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McNeill, William Hardy 1917-2016

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Works: 402 works in 1,724 publications in 8 languages and 46,249 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Conference papers and proceedings  Outlines and syllabi  Cross-cultural studies  Abstracts 
Roles: Author, Editor, Compiler, Author of introduction, Translator, Other, Consultant, Speaker, Honoree, Cartographer, 070
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Plagues and peoples by William Hardy McNeill( Book )

138 editions published between 1976 and 2018 in 5 languages and held by 3,849 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Covers the historical impact of bubonic plague (including the Black Death), cholera, malaria, smallpox, and other diseases
The rise of the West : a history of the human community by William Hardy McNeill( Book )

86 editions published between 1963 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 3,269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A concise account of the development of the Western civlization beginning with the ancient culture of the Nile
A world history by William Hardy McNeill( Book )

107 editions published between 1966 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 2,601 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Global in scope, William McNeill's widely acclaimed one-volume history emphasizes the four Old World civilizations of the Middle East, India, China, and Europe, paying particular attention to their interaction across time and taking into account recent archaeological discoveries. The narrative touches on all aspects of civilization, including geography, communication, and technological and artistic developments. It provides extensive coverage of the modern era and features numerous illustrations, maps, and tables. This new edition includes a thoroughly updated bibliographic essay and a new discussion of the most significant events in world history and civilization since 1976. Concise writing and comprehensive coverage make this an ideal text for a one-semester survey course in world history."--Jacket
Keeping together in time : dance and drill in human history by William Hardy McNeill( )

34 editions published between 1995 and 2013 in English and held by 2,412 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Keeping Together in Time one of the most widely read and respected historians in America pursues the possibility that coordinated rhythmic movement - and the shared feelings it evokes - has been a powerful force in holding human groups together. As he has done for historical phenomena as diverse as warfare, plague, and the pursuit of power, William McNeill brings a dazzling breadth and depth of knowledge to his study of dance and drill in human history. From the records of distant and ancient peoples to the latest findings of the life sciences, he discovers evidence that rhythmic movement has played a profound role in creating and sustaining human communities. The behavior of chimpanzees, festival village dances, the close-order drill of early modern Europe, the ecstatic dance-trances of shamans and dervishes, the goose-stepping Nazi formations, the morning exercises of factory workers in Japan - all these and many more figure in the bold picture McNeill draws. A sense of community is the key, and shared movement, whether dance or military drill, is its mainspring. McNeill focuses on the visceral and emotional sensations such movement arouses, particularly the euphoric fellow-feeling he calls "muscular bonding." These sensations, he suggests, endow groups with a capacity for cooperation, which in turn improves their chance of survival
Venice : the hinge of Europe, 1081-1797 by William Hardy McNeill( )

26 editions published between 1974 and 2012 in English and Chinese and held by 2,388 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The pursuit of power : technology, armed force, and society since A.D. 1000 by William Hardy McNeill( Book )

62 editions published between 1982 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 2,355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this book, a text that synthesizes military, technological, and social history, the author explores a millennium of human upheaval and traces the path by which we have arrived at the frightening dilemmas that confront us in the twentieth century. The author moves from the crossbow -- banned by the Church in 1139 as too lethal for Christians to use against one another -- to the nuclear missile, from the sociological consequences of drill in the seventeenth century to the emergence of the military-industrial complex in the twentieth. The author's central argument is that a commercial transformation of world society in the eleventh century caused military activity to respond increasingly to market forces as well as to the commands of rulers, with command economies of the twentieth century replacing the market control of large-scale human effort. This book does not solve the problems of the twentieth century, but its discoveries, hypotheses, and sheer breadth of learning do offer a perspective on twentieth century fears and, as the author hopes, 'a ground for wiser action'.--adapted from publisher description
Maps of time : an introduction to big history by David Christian( )

12 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and Spanish and held by 1,616 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introducing a novel perspective on the study of history, David Christian views the interaction of the natural world with the more recent arrivals in flora & fauna, including human beings
Arnold J. Toynbee, a life by William Hardy McNeill( Book )

25 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,604 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the life of the eminent British historian, analyzing the merits and shortcomings of his many works and his often troubled personal life
The human condition : an ecological and historical view by William Hardy McNeill( Book )

22 editions published between 1979 and 2019 in English and held by 1,258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A distinguished scholar and the well-known author of The Rise of the West and Plagues and Peoples, William McNeill has won widespread recgonition for his ideas on the role of disease in history. In this elegantly and incisively written work, originally delivered as the Bland-Lee Lactures at Clark University, he provides a provocative interpretation in world history using the concept of parasitism. By comparing the biological organisms that compete with human beings for food or feed directly upon them ("microparasites") with those people or groups who seize goods or compel services from other human beings ("macroparasites"), Professor McNeill shows how changes in the patterns of parasitism have affected human populations in different regions of the world throughout history.The author identifies three landmarks of human ecological history when systematic changes in the balances between microparasites and macroparasites occured: the advance of our ancestors to the apex of the food chain, the human penetration of the colder and dryer zones of the earth, and the establishment of the agriculture. In an espeically revealing discussion of this last landmark, he shows how human efforts to achieve successful farming increased human vulnerability to infection. Irrigation and the use of the plow created sewage and water supply problems that in turn brought on new and intensified forms of parasites. In addition, food harvested and store for use throughout the year became vulnerable to rats, mice, insects, and molds.These advances not only increased the number and variety of microparasites; they also opened the way for macroparasites, that is, the transfer of food by those who produce it to those who produce it to those who consume it without themselves having worked in the fields. What then began as a symbiotic relationship quickly became an exploitative one. As the author points out, the high yield and dependability of irrigation plowing tied farmers to the land quite effectually and made such populations easy targets for tax and rent collectors. Hence human society in its civilized form came to be fundamentally divided between hosts and parasites, the ruled and the rulers.Against this conceptual background of the enveloping balances between microparasites and macroparasites that have limited human access to food and energy, Profesor McNeill draws a new historical picture of the human condition. In doing so, he considers the development of command versus market economics in the mobilization of human and material resources, and speculates about the direction in which these resources are coordinated today.William H. McNeill is Robert A. Millikan Distinguished Service Professor of History at the University of Chicago.Originally published in 1980.The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905
Mythistory and other essays by William Hardy McNeill( Book )

17 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 1,147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Myths are based on faith more than on fact, yet myths underlie all human societies; they are our substitute for instinct. Using this approach, University of Chicago historian McNeill (Plagues and People, etc.) here looks at "living myth systems," such as liberalism and Marxism, as well as dead myths, such as Nazism. He warns that the electoral process, and the "democratic myths" behind it, are in danger of being made irrelevant by powerful private-interest groups. In these essays and lectures, McNeill maintains that borrowings between ancient civilizations shaped the modern world even more than he had previously believed. He admires Toynbee for daring to link history to such matters as the destiny of humankind. Cameos of three famous historians whom McNeill knew personallyA. J. Toynbee, Carl Becker and Fernand Braudelpoint up how each man expanded the horizons of our meaningful past. McNeill urges a global approach over a nationalistic one as the only sensible way to study or teach history. -- Amazon.com
Europe's steppe frontier, 1500-1800 by William Hardy McNeill( Book )

34 editions published between 1964 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Acclaimed historian William H. McNeill analyzes the process whereby the thinly occupied grasslands of southeastern Europe were incorporated into three great empires: the Ottoman, the Austrian, and the Russian. McNeill benefits from a New World detachment from the bitter nationality quarrels of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries which inspired but also blinded most of the historians of the region. Moreover, the unique institutional adjustments southeastern Europeans made to the frontier challenge cast indirect light upon the peculiarities of the North American frontier experience
Hutchins' university : a memoir of the University of Chicago, 1929-1950 by William Hardy McNeill( )

18 editions published between 1991 and 2013 in English and Chinese and held by 1,123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book aims to set forth the convergence of institutional and sociological circumstances with intellectual and personal aspirations at the University of Chicago in the 1930s and 1940s under the direction of its fifth president, Robert Maynard Hutchins. Based in part on the author's personal experiences as a student and young faculty member there, the book relates Hutchins' opposition to the departmentalization of learning and his call for reforms in general education which sparked much debate and created a unique institution. The text sketches the interplay of personalities with changing national circumstances during the Depression, war, and postwar eras always focusing on the institutional life of the university and showing how student behavior, staff and faculty activity, and even the Hyde Park neighborhood revolved around the charismatic figure of Hutchins. Central to the story are successive transformations of the College, the undergraduate program, and the ideal of general or liberal education known outside the university by the "Great Books" program. Included are extensive notes to each of six chapters and an index. (Jb)
The shape of European history by William Hardy McNeill( Book )

19 editions published between 1974 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays in the liberal interpretation of history; selected papers by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton( Book )

17 editions published between 1967 and 1968 in English and held by 987 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses the political causes of the American Revolution, freedom in antiquity, impartial vs. moral judgments, et al
The great frontier : freedom and hierarchy in modern times by William Hardy McNeill( Book )

15 editions published between 1983 and 2019 in English and held by 970 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A leading American historian examines the character of the frontiers of European expansion throughout the modern age, questioning a notion of frontier freedom popular since Turner. William McNeill argues that social hierarchy characterized the frontier more often than pioneer equality. As Europeans traveled to various lands, bringing new diseases to vulnerable natives, formerly isolated populations died in great numbers, creating an "open" frontier where labor was scarce. European efforts to develop frontier areas involved either a radical leveling of the hierarchies common in Europe itself or, alternatively, their sharp reinforcement by resort to slavery, serfdom, peonage, and indentured labor.Juxtaposing national and transnational experiences and illuminating the complex interchange of peoples (and illnesses) in the modern era, Professor McNeill brings the history of the United States into perspective as an example of a process that encircled the globe. His book clarifies both the experience of the global frontier and the processes that now mark the end of hundreds of year of expansion of the European center.William H. McNeill is Robert A. Millikan Distinguished Service Professor of History at the University of Chicago. His numerous books include The Rise of the West (Chicago); Plagues and Peoples (Doubleday); and The Human Condition (Princeton).Originally published in 1983.The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905
The human web : a bird's-eye view of world history by John Robert McNeill( Book )

22 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 958 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
Human migration : patterns and policies( Book )

13 editions published between 1978 and 1997 in English and held by 862 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The metamorphosis of Greece since World War II by William Hardy McNeill( Book )

13 editions published between 1900 and 1978 in English and held by 807 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The global condition : conquerors, catastrophes, and community by William Hardy McNeill( )

20 editions published between 1992 and 2018 in English and held by 746 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William H. McNeill is known for his ability to portray the grand sweep of history. The Global Condition is a classic work for understanding the grand sweep of world history in brief compass. Now with a new foreword by J.R. McNeill, this book brings together two of William Hardy McNeill's popular short books and an essay. The Human Condition provides a provocative interpretation of history as a competition of parasites, both biological and human; The Great Frontier questions the notion of "frontier freedom" through an examination of European expansion; the concluding essay speculates on the role of catastrophe in our lives
History of Western civilization : a handbook by William Hardy McNeill( Book )

32 editions published between 1949 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 715 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Renowned historian William H. McNeil provides a brilliant narrative chronology of the development of Western civilization, representing its socio-political as well as cultural aspects. This sixth edition includes new material for the twentieth-century period and completely revised bibliographies. An invaluable tool for the study of Western civilization, the Handbook is an essential complement to readings in primary and secondary sources such as those in the nine-volume University of Chicago Readings in Western Civilization
 
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Keeping together in time : dance and drill in human history
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The rise of the West : a history of the human communityA world historyKeeping together in time : dance and drill in human historyVenice : the hinge of Europe, 1081-1797The pursuit of power : technology, armed force, and society since A.D. 1000Maps of time : an introduction to big historyEurope's steppe frontier, 1500-1800Hutchins' university : a memoir of the University of Chicago, 1929-1950
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Ουίλιαμ Χάρντι Μακνήλ

Макнил, Уильям

ויליאם מקניל (היסטוריון) היסטוריון קנדי

وليام ماكنيل مؤرخ كندي

ویلیام هاردی مک‌نیل تاریخ‌نگار آمریکایی

마이커니얼, 웨이롄 H. 1917-2016

맥닐, 윌리엄 H. 1917-2016

맥닐, 윌리엄 하디 1917-2016

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マクニール, W. H.

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威廉·麦克尼尔 历史学家

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English (674)

Spanish (29)

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Turkish (10)

French (9)

Japanese (5)

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