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Brief History of the Human Race, A

Cook, Michael

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ISBN 10: 0393052311 / ISBN 13: 9780393052312
Published by Norton, New York, 2003
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Michael Cook is a professor of Islamic history at Princeton. This book in first edition has all but disappeared from the book stores, and has not appeared in any quantity on the internet. Bookseller Inventory # 040111

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Title: Brief History of the Human Race, A

Publisher: Norton, New York

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: First Edition

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A global account of how and why human history unfolded as it did from the rise of agriculture to the fall of the Twin Towers. Why has human history been crowded into the last few thousand years? Why has it happened at all? Could it have happened in a radically different way? What should we make of the disproportionate role of the West in shaping the world we currently live in? This witty, intelligent hopscotch through human history addresses these questions and more. Michael Cook sifts the human career on earth for the most telling nuggets and then uses them to elucidate the whole. From the calendars of Mesoamerica and the temple courtesans of medieval India to the intricacies of marriage among an aboriginal Australian tribe, Cook explains the sometimes eccentric variety in human cultural expression. He guides us from the prehistoric origins of human history across the globe through the increasing unification of the world, first by Muslims and then by European Christians in the modern period, illuminating the contingencies that have governed broad historical change. 15 maps, 30 illustrations.

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Michael Cook is Cleveland E. Dodge Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University.

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