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The Cambridge World History

Volume 1. Introducing World History, to 10,000 BCE

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David Christian, Marnie Hughes-Warrington, Dominic Sachsenmaier, Michael Lang, David Northrup, Luke Clossey, Daniel Headrick, Johan Goudsblom, Mary Jo Maynes, Ann Waltner, Merry Wiesner-Hanks, Jack Goody, Pat Manning, Felipe Fernandez-Arnesto, Christopher Ehret, John Hoffecker, Robin Dennell, Peter Hiscock, Nicole M. Waguespack
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  • Date Published: April 2015
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  • isbn: 9781316308103

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  • Volume 1 of the Cambridge World History is an introduction to both the discipline of world history and the earliest phases of world history up to 10,000 BCE. In Part I leading scholars outline the approaches, methods, and themes that have shaped and defined world history scholarship across the world and right up to the present day. Chapters examine the historiographical development of the field globally, periodisation, divergence and convergence, belief and knowledge, technology and innovation, family, gender, anthropology, migration, and fire. Part II surveys the vast Palaeolithic era, which laid the foundations for human history, concentrating on the most recent phases of hominin evolution, the rise of Homo sapiens and the very earliest human societies through to the end of the last ice age. Anthropologists, archaeologists, historical linguists and historians examine climate and tools, language, and culture, as well as offering regional perspectives from across the world.

    • Provides a synopsis of the current state of research in two areas: the historiography of world history and the Palaeolithic era
    • Examines the relatively neglected topic of the earliest eras of human history in world history scholarship
    • Offers an authoritative work of reference by leading international scholars
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    • Date Published: April 2015
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781316308103
    • contains: 29 b/w illus. 19 maps 2 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction and overview David Christian
    Part I. Historiography, Method, and Themes:
    2. Writing world history Marnie Hughes-Warrington
    3. The evolution of world histories Dominic Sachsenmaier
    4. Evolution, rupture and periodisation Michael Lang
    5. From divergence to convergence: centrifugal and centripetal forces in history David Northrup
    6. Belief, knowledge and language Luke Clossey
    7. Historiography of technology and innovation Daniel Headrick
    8. Fire and fuel in human history Johan Goudsblom
    9. Family history and world history: from domestication to biopolitics Mary Jo Maynes and Ann Waltner
    10. Gendered world history Merry Wiesner-Hanks
    11. What does anthropology contribute to world history? Jack Goody
    12. Migration in human history Pat Manning
    Part II. The Palaeolithic and the Beginnings of Human History:
    13. Before the farmers: culture and climate from the emergence of homo sapiens to about ten thousand years ago Felipe Fernandez-Arnesto
    14. Early humans: tools, language and culture Christopher Ehret
    15. Africa from 48,000 to 9600 BCE Christopher Ehret
    16. Migration and innovation in Palaeolithic Europe John Hoffecker
    17. Asian Palaeolithic dispersals Robin Dennell
    18. The Pleistocene colonisation and occupation of Australasia Peter Hiscock
    19. The Pleistocene colonisation and occupation of the Americas Nicole M. Waguespack.

  • Editor

    David Christian, Macquarie University, Sydney
    David Christian is by training a historian of Russia and the Soviet Union. He taught Russian and Soviet History at Macquarie University in Sydney, and conducted research on the diets of the nineteenth-century Russian peasantry and in particular on the role of vodka in Russian society and fiscal systems. In 1989 he began teaching a history course surveying the history of the Universe and placing human history within that larger context. This approach has since come to be known as 'big history', and it led to an increasing interest in world history, particularly in world history at very large scales. David Christian is the author of Maps of Time: An Introduction to Big History (2011), and co-founder with Bill Gates of the Big History Project (bighistoryproject.com), which has created a free online big history course for high school students. He is currently completing the second volume of a synoptic history of Inner Eurasia, the lands at the heart of the Eurasian landmass, from prehistory to the present day.

    Contributors

    David Christian, Marnie Hughes-Warrington, Dominic Sachsenmaier, Michael Lang, David Northrup, Luke Clossey, Daniel Headrick, Johan Goudsblom, Mary Jo Maynes, Ann Waltner, Merry Wiesner-Hanks, Jack Goody, Pat Manning, Felipe Fernandez-Arnesto, Christopher Ehret, John Hoffecker, Robin Dennell, Peter Hiscock, Nicole M. Waguespack

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