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The human web : a bird's-eye view of world history

Author: John Robert McNeill; William Hardy McNeill
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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A study on human patterns, interactions, and conflict from the earliest periods in history considers such topics as the evolution of religion, the western world's dominance in the world market, and the creation of ancient agriculture.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Robert McNeill; William Hardy McNeill
ISBN: 039305179X 9780393051797 9780393925685 0393925684
OCLC Number: 50476654
Description: xviii, 350 p. : maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: INTRODUCTION: WEBS AND HISTORY / THE HUMAN APPRENTICESHIP / SHIFTING TO FOOD PRODUCTION, 11,000-3,000 YEARS AGO / WEBS AND CIVILIZATIONS IN THE OLD WORLD / 3500 B.C.E.- 200 C.E. / The first civilizations / Rise of bureaucratic empire / Portable, congregational religions / Indian civilization / Chinese civilization / Greek and Roman civilization / Population, environment, and disease / Conclusion / THE GROWTH OF WEBS IN THE OLD WORLD AND AMERICA, 200-1000 C.E. / Shifts in relative wealth and power / Expanding and thickening the old world web / New roles for religion / Emergence of an American web / Conclusion: comon patterns / THICKENING WEBS, 1000-1500 / Overview / How China became the first market society / The transformation of Islam / Christendom's thickening web / The old world web's Pacific flank / Southern and norhtern frontiers of the old world web / The American webs / Conclusion / SPINNING THE WORLDWIDE WEB / The world's webs as of 1450 / Fusing and extending the world's webs, 1450-1800 / The world the web made, 1500-1800 / Conclusion / BREAKING OLD CHAINS, TIGHTENING THE NEW WEB, 1750-1914 / The progress of the web / Igniting the population explosion / New foundations for politics / The industrial revolution / Impacts of the industrial revolution / Abolition of slavery and serfdom / Globalization in the age of imperialism / Ecological change / Conclusion: Lock-in / STRAINS ON THE WEB: THE WORLD SINCE 1890 / Communications and ideas / The marriage of science and technology / Population and urbanization / Energy and environment / Retreat from globalization: war and depression, 1914-41 / Resurgent globalization: war and the long boom since 1941 / Conclusion / BIG PICTURES AND LONG PROSPECTS / J R McNeill --
BIG PICTURES AND LONG PROSPECTS / William H McNeill
Responsibility: J.R. McNeill and William H. McNeill.
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Offering an original vision of history, this book explores the webs that have drawn humans together in exchange, co-operation and competition, from agricultural communities 12,000 years ago to the  Read more...

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