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The Human Web

A Bird's-Eye View of World History
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The Human Web by J.R. McNeill
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Description

World-historical questions such as these, the subjects of major works by Jared Diamond, David Landes, and others, are now of great moment as global frictions increase. In a spirited and original contribution to this quickening discussion, two renowned historians, father and son, explore the webs that have drawn humans together in patterns of interaction and exchange, cooperation and competition, since earliest times. Whether small or large, loose or dense, these webs have provided the medium for the movement of ideas, goods, power, and money within and across cultures, societies, and nations. From the thin, localized webs that characterized agricultural communities twelve thousand years ago, through the denser, more interactive metropolitan webs that surrounded ancient Sumer, Athens, and Timbuktu, to the electrified global web that today envelops virtually the entire world in a maelstrom of cooperation and competition, J. R. McNeill and William H. McNeill show human webs to be a key component of world history and a revealing framework of analysis. Avoiding any determinism, environmental or cultural, the McNeills give us a synthesizing picture of the big patterns of world history in a rich, open-ended, concise account.

Author Biography

J. R. McNeill is professor of history at Georgetown University. He is the author of The Mountains of the Mediterranean World and other works. William H. McNeill is emeritus professor of history at the University of Chicago. His most recent book is Keeping Together in Time: Dance and Drill in Human History.
Release date NZ
February 6th, 2004
Audience
  • Professional & Vocational
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
WW Norton & Co
Pages
368
Dimensions
155x236x25
ISBN-13
9780393925685
Product ID
2470029

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