Understanding early civilizations, Trigger, Bruce G.
Автор: Johnson Scott A. J. Название: Why Did Ancient Civilizations Fail? ISBN: 1629582832 ISBN-13(EAN): 9781629582832 Издательство: Taylor&Francis Рейтинг: Цена: 5361 р. Наличие на складе: Поставка под заказ.
Описание: Ideas abound as to why certain complex societies collapsed in the past, including environmental change, subsistence failure, fluctuating social structure and lack of adaptability. Why Did Ancient Civilizations Fail? evaluates the current theories in this important topic and discusses why they offer only partial explanations of the failure of past civilizations. This engaging book offers a new theory of collapse, that of social hubris. Through an examination of Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Roman, Maya, Inca, and Aztec societies, Johnson persuasively argues that hubris blinded many ancient peoples to evidence that would have allowed them to adapt, and he further considers how this has implications for contemporary societies. Comprehensive and well-written, this volume serves as an ideal text for undergraduate courses on ancient complex societies, as well as appealing to the scholar interested in societal collapse.
"Cells to Civilizations" is the first unified account of how life transforms itself--from the production of bacteria to the emergence of complex civilizations. What are the connections between evolving microbes, an egg that develops into an infant, and a child who learns to walk and talk? Award-winning scientist Enrico Coen synthesizes the growth of living systems and creative processes, and he reveals that the four great life transformations--evolution, development, learning, and human culture--while typically understood separately, actually all revolve around shared core principles and manifest the same fundamental recipe. Coen blends provocative discussion, the latest scientific research, and colorful examples to demonstrate the links between these critical stages in the history of life.
Coen tells a story rich with genes, embryos, neurons, and fascinating discoveries. He examines the development of the zebra, the adaptations of seaweed, the cave paintings of Lascaux, and the formulations of Alan Turing. He explores how dogs make predictions, how weeds tell the time of day, and how our brains distinguish a Modigliani from a Rembrandt. Locating commonalities in important findings, Coen gives readers a deeper understanding of key transformations and provides a bold portrait for how science both frames and is framed by human culture.
A compelling investigation into the relationships between our biological past and cultural progress, "Cells to Civilizations" presents a remarkable story of living change.
Название: Civilizations in World Politics ISBN: 0415777119 ISBN-13(EAN): 9780415777117 Издательство: Taylor&Francis Рейтинг: Цена: 5499 р. Наличие на складе: Поставка под заказ.
Описание: Presents an accessible examination of the cultural dimension of international politics. This book provides an account of the relevance of cultural categories for the analysis of world politics.
Автор: Foster, Benjamin R. Foster, Karen Polinger Название: Civilizations of ancient iraq ISBN: 0691137226 ISBN-13(EAN): 9780691137223 Издательство: Wiley Рейтинг: Цена: 2606 р. Наличие на складе: Поставка под заказ.
Описание: Tells the fascinating story of ancient Mesopotamia from the earliest settlements ten thousand years ago to the Arab conquest in the 7th century. This book traces the rise and fall of successive civilizations and people in Iraq over the course of millennia - from the Sumerians and Assyrians to the Persians, Seleucids, Parthians, and Sassanians.
Автор: Bruce G. Trigger Название: Understanding Early Civilizations ISBN: 0521822459 ISBN-13(EAN): 9780521822459 Издательство: Cambridge Academ Рейтинг: Цена: 9311 р. Наличие на складе: Поставка под заказ.
Описание: This book offers the first detailed comparative study of the seven best-documented early civilizations: ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, Shang China, the Aztecs and adjacent peoples in the Valley of Mexico, the Classic Maya, the Inka, and the Yoruba. Unlike previous studies, equal attention is paid to similarities and differences in their sociopolitical organization, economic systems, religion, and culture. Many of this study’s findings are surprising and provocative. Agricultural systems, technologies, and economic behaviour turn out to have been far more diverse than was expected. These findings and many others challenge not only current understandings of early civilizations but also the theoretical foundations of modern archaeology and anthropology. The key to understanding early civilizations lies not in their historical connections but in what they can tell us about similarities and differences in human behaviour.
Автор: Hart, Roger Название: Imagined Civilizations ISBN: 1421406063 ISBN-13(EAN): 9781421406060 Издательство: Wiley Рейтинг: Цена: 5913 р. Наличие на складе: Поставка под заказ.
Описание: While the Jesuits claimed Xu as a convert, he presented the Jesuits as men from afar who had traveled from the West to China to serve the emperor.
Описание: The Black Sea lies at the junction of three major cultural areas: Europe, Central Asia and the Near East. It plays a crucial role in enduring discussions about the impact of complex Near Eastern societies on European societies, and the repercussions of early urbanization across Eurasia. This book presents the first comprehensive overview of the Black Sea region in the prehistoric period. It penetrates artificial boundaries imposed by traditions, politics and language to encompass both the European and Asiatic coasts and both Eastern European and Western scholarly literature. With a critical compilation and synthesis of archaeological data, this study situates the prehistoric Black Sea in a global historical context. By adopting the perspective of technology and innovation, it transcends a purely descriptive account of material culture and emphasizes society, human interaction, and engagement with the material world.
Автор: Kleidosty Название: The Concert of Civilizations ISBN: 1472414802 ISBN-13(EAN): 9781472414809 Издательство: Taylor&Francis Рейтинг: Цена: 16500 р. Наличие на складе: Поставка под заказ.
Описание: Are Western and Islamic political and constitutional ideas truly predestined for civilizational clash? In order to understand this controversy The Concert of Civilizations begins by deriving and redefining a definition of constitutionalism that is suitable for comparative, cross-cultural analysis. The rule of law, reflection of national character, and the clear delineation and limitation of governmental power are used as lenses through which thinkers like Cicero, Montesquieu, and the authors of The Federalist Papers can be read alongside al-Farabi, ibn Khaldun, and the Ottoman Tanzimat decrees. Bridging the civilizational divide is a chapter comparing the Magna Carta with Muhammad’sConstitution of Medina, as both documents can be seen as foundational within their traditions. For the first time in political theory, this text also provides a sustained, detailed analysis of Khayr al-Din al-Tunisi’s book The Surest Path, which explains his fusion of Muslim and Western ideas in his writing of Tunisia’s first modern constitution, which is also the first constitution for a majority-Muslim state. Finally, the book discusses the Arab Spring through a brief overview of the revolutions in Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia, and offers some early thoughts about Tunisia’s uniquely successful revolution.
Автор: Wald Shalom Salomon Название: Rise and Decline of Civilizations ISBN: 1618112767 ISBN-13(EAN): 9781618112767 Издательство: Eurospan Рейтинг: Цена: 15166 р. Наличие на складе: Поставка под заказ.
Описание: Rise and Decline of Civilizations: Lessons for the Jewish People is a thought experiment in which the author examines the work of 23 historians of the last 2,400 years, from Thucydides to Jared Diamond, who describe the rise and decline of nations and civilizations. None of the 23 is a historian of Judaism. The key question of the book is whether the reasons that explain the rise, decline, and fall of other civilizations could apply to the Jews as well. The answer of the author is a qualified yes. From the work of these historians he extracts 12 drivers, or factors that explain rise and decline, from religion to natural catastrophes. Reviewing the Jewish history of more than 3000 years against the background of these drivers opens fascinating new vistas for the general reader, but may be particularly useful to historians and politicians.
Описание: Assuming no previous knowledge of history, "Personalities and Problems" is a unique collection of original essays about real people whose lives or careers demonstrate solutions to problems of their times. Each chapter focuses on a problem or issue, and illustrates it by discussing the lives of two historical figures (actual or near contemporaries of each other) whose careers illustrate the richness and variety of history.
Описание: Aims to challenge Eurocentric conceptions of history by showing how Chinese, Indian, Arabic, and ancient Egyptian ideas in philosophy, mathematics, cosmology and physics played an indispensable role in making possible the birth of modern science.
Описание: This volume is the third in the series produced by the International Jean Gebser Society. The Society is dedicated to the scholarly study of cultures and civilisations across time and the fusion and churning occurring on the planet today. This current volume is comprised of even never-before published works refereed by an editorial board that includes an executive committee of scholars.
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