History of Humanity: Prehistory and the Beginnings of Civilization

History of Humanity: Prehistory and the Beginnings of Civilization

Hardback History of Humanity

Edited by Siegfried J. de Laet

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  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
  • Format: Hardback | 792 pages
  • Dimensions: 221mm x 306mm x 52mm | 2,359g
  • Publication date: 1 October 1994
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0415093058
  • ISBN 13: 9780415093057
  • Edition: 2
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised ed.
  • Illustrations note: 140 b&w plates, 171 figures, 74 maps, bibliography, index

Product description

Comprising articles written by over forty leading experts from around the world, the first volume covers the period from the origins of humanity to the inventions of writing and the beginnings of food production. Comprehensively examining the emergence of civilization, this is a self-contained reference and crucial part of the 7 volume set.

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S. J. de Laet is Member of the Royal Academy of Sciences, Letters and Fine Arts, Belgium.

Review quote

"For its currentness and global scope, the present volume is highly recommended for reference collections in large public and academic libraries."-"Library Journal, October 1, 1994 "The present volume, along with its forthcoming six companion volumes, will supersede the earlier History of Mankind. As an up-to-date summary of current scholarship, the volume is valuable, ...it should find a welcome place on the bookshelves of academic libraries."-"American Reference Books Annual, 1996

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'Our civilization is the first to have for its past the past of the world, our history is the first to be world history.' As we approach the year 2000, the phenomenon described over fifty years ago by Jan Huizinga becomes an ever more sensible reality. In a bounded and increasingly interconnected world, we necessarily find ourselves a part of that emerging global civilization that constitutes the matrix of our collective destinies.

Table of contents

Valery P.Alexeev, Academy of Sciences of the USSR; Zhimin An, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Hans-Georg, History Museum of Bern; Gert-Jan Bartstra, Universiteit, Groningen; Ofer Bar-Yosef, Harvard University; Sandor Bokonyi, Hungarian National Museum; Alan L. Bryan, University of Alberta; Jean Francois Henri Chavaillon, CNRS; John Desmond Clark University of California at Berkeley; Angela E Close, Southern Methodist University; Yves Coppens, College de France; Ahmad Hasan Dani, Centre for teh Study of Central Asian Civilizations; Sigried Jan De Laet, Royal Academy of Sciences, Letters and Fine Arts of Belgium; Anatoly P Derevyanko, Academy of Sciences of the USSR; Christos Doumas, University of Athens; Josephine M. Flood, Australian Heritage Commission; Milutin Garasanin, University of Belgrade; Denis Geraads, CNRS, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie; Pierre-Roland Giot, University of Rennes; Jean Guilaine, CNRS; Jack R. Harlan; Osvaldo Raimundo Heredia; Francis Hours; Karl Leopold Hutterer, University of Hawaii; Arthur J. Jelinek, University of Arizona at Tucson; Lanpo Jia, Academia Sinica in Beijing; Ramchandra V. Joshi, Deccan College; Lili Kaelas, Universities of Gothenburg and Oslo, University of California; Bohuslav Klima, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences; Lech Krzyzaniak, Archaeological Museum at Poznan; Jose Luis Lorenzo, INAH; Luis Guillermo Lumbreras Salcedo, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos; Jens Luning University of Frankfurt am Main; Abdullah Hassan Masry, Assistant Deputy Minister for Antiquities and Museum Affairs of Saudi Arabia; James Mellaart, University of London; Nikolai J. Merpert, Academy of Sciences of the USSR; Lautaro Nunez Atencio Northern University of Atacama; ichard B. Nunoo, formerly Director of National Museums and Monuments of Ghana; Marcel Otte, University of Liege; David W. Phillipson, Curator, Archaeology and Anthropology Museum, University of Cambridge; Mario Sanoja Obediente, U.S. National Museum in Washington D.C.; Romuald Schild, Polish Academy of Sciences; Robert Shepherd (UK), mining engineer; Wilhelm G. Solheim II, University of Hawaii; Karel Valoch, Moravian Museum, Brno; Bernard Vandermeersch, CNRS, University of Paris VI, University of Bordeaux; Paola Villa, University of California of Berkeley; Fred Wendorf, Southern Methodist University; Rukang Wu, Academia Sinica, Beijing