This Fleeting World (AP World History & Teachers’ Edition): A Short History of Humanity

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This Fleeting World (AP World History & Teachers’ Edition): A Short History of Humanity

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This Fleeting World: A Short History of Humanity is a compact, easy-to-read overview of world history ideal for curriculum development, classroom preparation, and student review from one of the editors of the Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History: “the benchmark against which future history encyclopedias are compared” according to Booklist magazine.

Reviews

  1. Voya

    “History teachers wrestling with the question How do I teach all the stuff that makes up world history? might find some answers here. Rather than focus on the minutiae of details, Christian suggests teaching from the big picture. When flying above familiar terrain, he writes, “From the plane you will not see many details, but you will get a clearer sense of the landscape. Individual objects may be blurred, but you will see the relationship between them more easily.” The book can easily be read in one sitting and should prove to be a valuable classroom resource.”

  2. Bill Gates

    “I first became an avid student of David Christian by watching his course, Big History, on DVD, so I am very happy to see his enlightening presentation of the world’s history captured in these essays. I hope it will introduce a wider audience to this gifted scientist and teacher.”

  3. William H. McNeill, Professor Emeritus of History, University of Chicago; author of The Rise of the West (National Book Award) and The Human Web

    “Julius Caesar famously summed up the surprises and confusion of ten years of war in Gaul with three Latin words: Veni, Vidi, Vici – “I came, I saw, I conquered.” Here, David Christian performs a similar feat by summing up the surprises and confusion of 250,000 years of human history in just 92 pages; and improves on Caesar’s boast by showing how persistent collective learning expanded human skills, and enlarged our numbers, wealth, and power across the ages. What a quick, convenient, and persuasive way to begin to understand the confusing world in which we find ourselves!”

  4. Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, University of Notre Dame

    “No one except David Christian could do it. He has a unique talent for mastering data, processing it efficiently, and writing it up lucidly. He can simplify without dumbing down and can be provocative without sliding into outrage. Readers can rely on him for a sensitive, well-informed, well-judged, reflective, and miraculously concise overview.”

  5. Midwest Book Review

    “A good read from beginning to end.”

  6. Terry Burke, University of California, Santa Cruz

    “David Christian is the Copernicus of “Big History.” His approach [is] so capacious, conceptually rigorous, and challenging as to force the reconsideration of all histories written on a lesser scale. I strongly recommend it.”

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Description

A great historian can make clear the connections between the first Homo sapiens and today’s version of the species, and a great storyteller can make those connections come alive. David Christian is both, and This Fleeting World: A Short History of Humanity makes the journey – from the earliest foraging era to our own modern era – a fascinating one. Join Bill Gates and the thousands of teachers and students who have been thrilled and inspired by David Christian’s popular short history of everything.

Enter This Fleeting World – and give up the preconception that anything old is boring.

“I first became an avid student of David Christian by watching his course, Big History, on DVD, and so I am very happy to see his enlightening presentation of the world’s history captured in these essays. I hope it will introduce a wider audience to this gifted scientist and teacher.” –Bill Gates

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Chinese Title

飞逝的世界

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ISBN

9781933782041

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First

Volumes

1

Pages

132

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