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The Cambridge World History, Volume 1: Introducing World History (to 10,000 BCE)

Series: The Cambridge World History Volume: 1

By: David Christian(Editor)

494 pages, 30 b/w photos and b/w illustrations, 19 b/w maps, 2 tables

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Nov 2017 | #236605 | ISBN-13: 9781108406420
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Hardback | Apr 2015 | #236604 | ISBN-13: 9780521763332
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Volume 1 of The Cambridge World History is an introduction to both the discipline of world history and the earliest phases of world history up to 10,000 BCE. In Part I leading scholars outline the approaches, methods, and themes that have shaped and defined world history scholarship across the world and right up to the present day. Chapters examine the historiographical development of the field globally, periodization, divergence and convergence, belief and knowledge, technology and innovation, family, gender, anthropology, migration, and fire. Part II surveys the vast Paleolithic era, which laid the foundations for human history, concentrating on the most recent phases of hominin evolution, the rise of Homo sapiens and the very earliest human societies through to the end of the last ice age. Anthropologists, archaeologists, historical linguists and historians examine climate and tools, language, and culture, as well as offering regional perspectives from across the world.


1. Introduction and overview David Christian

Part I. Historiography, Method, and Themes:
2. Writing world history Marnie Hughes-Warrington
3. The evolution of world histories Dominic Sachsenmaier
4. Evolution, rupture and periodization Michael Lang
5. From divergence to convergence: centrifugal and centripetal forces in history David Northrup
6. Belief, knowledge and language Luke Clossey
7. Historiography of technology and innovation Daniel Headrick
8. Fire and fuel in human history Johan Goudsblom
9. Family history and world history: from domestication to biopolitics Mary Jo Maynes and Ann Waltner
10. Gendered world history Merry Wiesner-Hanks
11. What does anthropology contribute to world history? Jack Goody
12. Migration in human history Pat Manning

Part II. The Palaeolithic and the Beginnings of Human History:
13. Before the farmers: culture and climate from the emergence of homo sapiens to about ten thousand years ago Felipe Fernandez-Arnesto
14. Early humans: tools, language and culture Christopher Ehret
15. Africa from 48,000 to 9600 BCE Christopher Ehret
16. Migration and innovation in palaeolithic Europe John Hoffecker
17. Asian palaeolithic dispersals Robin Dennell
18. The pleistocene colonization and occupation of Australasia Peter Hiscock
19. The pleistocene colonization and occupation of the Americas Nicole M. Waguespack

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David Christian is by training a historian of Russia and the Soviet Union. He taught Russian and Soviet History at Macquarie University in Sydney, and conducted research on the diets of the nineteenth-century Russian peasantry and in particular on the role of vodka in Russian society and fiscal systems. In 1989 he began teaching a history course surveying the history of the Universe and placing human history within that larger context. This approach has since come to be known as 'big history', and it led to an increasing interest in world history, particularly in world history at very large scales. David Christian is the author of Maps of Time: An Introduction to Big History, and co-founder with Bill Gates of the Big History Project, which has created a free online big history course for high school students. He is currently completing the second volume of a synoptic history of Inner Eurasia, the lands at the heart of the Eurasian landmass, from prehistory to the present day.

- David Christian
- Marnie Hughes-Warrington
- Dominic Sachsenmaier
- Michael Lang
- David Northrup
- Luke Clossey
- Daniel Headrick
- Johan Goudsblom
- Mary Jo Maynes
- Ann Waltner
- Merry Wiesner-Hanks
- Jack Goody
- Pat Manning
- Felipe Fernandez-Arnesto
- Christopher Ehret
- John Hoffecker
- Robin Dennell
- Peter Hiscock
- Nicole M. Waguespack

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