People's History of the World From the Stone Age to the New Millennium

ISBN-10: 1844672387

ISBN-13: 9781844672387

Edition: 2008 (Revised)

Authors: Chris Harman

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The only comprehensive "bottom up" history of the world from the earliest human society to the twenty-first century. From earliest human society to the Holy Roman Empire, from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment, from the Industrial Revolution to the end of the millennium, Chris Harman provides a brilliant and comprehensive history of the planet. Eschewing the standard histories of "Great Men," of dates and kings, Harman offers a groundbreaking counter-history, a breathtaking sweep across the centuries in the tradition of "history from below." In a fiery narrative he shows how ordinary men and women were involved in creating and changing society and how conflict between classes was often at the core of these changes. While many pundits see the victory of capitalism as now safely secured, Harman explains the rise and fall of societies and civilizations throughout the ages and demonstrates that history never ends. This magisterial study is essential reading for anyone interested in how society has changed and developed and the possibilities for further radical change in the new millennium. Includes timelines, glossaries of people, places and terms, guides to further reading, and a detailed index.
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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 4/17/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 736
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 2.00" tall
Weight: 1.760
Language: English

The rise of class societies
Prologue: Before class
The neolithic 'revolution'
The first civilisations
The first class divisions
Women's oppression
The first 'Dark Ages'
The ancient world
Iron and empires
Ancient India
The first Chinese empires
The Greek city states
Rome's rise and fall
The rise of Christianity
The 'Middle Ages'
The centuries of chaos
China: the rebirth of the empire
Byzantium: the living fossil
The Islamic revolutions
The African civilisations
European feudalism
The great transformation
The conquest of the New Spain
Renaissance to Reformation
The birth pangs of a new order
The last flowering of Asia's empires
The spread of the new order
A time of social peace
From superstition to science
The Enlightenment
Slavery and wage slavery
Slavery and racism
The economics of 'free labour'
The world turned upside down
American prologue
The French Revolution
Jacobinism outside France
The retreat of reason
The industrial revolution
The birth of Marxism
The American Civil War
The conquest of the East
The Japanese exception
Storming heaven: The Paris Commune
The century of hope and horror
The world of capital
World war and world revolution
Europe in turmoil
Revolt in the colonial world
The 'Golden Twenties'
The great slump
Strangled hope: 1934-36
Midnight in the century
The Cold War
The new world disorder
Conclusion: Illusion of the epoch
Further Reading
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