World Prehistory: A Brief Introduction

Paperback | November 30, 2010

byBrian M. Fagan, Nadia Durrani

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For one semester or quarter courses in World Prehistory.

Written by one of the leading archaeological writers in the world -¿ in a simple, jargon-free narrative style ¿- this brief, well-illustrated account of the major developments in the human past makes world prehistory uniquely accessible to complete beginners.

Written by Brian Fagan,World Prehistorycovers the entire world, not just the Americas or Europe, and places major emphasis on both theories and the latest archaeological and multidisciplinary approaches.  His focus is on four major developments in world prehistory:  1) The origins of humanity.  2) The appearance and spread of modern humans before and during the late Ice Age- including the first settlement of the Americas.  3) The beginnings of food production.  4) The rise of the first civilizations.

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For one semester or quarter courses in World Prehistory.Written by one of the leading archaeological writers in the world -¿ in a simple, jargon-free narrative style ¿- this brief, well-illustrated account of the major developments in the human past makes world prehistory uniquely accessible to complete beginners.Written by Brian Fagan...

Brian Fagan is one of the leading archaeological writers in the world and an internationally recognized authority on world prehistory. He studied archaeology and anthropology at Pembroke College, Cambridge University, and then spent seven years in sub-Saharan Africa working in museums and in monument conservation and excavating early f...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 9 × 7.3 × 0.7 inPublished:November 30, 2010Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0205017916

ISBN - 13:9780205017911

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Table of Contents

PART I  Prehistory   
Chapter 1  Introducing World Prehistory    
PART II  The World of the First Humans   
Chapter 2  Human Origins   
Chapter 3  African Exodus   
PART III  The Birth of the Modern World   
Chapter 4  Diaspora   
Chapter 5  The Origins of Food Production   
Chapter 6  The Earliest Farmers   
Chapter 7  Chiefs and Chiefdoms   
PART IV  Early Civilizations   
Chapter 8  State-Organized Societies   
Chapter 9  Mesopotamia and the Eastern Mediterranean World   
Chapter 10  Egypt and Africa   
Chapter 11  South, Southeast, and East Asia   
Chapter 12  Lowland Mesoamerica  
Chapter 13  Highland Mesoamerica
Chapter 14  Andean Civilizations