World A History

ISBN-10: 0136087574

ISBN-13: 9780136087571

Edition: 2nd 2010

List price: $133.80
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The World interweaves two storiesof our interactions with nature and with each other. The environment-centered story is about humans distancing themselves from the rest of nature and searching for a relationship that strikes a balance between constructive and destructive exploitation. The culture-centered story is of how human cultures have become mutually influential and yet mutually differentiating. Both stories have been going on for thousands of years. We do not know whether they will end in triumph or disaster. There is no prospect of covering all of world history in one book. Rather, the fabric of this book is woven from selected strands. Readers will see these at every turn, twisted together into yarn, stretched into stories. Human-focused historical ecologythe environmental themewill drive readers back, again and again, to the same concepts: sustenance, shelter, disease, energy, technology, art. (The last is a vital category for historians, not only because it is part of our interface with the rest of the world, but also because it forms a record of how we see reality and of how the way we see it changes.) In the global story of human interactionsthe cultural themewe return constantly to the ways people make contact with each another: migration, trade, war, imperialism, pilgrimage, gift exchange, diplomacy, traveland to their social frameworks: the economic and political arenas, the human groups and groupings, the states and civilizations, the sexes and generations, the classes and clusters of identity.
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List price: $133.80
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 1/23/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 8.75" wide x 10.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 2.222
Language: English

Felipe Fern�ndez-Armesto, the William P. Reynolds Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame, is the author of Pathfinders: A Global History of Exploration and Our America: A Hispanic History of the United States. He lives in South Bend, Indiana, and London.

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Foragers and Farmers, to 5,000 BCE
Out of the ice: Peopling the Earth
So you think yoursquo;re Human?
Human Evolution Out of Africa Peopling the Old World Migration, Population, and Social Change
The Last Great Ice Age Ice-Age Hunters Ice-Age Art Ice-Age Culture and Society Peopling the New World Survival of the Foragers
In Perspective: After the Ice
Out of the Mud: Farming and Herding After the Ice Age
The Problem of Agriculture A Case in Point
Aboriginal Australians Preagriculural Settlements The Disadvantages of Farming Husbandry in Different Environments Herdersrsquo;
Environments Tillersrsquo;
The Spread of Agriculture Europe Asia
The Americas Africa The Pacific Islands So Why did Farming Start?
Population Pressure
The Outcome of Abundance
The Power of Politics Cult Agriculture Climatic Instability Agriculture by Accident Production As an Outgrowth of Procurement
In Perspective: Seeking Stability
Farmers and Builders, 5000 to 500 BCE
The Great River Valleys: Accelerating Change and Developing States
Growing Communities, Divergent Cultures Intensified Settlement and Its Effects
The Ecology of Civilization
The Great Floodplains The
Ecology of Egypt Shifting Rivers of the Indus Valley Fierce Nature in Early Mesopotamia
The Good Earth of Early China Configurations of Society Patterns of Settlement and Labor Politics Statecraft in Mesopotamia
The First Documented Chinese State Ruling Harappan World The Politics of Expansion Literate Culture In Perspective: What Made the Great River Valleys Different?
A Succession of Civilizations: Ambition and Instability
The Case of the Hittite Kingdom
The Importance of Trade Hittite Society and Politics Fragility and Fall
The End of the Hatti Instability and Collapse in the Aegean Cretan Civilization Mycenean Civilization
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