A Concise History of the World (Cambridge Concise Histories)

A Concise History of the World (Cambridge Concise Histories)

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Merry Wiesner-Hanks
Cambridge University Press, 10/31/2015
EAN 9781107694538, ISBN10: 1107694531

Paperback, 280 pages, 21.5 x 14 x 2.2 cm
Language: English

This book tells the story of humankind as producers and reproducers from the Paleolithic to the present. Renowned social and cultural historian Merry Wiesner-Hanks brings a new perspective to world history by examining social and cultural developments across the globe, including families and kin groups, social and gender hierarchies, sexuality, race and ethnicity, labor, religion, consumption, and material culture. She examines how these structures and activities changed over time through local processes and interactions with other cultures, highlighting key developments that defined particular eras such as the growth of cities or the creation of a global trading network. Incorporating foragers, farmers and factory workers along with shamans, scribes and secretaries, the book widens and lengthens human history. It makes comparisons and generalizations, but also notes diversities and particularities, as it examines the social and cultural matters that are at the heart of big questions in world history today.

1. Foraging and farming families (to 3000 BCE)
2. Cities and classical societies (3000 BCE–500 CE)
3. Expanding networks of interaction, 500 CE–1500 CE
4. A new world of connections, 1500 CE–1800 CE
5. Industrialization, imperialism, and inequality, 1800–2015