The Human Journey

The Human Journey

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The Human Journey offers a truly concise yet satisfyingly full history of the world from ancient times to the present. The booka€™s scope, as the title implies, is the whole story of humanity, in planetary context. Its themes include not only the great questions of the humanitiesa€”nature versus nurture, the history and meaning of human variation, the sources of wealth and causes of revolutiona€”but also the major transformations in human history: agriculture, cities, iron, writing, universal religions, global trade, industrialization, popular government, justice, and equality. In each conceptually rich chapter, leading historian Kevin Reilly concentrates on a single important period and theme, sustaining a focused narrative and analytical perspective. Chapter 2, for example, discusses the significance of bronze-age urbanization and the advent of the Iron Age. Chapter 3 examines the meaning and significance of the age of a€œclassicala€ civilizations. Chapter 4 explains the spread of universal religions and new technologies in the postclassical age of Eurasian integration. But these examples also reveal a range of approaches to world history. The first chapter is an example of current a€œBig History, a€ the second of history as technological transformations, the third of comparative history, the fourth the history of connections that dominates, and thus narrows, so many texts. Free of either a confined, limiting focus or a mandatory laundry list of topics, this book begins with our most important questions and searches all of our past for answers. Well-grounded in the latest scholarship, this is not a fill-in-the-blanks text, but world history in a grand humanistic tradition.Nevertheless, expertise took on a very different meaning for the Han Chinese than the word evokes today. ... 140a€”87 BCE), the legalists were routed, and Confucian learning became the source of learning for civil service and state ... that any classical tradition would ground his government with a set of shared principles and a common vocabulary. ... a Confucian education and the core reading list of the developing civil service exams that came into widespread use in later centuries.

Title:The Human Journey
Author: Kevin Reilly
Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield Publishers - 2012-11-10

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