The Little Book of Big History

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"The Little Book of Big History has a total of pages which are papers from writer 'Ian Crofton, Jeremy Black'. From the Big Bang to the future of our planet, The Little Book of Big History divides history into manageable but comprehensive time frames, encompassing the cosmos, the stars, life and everything in between. Big History is the attempt to understand and condense the entire story of the cosmos, from the Big Bang to the current day. Combining methods from history, astronomy, physics and biology to draw together the big story arcs of how the universe was created, why planets formed and how life developed, this creates a unique perspective from which to understand the place of mankind in the universe. Excited by the alternative 'framework for all knowledge' that is offered by this approach, Bill Gates is funding the Big History Project, which aims to bring the subject to a wider audience around the world. The Little Book of Big History breaks down the main themes of Big History into highly informative and accessible parts for all readers to enjoy. By giving a truly complete timeline of world events, this book shines a whole different light on history as we learned it and makes us think of our history - and our future - in a very different way. 2016-06-23 time of publication of the book, [-Michael O'Mara Books-]"

Publisher : Michael O'Mara Books
Pages : Paper
Genre : History
No.ID : zDhmDAAAQBAJ
ISBN-10 : 1782434305
ISBN-13 : 9781782434306
Time : 2016-06-23
Author : Ian Crofton, Jeremy Black
Size : 553 KB/s
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Origin Story

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"Origin Story has a total of 320 pages which are papers from writer 'David Christian'. How did we get from the Big Bang to today's staggering complexity, in which seven billion humans are connected into networks powerful enough to transform the planet? And why, in comparison, are our closest primate relatives reduced to near-extinction? Big History creator David Christian gives the answers in a mind-expanding cosmological detective story told on the grandest possible scale. He traces how, during eight key thresholds, the right conditions have allowed new forms of complexity to arise, from stars to galaxies, Earth to homo sapiens, agriculture to fossil fuels. This last mega-innovation gave us an energy bonanza that brought huge benefits to mankind, yet also threatens to shake apart everything we have created. This global origin story is one that we could only begin to tell recently, thanks to the underlying unity of modern knowledge. Panoramic in scope and thrillingly told, Origin Story reveals what we learn about human existence when we consider it from a universal scale. 2018-05-22 time of publication of the book, [-Penguin UK-]"

Publisher : Penguin UK
Pages : 320 Paper
Genre : History
No.ID : 7ZRUDwAAQBAJ
ISBN-10 : 0241254698
ISBN-13 : 9780241254691
Time : 2018-05-22
Author : David Christian
Size : 759 KB/s
Format : PDF, EBOOK and EPUB

Teaching Big History

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"Teaching Big History has a total of 426 pages which are papers from writer 'Richard B. Simon, Mojgan Behmand, Thomas Burke'. Big History is a new field on a grand scale: it tells the story of the universe over time through a diverse range of disciplines that spans cosmology, physics, chemistry, astronomy, geology, evolutionary biology, anthropology, and archaeology, thereby reconciling traditional human history with environmental geography and natural history. Weaving the myriad threads of evidence-based human knowledge into a master narrative that stretches from the beginning of the universe to the present, the Big History framework helps students make sense of their studies in all disciplines by illuminating the structures that underlie the universe and the connections among them. Teaching Big History is a powerful analytic and pedagogical resource, and serves as a comprehensive guide for teaching Big History, as well for sharing ideas about the subject and planning a curriculum around it. Readers are also given helpful advice about the administrative and organizational challenges of instituting a general education program constructed around Big History. The book includes teaching materials, examples, and detailed sample exercises. This book is also an engaging first-hand account of how a group of professors built an entire Big History general education curriculum for first-year students, demonstrating how this thoughtful integration of disciplines exemplifies liberal education at its best and illustrating how teaching and learning this incredible story can be transformative for professors and students alike. 2014-12-23 time of publication of the book, [-Univ of California Press-]"

Publisher : Univ of California Press
Pages : 426 Paper
Genre : History
No.ID : JbQwDwAAQBAJ
ISBN-10 : 0520283554
ISBN-13 : 9780520283558
Time : 2014-12-23
Author : Richard B. Simon, Mojgan Behmand, Thomas Burke
Size : 666 KB/s
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Journey of the Universe

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"Journey of the Universe has a total of 190 pages which are papers from writer 'Brian Swimme, Mary Evelyn Tucker'. Today we know what no previous generation knew: the history of the universe and of the unfolding of life on Earth. Through the astonishing combined achievements of natural scientists worldwide, we now have a detailed account of how galaxies and stars, planets and living organisms, human beings and human consciousness came to be. And yet . . . we thirst for answers to questions that have haunted humanity from the very beginning. What is our place in the 14-billion-year history of the universe? What roles do we play in Earth's history? How do we connect with the intricate web of life on Earth? In "Journey of the Universe" Brian Thomas Swimme and Mary Evelyn Tucker tell the epic story of the universe from an inspired new perspective, weaving the findings of modern science together with enduring wisdom found in the humanistic traditions of the West, China, India, and indigenous peoples. The authors explore cosmic evolution as a profoundly wondrous process based on creativity, connection, and interdependence, and they envision an unprecedented opportunity for the world's people to address the daunting ecological and social challenges of our times. "Journey of the Universe" transforms how we understand our origins and envision our future. Though a little book, it tells a big story--one that inspires hope for a way in which Earth and its human civilizations could flourish together. This book is part of a larger project that includes a documentary film, an educational DVD series, and a website. The film and the DVD series will be released in 2011. For more information, please consult the website, journeyoftheuniverse.org. 2011 time of publication of the book, [-Yale University Press-]"

Publisher : Yale University Press
Pages : 190 Paper
Genre : Science
No.ID : O3YBpAGcWfAC
ISBN-10 : 030017621X
ISBN-13 : 9780300176216
Time : 2011
Author : Brian Swimme, Mary Evelyn Tucker
Size : 669 KB/s
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South Africa in World History

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"South Africa in World History has a total of 208 pages which are papers from writer 'Iris Berger'. This volume begins in the early centuries of the Common Era with the various groups of people who had settled in southern Africa. Stone Age foragers, farmers with iron technology, and pastoralists all interacted to create a complex society before Europeans arrived. In the seventeenth century, Dutch settlers developed a colonial society based on the menial labor of indigenous inhabitants of the Cape and slaves imported from the East Indies and other parts of Africa. British conquest in the early nineteenth century brought an end to slavery, as well as new forms of colonial domination, tension between the British and the original Dutch settlers, armed struggle between expanding European communities and Africans (including the highly militarized Zulu kingdom), and intensive missionary activity that transformed many African societies. The discovery of diamonds and gold in the late nineteenth century brought industrialization based on migrant labor, new clashes between British and Africaaners, the final conquest of African societies, and new European migrants. During the twentieth-century, despite further economic development, African communities were increasingly impoverished. New forms of racial domination lead to the implementation of apartheid in 1948 and heightened political organizing among both African and Africaaner nationalists. The intensification of resistance in the 1970s and '80s coupled with drastic changes in the international balance of power brought an end to the apartheid state in 1994 and an intensified struggle to overcome apartheid's economic and political legacy by building a new nonracial society. The book emphasizes social and cultural history, focusing on people's interactions and identities according to race, class, gender, religion and ethnicity. It also addresses changes in literature (both oral and written), music, and the arts and draws on the extensive biographical and autobiographical literature to provide a personal focus for the discussion of major themes. While this emphasis reflects dominant trends in historical scholarship for the past two decades, it also includes recent material on environmental history and relationships between African Americans and South Africans. Where relevant, it highlights comparisons between South African and U.S. history. 2009-03-27 time of publication of the book, [-Oxford University Press-]"

Publisher : Oxford University Press
Pages : 208 Paper
Genre : History
No.ID : -_5tWNwhV3AC
ISBN-10 : 9780199722099
ISBN-13 : 0199722099
Time : 2009-03-27
Author : Iris Berger
Size : 844 KB/s
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The Atlantic in World History

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"The Atlantic in World History has a total of 168 pages which are papers from writer 'Karen Ordahl Kupperman'. As Europeans began to move into the Atlantic in the late fifteenth century, first encountering islands and then two continents across the sea, they initiated a process that revolutionized the lives of people everywhere. American foods enriched their diets. Furs, precious metals, dyes, and many other products underwrote new luxury trades, and tobacco became the first consumer craze as the price plummeted with ever-enlarging production. Much of the technology that made new initiatives, such as sailing out of sight of land, possibly drew on Asian advances that came into Europe through North Africa. Sugar and other crops came along the same routes, and Europeans found American environments ideal for their cultivation. Leaders along the African coast controlled the developing trade with Europeans, and products from around the Atlantic entered African life. As American plantations were organized on an industrial scale, they became voracious consumers of labor. American Indians, European indentured servants, and enslaved Africans were all employed, and over time slavery became the predominant labor system in the plantation economies. American Indians adopted imported technologies and goods to enhance their own lives, but diseases endemic in the rest of the world to which Americans had no acquired immunity led to dramatic population decline in some areas. From Brazil to Canada, Indians withdrew into the interior, where they formed large and powerful new confederations. Atlantic exchange opened new possibilities. All around the ocean, states that had been marginal to the main centers in the continents' interiors now found themselves at the forefront of developing trades with the promise of wealth and power. European women and men whose prospects were circumscribed at home saw potential in emigration. Economic aspirations beckoned large numbers, but also, in the maelstrom following the Reformation, others sought the chance to worship as they saw fit. Many saw their hopes dashed, but some succeeded as they had desired. Ultimately, as people of African and European descent came to predominate in American populations, they broke political ties to Europe and reshaped transatlantic relationships. 2012-08-08 time of publication of the book, [-Oxford University Press-]"

Publisher : Oxford University Press
Pages : 168 Paper
Genre : History
No.ID : qhe6NR-1KlwC
ISBN-10 : 019998655X
ISBN-13 : 9780199986552
Time : 2012-08-08
Author : Karen Ordahl Kupperman
Size : 885 KB/s
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China in World History

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"China in World History has a total of 208 pages which are papers from writer 'Paul S. Ropp'. Here is a fascinating compact history of Chinese political, economic, and cultural life, ranging from the origins of civilization in China to the beginning of the 21st century. Historian Paul Ropp combines vivid story-telling with astute analysis to shed light on some of the larger questions of Chinese history. What is distinctive about China in comparison with other civilizations? What have been the major changes and continuities in Chinese life over the past four millennia? Offering a global perspective, the book shows how China's nomadic neighbors to the north and west influenced much of the political, military, and even cultural history of China. Ropp also examines Sino-Indian relations, highlighting the impact of the thriving trade between India and China as well as the profound effect of Indian Buddhism on Chinese life. Finally, the author discusses the humiliation of China at the hands of Western powers and Japan, explaining how these recent events have shaped China's quest for wealth, power and respect today, and have colored China's perception of its own place in world history. 2010-07-09 time of publication of the book, [-Oxford University Press-]"

Publisher : Oxford University Press
Pages : 208 Paper
Genre : History
No.ID : M0u4YGxog3QC
ISBN-10 : 0199798761
ISBN-13 : 9780199798766
Time : 2010-07-09
Author : Paul S. Ropp
Size : 347 KB/s
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The Indian Ocean in World History

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"The Indian Ocean in World History has a total of 172 pages which are papers from writer 'Edward A. Alpers'. The Indian Ocean in World History explores the cultural exchanges that took place in this region from ancient to modern times. 2014-01 time of publication of the book, [-Oxford University Press-]"

Publisher : Oxford University Press
Pages : 172 Paper
Genre : History
No.ID : pjsfAQAAQBAJ
ISBN-10 : 0195337875
ISBN-13 : 9780195337877
Time : 2014-01
Author : Edward A. Alpers
Size : 136 KB/s
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The Silk Road in World History

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"The Silk Road in World History has a total of 168 pages which are papers from writer 'Xinru Liu'. The Silk Road was the contemporary name for a complex of ancient trade routes linking East Asia with Central Asia, South Asia, and the Mediterranean world. This network of exchange emerged along the borders between agricultural China and the steppe nomads during the Han Dynasty (206BCE-220CE), in consequence of the inter-dependence and the conflicts of these two distinctive societies. In their quest for horses, fragrances, spices, gems, glassware, and other exotics from the lands to their west, the Han Empire extended its dominion over the oases around the Takla Makan Desert and sent silk all the way to the Mediterranean, either through the land routes leading to the caravan city of Palmyra in Syria desert, or by way of northwest India, the Arabian Sea and the Red Sea, landing at Alexandria. The Silk Road survived the turmoil of the demise of the Han and Roman Empires, reached its golden age during the early middle age, when the Byzantine Empire and the Tang Empire became centers of silk culture and established the models for high culture of the Eurasian world. The coming of Islam extended silk culture to an even larger area and paved the way for an expanded market for textiles and other commodities. By the 11th century, however, the Silk Road was in decline because of intense competition from the sea routes of the Indian Ocean. Using supply and demand as the framework for analyzing the formation and development of the Silk Road, the book examines the dynamics of the interactions of the nomadic pastoralists with sedentary agriculturalists, and the spread of new ideas, religions, and values into the world of commerce, thus illustrating the cultural forces underlying material transactions. This effort at tracing the interconnections of the diverse participants in the transcontinental Silk Road exchange will demonstrate that the world had been linked through economic and ideological forces long before the modern era. 2010-07-09 time of publication of the book, [-Oxford University Press-]"

Publisher : Oxford University Press
Pages : 168 Paper
Genre : History
No.ID : bRVwAgAAQBAJ
ISBN-10 : 0199713723
ISBN-13 : 9780199713721
Time : 2010-07-09
Author : Xinru Liu
Size : 242 KB/s
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Mexico in World History

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"Mexico in World History has a total of 200 pages which are papers from writer 'William H. Beezley'. Drawing on materials ranging from archaeological findings to recent studies of migration issues and drug violence, William H. Beezley provides a dramatic narrative of human events as he recounts the story of Mexico in the context of world history. Beginning with the Mayan and Aztec civilizations and their brutal defeat at the hands of the Conquistadors, Beezley highlights the penetrating effect of Spain's three-hundred-year colonial rule, during which Mexico became a multicultural society marked by Roman Catholicism and the Spanish language. Independence, he shows, was likewise marked by foreign invasions and huge territorial losses, this time at the hands of the United States, who annexed a vast land mass--including the states of Texas, New Mexico, and California--and remained a powerful presence along the border. The 1910 revolution propelled land, educational, and public health reforms, but later governments turned to authoritarian rule, personal profits, and marginalization of rural, indigenous, and poor Mexicans. Throughout this eventful chronicle, Beezley highlights the people and international forces that shaped Mexico's rich and tumultuous history. 2011-09-28 time of publication of the book, [-Oxford University Press-]"

Publisher : Oxford University Press
Pages : 200 Paper
Genre : History
No.ID : gGFim5C4QqwC
ISBN-10 : 0199913277
ISBN-13 : 9780199913275
Time : 2011-09-28
Author : William H. Beezley
Size : 121 KB/s
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Central Asia in World History

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"Central Asia in World History has a total of 192 pages which are papers from writer 'Peter B. Golden'. A vast region stretching roughly from the Volga River to Manchuria and the northern Chinese borderlands, Central Asia has been called the "pivot of history," a land where nomadic invaders and Silk Road traders changed the destinies of states that ringed its borders, including pre-modern Europe, the Middle East, and China. In Central Asia in World History, Peter B. Golden provides an engaging account of this important region, ranging from prehistory to the present, focusing largely on the unique melting pot of cultures that this region has produced over millennia. Golden describes the traders who braved the heat and cold along caravan routes to link East Asia and Europe; the Mongol Empire of Chinggis Khan and his successors, the largest contiguous land empire in history; the invention of gunpowder, which allowed the great sedentary empires to overcome the horse-based nomads; the power struggles of Russia and China, and later Russia and Britain, for control of the area. Finally, he discusses the region today, a key area that neighbors such geopolitical hot spots as Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and China. 2011-01-14 time of publication of the book, [-Oxford University Press-]"

Publisher : Oxford University Press
Pages : 192 Paper
Genre : History
No.ID : lRZwAgAAQBAJ
ISBN-10 : 019972203X
ISBN-13 : 9780199722037
Time : 2011-01-14
Author : Peter B. Golden
Size : 375 KB/s
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Trans-Saharan Africa in World History

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"Trans-Saharan Africa in World History has a total of 176 pages which are papers from writer 'Ralph A. Austen'. During the heyday of camel caravan traffic--from the eighth century CE arrival of Islam in North Africa to the early twentieth-century building of European colonial railroads that linked the Sudan with the Atlantic--the Sahara was one of the world's great commercial highways, bringing gold, slaves, and other commodities northward and sending both manufactured goods and Mediterranean culture southward into the Sudan. Historian Ralph A. Austen here tells the remarkable story of an African world that grew out of more than one thousand years of trans-Saharan trading. Perhaps the most enduring impact of this trade and the common cultural reference point of trans-Saharan Africa was Islam. Austen traces this faith in its various forms--as a legal system for regulating trade, an inspiration for reformist movements, and a vehicle of literacy and cosmopolitan knowledge. He also analyzes the impact of European overseas expansion, which marginalized trans-Saharan commerce in global terms but stimulated its local growth. Indeed, trans-Saharan culture not only adapted to colonial changes, but often thrived upon them, remaining a potent force into the twenty-first century. 2010-04-19 time of publication of the book, [-Oxford University Press-]"

Publisher : Oxford University Press
Pages : 176 Paper
Genre : History
No.ID : 5VghQALn-90C
ISBN-10 : 9780199798834
ISBN-13 : 0199798834
Time : 2010-04-19
Author : Ralph A. Austen
Size : 441 KB/s
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Japan in World History

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"Japan in World History has a total of 176 pages which are papers from writer 'James L. Huffman'. Japan in World History ranges from Japan's prehistoric interactions with Korea and China, to the Western challenge of the late 1500s, the partial isolation under the Tokugawa family (1600-1868), and the tumultuous interactions of more recent times, when Japan modernized ferociously, turned imperialist, lost a world war, then became the world's second largest economy--and its greatest foreign aid donor. Writing in a lively fashion, Huffman makes rich use of primary sources, illustrating events with comments by the people who lived through them: tellers of ancient myths, court women who dominated the early literary world, cynical priests who damned medieval materialism, travelers who marveled at "indecent" Western ballroom dancers in the mid-1800s, and the emperor who justified Pearl Harbor. Without ignoring standard political and military events, the book illuminates economic, social, and cultural factors; it also examines issues of gender as well as the roles of commoners, samurai, business leaders, novelists, and priests. 2010-02-04 time of publication of the book, [-Oxford University Press-]"

Publisher : Oxford University Press
Pages : 176 Paper
Genre : History
No.ID : cq--vq3IdvMC
ISBN-10 : 9780199798841
ISBN-13 : 0199798842
Time : 2010-02-04
Author : James L. Huffman
Size : 411 KB/s
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Migration

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"Migration has a total of 149 pages which are papers from writer 'Michael H. Fisher'. Fisher explores the process of migration chronologically and at levels varying from the migration of an individual community, to larger patterns of the collective movements of major ethnic groups, to the more abstract study of emigration, migration, and immigration. 2014-01 time of publication of the book, [-Oxford University Press-]"

Publisher : Oxford University Press
Pages : 149 Paper
Genre : History
No.ID : kR9AAQAAQBAJ
ISBN-10 : 0199764336
ISBN-13 : 9780199764334
Time : 2014-01
Author : Michael H. Fisher
Size : 157 KB/s
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Democracy

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"Democracy has a total of 155 pages which are papers from writer 'Temma Kaplan'. At a moment when the term Democracy" is evoked to express inchoate aspirations for peace and social change or particular governmental systems that may or may not benefit more than a select minority of the population, this book examines attempts from ancient Mesopotemia to the democratic movements of the early twenty-first century to sustain and improve their own lives and those of outsiders who have migrated into territory they regard as their own. Democratic activists have formed organizations to regulate the distribution of water, to restore the environment, and to assure that they and their children will have a future. They have organized their relations with deities and those who held secular power, and they have created particular institutions that they hoped would help them shape a good, free, and creative life for themselves and those who follow. They have also created laws and representative bodies to serve their needs on a regular basis and have written about the difficulties those they have elected to office have maintaining their ties to those who brought them to power in the first place. Since early times, proponents of direct or participatory democracy have come into conflict with the leaders of representative institutions that claim singular power over democracy. Patriots of one form or another have tried to reclaim the initiative to define what democracy should mean and who should manage it. Frequently people in small communities, trade unions, repressed, exploited, or denigrated racial, religious, political, or sexual groups have marched forward using the language of democracy to find space for themselves and their ideas at the center of political life. Sometimes they have re-interpreted the old laws, and sometimes they have formulated new laws and institutions in order to gain greater opportunities to debate the major issues of their time. Whatever conclusions they come to, they are only temporary since changing times require new solutions, assuring that democracy can only survive as a continuous process. As such and as a system of beliefs, democracy has many flaws. But looking cross-culturally and trans-historically, it still seems like democracy still holds promise for improving the lives of all the world's people." 2015 time of publication of the book, [-OUP Us-]"

Publisher : OUP Us
Pages : 155 Paper
Genre : Democracy
No.ID : ezDcBAAAQBAJ
ISBN-10 : 0195338081
ISBN-13 : 9780195338089
Time : 2015
Author : Temma Kaplan
Size : 698 KB/s
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The Family

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"The Family has a total of 168 pages which are papers from writer 'Mary Jo Maynes, Ann Waltner'. People have always lived in families, but what that means has varied dramatically across time and cultures. The family is not a "natural" phenomenon but an institution with a dynamic history stretching 10,000 years into the past. Mary Jo Maynes and Ann Waltner tell the story of this fundamental unit from the beginnings of domestication and human settlement. They consider the codification of rules governing marriage in societies around the ancient world, the changing conceptions of family wrought by the heightened pace of colonialism and globalization in the modern world, and how state policies shape families today. The authors illustrate ways in which differences in gender and generation have affected family relations over the millennia. Cooperation between family members--by birth or marriage--has driven expansions of power and fusions of culture in times and places as different as ancient Mesopotamia, where kings' daughters became priestesses who mediated among the various cultures and religions of their fathers' kingdom, and sixteenth-century Mexico, in which alliances between Spanish men and indigenous women variously allowed for consolidation of colonial power or empowered resistance to colonial rule. But family discord has also driven - and been driven by - historical events such as China's 1919 May Fourth Movement, in which young people seeking an end to patriarchal authority were key participants. Maynes's and Waltner's view of the family as a force of history brings to light processes of human development and patterns of social life and allows for new insights into the human past and present. 2012-06-14 time of publication of the book, [-Oxford University Press-]"

Publisher : Oxford University Press
Pages : 168 Paper
Genre : Social Science
No.ID : kIdpAgAAQBAJ
ISBN-10 : 0199713707
ISBN-13 : 9780199713707
Time : 2012-06-14
Author : Mary Jo Maynes, Ann Waltner
Size : 736 KB/s
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A Little History of Science

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"A Little History of Science has a total of 263 pages which are papers from writer 'William Bynum'. A spirited volume on the great adventures of science throughout history, for curious readers of all ages 2012-11-06 time of publication of the book, [-Yale University Press-]"

Publisher : Yale University Press
Pages : 263 Paper
Genre : History
No.ID : 46PH1tvhb3EC
ISBN-10 : 0300136595
ISBN-13 : 9780300136593
Time : 2012-11-06
Author : William Bynum
Size : 157 KB/s
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Our Cosmic Story

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"Our Cosmic Story has a total of 243 pages which are papers from writer 'Mathew Anderson'. Amazon Best Seller - #1 in Astrophysics & Space Science and Cosmology"This book is a great introduction to the topics of human civilizations throughout history, sustainability of our world, and astrobiology - covering the formation of life on Earth, the future of life, and explores the search for life in the Universe." - Amazon reviewOur Cosmic Story is a big picture view of our Universe and the potential it has for life and civilization. We start by looking back at the story of Earth and its great civilizations, understand how life itself evolved Homo sapiens, review the challenges and risks that a species entails in developing a civilization and growing into a space-fairing entity, and then explore the makeup of the Universe to gain insight into the chance of other sentient creatures living elsewhere.The quest to reach beyond the confines of our world is a natural consequence of being a very small part of a grand and dynamic Universe. Looking up at the sky instills within us some expectation that we are not alone, and we wonder if there is not something amazing happening out there somewhere. This sense of awe may not be exclusive to Earthlings; for in a galaxy truly far away, there could be creatures with similar musings as they peer towards our corner of the Universe. The idea that we share a common experience with others in the cosmos is something to keep in mind while reading this book.Chapter OverviewIntroductionChapter 1: Setting the Stage for Life and CivilizationChapter 2: Evolution and the Building Blocks of LifeChapter 3: The Rise of Civilization on EarthChapter 4: The Engine of Modern CivilizationChapter 5: A House of Cards: The Downfall of CivilizationChapter 6: Exploring the CosmosChapter 7: The Boundaries of HabitabilityChapter 8: The Scale of ThingsChapter 9: Is Anybody Out There?Summary"The surface of the Earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean. From it we have learned most of what we know. Recently, we have waded a little out to sea, enough to dampen our toes or, at most, wet our ankles. The water seems inviting. The ocean calls." - Carl Sagan 2017-01-06 time of publication of the book, [--]"

Publisher :
Pages : 243 Paper
Genre :
No.ID : kkg8MQAACAAJ
ISBN-10 : 9781520320823
ISBN-13 : 1520320825
Time : 2017-01-06
Author : Mathew Anderson
Size : 992 KB/s
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Original Synopsis

"The Story of Us Humans, from Atoms to Today's Civilization has a total of 728 pages which are papers from writer 'Robert Dalling'. The Story of Us Humans explains human nature and human history, including the origins of our species, emotions, behavior, morals, and society. It explains what we are, how we got here, and where we are today by describing the origin, history, and current ways of our neighborhoods, religion, government, science, technology, and business. Written in plain language, it explains what astronomy, physics, geology, biology, chemistry, anthropology, history, religion, social science, and political science tell us about ourselves. Most everyone feels that human success is measured in terms of healthy and happy children and communities. Human thoughts and actions involve little besides love and children, spouse and family, community and justice because we are parenting mammals and social primates. Each of us simply wants to laugh and joke with our family and friends, pursue life, raise children and strive to be a valued and contributing member of our community. We have made incredible progress building civilization in just a few hundred generations using nothing except our animal minds. Have you wondered: What are the laws of nature and how many laws are there? How did molecular life begin and then evolve into worms fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, primates, and humans? What are the differences between these animals? How did we get from the Big Bang to bacteria and on to Christianity, democracy, and globalization? What is life like for gatherer-hunters? When did we first become farmers and first build cities, and what was life like at those times? What was life like in Ancient Mesopotamia, Ancient Athens, 13th-century Cahokia, Medieval China and Europe, 19th-Century New England, Yoruban villages, and in the U.S. during the 1920s? What was the Industrial Revolution and how has it changed our lives? What are the Hindu, Muslim, Confucian, Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, and Humanist religions and world views? How have our wages, infant mortality rates, lifespans, crime rates, and poverty and inequality rates varied through the ages? What are the biggest economic and social secrets in the U.S. today? What are some meaningful goals and priorities for our civilization and how can we measure the success of our attempts to reach those goals? Includes questions, index, bibliography, and 1,200 internet links taking you to images, videos, and discussed documents. 2006-03 time of publication of the book, [-iUniverse-]"

Publisher : iUniverse
Pages : 728 Paper
Genre : History
No.ID : SCL_aFc23u0C
ISBN-10 : 0595391176
ISBN-13 : 9780595391172
Time : 2006-03
Author : Robert Dalling
Size : 247 KB/s
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A Short History of Nearly Everything

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"A Short History of Nearly Everything has a total of 560 pages which are papers from writer 'Bill Bryson'. One of the world’s most beloved and bestselling writers takes his ultimate journey -- into the most intriguing and intractable questions that science seeks to answer. In A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson trekked the Appalachian Trail -- well, most of it. In In A Sunburned Country, he confronted some of the most lethal wildlife Australia has to offer. Now, in his biggest book, he confronts his greatest challenge: to understand -- and, if possible, answer -- the oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves. Taking as territory everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization, Bryson seeks to understand how we got from there being nothing at all to there being us. To that end, he has attached himself to a host of the world’s most advanced (and often obsessed) archaeologists, anthropologists, and mathematicians, travelling to their offices, laboratories, and field camps. He has read (or tried to read) their books, pestered them with questions, apprenticed himself to their powerful minds. A Short History of Nearly Everything is the record of this quest, and it is a sometimes profound, sometimes funny, and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge, as only Bill Bryson can render it. Science has never been more involving or entertaining. From the Hardcover edition. 2012-05-15 time of publication of the book, [-Anchor Canada-]"

Publisher : Anchor Canada
Pages : 560 Paper
Genre : Science
No.ID : _CWlKRYLbIwC
ISBN-10 : 0385674503
ISBN-13 : 9780385674508
Time : 2012-05-15
Author : Bill Bryson
Size : 945 KB/s
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The Balkans in world history

Original Synopsis

"The Balkans in world history has a total of 147 pages which are papers from writer 'Andrew Wachtel'. In the historical and literary imagination, the Balkans loom large as a somewhat frightening and ill-defined space, often seen negatively as a region of small and spiteful peoples, racked by racial and ethnic hatred, always ready to burst into violent conflict. The Balkans in World History re-defines this space in positive terms, taking as a starting point the cultural, historical, and social threads that allow us to see this region as a coherent if complex whole. Eminent historian Andrew Wachtel here depicts the Balkans as that borderland geographical space in which four of the world's greatest civilizations have overlapped in a sustained and meaningful way to produce a complex, dynamic, sometimes combustible, multi-layered local civilization. It is the space in which the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome, of Byzantium, of Ottoman Turkey, and of Roman Catholic Europe met, clashed and sometimes combined. The history of the Balkans is thus a history of creative borrowing by local people of the various civilizations that have nominally conquered the region. Encompassing Bulgaria, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Greece, and European Turkey, the Balkans have absorbed many voices and traditions, resulting in one of the most complex and interesting regions on earth. 2008-11-10 time of publication of the book, [-Oxford University Press, USA-]"

Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
Pages : 147 Paper
Genre : History
No.ID : CZTtAAAAMAAJ
ISBN-10 : 9780195338010
ISBN-13 : 0195338014
Time : 2008-11-10
Author : Andrew Wachtel
Size : 538 KB/s
Format : EBOOK and EPUB