A Brief History of the Human Race by Michael Cook

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Why has human history been crowded into the last few thousand years? Why has it happened at all? This book addresses these questions and more. Michael Cook sifts the human career on earth for the most telling nuggets and then uses them to elucidate the whole.
 

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Michael Cook is Cleveland E. Dodge Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University.
 
Published January 22, 2004 by Granta Books. 385 pages
Genres: History, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Well aware that politics is an ancient art, Cook suggests Buddhist monks gained firm footing in India due to “the patronage of rulers who found them no less eligible than Brahmins as providers of the religious endorsement without which it is hard for a king to look good.” When he does wax academi...

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Princeton University professor Cook, a specialist in Islamic history, ambitiously attempts to convey the general shape of human history over the last 10,000 years.

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