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Maps of Time : An Introduction to Big History : 2nd edition - David Christian

Maps of Time

An Introduction to Big History : 2nd edition

By: David Christian, William H. McNeill (Foreword by)


Published: 30th September 2011
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An introduction to a new way of looking at history, from a perspective that stretches from the beginning of time to the present day, Maps of Time is world history on an unprecedented scale. Beginning with the Big Bang, David Christian views the interaction of the natural world with the more recent arrivals in flora and fauna, including human beings.

Cosmology, geology, archeology, and population and environmental studies—all figure in David Christian's account, which is an ambitious overview of the emerging field of "Big History." Maps of Time opens with the origins of the universe, the stars and the galaxies, the sun and the solar system, including the earth, and conducts readers through the evolution of the planet before human habitation. It surveys the development of human society from the Paleolithic era through the transition to agriculture, the emergence of cities and states, and the birth of the modern, industrial period right up to intimations of possible futures. Sweeping in scope, finely focused in its minute detail, this riveting account of the known world, from the inception of space-time to the prospects of global warming, lays the groundwork for world history—and Big History—true as never before to its name.

List of Illustrationsp. ix
List of Tablesp. xiii
Forewordp. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
Preface to the 2011 Editionp. xxiii
Introduction: A Modern Creation Myth?p. 1
The Inanimate Universe
The First 300,000 Years: Origins of the Universe, Time, and Spacep. 17
Origins of the Galaxies and Stars: The Beginnings of Complexityp. 39
Origins and History of the Earthp. 57
Life on Earth
The Origins of Life and the Theory of Evolutionp. 79
The Evolution of Life and the Biospherep. 107
Early Human History: Many Worlds
The Evolution of Humansp. 139
The Beginnings of Human Historyp. 171
The Holocene: Few Worlds
Intensification and the Origins of Agriculturep. 207
From Power over Nature to Power over People: Cities, States, and "Civilizations"p. 245
Long Trends in the Era of Agrarian "Civilizations"p. 283
The Modern Era: One World
Approaching Modernityp. 335
Globalization, Commercialization, and Innovationp. 364
Birth of the Modern Worldp. 406
The Great Acceleration of the Twentieth Centuryp. 440
Perspectives On The Future
Futuresp. 467
Dating Techniques, Chronologies, and Timelinesp. 493
Chaos and Orderp. 505
Notesp. 513
Bibliographyp. 563
Indexp. 595
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ISBN: 9780520271449
ISBN-10: 0520271440
Series: California World History Library
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 672
Published: 30th September 2011
Publisher: University of California Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.4  x 5.7
Weight (kg): 0.897
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised