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Origins : How The Earth Made Us - Lewis Dartnell

Origins

How The Earth Made Us

eBook Published: 31st January 2019
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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

'Origins by Lewis Dartnell stands comparison with Yuval Noah Harari's Sapiens...
A thrilling piece of Big History' James McConnachie, Sunday Times

'A sweeping, brilliant overview of the history not only of our species but of the world'
Peter Frankopan, author of The Silk Roads


When we talk about human history, we focus on great leaders, mass migration and decisive wars. But how has the Earth itself determined our destiny? How has our planet made us?

As a species we are shaped by our environment. Geological forces drove our evolution in East Africa; mountainous terrain led to the development of democracy in Greece; and today voting behaviour in the United States follows the bed of an ancient sea. The human story is the story of these forces, from plate tectonics and climate change, to atmospheric circulation and ocean currents.

How are the Himalayas linked to the orbit of the Earth, and to the formation of the British Isles? By taking us billions of years into our planet's past, Professor Lewis Dartnell tells us the ultimate origin story. When we reach the point where history becomes science we see a vast web of connections that underwrites our modern world and helps us face the challenges of the future.

From the cultivation of the first crops to the founding of modern states, Origins reveals the Earth's awesome impact on the shape of human civilizations.

Industry Reviews

"A sweeping, brilliant overview of the history not only of our species but of the world. Whether discussing the formation of continents or the role that climate (and climate change) has had on human migration, Lewis Dartnell has a rare talent in being able to see the big picture - and explaining why it matters."

ISBN: 9781473547339
ISBN-10: 1473547334
Audience: General
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 31st January 2019
Publisher: Random House