9780130283214

People of the Earth: An Introduction to World Prehistory

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    9780130283214

  • ISBN10:

    0130283215

  • Edition: 10th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 10/1/2000
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
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Summary

This internationally renowned text provides the only truly global account of human prehistory from the earliest times through the earliest civilizations. Written in an accessible way, "People of the Earth "shows how today' s diverse humanity developed biologically and culturally over millions of years against a background of constant climatic change.

Table of Contents

Preface xvii
Author's Note xxi
About the Author xxii
Introducing World Prehistory
2(27)
PART I BEGINNINGS 29(88)
6 Million to 40,000 Years Ago
Human Origins: The Emergence of Early Human Ancestors
30(42)
Homo erectus and Homo sapiens sapiens: 1.9 Million to 40,000 Years Ago
72(45)
PART II THE GREAT DIASPORA: THE SPREAD OF MODERN HUMANS 117(112)
45,000 Years Ago to Modern Times
Europe and Eurasia: c. 40,000 to 8000 B.C.
118(32)
The First Americans: ? 14,000 B.C. to Modern Times
150(34)
Africans and Australians: 45,000 Years Ago to Modern Times
184(20)
Intensification and Complexity: Before 10,000 B.C. to Modern Times
204(25)
PART III FIRST FARMERS 229(136)
C. 10,000 B.C. to Modern Times
A Plenteous Harvest: The Origins
230(22)
The Origins of Food Production in Southwest Asia
252(18)
The First European Farmers
270(22)
First Farmers in Egypt and Tropical Africa
292(12)
Asia and the Pacific: Rice, Roots, and Ocean Voyages
304(24)
The Story of Maize: Early Farmers in the Americas
328(37)
PART IV OLD WORLD CIVILIZATIONS 365(164)
C. 3000 B.C. to Modern Times
The Development of Civilization
366(22)
Early Civilizations in Southwest Asia
388(22)
Egypt, Nubia, and Africa
410(40)
Early States in South and Southeast Asia
450(26)
Early Chinese Civilization
476(12)
Hittites, Minoans, and Mycenaeans
488(22)
Europe Before the Romans
510(19)
PART V NATIVE AMERICAN CIVILIZATIONS 529(76)
2000 B.C. to A.D. 1534
Mesoamerican Civilizations
530(42)
Andean States
572(33)
Glossary of Sites and Cultures 605(3)
Bibliography of World Prehistory 608(16)
Credits 624(2)
Index 626

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