This book outlines human origins – the growth of farming, the rise of urbanism and the emergence of civilization – on a global scale. It traces the patterns and processes that led human societies in just ten thousand years from small hunter-gatherer groups armed with basic tools to nation states with advanced technologies. Renfrew challenges the conventional idea of the ‘human revolution’ – that homo sapiens emerged some 100,000 years ago and that at the revolutionary time (40,000 years ago), everything changed. This view holds that at the same time self-consciousness and language emerged, and was quickly followed by cave art and new stone tools. Renfrew contends that these things did not take place all at the same time, and that the technological and cultural changes that began around 10,000 years ago were due to changes in our states of mind. By examining the material objects left behind by early Man and reconstructing the prehistoric mind, Renfrew argues that new concepts of value, commodity and prestige were crucial to the human revolution, creating trading relations that in turn made city states possible. This book will range from the hunter-gatherers of Australia to the great civilizations of Mesoamerica to give a startling new account of how human beings escaped from the Stone Age.
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Colin Renfrew is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge and Director of the MacDonald Institute for Archaeological Research. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and has sat in the House of Lords since 1991 as Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn.
From the reviews of Archaeology and Language: ‘The time-scale, the geographical spaces, the questions and methods of inquiry adduced in this concise book are vast( teeming and utterly fascinating.’ George Steiner, Sunday Times ‘Important and far reaching( the pace is exhilarating, the issues momentous( [Renfrew] breaks new ground more successfully than any other scholar this century.’ Peter Levi, IndependentReview:
A wonderfully concise and authoritative summary of research into this enormous subject SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
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Descrizione libro Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2007. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria M0297851209