This Fleeting World: A Short History of Humanity
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This Fleeting World: A Short History of Humanity

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by David Christian, Bob Bain, Lauren McArthur Harris
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1933782048

ISBN-13: 9781933782041

Pub. Date: 06/15/2007

Publisher: Berkshire Publishing Group

"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

A great historian can make clear the connections between the first

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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

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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ISBN-13:
9781933782041
Publisher:
Berkshire Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/15/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
113
Sales rank:
35,942
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.33(d)

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This Fleeting World 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
rbb0 More than 1 year ago
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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This Fleeting World by David Christian is a brief, informative analysis of the major overlying trends in human history, while still managing to be entertaining and engaging. The author has a unique and appealing approach to history, which he coined as “big history”, in which the events of humanity are described with regard to biological, geologic, and cosmic history. This new perspective allows for eye-opening parallels to be shown, and This Fleeting World does just that. It describes humans first as hunter-gatherers, in the foraging era, from around 200,000 years ago to 8,000 B.C.E. It goes on to describe the agrarian era, beginning with the advent of agriculture; the modern era is also described starting with the industrial revolution. The book is unique in that it shows the broad fundamental trends in human history. Christian had great success in conveying the major turning points of humanity to the average layperson. The book is a swift read, and his enticing new approach keeps the reader turning the pages. It does not, of course, go into detail about the various nations and societies that rise in fall – in fact, very few are even named – but humanity and its key themes throughout human history are concisely and effectively put into words. I would recommend this to anyone – whether they are studying for a class on world history, or simply want to know more about human history; it is an appealing read.
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