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The only comprehensive "bottom up" history of the world from the earliest human society to the twenty-first century. From earliest human society to the Holy Roman Empire, from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment, from the Industrial Revolution to the end of the millennium, Chris Harman provides a brilliant and comprehensive history of the planet. Eschewing the standard histories of "Great Men," of dates and kings, Harman offers a groundbreaking counter-history, a breathtaking sweep across the centuries in the tradition of "history from below." In a fiery narrative he shows how ordinary men and women were involved in creating and changing society and how conflict between classes was often at the core of these changes. While many pundits see the victory of capitalism as now safely secured, Harman explains the rise and fall of societies and civilizations throughout the ages and demonstrates that history never ends. This magisterial study is essential reading for anyone interested in how society has changed and developed and the possibilities for further radical change in the new millennium. Includes timelines, glossaries of people, places and terms, guides to further reading, and a detailed index.
Table of Contents
|The rise of class societies|
|Prologue: Before class||p. 3|
|The neolithic 'revolution'||p. 10|
|The first civilisations||p. 17|
|The first class divisions||p. 22|
|Women's oppression||p. 29|
|The first 'Dark Ages'||p. 32|
|The ancient world|
|Iron and empires||p. 45|
|Ancient India||p. 48|
|The first Chinese empires||p. 54|
|The Greek city states||p. 63|
|Rome's rise and fall||p. 71|
|The rise of Christianity||p. 87|
|The 'Middle Ages'|
|The centuries of chaos||p. 103|
|China: the rebirth of the empire||p. 106|
|Byzantium: the living fossil||p. 117|
|The Islamic revolutions||p. 123|
|The African civilisations||p. 136|
|European feudalism||p. 140|
|The great transformation|
|The conquest of the New Spain||p. 161|
|Renaissance to Reformation||p. 172|
|The birth pangs of a new order||p. 194|
|The last flowering of Asia's empires||p. 219|
|The spread of the new order|
|A time of social peace||p. 233|
|From superstition to science||p. 237|
|The Enlightenment||p. 242|
|Slavery and wage slavery||p. 247|
|Slavery and racism||p. 249|
|The economics of 'free labour'||p. 257|
|The world turned upside down|
|American prologue||p. 265|
|The French Revolution||p. 277|
|Jacobinism outside France||p. 303|
|The retreat of reason||p. 315|
|The industrial revolution||p. 318|
|The birth of Marxism||p. 326|
|The American Civil War||p. 345|
|The conquest of the East||p. 355|
|The Japanese exception||p. 365|
|Storming heaven: The Paris Commune||p. 368|
|The century of hope and horror|
|The world of capital||p. 379|
|World war and world revolution||p. 405|
|Europe in turmoil||p. 430|
|Revolt in the colonial world||p. 449|
|The 'Golden Twenties'||p. 463|
|The great slump||p. 469|
|Strangled hope: 1934-36||p. 491|
|Midnight in the century||p. 510|
|The Cold War||p. 543|
|The new world disorder||p. 577|
|Conclusion: Illusion of the epoch||p. 605|
|Further Reading||p. 687|
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