The Human Web by J. R. McNeill
A Bird's-Eye View of World History

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Offering an original vision of history, this book explores the webs that have drawn humans together in exchange, co-operation and competition since the earliest times. Whether small or large, dense or small, these webs have provided the medium for the movement of ideas, goods, power and money within and across cultures, societies and nations. From the thin, localised webs that typified agricultural communities to 12,000 years ago, to the denser, more interactive webs that surrounded ancient Sumer, Athens, and Timbuktu, to the electrified global web in place today, these human webs are a key component of history and a revealing framework of analysis. This book offers a synthesising picture of the larger patterns of world history in a detailed, open-ended and concise account.
 

About J. R. McNeill

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J. R. McNeill is professor of history at Georgetown University. He is the author of "The Mountains of the Mediterranean World" & other works. William H. McNeill is Professor of History, Emeritus, University of Chicago and author of, among other books, "The Rise of the West", which won the National Book Award in 1964, and Plagues and Peoples".
 
Published February 1, 2003 by W. W. Norton & Company. 368 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Computers & Technology. Non-fiction

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