Big History From the Big Bang to the Present

ISBN-10: 1595584145

ISBN-13: 9781595584144

Edition: 2008

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Description: Extend the human story backward for the five thousand years of recorded history, and it covers no more than a millionth of the lifetime of the Earth. Yet how do we humans take stock of the history of our planet and of our own place within it? As this fascinating, paradigm-shifting book reveals, recent leaps forward in scientific knowledge-whether biology, geology, or anthropology-make this perspective possible for the first time. A "vast historical mosaic" (Publishers Weekly), Big History interweaves different schools of knowledge, offering the fullest account yet of the history of Earth. Here is a portrait of our world, from the birth of the universe from a single point the size of an atom to life on a twenty-first-century planet inhabited by 6.1 billion people. Cynthia Brown's "world history on a grand scale" (Kirkus) will forever alter our conception of the fate of the Earth and of the human role in this story. Book jacket.

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List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 9/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990

List of Illustrations
Preface and Acknowledgments
The Depths of Time and Space
Expanding into Universe (13.7 Billion-4.6 Billion Years Ago)
Living Earth (4.6 Billion-5 Million Years Ago)
Human Emergence: One Species (5 Million-35,000 Years Ago)
Advanced Hunting and Gathering (35,000-10,000 Years Ago)
Ten Thousand Warm Years
Early Agriculture (8000-3500 BCE)
Early Cities (3500-800 BCE)
The Afro-Eurasian Network (800 BCE-200 CE)
Expanding the Afro-Eurasian Network (200-1000 CE)
Emergence of American Civilizations (200-1450 CE)
One Afro-Eurasia (1000-1500 CE)
Connecting the Globe (1450-1800 CE)
Industrialization (1750-2000 CE)
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