The Cambridge world history: Volume 1: Introducing world history, to 10,000 BCE

David Christian* (Editor)

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Volume 1 of the Cambridge World History is an introduction to both the discipline of world history and the earliest phases of world history up to 10,000 BCE. In Part I leading scholars outline the approaches, methods, and themes that have shaped and defined world history scholarship across the world and right up to the present day. Chapters examine the historiographical development of the field globally, periodization, divergence and convergence, belief and knowledge, technology and innovation, family, gender, anthropology, migration, and fire. Part II surveys the vast Paleolithic era, which laid the foundations for human history, and concentrates on the most recent phases of hominin evolution, the rise of Homo sapiens and the very earliest human societies through to the end of the last ice age. Anthropologists, archaeologists, historical linguists and historians examine climate and tools, language, and culture, as well as offering regional perspectives from across the world.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages494
ISBN (Electronic)9781139194662
ISBN (Print)9780521763332, 9781108406420
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NameCambridge World History
PublisherCambridge University Press


  • World History


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