Big History by Cynthia Stokes Brown
From the Big Bang to the Present

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Extend the human story backward for the five thousand years of recorded history and it covers no more than a millionth of a lifetime of the Earth. Yet how do we humans take stock of the history of our planet, and our own place within it? A “vast historical mosaic” (Publishers Weekly) rendered engaging and accessible, Big History interweaves different disciplines of knowledge to offer an all-encompassing account of history on Earth. Since its publication, Cynthia Brown’s “world history on a grand scale” (Kirkus) has been translated into nine languages and has helped propel the “big history” concept to viral status. This new edition of Brown’s seminal work is more relevant today than ever before, as we increasingly must grapple with accelerating rates of change and, ultimately, the legacy we will bequeath to future generations. Here is a pathbreaking portrait of our world, from the birth of the universe from a single point the size of an atom to life on a twenty-first-century planet inhabited by 7 billion people.

About Cynthia Stokes Brown

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Cynthia Stokes Brownis a former professor of education at Dominican University of California. She has written history and biography, including the American Book Award–winningReady from Within: Septima Clark and the Civil Rights Movement,Connecting with the Past, andRefusing Racism. She lives in Berkeley, California.
Published November 6, 2012 by New Press, The. 306 pages
Genres: History. Non-fiction

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This leads to interesting inversions of the perspectives fostered by Eurocentric history: Alfred the Great, for example, goes unmentioned, while Tsai Lun, the second-century Chinese eunuch credited with inventing paper production, gets due credit, and the early years of Islam get more attention t...

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Beginning with the very origin of the universe, American Book Award–winning author Brown (Ready from Within: Septima Clark and the Civil Rights Movement ) shows that history is more than the written records of the gadfly species Homo sapiens .

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Along the way historian Cynthia Stokes Brown considers topics as varied as cell formation, population growth, global disparities, and illiteracy, creating a stunning synthesis of the historical and scientific knowledge of humanity and the earth we inhabit. Big History re...

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In the preface to Big History: From the Big Bang to the Present, Cynthia Stokes Brown provides a case in point from her days as a full-time professor.

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