People of the Earth is a narrative account of the prehistory of humankind from our origins over 3 million years ago to the first pre-industrial civilizations, beginning about 5,000 years ago. This is a global prehistory, which covers prehistoric times in every corner of the world, in a jargon-free style for newcomers to archaeology. Many world histories begin with the first civilizations. This book starts at the beginning of human history and summarizes the latest research into such major topics as human origins, the emergence and spread of modern humans, the first farming, and the origins of civilization.
People of the Earth is unique in its even balance of the human past, its readily accessible style, and its flowing narrative that carries the reader through the long sweep of our past. The book is highly illustrated, and features boxes and sidebars describing key dating methods and important archaeological sites.
This classic world prehistory sets the standard for books on the subject and is the most widely used prehistory textbook in the world. It is aimed at introductory students in archaeology and anthropology taking survey courses on the prehistoric past, as well as more advanced readers. It will also appeal to students of human responses to climatic and environmental change.
This new edition of People of the Earth continues the highly authoritative and well-written coverage of Brian Fagan’s thorough and accessible introduction to global (pre)history. Now with co-author Nadia Durrani, the volume captures our humanity’s identity through deep time and our earthly space in a factual narrative readily intelligible to a broad readership. From our human origins 7 million years ago to the Shang dynasty of China, we are taken on a time-traveling machine with numerous layovers, surprises and counter-intuitive storylines.
Vernon L. Scarborough, University of Cincinnati, USA
Chapter 1 Introducing World Prehistory; Chapter 2 Human Origins: 7 Million to 1.9 Million Years Ago; Chapter 3 Archaic Humans: 1.9 Million to 30,000 Years Ago; Chapter 4 Origins and the Diaspora Begins: c. 350,000 Years Ago and Later; Chapter 5 Europe and Eurasia: c. 50,000 to 10,000 Years Ago; Chapter 6 The First Americans: Around 15,000 Years Ago to Modern Times; Chapter 7 After the Ice: Before 10,000 B.C. to Modern Times; Chapter 8 Agriculture and Animal Domestication; Chapter 9 The Origins of Food Production in Southwest Asia; Chapter 10 The First European Farmers; Chapter 11 First Farmers in Eypt and Tropical Africa; Chapter 12 Asia and the Pacific: Rice, Roots, and Ocean Voyages; Chapter 13 The Story of Maize: Early Farmers in the Americas; Chapter 14 The Development of Civilization; Chapter 15 Early Civilizations in Southwest Asia; Chapter 16 Egypt, Nubia, and Tropical Africa; Chapter 17 Early States in South and Southeast Asia; Chapter 18 Early Chinese Civilization; Chapter 19 Hittites, Minoans, and Mycenaeans; Chapter 20 Europe Before the Romans; Chapter 21 Mesoamerican Civilizations; Chapter 22 Andean Civilizations