The Big History of Civilizations

The history of human civilization is an astonishing story of migration, innovation, and social development Now, the exciting new field of big history allows us to explore human civilizations in ways unavailable to historians of previous generations Big history scholars take a multidisciplinary approach to study great spans of time, unlocking important themes, trends, aThe history of human civilization is an astonishing story of migration, innovation, and social development Now, the exciting new field of big history allows us to explore human civilizations in ways unavailable to historians of previous generations Big history scholars take a multidisciplinary approach to study great spans of time, unlocking important themes, trends, and developments across time and space.Unlike a traditional survey of history with its focus on dates and events, kings and battles The Big History of Civilizations is your chance to apply this cutting edge historical approach to the epic story of humanity around the world Taught by acclaimed Professor Craig G Benjamin of Grand Valley State University, these 36 sweeping lectures trace the story of human civilizations from our emergence as a species, through the agricultural and industrial revolutions, and into the future.It only takes a few minutes of one lecture for you to discover that Big History is an amazing approach to history Its grand vision will give you powerful new insights into human civilization, and it offers a profound analysis of some of our biggest questions What makes us human Where did we come from And where are we going There may be no easy answers, but Professor Benjamin takes you on a powerful journey to the limits of our understanding.What differentiates big history from any other field is the way it combines divergent fields, from archaeology and anthropology to ecology and philosophy, and ties them together, allowing you to see patterns of our past, present and even future From the just right Goldilocks factors that allow civilizations to emerge to different ways civilizations have emerged across time and around the word, this riveting approach to history offers a multidisciplinary toolkit to tell the story about what makes us human.Listening Length 17 hours and 49 minutes
The Big History of Civilizations The history of human civilization is an astonishing story of migration innovation and social development Now the exciting new field of big history allows us to explore human civilizations in ways u

  • Title: The Big History of Civilizations
  • Author: Craig G. Benjamin
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 355
  • Format: Audible Audio
  • 1 thought on “The Big History of Civilizations”

    1. An enjoyable enough lecture series, but I've listened to better. After an engaging start, it fell into this trap of just summarizing the history of regions, but only at a very cursory level and paying way too much attention to the Ancient Greeks, without adding any really new or interesting insights, at least relative to my own prior studies. This felt really disappointing since the first lecture or two had suggested that the series would integrate history with big picture perspectives on geolog [...]

    2. Super fascinating walk through human history based on the Big History concept of "thresholds" - specific moments in history that allowed for entirely new ways of thinking/being/living (see David Christian's Big History TED talk for a much better definition). While Big History focuses on everything since the Big Bang, this series of lectures focuses on the Big History threshold of "collective learning" - AKA the emergence of humans. Thus, instead of learning just a timeline of civilizations, empi [...]

    3. The course could have been better titled as history of big civilizations!Big History is one of those fad words - massively impressive and poorly defined. As such, Big History is to provide a continuous narrative from the big bang to now, by chaining the walk through cosmological, biological and then cognitive or human evolution. This course unapologetically skips the first two, which is hinted in the title. However, its journey through the third path too is more classical history than "big histo [...]

    4. Decent course, but it bites off a bit more than it can chew with the material it chose to cover.When covering such a large amount of ground, this course has a tendency to lose the reader by barraging names, dates and facts, and not enough time contextualizing individual civilizations to the macro picture.Superfluous last lecture with wild speculation about future civilizations.

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