What Does It Mean to be Human?: A New Interpretation of Freedom in World History

What Does It Mean to be Human?: A New Interpretation of Freedom in World History

by Alan T. Wood, Alan T. Wood

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ISBN-13: 9780820456782
Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc.
Publication date: 04/26/2001
Pages: 143
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

About the Author

The Author: Alan T. Wood is Professor of History in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences program at the University of Washington, Bothell, where he has served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. He received his Ph.D. in Chinese history from the University of Washington. Dr. Wood has taught at Whitman College, as well as on two around-the-world voyages on Semester at Sea. He is the author of Limits to Autocracy: From Sung Neo-Confucianism to a Doctrine of Political Rights and co-author of World Civilizations.

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Acknowledgmentsxix
Chapter 1Introduction1
Chapter 2The Biological Realm15
Genesis15
Evolution of life to the hominoids17
From hominoid to hominid to us20
Conclusion23
Chapter 3The Economic Realm27
What is the economic problem?27
Hunting and gathering32
Domestication of animals34
Domestication of plants36
The Industrial Revolution37
Conclusion40
Chapter 4The Social Realm47
The development of language49
Origins of complex society54
The rise of cities59
Conclusion61
Chapter 5The Political Realm67
The origin of the state70
The origin of empire74
The rise of the nation-state77
Conclusion80
Chapter 6The Scientific/Technological Realm85
The impact of technology on human civilization88
The impact of technology on the environment93
The impact of modern science and technology on human freedom98
Conclusion100
Chapter 7The Artistic Realm105
Painting107
Architecture110
Music112
Dance115
Conclusion116
Chapter 8The Global Millennium119
The challenge of nationalism to human rights121
The need for a global view of history126
How can we become more human?129
Index137

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