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Maps of Time: An Introduction to Big History (California World History Library Book 2) by [David Christian, William H. McNeill]

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Maps of Time: An Introduction to Big History (California World History Library Book 2) 1st Edition, Kindle Edition

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"Maps of Time unites natural history and human history in a single, grand, and intelligible narrative. This is a great achievement, analogous to the way in which Isaac Newton in the seventeenth century united the heavens and the earth under uniform laws of motion; it is even more closely comparable to Darwin's nineteenth-century achievement of uniting the human species and other forms of life within a single evolutionary process. . . . [It] is a historical and intellectual masterpiece: clear, coherent, erudite, elegant, adventurous, and concise. . . . You, who are about to peruse this book, have a great experience before you. Read on, wonder, and admire."

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San Diego State University historian Christian is one of the founding figures of the "Big History" movement. His basic premise is that to truly make sense of human history, history must be integrated with virtually all other disciplines-and in order to do this correctly, historians must reach back to the beginning of time. It is becoming fairly well accepted for historians to draw on biology, economics, environmental studies and politics as well as a host of other fields of study, and Christian does a very nice job of explaining the factors that led to the rise of states, the industrial revolution and the information revolution, as well as looking at future possibilities for humankind. What is far less successful is his integration of cosmology, astrophysics and evolutionary biology with the basic fare usually associated with historical analysis. Rather than using the cosmological principles associated with the Big Bang, for example, to demonstrate "underlying unity and coherence" in all systems across time, Christian leaves the reader with a weak metaphor and limited insight. By attempting to cover all of the universe's 13 billion years in a single volume, even one approaching 600 pages, Christian is forced to use such a broad brush that readers will find much of this book to be fairly superficial. 45 b&w illus., 9 maps.
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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B005T5O9N0
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ University of California Press; 1st edition (October 3, 2011)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ October 3, 2011
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 6403 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 985 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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