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The Human Web: A Birds-eye View of World History Hardcover – 4 Mar 2003


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Co.; 1 edition (4 Mar 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039305179X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393051797
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 16.5 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,240,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shattered bones, chipped stones, and bits of charcoal are all the evidence we have of how our remote ancestors actually lived. Read the first page
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jukka Kemppinen on 19 Nov 2006
Format: Hardcover
William H. McNeill is an old-timer in academic history. Together with his next generation he presents a canvas on history as a geographically determined network of people, animals, plants and environment.

Exceptionally fine and very warmly recommended even to non-professionals
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Geert de Vries on 26 July 2008
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A superb work of historical synthesis and social scientific analysis. William McNeill is the founding father of Big History; his son John is his equal, a brilliant historian in his own right. The book provides a encompassing and coherent story of the history of the human species, strengthened by an elegant yet strong theoretical perspective: the dialetics of cooperation and competition constituting the overarching structure of human history, weaving ever greater webs among human beings. This book has only one serious contender: the equally brilliant Maps of Time: An Introduction to Big History, by David Christian. Read them both!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sofie Schmedes on 13 Feb 2014
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....but VERY well written!! For a study into exactly this, the human web in a historical contaxt, you're spot on.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eigil Møller on 20 July 2008
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An impressive achievement. A new way to look at the history of humanity. Important and groundbreaking.
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10 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Louis van Meegeren on 1 July 2004
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Strange how such an interesting ambition - to write a short history of the human universe - can result in a book that is not at all concise. It has disappointingly little fact and a lot of fiction that all seems based on the assumption that current American values are the high point of civilisation.
Culturally and intellectually, Jared Diamond and Marvin Harris ('Our Kind') are on a very different level.
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