This Fleeting World: A Short History of Humanity

This Fleeting World: A Short History of Humanity

by David Christian

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“I first became an avid student of David Christian by watching his course, Big History, on DVD, and so I am very happy to see his enlightening presentation of the world’s history captured in these essays. I hope it will introduce a wider audience to this gifted scientist and teacher.” —Bill Gates

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.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014250993
Publisher: Berkshire Publishing
Publication date: 03/22/2012
Series: This World of Ours , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 152
Sales rank: 1,155,372
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

David Christian is a professor of history at Macquarie University in Sydney. He has taught world history, big history, environmental history, and Russian history. He is a research fellow at Ewha Women’s University in Seoul and a Marsh Professor-at-Large at the University of Vermont. He is the author of Maps of Time: An Introduction to Big History, which won the won the World History Association prize for the best book in world history published in 2004; and in 2008 he recorded forty-eight lectures on big history for the Teaching Company. David Christian has also written World History: The Big Eras: A Compact History of Humankind for Teachers and Students (with Edmund Burke and Ross Dunn); A History of Russia, Central Asia and Mongolia: Volume 1: Inner Eurasia from Prehistory to the Mongol Empire; Imperial and Soviet Russia: Power, Privilege and the Challenge of Modernity; Living Water: Vodka and Russian Society on the Eve of Emancipation; and (with R. E. F. Smith) Bread and Salt: A Social and Economic History of Food and Drink in Russia.

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