This Fleeting World: A Short History of Humanity

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A great historian can make clear the connections between the first Homo sapiens and today’s version of the species, and a great storyteller can make those connections come alive. David Christian is both, and This Fleeting World: A Short History of Humanity makes the journey - from the earliest foraging era to our own modern era - a fascinating one. Enter This Fleeting World - and give up the preconception that anything old is boring.

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Overview

A great historian can make clear the connections between the first Homo sapiens and today’s version of the species, and a great storyteller can make those connections come alive. David Christian is both, and This Fleeting World: A Short History of Humanity makes the journey - from the earliest foraging era to our own modern era - a fascinating one. Enter This Fleeting World - and give up the preconception that anything old is boring.

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“I first became an avid student of David Christian by watching his course, Big History, on DVD, and so I am very happy to see his enlightening presentation of the world’s history captured in these essays. I hope it will introduce a wider audience to this gifted scientist and teacher.” —Bill Gates
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933782041
  • Publisher: Berkshire Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/15/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 113
  • Sales rank: 56,388
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

David Christian is a professor of history at Macquarie University in Sydney. He has taught world history, big history, environmental history, and Russian history. He is a research fellow at Ewha Women’s University in Seoul and a Marsh Professor-at-Large at the University of Vermont. He is the author of Maps of Time: An Introduction to Big History, which won the won the World History Association prize for the best book in world history published in 2004; and in 2008 he recorded forty-eight lectures on big history for the Teaching Company. David Christian has also written World History: The Big Eras: A Compact History of Humankind for Teachers and Students (with Edmund Burke and Ross Dunn); A History of Russia, Central Asia and Mongolia: Volume 1: Inner Eurasia from Prehistory to the Mongol Empire; Imperial and Soviet Russia: Power, Privilege and the Challenge of Modernity; Living Water: Vodka and Russian Society on the Eve of Emancipation; and (with R. E. F. Smith) Bread and Salt: A Social and Economic History of Food and Drink in Russia.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2014

    I have used this book for a 100-level global history/social scie

    I have used this book for a 100-level global history/social science course. The students found it to be a very useful overview of world history at a large scale. You will not find this book to be loaded with facts, dates, and lists of events (and it is not meant to be). Instead, Christian presents a short and accessible narrative of world history that emphasizes connections between regions and time periods. The book provided a valuable framework at the beginning of my course that we would then return to as we looked at different time periods and case studies throughout the course. I would recommend the book for college courses as well as high school world history courses.

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  • Posted September 30, 2014

    I am a bit baffled by some of these reviews of this superb ,shor

    I am a bit baffled by some of these reviews of this superb ,short history of humanity. Having used this book successfully with high school students, college students, pre-service teachers and in-service teachers, This Fleeting World offers a large frame for the events and details that typically fill courses in world history. Overarching story focuses on three major turning points in our collective history -- our learning to use language as when we were foragers and hunters, learning to farm and construct complex societies, and the shift to our fossil-fueled world of new global networks and acceleration. The "thought-experiment" boxes are a quite interesting, challenging and thought-provoking addition to this text now in its fifth printing.

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