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Big History: Between Nothing and Everything

David Christian, Macquarie University, Cynthia Stokes Brown, Dominican University of California, Craig Benjamin, Grand Valley State University
Format
Book
Published
New York, NY : McGraw Hill Education, [2014]
Language
English
ISBN
9780073385617, 0073385611
Summary
"Big History: Between Nothing and Everything surveys the past not just of humanity, or even of planet Earth, but of the entire universe. In reading this book instructors and students will retrace a voyage that began 13.7 billion years ago with the Big Bang and the appearance of the universe. Big history incorporates findings from cosmology, earth and life sciences, and human history, and assembles them into a single, universal historical narrative of our universe and of our place within it. The first edition of Big History: Between Nothing and Everything, is written by the pioneers of the field, and presents a framework for learning about anything and everything. It encourages students to think critically about our cumulative history and the future of the world through a variety of lenses."--Publisher description.
Contents
  • What is big history and how do we study it?
  • The universe, stars, and new chemical elements
  • The emergence of the Sun, the solar system, and the Earth
  • The emergence of life
  • Hominines, humans, and the Paleolithic era
  • Origins of agriculture and the Early Agrarian era
  • The appearance of cities, states, and agrarian civilizations
  • Afro-Eurasia during the era of agrarian civilizations : part 1
  • Afro-Eurasia during the era of agrarian civilizations : part 2
  • Other world zones during the era of agrarian civilizations
  • Toward the modern revolution
  • Breakthrough to modernity
  • Globalization, growth and sustainability
  • The history of the future.
Description
xix, 332 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 28 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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