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Maps of time : an introduction to big history

Author: David Christian
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2004.
Series: California world history library, 2.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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An introduction to a new way of looking at history, from a perspective that stretches from the beginning of time to the present day, Maps of Time is world history on an unprecedented scale. Beginning with the Big Bang, David Christian views the interaction of the natural world with the more recent arrivals in flora and fauna, including human beings.
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Christian, David, 1946-
Maps of time.
Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2004
(DLC) 2003012764
(OCoLC)52458844
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Christian
ISBN: 9780520931923 0520931920 0520901630 9780520901636 1417515007 9781417515004 1597347345 9781597347341 1282357735 9781282357730 9786612357732 6612357738
OCLC Number: 55610115
Description: 1 online resource (xxii, 642 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents: Introduction: A modern creation myth? --
pt. 1. The Inanimate Universe. The first 300,000 years: origins of the universe, time and space --
Origins of the galaxies and stars: the beginnings of complexity --
Origins and history of the earth --
pt. 2. Life on Earth. The origins of life and the theory of evolution --
The evolution of life and the biosphere --
pt. 3. Early Human History: Many Worlds. The evolution of humans --
The beginnings of human history --
pt. 4. The Holocene: Few Worlds. Intensification and the origins of agriculture --
From power over nature to power over people: cities, states, and "civilizations" --
Long trends in the era of agrarian "civilizations" --
pt. 5. The Modern Era: One World. Approaching modernity --
Globalization, commercialization, and innovation --
Birth of the modern world --
The great acceleration of the twentieth century --
pt. 6. Perspectives on the Future. Futures.
Series Title: California world history library, 2.
Responsibility: David Christian.
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