Maps of Time: An Introduction to Big History (Google eBook)

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University of California Press, 2004 - History - 667 pages
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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.
  

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User Review  - Sense of History - Goodreads

Let there be no misunderstanding: this is a really interesting book, very elaborate and thoroughly researched, offering a pioneer study into Big History. I think it is original in this sense that ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mark - Goodreads

BIG HISTORY is a great idea, and the connections are interesting. But I felt the approach in the book promised more than it actually delivered. I have to confess I was prejudiced by the Big History tv ... Read full review

Contents

A MODERN CREATION MYTH?
1
THE INANIMATE UNIVERSE
15
LIFE ON EARTH
77
EARLY HUMAN HISTORY MANY WORLDS
137
THE HOLOCENE FEW WORLDS
205
THE MODERN ERA ONE WORLD
333
PERSPECTIVES ON THE FUTURE
465
APPENDIXES
493
NOTES
513
BIBLIOGRAPHY
563
INDEX
595
Copyright

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About the author (2004)

David Christian is Professor in the Department of History at San Diego State University. He is the author of "Living Water: Vodka and Russian Society on the Eve of Emancipation "(1990), "Imperial and Soviet Russia: Power, Privilege and the Challenge of Modernity "(1997), and "A History of Russia, Central Asia and Mongolia: Volume 1: Inner Eurasia from Prehistory to the Mongol Empire "(1998).

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