A History of Civilizations

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Author: Fernand Braudel

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

ISBN: 9780140124897

Category: History

Page: 600

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The French historian takes an anti-ethnocentric look at the broad, continuing sweep of the history of civilization since the eighth century. By the author of The Structures of Everyday Life.

Heroes of History

A Brief History of Civilization from Ancient Times to the Dawn of the Modern Age

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Author: Will Durant

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780743229104

Category: History

Page: 351

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In the tradition of his own bestselling masterpieces The Story of Civilization and The Lessons of History, Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Will Durant traces the lives and ideas of those who have helped to define civilization, from its dawn to the beginning of the modern world. Heroes of History is a book of life-enhancing wisdom and optimism, complete with Durant's wit, knowledge, and unique ability to explain events and ideas in simple, exciting terms. It is the lessons of our heritage passed on for the edification and benefit of future generations—a fitting legacy from America's most beloved historian and philosopher. Will Durant's popularity as America's favorite teacher of history and philosophy remains undiminished by time. His books are accessible to readers of every kind, and his unique ability to compress complicated ideas and events into a few pages without ever "talking down" to the reader, enhanced by his memorable wit and a razor-sharp judgment about men and their motives, made all of his books huge bestsellers. Heroes of History carries on this tradition of making scholarship and philosophy understandable to the general reader, and making them good reading, as well. At the dawn of a new millennium and the beginning of a new century, nothing could be more appropriate than this brilliant book that examines the meaning of human civilization and history and draws from the experience of the past the lessons we need to know to put the future into context and live in confidence, rather than fear and ignorance.

Barbarism and Civilization

A History of Europe in Our Time

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Author: Bernard Wasserstein

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019873073X

Category: History

Page: 901

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The twentieth century in Europe witnessed some of the most brutish episodes in history. Yet it also saw incontestable improvements in the conditions of existence for most inhabitants of the continent - from rising living standards and dramatically increased life expectancy, to the virtual elimination of illiteracy, and the advance of women, ethnic minorities, and homosexuals to greater equality of respect and opportunity. Covering everything from war and politics to social, cultural, and economic change, this vibrant new history of twentieth century Europe is by turns grim, humorous, surprising, and enlightening: a window on the century we have left behind and the earliest years of its troubled successor.

Energy and Civilization

A History

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Author: Vaclav Smil

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262338319

Category: Science

Page: 568

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"I wait for new Smil books the way some people wait for the next 'Star Wars' movie. In his latest book, Energy and Civilization: A History, he goes deep and broad to explain how innovations in humans' ability to turn energy into heat, light, and motion have been a driving force behind our cultural and economic progress over the past 10,000 years. -- Bill Gates, Gates Notes, Best Books of the Year Energy is the only universal currency; it is necessary for getting anything done. The conversion of energy on Earth ranges from terra-forming forces of plate tectonics to cumulative erosive effects of raindrops. Life on Earth depends on the photosynthetic conversion of solar energy into plant biomass. Humans have come to rely on many more energy flows -- ranging from fossil fuels to photovoltaic generation of electricity -- for their civilized existence. In this monumental history, Vaclav Smil provides a comprehensive account of how energy has shaped society, from pre-agricultural foraging societies through today's fossil fuel--driven civilization. Humans are the only species that can systematically harness energies outside their bodies, using the power of their intellect and an enormous variety of artifacts -- from the simplest tools to internal combustion engines and nuclear reactors. The epochal transition to fossil fuels affected everything: agriculture, industry, transportation, weapons, communication, economics, urbanization, quality of life, politics, and the environment. Smil describes humanity's energy eras in panoramic and interdisciplinary fashion, offering readers a magisterial overview. This book is an extensively updated and expanded version of Smil's Energy in World History (1994). Smil has incorporated an enormous amount of new material, reflecting the dramatic developments in energy studies over the last two decades and his own research over that time.

The History of Civilization

From the Fall of the Roman Empire to the French Revolution

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Author: François Guizot

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Civilization

Page: N.A

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The Sea and Civilization

A Maritime History of the World

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Author: Lincoln Paine

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 1101970359

Category: History

Page: 800

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A monumental retelling of world history through the lens of maritime enterprise, revealing in breathtaking depth how people first came into contact with one another by ocean and river, lake and stream, and how goods, languages, religions, and entire cultures spread across and along the world's waterways, bringing together civilizations and defining what makes us most human. Lincoln Paine takes us back to the origins of long-distance migration by sea with our ancestors' first forays from Africa and Eurasia to Australia and the Americas. He demonstrates the critical role of maritime trade to.

The Lessons of History

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Author: Will Durant,Ariel Durant

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439170193

Category: History

Page: 128

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A concise survey of the culture and civilization of mankind, The Lessons of History is the result of a lifetime of research from Pulitzer Prize–winning historians Will and Ariel Durant. With their accessible compendium of philosophy and social progress, the Durants take us on a journey through history, exploring the possibilities and limitations of humanity over time. Juxtaposing the great lives, ideas, and accomplishments with cycles of war and conquest, the Durants reveal the towering themes of history and give meaning to our own.

Caesar and Christ

The Story of Civilization

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Author: Will Durant

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451647603

Category: History

Page: 752

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The Story of Civilization, Volume III: A history of Roman civilization and of Christianity from their beginnings to A.D. 325. This is the third volume of the classic, Pulitzer Prize-winning series.

Madness and Civilization

A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason

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Author: Michel Foucault

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307833100

Category: History

Page: 320

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Michel Foucault examines the archeology of madness in the West from 1500 to 1800 - from the late Middle Ages, when insanity was still considered part of everyday life and fools and lunatics walked the streets freely, to the time when such people began to be considered a threat, asylums were first built, and walls were erected between the "insane" and the rest of humanity.

History

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Author: Dorling Kindersley Publishing Staff

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780241201305

Category:

Page: 620

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Bringing the people and events of history to life, History makes the past accessible and relevant. Featuring the important events and figures that have shaped the present, from the very origins of humanity to key contemporary issues, such as the development of the internet and social media. It reveals common threads and forces that have shaped the present day. Events are set in their wider context by the comprehensive world history timeline, illuminating consequences as well as describing the moment itself. There is a focus on key profiles of major figures, exploration of important inventions and explanation of significant ideologies that defined their time; this is a visual celebration of human achievement and endeavour, combining fascinating content with stunning images of painting, sculpture and architecture. All of this means that a fresh and contemporary perspective is brought to the subject material. History is a dynamic encyclopaedia of world events with stunning visual impact. The story of human life is a thought-provoking and dynamic journey - a history with genes and viruses, not just battles and treaties.

Madness in Civilization

A Cultural History of Insanity, from the Bible to Freud, from the Madhouse to Modern Medicine

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Author: Andrew Scull

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691166153

Category: History

Page: 432

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Originally published: London: Thames & Hudson Ltd, 2015.

Civilization

The West and the Rest

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Author: Niall Ferguson

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101548029

Category: History

Page: 432

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From the bestselling author of The Ascent of Money and The Square and the Tower Western civilization’s rise to global dominance is the single most important historical phenomenon of the past five centuries. How did the West overtake its Eastern rivals? And has the zenith of Western power now passed? Acclaimed historian Niall Ferguson argues that beginning in the fifteenth century, the West developed six powerful new concepts, or “killer applications”—competition, science, the rule of law, modern medicine, consumerism, and the work ethic—that the Rest lacked, allowing it to surge past all other competitors. Yet now, Ferguson shows how the Rest have downloaded the killer apps the West once monopolized, while the West has literally lost faith in itself. Chronicling the rise and fall of empires alongside clashes (and fusions) of civilizations, Civilization: The West and the Rest recasts world history with force and wit. Boldly argued and teeming with memorable characters, this is Ferguson at his very best.

The Art of Civilization

A Bourgeois History

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Author: Didier Maleuvre

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1349948691

Category: Social Science

Page: 316

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Didier Maleuvre argues that works of art in Western societies from Ancient Greece to the interconnected worlds of the Digital Age have served to rationalize and normalize an engagement with bourgeois civilization and the city. Maleuvre details that the history of art itself is the history civilization, giving rise to the particular aesthetics and critical attitudes of respective moments and movements in changing civilizations in a dialogical mode. Building a visual cultural account of shifting forms of culture, power, and subjectivity, Maleuvre illustrates how art gave a pattern and a language to the model of social authority rather than simply functioning as a reflective one. Through a broad cultural study of the relationship between humanity, art, and the culture of civilization, Maleuvre introduces a new set of paradigms that critique and affirm the relationship between humanity and art, arguing for it as an engine of social reproduction that transforms how culture is inhabited.

Babylon

Mesopotamia and the Birth of Civilization

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Author: Paul Kriwaczek

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1429941065

Category: History

Page: 320

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Civilization was born eight thousand years ago, between the floodplains of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, when migrants from the surrounding mountains and deserts began to create increasingly sophisticated urban societies. In the cities that they built, half of human history took place. In Babylon, Paul Kriwaczek tells the story of Mesopotamia from the earliest settlements seven thousand years ago to the eclipse of Babylon in the sixth century BCE. Bringing the people of this land to life in vibrant detail, the author chronicles the rise and fall of power during this period and explores the political and social systems, as well as the technical and cultural innovations, which made this land extraordinary. At the heart of this book is the story of Babylon, which rose to prominence under the Amorite king Hammurabi from about 1800 BCE. Even as Babylon's fortunes waxed and waned, it never lost its allure as the ancient world's greatest city. Engaging and compelling, Babylon reveals the splendor of the ancient world that laid the foundation for civilization itself.

A History of East Asia

From the Origins of Civilization to the Twenty-First Century

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Author: Charles Holcombe

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 110810777X

Category: History

Page: N.A

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Charles Holcombe begins by asking the question 'what is East Asia?' In the modern age, many of the features that made the region - now defined as including China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam - distinct have been submerged by the effects of revolution, politics or globalization. Yet, as an ancient civilization, the region had both an historical and cultural coherence. This shared past is at the heart of this ambitious book, which traces the story of East Asia from the dawn of history to the twenty-first century. The second edition has been imaginatively revised and expanded to place emphasis on cross-cultural interactions and connections, both within East Asia and beyond, with new material on Vietnam and modern pop culture. The second edition also features a Chinese character list, additional maps and new illustrations.

The Age of Faith

The Story of Civilization

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Author: Will Durant

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451647611

Category: History

Page: 1195

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The Story of Civilization, Volume IV: A history of medieval civilization—Christian, Islamic, and Judaic—from Constantine to Dante: A.D. 325-1300. This is the fourth volume of the classic, Pulitzer Prize-winning series.

The Age of Voltaire

A History of Civilization in Western Europe from 1715 to 1756, With Special Emphasis on the Conflict Between Religion and Philosophy

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Author: Will Durant,Ariel Durant

Publisher: M J F Books

ISBN: 9781567310207

Category: Civilization

Page: 896

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A love story by murder and a comedy with horror. ". . . by turns hysterical, incoherent, and blasphemously original . . . loopy and outrageous".--"Washington Post" Starring Ryan O'Neal, Isabella Rossellini and Wings Hauser. Color, 110 minutes.

Our Oriental Heritage

The Story of Civilization

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Author: Will Durant

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451646682

Category: History

Page: 1049

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The Story of Civilization, Volume I: A history of civilization in Egypt and the Near East to the Death of Alexander, and in India, China, and Japan from the beginning; with an introduction on the nature and foundations of civilization. This is the first volume of the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning series.