History of Humanity

History of Humanity : Prehistory and the Beginnings of Civilization

Edited by S. J. De Laet

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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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  • Hardback | 786 pages
  • 220.7 x 306.3 x 52.3mm | 2,359.07g
  • 01 Oct 1994
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London
  • English
  • 2nd Revised ed.
  • 140 b&w plates, 171 figures, 74 maps, bibliography, index
  • 0415093058
  • 9780415093057

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

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"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.

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