People of the Earth An Introduction to World Prehistory

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Edition: 14th 2013 (Revised)
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List price: $183.00
Edition: 14th
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 8/12/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 560
Size: 9.00" wide x 11.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.530
Language: English

Introduces all major developments of human prehistory over 2.5 million years. People of the Earth provides an interesting journey through the 7-million-year-old landscape of the human past. The book achieves geographic balance, giving equal time to both well-trodden and less well-known parts of the world. The 14th edition continues to be written in an accessible way for beginning students, incorporating the latest scholarship, and an accessible (five-part) organization of the story of world prehistory. People of the Earth shows how today's diverse humanity developed biologically and culturally over millions of years against a background of constant climatic change. Nadia Durrani, archaeologist and writer, has been brought in as co-author. Learning Goals Upon completing this book, readers should be able to: Understand the major developments in human prehistory from the origins of humankind to the development of the first pre-industrial civilizations (states) Understand the major theoretical approaches to world prehistory Understand the main ideas surrounding key human developments such as the origins of food production and states Understand the unfolding biological and cultural diversity of humankind NOTE: This text does not come automatically packaged with MySearchLab. To order People of the Earth, 14th edition with MySearchLab, use the package ISBN: 0205968023 / 9780205968022 People of the Earth: An Introduction to World Prehistory Plus MySearchLab with Pearson eText -- Access Card Package Package consists of: 0205239927 / 9780205239924 MySearchLab with Pearson eText -- Valuepack Access Card 0205966551 / 9780205966554 People of the Earth: An Introduction to World Prehistory

Introducing World Prehistory
Beginnings - 7 Million To 200,000 Years Ago
Human Origins: 7 Million to 1.9 Million Years Ago
Archaic Humans: Homo ergaster, Homo erectus, and Homo sapiens: 1.9 Million to 150,000 Years Ago
The Great Diaspora: The Origins And Spread Of Modern Humans: C. 200,000 Years Ago to Modern Times
Origins and the Diaspora Begins c. 200,000 Years Ago and Later
Europe and Eurasia: c. 48,000 Years Ago to 8000 B.C.
The First Americans: Around 14000 B.C. to Modern Times
After the Ice: Before 10000 B.C. to Modern Times
First Farmers: C. 10000 B.C. To Modern Times
Agriculture and Animal Domestication
The Origins of Food Production in Southwest Asia
The First European Farmers
First Farmers in Egypt and Tropical Africa
Asia and the Pacific: Rice, Roots, and Ocean Voyages
The Story of Maize: Early Farmers in the Americas
Old World Civilizations: c. 3000 B.C. to Modern Times
The Development of Civilization
Early Civilizations in Southwest Asia
Egypt, Nubia, and Tropical Africa
Early States in South and Southeast Asia
Early Chinese Civilization
Hittites, Minoans, and Mycenaeans
Europe Before the Romans
Native American Civilizations: Before 2000 B.C. to A.D. 1534
Mesoamerican Civilizations
Andean Civilizations
Detailed Table of Contents:
Introducing World Prehistory
Archaeology and Prehistory
The Beginnings of World Prehistory
Who Needs the Past?
Studying Culture and Culture Change
Primary Cultural Processes
Theoretical Approaches: Culture as Adaptation
Theoretical Approaches: Evolutionary Ecology and Hunter-Gatherers
Theoretical Approaches: People as Agents of Change
Beginnings - 7 Million to 200,000 Years Ago
Human Origins: 7 Million to 1.9 Million Years Ago
The Great Ice Age
The Origins of the Human Line
Molecular Biology and Human Evolution
The Ecological Problems Faced by Early Hominins
Fossil Evidence: 7 to 4 mya
The First Australopithecines: c. 4 to 3 mya
Fossil Evidence: 3 to 2.5 mya
Early Homo: 2.5 to 2.0 mya
Who Was the First Human?
Archaeological Evidence for Early Human Behavior
Plant Foraging and "Grandmothering"
Toolmaking
The Mind of the Earliest Humans
The Development of Language
Social Organization
Archaic Humans: Homo ergaster, Homo erectus, and Homo sapiens: 1.9 Million to 150,000 Years Ago
Pleistocene Background
Homo ergaster in Africa
The Radiation of Homo ergaster
Out of Africa: Homo erectus in Asia
Moving to the North: The Settlement of Temperate Latitudes
Archaic Human Technology
Evidence for Behavior: Boxgrove, Schningen, and Torralba
Language
The Neanderthals
A More Complex Technology
The Origins of Burial and Religious Belief
Neanderthal Speech?
The Denisovans
The Great Diaspora: The Origins and Spread of Modern Humans: c. 200,000 Years Ago to Modern Times
Origins and the Diaspora Begins c. 200,000 Years Ago and Later
Origins
Out of Africa
When did Modern Cognitive Skills appear?
First AMH Settlement in East and Southeast Asia
New Guinea and Adjacent Islands
Australia
African Hunter-Gatherers
Europe and Eurasia: c. 48,000 Years Ago to 8000 B.C.
Unsuccessful Colonization
Successful Colonization
The Upper Pleistocene (c. 126,000 Years Ago to 8000 B.C.)
Aurignacians and Their Successors (39,000 years ago to 8000 B.C.)
Settling Eurasia (39,000to 15,000Years Ago)
Siberia (33,000to 13,000Years Ago)
Bifaces, Microblades, and the First Americans
The First Americans: Around 14000 B.C. to Modern Times
The First Settlement of the Americas
Ice Sheets and the Bering Land Bridge
The First Settlement of Alaska
Biological and Linguistic Evidence for the First Americans
Settlement Routes: Ice-Free Corridors and Seacoasts
The Paleo-Indians: Clovis and Others
Big-Game Extinctions
Later Hunters and Gatherers
Plains Hunters
The Desert West
Eastern North America
Specialized Foraging Societies in Central and South America
Aleuts and Inuit (Eskimo)
After the Ice: Before 10000 B.C. to Modern Times
The Holocene (After 10000 B.C.)
Coping with Environmental Variation
Mesolithic Hunter-Gatherers in Europe
Mesolithic Complexity in Scandinavia
Hunter-Gatherer Complexity
Hunter-Gatherer Societies in Southwest Asia
First Farmers: c. 10000 B.C. to Modern Times
Agriculture and Animal Domestication
Theories About the Origins of Food Production
Differing Dates for Food Production
Studying Early Food Production
Why Did Food Production Take Hold So Late?
Consequences of Food Production
Nutrition and Early Food Production
Herding: Domestication of Animals
Plant Cultivation
Technology and Domestication
The Origins of Food Production in Southwest Asia
Climate Change and Adaptation
The First Farmers
The Zagros and Mesopotamia
Early Farmers in Anatolia
Two Stages of Farming Development
The First European Farmers
Mesolithic Prelude
The Transition to Farming in Europe
Farming in Greece and Southern Europe
The Spread of Agriculture into Temperate Europe
Frontiers and Transitions
Social Changes, Lineages, and the Individual
The Introduction of the Plow
Plains Farmers: Tripolye
Mediterranean and Western Europe
The Megaliths
First Farmers in Egypt and Tropical Africa
Hunter-Gatherers on the Nile
Agricultural Origins Along the Nile
Saharan Pastoralists
Early Food Production in Sub-Saharan Africa
Asia and the Pacific: Rice, Roots, and Ocean Voyages
The Origins of Rice Cultivation
Early Farming in China
Jomon and Early Agriculture in Japan
Early Agriculture in Southeast Asia
Rice and Root Cultivation in Island Southeast Asia
Agriculture in the Pacific Islands
The Lapita Cultural Complex and the Settlement of Melanesia and Western Polynesia
Long-Distance Voyaging in the Pacific
The Story of Maize: Early Farmers in the Americas
The First Plant Domestication
Early Food Production in the Andes
Early Farmers in Southwestern North America
Preagricultural and Agricultural Societies in Eastern North America
Moundbuilder Cultures
Human Settlement in the Caribbean
Old World Civilizations: c. 3000 B.C. to Modern Times
The Development of Civilization
Civilization
Cities
Six Classic Theories of the Emergence of States
Social Theories
Imploding Civilizations
Early Civilizations in Southwest Asia
Upland Villages
Settlement of the Lowlands
Uruk: The Mesopotamian City
Sumerian Civilization
Exchange on the Iranian Plateau
The Widening of Political Authority
The Akkadians
Babylon
The Assyrians
Egypt, Nubia, and Tropical Africa
The Origins of the Egyptian State
Archaic Egypt and the Creation of the Great Culture (2920 to 2575 B.C.)
The Old Kingdom and the Pyramids (c. 2575 to 2180 B.C.)
The Egyptian State
The First Intermediate Period and the Middle Kingdom (2180 to 1640 B.C.)
The Second Intermediate Period (1640 to 1530 B.C.)
The New Kingdom (1530 to 1070 B.C.)
The Late Period (1070 to 332 B.C.)
Egypt and Africa
Nubia: The Land of Kush
Meroe and Aksum
North Africa
Jenne-jeno and the Rise of West African States
Farmers and Traders in Eastern and Southern Africa
Europe and Africa
Early States in South and Southeast Asia
The Roots of South Asian Civilization
Highlands and Lowlands: The Kulli Complex
A Rapid Transition
Mature Harappan Civilization
South Asia After the Harappans
Southeast Asian States
The Angkor State (A.D. 802 to 1430)
Early Chinese Civilization
The Origins of Chinese Civilization
Erlitou: Xia and Shang
The Warlords
Hittites, Minoans, and Mycenaeans
Early Towns in Anatolia
Balance of Power: The Hittites
The Sea Peoples and the Rise of Israel
The Phoenicians
The Aegean and Greece
The Minoans
The Mycenaeans
Greek City-States After Mycenae
The Etruscans and the Romans
Europe Before the Romans
Early Copper Working
Battle Axes and Beakers
The European Bronze Age
Bronze Age Warriors
The Scythians and Other Steppe Peoples
The First Ironworking
The Hallstatt Culture
La Tne Culture
Native American Civilizations: Before 2000 B.C. to A.D. 1534
Mesoamerican Civilizations
Village Farming
Preclassic Peoples in Mesoamerica
The Rise of Complex Society in Oaxaca
Monte Albn
Teotihuacn
Maya Civilization
The Ninth-Century Collapse
The Toltecs
Aztec Civilization and the Spanish Conquest
Andean Civilizations
The Maritime Foundations of Andean Civilization
Coastal Foundations: The Initial Period
Chavn de Huntar
Paracas: Textiles and Coastal Prehistory
Complex Society in the Southern Highlands: Chiripa and Pukara
The Early Intermediate Period
The Moche State
The Middle Horizon: Tiwanaku and Wari
The Late Intermediate Period: Sicn and Chimor
The Late Horizon: The Inca State
Amazonia
The Spanish Conquest (1532 to 1534)

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