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The big history of civilizations / Dr. Craig G. Benjamin.

Benjamin, Craig, (author,, lecturer.). Benjamin, Craig G. (Added Author). Read by Craig G. Benjamin. (Cast).
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  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (1 audio file (30 min.)) : digital.
  • Edition: Unabridged.
  • Publisher: [United States]: The Great Courses, 2016.
  • Distributor: Made available through hoopla

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Digital content provided by hoopla.
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Read by Craig G. Benjamin.
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This Lecture: Jericho and Anau are two of the world's oldest cities, and their stories have much to tell us about the scope of human history. Begin the course by examining what made these cities successful, and how they differed from each other. This starting point will introduce the concept and key themes of Big History. The Course: Apply a cutting-edge historical approach to the epic story of humanity across time and around the world. Taught by acclaimed Professor Craig G. Benjamin of Grand Valley State University, these 36 sweeping lectures trace the grand story of human civilizations from our emergence as a species, through the agricultural and industrial revolutions, and into the future. All Lectures: 1. A Tale of Two Ancient Cities 2. The Rise of Humanity 3. Foraging in the Old Stone Age 4. Origins of Agriculture 5. Power, Cities, and States 6. The Era of Agrarian Civilizations 7. Innovations of Mesopotamia 8. The Downfall of Sumer 9. Egypt: Divine Rule in the Black Land 10. Society and Culture of Egypt 11. Early Mediterranean Civilizations 12. Mysteries of the Indus Valley 13. South Asian Civilizations and Beliefs 14. China: Born in Isolation 15. China's Dynasties and Influence 16. The Importance of the Nomads 17. Oxus Civilization and Powerful Persia 18. Greece in Its Golden Age 19. Greek Gods, Philosophy, and Science 20. Alexander's Conquests and Hellenism 21. Building the Roman Republic 22. Triumphs and Flaws of Imperial Rome 23. New Ideas along the Silk Road 24. Chaos and Consolidation in Eurasia 25. Islamic Expansion and Rule 26. Legacy of the Mongols 27. North American Peoples and Tribes 28. Agrarian Civilizations of Mesoamerica 29. Culture and Empire in South America 30. African Kingdoms and Trade 31. Lifeways of Australia and the Pacific 32. The Advent of Global Commerce 33. The Industrial Revolution and Modernity 34. The Transformative 20th and 21st Centuries 35. Civilization, the Biosphere, and Tomorrow 36. Civilizations of the Distant Future
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Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Subject: World history.

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