was probably the first attempt to write history from non-anglican bias and hence gives equal importance to civilizations which are non-European. Also, it is not just a collection of dates and names but looks in more detail about how these civilizations flowered and then floundered. He has also given detailed accounts of evolution of various major religions of the world. I found his description of origin of Islam to be very interesting and that is something that has remained with me for a long time.
I am sure he was also influenced in some parts by his own thoughts and association with Mahatma Gandhi and he must have given more importance to certain aspects. Probably that is the reason for writing in detail about King Ashoka and Mongol Empire.
As the title suggests it is just the “Glimpses” that you get in this book but it is enough to create an interest and then you can read more about specific civilizations. I really feel that history should be taught in schools in this manner and definitely not the way we studied in our schools.