|This Fleeting World (Farsi Edition) | Donya Dar Gozar
This Fleeting World tells the story of the universe and history of humanity in only 100 pages. Prize-winning historian David Christian covers it all in this inspiring guide to the history of everything, from stars and empires to cities, the World Wide Web, capitalism, and globalization. David Christian’s approach to human history and big history is a call to action, based on a profound and fresh understanding of our place in the universe. This book is essential reading for our time. The translator, Dr Amir Kolini, was born in Iran and now lives in California. He saw revolution, war, and death in the battlefields and prisons of his young adulthood. As a result, he has actively followed global politics in a quest for solutions to the human dilemma, mostly with an emphasis on scientific perspectives. In 2009, he was introduced to the concept of big history. Kolini decided to introduce this concept to Farsi-speaking people in Iran, Afghanistan, and some other countries with a translation of This Fleeting World, or Donya Dar Gozar. 161 pages in Farsi.
|Women: A World History
Women: A World History was written for students in world history, women’s history, introductory sociology and anthropology courses, and women’s studies courses. It is also a helpful and engaging guide for the general reader who wants to understand why “women’s history” exists and how it expands traditional thinking about the past. Historian Pamela McVay explores the evolving roles of women in all parts of the world and focuses on issues particularly important in women’s lives such as lineage, family structure, and rules regarding marriage and sexuality. The book supplements core textbooks and monographs and course packs, and includes study questions and suggestions for further reading.
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|This Is Islam: From Muhammad and the Community of Believers to Islam in the Global Community
This Is Islam presents a lively introduction to a religion that has a dramatic history and plays a crucial role in the world today.
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|Story of Utopias: 100th Anniversary Edition
The Story of Utopias was first published in 1922, in the aftermath of a world war and global pandemic, by a young writer. Berkshire’s 100th anniversary edition is designed for the reader of today. In a preface to the 50th anniversary edition, Lewis Mumford explained that The Story of Utopias began with an awareness “that the impetus of the great nineteenth century, with its fund of buoyant idealism and robust social enterprise, had come to an end. If we were to cope with the new age before us, whose grim outlines had long been visible to sensitive, probing minds, we would have to overcome the massive aberrations that had in fact led to the debacle of the First World War. . . . When I started to explore the historic utopias, I was seeking to discover what was missing, and to define what was still possible.” This book is in some ways the essential Lewis Mumford, an introduction to a man who had worldwide influence, and whose thinking is directly relevant to the challenges we face today.
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|This Is America: A Short History of the United States
This Is America: A Short History of the United States offers a unique guide to the United States of America, a nation that in recent history has been the most affluent, influential, and powerful on Earth, known for innovation as well as for its belief in its own “exceptionalism.” This book will give US citizens and people elsewhere a more nuanced view of the “beautiful country.”
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|Summers Long Ago: On Grandfather's Farm and in Grandmother's Kitchen
Visit beautiful Prince Edward Island in the 1920s in these stories of Summers Long Ago spent by a city boy who grew up to be a famous world historian.
|This Fleeting World: A Very Small Book of Big History
This Fleeting World is the smallest book of big history, telling the story of the universe and history of humanity in less than one hundred pages. Prize-winning historian David Christian covers it all in this compact, accessible, and inspiring guide to the history of everything, from stars and empires to cities, the World Wide Web, capitalism, and globalization. (If you are looking for the edition designed for AP World History and other courses, please visit this page.)
|Big History, Small World: From the Big Bang to You
Big History, Small World: From the Big Bang to You blends history and science in the unique approach called “big history” and is designed for high-school students. Cynthia Stokes Brown takes a humanistic approach to material that includes meteorology, astronomy, chemistry and physics, and cell biology. This provides an ideal introduction for any reader intrigued by this rich blend of history and science. In the first chapter, Brown discusses the scientific method. In the last chapter she discusses the different ways people interpret big history and find meaning in it. The other ten chapters are based on eight major turning points, or thresholds, in the cosmic story.
|This Fleeting World: A Short History of Humanity (AP World History Edition)
Prize-winning historian David Christian takes us on a fascinating journey, telling the story of the universe and history of humanity in only 102 pages. We start with the Big Bang, move on to the earliest era of human foragers, then learn about to the invention of agriculture and the spread of humans around the world. We finally arrive in the twenty-first century, the Anthropocene epoch. This popular book, now in its sixth printing, was designed for students and also includes an appendix about AP World History Teacher’s Guide by Bob Bain and Lauren McArthur Harris.. There are numerous “Thought Experiments” guaranteed to spark discussion about the past, present, and future. Welcome to This Fleeting World.
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|Africa in World History: a Berkshire Essential
Africa in World History, a Berkshire Essential, stresses Africa’s interrelatedness to other regions and cultures, from early trade routes, the arrival of Christianity and Islam, and the ramifications of colonialism to contemporary issues such as HIV/AIDS and apartheid that have thwarted Africa’s efforts to establish unity.
|Big History: a Berkshire Essential
Big History, a Berkshire Essential, places the history of humanity and the Earth in the largest of contexts – that of the universe. Its interdisciplinary approach draws from diverse fields including archaeology, paleoanthropology, astronomy, and biology, and raises new questions about the future of our species and its relationship to the biosphere.
|Religion and Belief Systems in World History: a Berkshire Essential
Religion and Belief Systems in World History, a Berkshire Essential, explores humanity’s desire for spiritual sustenance in prehistory. Based on archaeological evidence of gravesites dating to over 70,000 years ago, many neuroscientists believe humans are hard-wired to seek meaning through rites and ceremonies, myth and symbols, ideas and behaviors.
|World Environmental History: a Berkshire Essential
World Environmental History, a Berkshire Essential, explores how the biosphere is affected by human interventions such as climate change, deforestation, waste management, water and wind energy, population growth, and urbanization.
|Art in World History: a Berkshire Essential
Art in World History, a Berkshire Essential, put readers in touch with art from the Paleolithic period and the millennium-long heyday of porcelain, to performance art of the postmodernist world.
|World History Teaching in Asia: A Comparative Survey
World History Teaching in Asia is the first broad survey of the content and approaches used to teach world history in secondary schools and colleges in Asia.
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|Encyclopedia of World Sport [3 volumes, ABC-CLIO first edition]
Lucid and authoritative, this work – called “the newest sporting bible” by The Times of London – covers every Olympic sport, obscure activities such as buzkashi and jousting, and indigenous games in dozens of nations. This set, the original Encyclopedia of World Sport developed for ABC-CLIO by Berkshire Publishing during its days as a book packager, is packed with everything you could possibly want to know about hundreds of sports. Along with detailed information on how sports are played around the world, the Encyclopedia of World Sport explores emotions and issues surrounding the sporting life and looks at sport as an essential part of the human experience. Readers will find fascinating entries on baseball and badminton, tennis and takraw, as well as on an incredible range of activities played around the globe from ancient times up to the present.
|Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History, First Edition
The Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History is the first true encyclopedic reference on world history. It is designed to meet the needs of students, teachers, and scholars who seek to explore and understand the panorama of our shared history of humans. Anyone who loves history – including those who are making history today – will find this work an endless source of fascinating, thought-provoking coverage of events, people, patterns, and processes.
|Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography
The Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography uses the life stories of 135 key individuals, selected from the earliest dynasties to the present day, to tell the story of China itself over the entire span of its history.
|Encyclopedia of World Environmental History
The definitive reference source on the human relationship with nature throughout history, the Encyclopedia of World Environmental History provides much-needed explanation of urgent social and environmental issues in articles replete with the stories of human and natural history. Download the flyer. “This is the most ambitious effort yet to offer a comprehensive overview of the long-term history of human interactions with the natural world on a truly planetary scale. Contributors include some of the world’s leading environmental historians and the Encyclopedia of World Environmental History should be a standard reference tool for years to come.” —William Cronon, Frederick Jackson Turner Professor of History, Geography, and Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
|Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography 4-Volume Set
The Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography uses the life stories of key individuals, selected from the earliest dynasties to the present day, to tell the story of China itself over the entire span of its history. Volume 4, available separately, is on contemporary figures. Long-form essays by many of the world’s leading China scholars introduce key figures who have shaped, influenced, and transformed China over the millennia: emperors, politicians, poets, writers, artists, scientists, explorers and philosophers. This is the first time that such comprehensive collection has been available in English, produced by internationally recognized experts, and designed to satisfy the growing thirst for knowledge about China. “No biographical dictionary of China has successfully replaced Herbert Giles’s  work until the new DCB. It’s about time!” –Benjamin Elman, Princeton University.
|Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History, Second Edition
The renowned Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History, edited by William H. McNeill and an eminent board, provides an integrated view of human and universal history. Environmental and social issues are examined by scholars in 580 articles from the big bang to the 21st century. And all 6 volumes are now in Chinese, available from Sanlian Press.