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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.
Edition/Format:   Print book : 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. Cosmology, geology, archeology, and population and environmental  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Christian
ISBN: 0520235002 9780520235007 0520244761 9780520244764
OCLC Number: 52458844
Description: xxii, 642 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: 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 --
Appendix 1: Dating techniques, chronologies, and timelines --
Appendix 2: Chaos and order.
Series Title: California world history library.
Other Titles: Introduction to big history
Responsibility: David Christian.
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Covers the origins of the universe, the stars and the galaxies, the sun and the solar system, including the earth, and conducts readers through the evolution of the planet before human habitation.  Read more...

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"No work in this genre [macro-history] is better than David Christian's Maps of Time: An Introduction to Big History.... [I]t is a brilliantly executed act of provocation." - The Times "Forges bold Read more...

 
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