Prehistory: A Very Short Introduction (Google eBook)
This VSI to prehistory will introduce the reader to four and a half million years of human existence. Many of the familiar aspects of modern life are no more than a century or two old, yet our deep social structures and skills were in large measure developed by small bands of our prehistoric ancestors many millennia ago. Chris Gosden invites us to think seriously about who we are by considering who we have been. The idea of prehistory owes its origins to Darwin - suddenly any description of human life on Earth had to take account of a much longer timespan than ever before. What new views of ourselves has this new timespan opened up? Chris Gosden's fascinating new book asks: What relationships did our distant ancestors have with the natural world, with each other, and with the objects and values they created? And as humanity hurtles into a future of virtual interraction and genetic manipulation, what can the darkest recesses of our past teach us about our future? ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
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Review: Prehistory: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)User Review - Matthew Ferry - Goodreads
It hurt to read this. The author's use of correlations and analogies made the reading much more difficult than it had to be. On the bright side, after reading this short introduction, I understand the concept and application of prehistory. Read full review
Review: Prehistory: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)User Review - Jeff - Goodreads
Don't let the "Very Short...." title fool you. What this book lacks in length, it more than makes up in depth. It's a fascinating look at just exactly what prehistory is, when it was (or is?) and what ... Read full review
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Prehistory and archaeology a note
A very very short introduction to chronology
Chapter 1What and when is prehistory?
Chapter 2The problems of prehistory
Chapter 3Human skills and experiences