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World Prehistory

World Prehistory
In New Perspective

3rd Edition

  • Date Published: December 1977
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521291781


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  • 'To qualify as human, a hominid has, so to say, to justify himself by works: the criteria are no longer biological so much as cultural'. In this 1977 book, Professor Grahame Clark goes on to trace the origins and development of human culture, in all its diversity, throughout the world. He follows the intellectual, material and social progress of mankind in each major region, from the earliest stone industries of two million years ago to the gradual and still incomplete attainment of literacy over the last five thousand years. He takes full account of peoples still preliterate when encountered in recent times by anthropologists as well as of those which nourished the great historic civilizations of mankind. Throughout he emphasizes the close relationship between environment and the character and speed of cultural development. The narrative is generously illustrated with photographs, drawings and maps, and there is a carefully selected list of references to the main sources used.

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    '… there can be no doubt that for the student or general reader who needs an overview of world prehistory this is essential reading.' Geography

    'It is amazing how much information, and how many ideas, Professor Clark managed to pack into this book. Nothing of importance seems to have been omitted … Similarly there are few prehistorians who could have written such a wide-ranging survey and yet have fallen into so few errors … Taken as a whole, World Prehistory is the most up-to-date survey not only of world prehistory as a whole but of the individual areas with which it is concerned.' The Times Literary Supplement

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    Product details

    • Edition: 3rd Edition
    • Date Published: December 1977
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521291781
    • length: 576 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.91kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of tables, Acknowledgements, Preface
    Part I. Early Prehistory:
    1. Evolution of man as an organism
    2. Environmental change
    3. Palaeolithic hunters and foragers
    Part II. Beginnings of Civilization in South-West Asia:
    4. Background
    5. The transition:
    9000–6000 BC
    6. Neolithic/Charcolithic settlement
    7. Emergence of civilization in south Mesopotamia
    8. Civilizations of the Highlands
    Part III. Foundations of European Civilization: The Stone Age:
    9. Upper Palaeolithic hunters and artists
    10. Mesolithic hunter-fishers
    11. Late Stone Age farmers
    12. Farmers and hunter-fishers
    Part IV. Europe: From Metallurgy to Civilization:
    13. Early metallurgy
    14. Minoan–Mycenaean civilization
    15. The Bronze Age in temperate Europe
    16. Antecedents of classical Greece
    17. The barbarian world in the pre-roman Iron Age
    18. Antecendents and expansion of Roman civilization
    19. The Iron Age in northern Europe
    20. Christianity and the end of European prehistory
    Part V. The African Achievement:
    21. The Stone Age
    22. Ancient Egyptian civilization
    23. The opening up of sub-Saharan Africa
    Part VI. The Indian Sub-Continent:
    24. Early prehistory
    25. Later prehistory
    26. Protohistory
    Part VII. East Asia:
    27. China
    28. Japan
    29. South-east Asia
    Part VIII. North and Middle America:
    30. Late Pleistocene settlement
    31. Middle American sequence
    Part IX. North America:
    32. Temperate zone
    33. Arctic zone
    Part X. South America:
    34. The first settlers: Andean zone
    35. Intermediate zone: marginal territories
    Part XI. Australia and Oceania:
    36. Australia
    37. Oceania

  • Author

    Grahame Clark

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