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    DescriptionAn 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. Cosmology, geology, archeology, and population and environmental studies - all figure in David Christian's account, which is an ambitious overview of the emerging field of 'Big History.' "Maps of Time" opens with the origins of the universe, the stars and the galaxies, the sun and the solar system, including the earth, and conducts readers through the evolution of the planet before human habitation. It surveys the development of human society from the Paleolithic era through the transition to agriculture, the emergence of cities and states, and the birth of the modern, industrial period right up to intimations of possible futures. Sweeping in scope, finely focused in its minute detail, this riveting account of the known world, from the inception of space-time to the prospects of global warming, lays the groundwork for world history - and 'Big History' - true as never before to its name.


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    Title
    Maps of Time
    Subtitle
    An Introduction to Big History
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David Christian, Foreword by William H. McNeill
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 672
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 43 mm
    Weight: 885 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780520271449
    ISBN 10: 0520271440
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    BIC E4L: HIS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 909
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15590
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    DC22: 901
    Abridged Dewey: 901
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: SCI015000
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: CB19 .C477 2011
    Thema V1.0: NHB, PGK
    Edition
    2, Revised
    Edition statement
    2nd Revised edition
    Illustrations note
    8 b/w illustrations, 39 line illustrations, 9 maps, 32 tables
    Publisher
    University of California Press
    Imprint name
    University of California Press
    Publication date
    03 October 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Berkerley
    Author Information
    David Christian is Professor in the Department of History at San Diego State University. He is the author of Living Water: Vodka and Russian Society on the Eve of Emancipation (1990), Imperial and Soviet Russia: Power, Privilege and the Challenge of Modernity (1997), and A History of Russia, Central Asia and Mongolia: Volume 1: Inner Eurasia from Prehistory to the Mongol Empire (1998).
    Review quote
    "A remarkable work of synthesis and scholarship. . . . Christian's Olympian perspective on the story of time is exhilarating."-P. D. Smith, The Guardian
    Table of contents
    Introduction: A Modern Creation Myth? 1. The First 300,000 Years: Origins of the Universe, Time, and Space 2. Origins of the Galaxies and Stars: The Beginnings of Complexity 3. Origins and History of the Earth 4. The Origins of Life and the Theory of Evolution 5. The Evolution of Life and the Biosphere 6. The Evolution of Humans 7. The Beginnings of Human History 8. Intensification and the Origins of Agriculture 9. From Power over Nature to Power over People: Cities, States, and Civilizations 10. Long Trends in the Era of Agrarian Civilizations 11. Approaching Modernity 12. Globalization, Commercialization, and Innovation 13. Birth of the Modern World 14. The Great Acceleration of the Twentieth Century 15. Futures