Prehistory: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | July 30, 2003

byChris Gosden

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This VSI to prehistory will introduce the reader to four and a half million years of human existence.Many of the familiar aspects of modern life are no more than a century or two old, yet our deep social structures and skills were in large measure developed by small bands of our prehistoric ancestors many millennia ago. Chris Gosden invites us to think seriously about who we are by considering whowe have been.The idea of prehistory owes its origins to Darwin - suddenly any description of human life on Earth had to take account of a much longer timespan than ever before. What new views of ourselves has this new timespan opened up? Chris Gosden's fascinating new book asks: What relationships did ourdistant ancestors have with the natural world, with each other, and with the objects and values they created? And as humanity hurtles into a future of virtual interraction and genetic manipulation, what can the darkest recesses of our past teach us about our future?

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This VSI to prehistory will introduce the reader to four and a half million years of human existence.Many of the familiar aspects of modern life are no more than a century or two old, yet our deep social structures and skills were in large measure developed by small bands of our prehistoric ancestors many millennia ago. Chris Gosden in...

Chris Gosden is curator at the Pitt-Rivers Museum, Oxford, and a university lecturer. His special interests include Pacific prehistory and late prehistoric Europe.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:July 30, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192803433

ISBN - 13:9780192803436

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The idea of prehistoryThe nature of human social lifeIs there a direction to prehistory?The prehistory of the future