Civilizations by DK Publishing
Ten Thousand Years of Ancient History

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Civilization takes the reader from the earliest days of human settlement to the civilizations of the New World overthrown by the Spanish conquistadors. After a brief look at humanity's development as monadic hunters and gatherers, the book opens with the crucial step taken around 10,000 years ago when some communities started to ultimate plants. The settled villages of these early farmers were the forerunners of the complex cities and highly sophisticated cultures that were later to flourish in the emergent civilizations around the world. Focusing largely on the world's key civilizations in each time period, the book begins with the primary civilizations in Mesopotamia, India, Egypt, and China, and from there to Greece, Rome, and their contemporary cultures, culminating in the settlements in the Americas. Illustrated with revealing photographs, artworks, and maps throughout, Civilizations brings alive the ideas, events, and people of earlier cultures whose achievements have laid the foundations of our present-day world.
 

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Jane McIntosh is a freelance archaeological writer, editor, and consultant. Her doctoral and post-doctoral research was on the South Indian Iron Age, and she has considerable experience in archaeological fieldwork in India, Iraq, Cyprus, and Britain. Dr. McIntosh taught archaeology at Cambridge University. She has written a number of books and multimedia texts, including Atlas of the Ancient World CD-ROM (1998), The Practical Archaeologist (1999), and A Peaceful Realm: The Rise and Fall of the Indus Civilization (2001). She has contributed many articles to encyclopedias, dictionaries, and atlases. Clint Twist studied history at Cambridge University and then worked as a consultant on various archaeology and museum projects in the Middle East. He has written over thirty books, including an eight-volume history of exploration. Many of these titles have been translated and published internationally. His recent projects include editing the Encyclopedia of Colonial America (1998); compiling World History (1999), a chronology of people and events; and writing Historical Atlas of the Celts (2001).
 
Published January 1, 2001 by BBC BOOKS. 240 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Central to Fromkin's story is his account of how Western civilization--although by no means the most ""advanced"" civilization of its day--managed to conquer and eclipse its rivals and dominate the world to such an extent that ""modernization"" and ""Westernization"" have come to be synonymous.

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In Civilization: Ten Thousand Years of Ancient History, Jane McIntosh (The Practical Archaeologist) and Clint Twist (Historical Atlas of the Celts) explore the first 10,000 years of civic life.

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Ishrat Rumani, a Pakistani critic, calls Aazmi, who has published several books, “a major voice of reason in Urdu literature.” The translation, by Aazmi’s wife, seems adequate, but the introductory essays by various scholars are badly edited.

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