a dark episode of (the) humankind history

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Abedul_2f

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Español, Spain
hello folks!
Would you write this sentence with or without "the"? Without it sounds better to me, but I want to be sure. Thank you very much!

These bookshttp://forum.wordreference.com/#_msocom_1 narrate a dark episode of (the) humankind history.

The other option that is my mind is: ...a dark episode of the history of humankind, but this option sound much worse to me.

What do you think? Thanks!
 
  • cyberpedant

    Senior Member
    English USA, Northeast, NYC
    hello folks!

    These books narrate a dark episode of (the) humankind's history.:tick:

    The other option that is my mind is: ...a dark episode of the history of humankind, but this option sound much worse to me.:tick: Sounds better to me.
    I would prefer the word "humanity."
    a dark episode of the history of humanity.
     

    Myridon

    Senior Member
    English - US
    I'd say
    ... a dark episode in the history of humankind
    or
    ... a dark episode in humankind's history
    but I prefer the first one.
     

    Hermione Golightly

    Senior Member
    British English
    I hardly knew the word 'humankind' existed; I have never heard it used and would never use it.
    Is there something the matter with "mankind's history" or "human history', or even sweet and simple 'history'? It's obvious that we aren't talking about the history of animals or aliens.
    "History of humanity" doesn't sound good to me. I suggest "one of the darkest episodes in history".

    Hermione
     
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