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Maps of time : an introduction to big history

An introduction to a new way of looking at history, from a perspective that stretches from the beginning of time to the present day, Maps of Time is world history on an unprecedented scale. Beginning with the Big Bang, David Christian views the interaction of the natural world with the more recent arrivals in flora and fauna, including human beings
eBook, English, ©2004
University of California Press, Berkeley, ©2004
1 online resource (xxii, 642 pages).
9780520950672, 9780520931923, 9780520901636, 9781417515004, 9781597347341, 9781282357730, 9786612357732, 0520950674, 0520931920, 0520901630, 1417515007, 1597347345, 1282357735, 6612357738
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Introduction: A modern creation myth?
pt. 1. The Inanimate Universe. The first 300,000 years: origins of the universe, time and space
Origins of the galaxies and stars: the beginnings of complexity
Origins and history of the earth
pt. 2. Life on Earth. The origins of life and the theory of evolution
The evolution of life and the biosphere
pt. 3. Early Human History: Many Worlds. The evolution of humans
The beginnings of human history
pt. 4. The Holocene: Few Worlds. Intensification and the origins of agriculture
From power over nature to power over people: cities, states, and "civilizations"
Long trends in the era of agrarian "civilizations"
pt. 5. The Modern Era: One World. Approaching modernity
Globalization, commercialization, and innovation
Birth of the modern world
The great acceleration of the twentieth century
pt. 6. Perspectives on the Future. Futures