A Brief History of the Human Race

A Brief History of the Human Race

by Michael Cook, M. A. Cook
     
 

Denying any attempt at a "Grand Unified Theory of history," Cook (Near Eastern studies, Princeton U.) presents his history of human- kind, necessarily selective and "patchy." He devotes a significant portion of the text to the development of cultures in different geographical zones of the world before turning his attention to more typical matters such as the rise of… See more details below

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Denying any attempt at a "Grand Unified Theory of history," Cook (Near Eastern studies, Princeton U.) presents his history of human- kind, necessarily selective and "patchy." He devotes a significant portion of the text to the development of cultures in different geographical zones of the world before turning his attention to more typical matters such as the rise of Islam and the expansion of Europe. These latter chapters are the closest he comes to presenting a "Grand Unified Theory," with his suggestion that globalization began with Islam providing the thematic basis for the closing chapters. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393052312
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
09/19/2003
Pages:
385
Product dimensions:
5.76(w) x 8.46(h) x 1.32(d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps
List of Figures
Preface
Pt. 1Why is History the Way it is?
1The Palaeolithic Background3
2The Neolithic Revolution19
3The Emergence of Civilization38
Pt. 2The Smaller Continents
4Australia55
5The Americas75
6Africa99
Pt. 3The Eurasian Landmass
7The Ancient Near East125
8India147
9China175
10The Ancient Mediterranean World205
11Western Europe234
Pt. 4Toward One World?
12Islamic Civilization267
13The European Expansion295
14The Modern World325
Conclusion354
Further Reading360
Credits369
Index373

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