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.
As Europeans colonized the globe, the two world histories intersected and the Western narrative drove the other one under.
The West hardly noticed, but the Islamic world found the encounter profoundly disrupting.
It involves choices about who gets to participate in any given society and the ways in which societies have resolved the tension between individual self-interest and the common good. This course will challenge all the stereotypes you were taught concerning the moral, economic, intellectual, religious and philosophical superiority of the west and its fated dominance of the rest of the world.
This clearly written and engrossing book presents a global narrative of the origins of the modern world from 1400 to the present. It is a thought provoking examination of the forces at work in recent history with plenty of surprises for the student.
Some went on to create governments that were accountable to their constituents.
We take these institutions for granted, but they are absent or are unable to perform in many of today’s developing countries—with often disastrous consequences for the rest of the world.The previous edition of this now-classic book revealed the existence and subversive manipulations of "economic hit men".John Perkins wrote that economic hit men (EHM) "are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars.Unlike most studies, which assume that the "rise of the West" is the story of the coming of the modern world, this history, drawing upon new scholarship on Asia, Africa, and the New World, constructs a story in which those parts of the world play major roles. Marks defines the modern world as one marked by industry, the nation state, interstate warfare, a large and growing gap between the wealthiest and poorest parts of the world, and an escape from "the biological old regime." He explains its origins by emphasizing contingencies (such as the conquest of the New World); the broad comparability of the most advanced regions in China, India, and Europe; the reasons why England was able to escape from common ecological constraints facing all of those regions by the 18th century; and a conjuncture of human and natural forces that solidified a gap between the industrialized and non-industrialized parts of the world. He also obsesses on China at the expense of Africa & other places The narration/recording Its dry. Now in a new edition that brings the saga of the modern world to the present, the book considers how and why the United States emerged as a world power in the twentieth century and became the sole superpower by the twenty-first century. Could use some more passion I know this is a relatively obscure book. One went on to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated combat veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader. Here is the story of two boys and the journey of a generation.Between 18, the clash of the greatest armies the Western hemisphere had ever seen turned small towns, little-known streams, and obscure meadows in the American countryside into names we will always remember.Becoming Human places human sociocultural activity within the framework of modern evolutionary theory and shows how biology creates the conditions under which culture does its work.We all have the sense that the American economy - and its government - tilts toward big business, but as Joseph E.In those great battles, those streams ran red with blood-and the United States was truly born.A Vermeer painting shows a military officer in a Dutch sitting room, talking to a laughing girl.