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  • Edition: 00
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  • Copyright: 4/17/2008
  • Publisher: VERSO

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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 classp. 3
The neolithic 'revolution'p. 10
The first civilisationsp. 17
The first class divisionsp. 22
Women's oppressionp. 29
The first 'Dark Ages'p. 32
The ancient world
Iron and empiresp. 45
Ancient Indiap. 48
The first Chinese empiresp. 54
The Greek city statesp. 63
Rome's rise and fallp. 71
The rise of Christianityp. 87
The 'Middle Ages'
The centuries of chaosp. 103
China: the rebirth of the empirep. 106
Byzantium: the living fossilp. 117
The Islamic revolutionsp. 123
The African civilisationsp. 136
European feudalismp. 140
The great transformation
The conquest of the New Spainp. 161
Renaissance to Reformationp. 172
The birth pangs of a new orderp. 194
The last flowering of Asia's empiresp. 219
The spread of the new order
A time of social peacep. 233
From superstition to sciencep. 237
The Enlightenmentp. 242
Slavery and wage slaveryp. 247
Slavery and racismp. 249
The economics of 'free labour'p. 257
The world turned upside down
American prologuep. 265
The French Revolutionp. 277
Jacobinism outside Francep. 303
The retreat of reasonp. 315
The industrial revolutionp. 318
The birth of Marxismp. 326
1848p. 335
The American Civil Warp. 345
The conquest of the Eastp. 355
The Japanese exceptionp. 365
Storming heaven: The Paris Communep. 368
The century of hope and horror
The world of capitalp. 379
World war and world revolutionp. 405
Europe in turmoilp. 430
Revolt in the colonial worldp. 449
The 'Golden Twenties'p. 463
The great slumpp. 469
Strangled hope: 1934-36p. 491
Midnight in the centuryp. 510
The Cold Warp. 543
The new world disorderp. 577
Conclusion: Illusion of the epochp. 605
Notesp. 621
Glossaryp. 663
Further Readingp. 687
Indexp. 695
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