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World Prehistory : In New Perspective - Grahame Clark

World Prehistory

In New Perspective

Paperback Published: 13th February 1978
ISBN: 9780521291781
Number Of Pages: 576

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'To qualify as human, a hominid has, so to say, to justify himself by works: the criteria are no longer biological so much as cultural'. Professor Grahame Clark goes on to trace the origins and development of human culture, in all its diversity, throughout the world. He follows the intellectual, material and social progress of mankind in each major region, from the earliest stone industries of two million years ago to the gradual and still incomplete attainment of literacy over the last five thousand years. He takes full account of peoples still preliterate when encountered in recent times by anthropologists as well as of those which nourished the great historic civilizations of mankind. Throughout he emphasized the close relationship between environment and the character and speed of cultural development. The archaeological record on which we have to rely for the greater part of man's early history is still incomplete but the spread of excavation and the almost universal adoption of radiocarbon dating do now make possible a provisional but integrated account of world prehistory. This edition contains a much more detailed and up-to-date coverage of the various territories, particularly America and Australasia, than did its predecessors. The narrative is generously illustrated with photographs, drawings and maps, and there is a carefully selected list of references to the main sources used. This provides a bibliography designed to give access to the whole of man's history before written records began.

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'... there can be no doubt that for the student or general reader who needs an overview of world prehistory this is essential reading.' Geography 'It is amazing how much information, and how many ideas, Professor Clark managed to pack into this book. Nothing of importance seems to have been omitted ... Similarly there are few prehistorians who could have written such a wide-ranging survey and yet have fallen into so few errors ... Taken as a whole, World Prehistory is the most up-to-date survey not only of world prehistory as a whole but of the individual areas with which it is concerned.' The Times Literary Supplement

List of tables, Acknowledgements, Preface
Early Prehistory
Evolution of man as an organism
Environmental change
Palaeolithic hunters and foragers
Beginnings of Civilization in South-West Asia
The transition: 9000-6000 B. C.
Neolithic/Charcolithic settlement
Emergence of civilization in south Mesopotamia
Civilizations of the Highlands
Foundations of European Civilization: The Stone Age
Upper Palaeolithic hunters and artists
Mesolithic hunter-fishers
Late Stone Age farmers
Farmers and hunter-fishers
Europe: From Metallurgy to Civilization
Early metallurgy
Minoan-Mycenaean civilization
The Bronze Age in temperate Europe
Antecedents of classical Greece
The barbarian world in the pre-roman Iron Age
Antecendents and expansion of Roman civilization
The Iron Age in northern Europe
Christianity and the end of European prehistory
The African Achievement
The Stone Age
Ancient Egyptian civilization
The opening up of sub-Saharan Africa
The Indian Sub-Continent
Early prehistory
Later prehistory
East Asia
South-east Asia
North and Middle America
Late Pleistocene settlement
Middle American sequence
North America
Temperate zone
Arctic zone
South America
The first settlers: Andean zone
Intermediate zone: marginal territories
Australia and Oceania
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ISBN: 9780521291781
ISBN-10: 052129178X
Series: In New Perspective
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 576
Published: 13th February 1978
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.59 x 17.09  x 2.82
Weight (kg): 1.11
Edition Number: 3
Edition Type: Revised

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