Prehistory: A Very Short Introduction

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OUP Oxford, Jun 26, 2003 - History - 152 pages
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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 #96)

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I was beginning to feel intimidated by a lack of knowledge of prehistory, so I started with Wikipedia and this. This is a pretty eccentric book, I must say. Though not exactly what I would expect of a ... Read full review

Review: Prehistory: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #96)

User Review  - Piers Haslam - Goodreads

I was beginning to feel intimidated by a lack of knowledge of prehistory, so I started with Wikipedia and this. This is a pretty eccentric book, I must say. Though not exactly what I would expect of a ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgements
List of illustrations
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
Chapter 4Continental prehistories
Chapter 5The nature of human social life
Chapter 6The prehistory of the future
Further reading
Timelines
Index
Copyright

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Chris Gosden is curator at the Pitt-Rivers Museum, Oxford, and a university lecturer. His special interests include Pacific prehistory and late prehistoric Europe.

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