This chronology selectively fulfills its subtitle of "a record of philosophical, political, theological, and social thought from ancient times to the present"<-->beginning with the Neanderthals in 48,000 B.C., and concluding with 15 diverse entries for 1997. Sidebars provide further enlightenment (e.g. on the originator of the "A.D." designation for years). Contains an appendix on birth and death dates, bibliography, and expansive index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.