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A History of Humanity: The Evolution of the Human System (2020)


Humanity today functions as a gigantic, world-encompassing system. Renowned world historian, Patrick Manning traces how this human system evolved from Homo Sapiens' beginnings over 200,000 years ago right up to the present day. He focuses on three great shifts in the scale of social organization - the rise of syntactical language, of agricultural society, and today's newly global social discourse - and links processes of social evolution to the dynamics of biological and cultural evolution. Throughout each of these shifts, migration and social diversity have been central, and social institutions have existed in a delicate balance, serving not just their own members but undergoing regulation from society. Integrating approaches from world history, environmental studies, biological and cultural evolution, social anthropology, sociology, and evolutionary linguistics, Patrick Manning offers an unprecedented account of the evolution of humans and our complex social system and explores the crises facing that human system today.

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Authors & Contributors
Harman, Oren Solomon
Wilson, David Sloan
Alter, Stephen G.
Knight, John
Segerstralle, Ullica C.
Fontaine, Philippe
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization
Science in Context
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
Museum History Journal
Journal of Classical Sociology
Oxford University Press
Cambridge University Press
University of Minnesota Press
Harvard University Press
Social evolution
Social anthropology
Nature and its relationship to culture; human-nature relationships
Cultural anthropology
Environmental history
Darwin, Charles Robert
Geertz, Clifford James
Wallace, Alfred Russel
Haeckel, Ernst
Hamilton, William Donald
Hayek, Friedrich August von
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, late
20th century
20th century, early
21st century
18th century
Great Britain
Pitt Rivers Museum (University of Oxford)

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