2 DECEMBER 1911, Page 14

The Empires of the Old World. By M. Bramston. (Blackie

and Son. 3s. 6d. net.)-" Not a text-book for examinations, but a framework in which the fuller history of a 'period' may be inserted," is the description given in the Preface of this work. This object is sufficiently attained ; the author begins with pre- historic man and carries down the history to the fall of Rome.