Global History

Global History : A Short Overview

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This short book offers a clear and engaging introduction to the history of humankind, from the earliest movements of people to the contemporary epoch of globalization.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 138 x 212 x 18mm | 281.23g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1, black & white illustrations
  • 0745628060
  • 9780745628066
  • 1,883,155

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This short book offers a clear and engaging introduction to thehistory of humankind, from the earliest movements of people to thecontemporary epoch of globalization. Cowen traces this complexhistory in a manner which offers both a compelling narrative and ananalytical and comparative treatment. Drawing on a new perspectiveon global history, he traces the intersection of change ineconomics, politics and human beliefs, examining the formation, enlargement and limits of human societies. Global Historyshows how much of human history encompasses three intersectingforces - trading networks, expanding political empires andcrusading creeds.

Abandoning the limits of a Eurocentric view of the world, thebook offers a number of fresh insights. Its periodization embracesmovement across continents and across the millennia. The indigenousAmerican civilizations are included, for instance. The book alsoranges over the early civilizations of China and Europe as well asthe Russian and Islamic worlds. Modern American and Japanesecivilizations are, in addition, a focus for attention. The authorexamines national and regional histories in relation to widerthemes, sequences and global tendencies. In conclusion, he seeks toaddress the question of the extent to which a global society isbeginning to crystallize.
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Table of contents

Acknowledgements. Introduction. The Classical Era. Part I: The Primary Concern. 1. Global Odyssey: Searching for Subsistence. 2. Civilized Centres: Settlements Become Permanent. 3. Rulers and Myths; Preconditions of Stability. Part II: The Political Prospect. 4. Hostile Encounters: The Threat from Outside:. 5. Communication Network: Paths to Co--existence. 6. Global Response: The Spreading of the Empires. Part III: The Religious Factor. 7. Creeds of Empire: Conformity and Allegiance. 8. Crossing Frontiers: Faiths and Universalism. 9. Division and Decline: Propaganda for Salvation. From Classical to Modern. The Modern Era. Part IV: New Beginnings. 10. Movements of Peoples: Nomads and New Settlers. 11. Economic Breakthrough: New Bases of Subsistence. 12. Church and State: Twin Pillars of Stability. Part V: Wider Identities. 13. Centuries of Empire: Global Impulse Renewed. 14. Tools of Empire: Technology of Expansion. 15. Creeds of Empire: Ideologies on the Move. Part VI: Global Tendencies. 16. The World Economy: From Crisis to Growth. 17. Hostile Encounters: Civilizations at War. 18. Communication Network: Search for Co--existence. Conclusion. Bibliography. Index.
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"This great little book is well--written, erudite and provides a sweeping historical survey which anyone with an interest in world history will find a very valuable introduction." ----Professor Anthony McGrew, Politics Department, Southampton University "This is a good contribution to theories of globalization, bringing an important historical dimension to approaches that are often ahistorical. The additional focus of civilizations rather than nation--states is particularly interesting." ----Gerard Delanty, University of Liverpool, Network "Noel Cowena s brave and brief text consciously imitates and combines the broadest patterns suggested by McNeill, Wallerstein and Braudel. His subject is not humanity but a civilizationsa that developed significant surpluses beyond subsistence...Cowen predicts an impending victory for financial imperialism, which has already converted most of the worlda s elites into its gospel of economic growth and higher living standards. If the human community can be provided with a unifying history, it will not likely be built over the sad skeleton of the history of tyrannies that Cowena s conscientious account so clearly exposes." (Canadian Journal of History, December 2004)
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About Noel Cowen

Noel Cowen writes from long experience and observation, early on as a newspaper reporter, later as a civil servant in the Treasury working on problems of postwar reconstruction in a global context, and at the Ministry of Education seeking to develop the teaching of world history, and finally as an independent researcher, writer and speaker.
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