This Fleeting World: A Short History of Humanity

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Berkshire Publishing, 2008 - History - 113 pages
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"I first became an avid student of David Christian by watching his course, Big History, on DVD, and so I am very happy to see his enlightening presentation of the world's history captured in these essays. I hope it will introduce a wider audience to this gifted scientist and teacher." --Bill Gates A great historian can make clear the connections between the first Homo sapiens and today's version of the species, and a great storyteller can make those connections come alive. David Christian is both, and This Fleeting World: A Short History of Humanity makes the journey - from the earliest foraging era to our own modern era - a fascinating one. Enter This Fleeting World - and give up the preconception that anything old is boring.
 

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User Review  - paulrwaibel44 - LibraryThing

This is a great introduction to what is called "Big History," an attempt to cast world history as a metanarrative. As one who has taught history as a college prof for more than thirty years, I highly recommend this brief (112 pages) introductory history. Read full review

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I had to read this book for school, and it wasn't as terrible as I thought it was going to be. I didn't enjoy it or anything, but it was very interesting. If you are looking for a brief summary of the history of humanity this is definitely the book for you.

Contents

The Era of Foragers
1
The Agrarian Era
23
The Modern Era
58
Resources
93
Periodization in World History
97
Index
106
About the Author
113
Back Cover
121
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