The Great Divide

The Great Divide

Nature and Human Nature in the Old World and the New

Book - 2012
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Baker & Taylor
Comparing and contrasting the development of humankind in the “Old World” and the “New” between 15,000 B.C. and 1500 A.D., a cultural historian ponders a vast array of questions central to the human story, providing uniquely revealing insight into what it means to be human. 20,000 first printing.

Peter Watson, the acclaimed author of Ideas and The German Genius, offers a groundbreaking new exploration of the progress of human history. Watson’s The Great Divide compares and contrasts the development of humankind between the “Old World” and the “New”—between 15,000 B.C. and 1,500 A.D—and, like Jarod Diamond’s Guns, Germs, and Steel, Watson’s remarkable book offers a fascinating, all-encompassing, highly readable overview of how human civilization has grown and expanded. Combining the most up-to-date findings in archaeology, anthropology, geology, meteorology, cosmology and mythology, this unprecedented, masterful study offers uniquely revealing insights into what it means to be human.

This appendix, which explores the similarities between the civilizations of the Old World and the New, is available here.

& Taylor

Compares and contrasts the development of humankind in the old world and the new between 15,000 B.C. and 1500 A.D., and cites climate, domesticable animals, and hallucinogenic plants as the reasons for the discrepancy.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2012, c2011
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780061672453
Branch Call Number: 304.23 WAT
Characteristics: xxviii, 610 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm


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