Shaping World History

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M.E. Sharpe
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Contents

Major Causes of Breakthroughs
3
Biology
9
The First Farmers
22
The Birth of Civilization 4000 to 500 B C
34
The Roman Empire and the Han Empire
48
The Chinese Millennium A D 500 to 1500
64
Printing Universities
88
The Scientific Revolution of the Seventeenth Century
112
Breakthroughs in Science 1895 to 1997
198
Genetics
206
Biochemistry
207
Conclusion
209
The Third Communication Revolution
211
The Computer Revolution
215
Consequences
220
Conclusion
222

The Population Explosion 1700 to 1900
126
The Industrial Revolution in Britain
140
Social Control Since 1789
156
Darwins Dangerous Idea
168
The Marriage of Science and Technology
181
Conclusion
223
Bibliography
225
Index
239
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