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David Christian apresenta o relato épico e extraordinário da história do mundo: da explosão original ao futuro da humanidade.
Como passamos do big bang à complexidade impressionante de hoje, em que 7 bilhões de seres humanos estão conectados por redes poderosas o suficiente para transformar o planeta?
David Christian oferece essas respostas com uma saborosa narrativa cosmológica que amplia nossos horizontes, contada na maior escala possível. Criador do projeto Big History, que tem Bill Gates como um de seus grandes apoiadores, ele traça como, em oito momentos fundamentais, as condições certas permitiram que novas formas de complexidade surgissem — das estrelas às galáxias, da Terra ao Homo sapiens, da agricultura aos combustíveis fósseis. Esta última grande inovação nos deu uma bonança energética que trouxe enormes benefícios para a humanidade, mas que também ameaça abalar tudo o que criamos.
Com um escopo panorâmico e uma narrativa cativante, Origens revela o que podemos aprender sobre a existência humana quando a consideramos a partir de uma escala universal.
"Sou um antigo fã de David Christian. Neste livro ele costura elegantemente evidências e insights a partir de diversas disciplinas científicas e históricas, para construir uma só narrativa histórica acessível." — Bill Gates
"Em Origens, David Christian encontrou uma maneira espetacular de usar a história para ordenar todo um conjunto de conhecimentos sobre o mundo. Um feito maravilhoso." — Carlo Rovelli, autor de Sete breves lições de física
Most historians study the smallest slivers of time, emphasizing specific dates, individuals, and documents. But what would it look like to study the whole of history, from the big bang through the present day -- and even into the remote future? How would looking at the full span of time change the way we perceive the universe, the earth, and our very existence?
These were the questions David Christian set out to answer when he created the field of "Big History," the most exciting new approach to understanding where we have been, where we are, and where we are going. In Origin Story, Christian takes readers on a wild ride through the entire 13.8 billion years we've come to know as "history." By focusing on defining events (thresholds), major trends, and profound questions about our origins, Christian exposes the hidden threads that tie everything together -- from the creation of the planet to the advent of agriculture, nuclear war, and beyond.
With stunning insights into the origin of the universe, the beginning of life, the emergence of humans, and what the future might bring, Origin Story boldly reframes our place in the cosmos.
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 the agrarian era to our own modern era—a fascinating one. Ready to help your students give up their preconceptions that anything old is probably boring? Enter This Fleeting World.
A compact, easy-to-read overview recommended by teachers for curriculum development, classroom preparation, and student review. This Fleeting World is popular with world history teachers who need a bird’s eye view and with students preparing for the Advanced Placement World History examination. It’s used in college-level world history courses in the United States and Europe.
“This Fleeting World provides world history teachers and students the ‘big picture’ that world history demands: big enough to incorporate historical content beyond just the last few thousand years; yet simple enough to be easily understood by average readers.” — Bill Strickland, College Board Consultant for AP World History
Cosmology, geology, archeology, and population and environmental studies—all figure in David Christian's account, which is an ambitious overview of the emerging field of "Big History." Maps of Time opens with the origins of the universe, the stars and the galaxies, the sun and the solar system, including the earth, and conducts readers through the evolution of the planet before human habitation. It surveys the development of human society from the Paleolithic era through the transition to agriculture, the emergence of cities and states, and the birth of the modern, industrial period right up to intimations of possible futures. Sweeping in scope, finely focused in its minute detail, this riveting account of the known world, from the inception of space-time to the prospects of global warming, lays the groundwork for world history—and Big History—true as never before to its name.
"What a quick, convenient, and persuasive way to begin to understand the confusing world in which we find ourselves!" --William H. McNeill
"I hope this book will introduce a wider audience to this gifted scientist and teacher." --Bill Gates
This Fleeting World is the smallest book of big history, telling the story of the universe and history of humanity in less than one hundred pages. Prize-winning historian David Christian covers it all in this compact, accessible, and inspiring guide to the history of everything, from stars and empires to cities, the World Wide Web, capitalism, and globalization. David Christian's approach to human history and big history is a call to action, based on a profound and fresh understanding of our place in the universe. This book is essential reading for our time.
David Christian asks big questions. Will contemporary challenges will lead to the emergence of a new global system capable of ecological, economic, and political stability? Or is the accelerating pace of change a prelude to a sudden, sharp collapse that will drive many parts of the world back to the productivity levels of the early agrarian era?
He presents our origin story and the history of women and men across the entire world, within the framework of the universe explaining, for example, that the chemicals we are made of come from supernovae. He tells the human story as a story of changes: changes in the ways we produce and distribute food, move from place to place, organize ourselves into communities, explore and populate our environment, and both create and respond to crises. He gives us maps of time, history on different temporal-spatial scales, and even offers paths to locate evidence that might challenge his big story.
Big history leads to strategies for building a more sustainable world, and Berkshire Publishing is proud to offer this new edition of a big history for our common future. The 2018 edition has been expanded and updated for the general reader; there is also an earlier edition designed for use with AP World History and other courses, which included a teachers' guide.
Provides an all-encompassing look at the history of Russia, Central Asia, and Mongolia
Beginning with the breakup of the Mongol Empire in the mid-thirteenth century, Volume II of this comprehensive work covers the remarkable history of “Inner Eurasia,” from 1260 up to modern times, completing the story begun in Volume I. Volume II describes how agriculture spread through Inner Eurasia, providing the foundations for new agricultural states, including the Russian Empire. It focuses on the idea of “mobilization”—the distinctive ways in which elite groups mobilized resources from their populations, and how those methods were shaped by the region’s distinctive ecology, which differed greatly from that of “Outer Eurasia,” the southern half of Eurasia and the part of Eurasia most studied by historians. This work also examines how fossil fuels created a bonanza of energy that helped shape the history of the Communist world during much of the twentieth century.
Filled with figures, maps, and tables to help give readers a fuller understanding of what has transpired over 750 years in this distinctive world region, A History of Russia, Central Asia and Mongolia: Volume II: Inner Eurasia from the Mongol Empire to Today, 1260-2000 is a magisterial but accessible account of this area’s past, that will offer readers new insights into the history of an often misunderstood part of the world.
- Situates the histories of Russia, Central Asia, and Mongolia within the larger narrative of world history
- Concentrates on the idea of Inner Eurasia as a coherent ecological and geographical zone
- Focuses on the powerful ways in which the region’s geography shaped its history
- Places great emphasis on how “mobilization” played a major part in the development of the regions
- Offers a distinctive interpretation of modernity that highlights the importance of fossil fuels
- Offers new ways of understanding the Soviet era
A History of Russia, Central Asia and Mongolia: Volume II is an ideal book for general audiences and for use in undergraduate and graduate courses in world history.