Great Divide by Peter Watson
History and Human Nature in the Old World and the New

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The shame of this book is that Watson, although most original and stimulating as a "splitter", has ended up all too often and reductively a "lumper".
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In The Great Divide, acclaimed author and historian Peter Watson explores the development of humankind between the Old World and the New, and offers a groundbreaking new understanding of human history.

By 15,000 BC, humans had migrated from northeastern Asia across the frozen Bering land bridge to the Americas. When the last Ice Agecame to an end, the Bering Strait refilled with water, dividing America from Eurasia. This division continued until Christopher Columbus voyaged to the New World in the fifteenth century.

The Great Divide compares the development of humankind in the Old World and the New between 15,000 BC and AD 1,500. Combining the most up-to-date knowledge in archaeology, anthropology, geology, meteorology, cosmology, and mythology, Peter Watson’s masterful study offers uniquely revealing insight into what it means to be human.

 

About Peter Watson

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Peter Watson has been a senior editor at the London Sunday Times, a New York correspondent of the London Times, a columnist for the London Observer, and a contributor to the New York Times. He has published three exposés on the world of art and antiquities, and is the author of several books of cultural and intellectual history. From 1997 to 2007 he was a research associate at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at the University of Cambridge. He lives in London.
 
Published June 26, 2012 by Harper. 640 pages
Genres: History. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Tom Holland on Mar 16 2012

The shame of this book is that Watson, although most original and stimulating as a "splitter", has ended up all too often and reductively a "lumper".

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