Waves of Global Change: A Holistic World History

 
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Waves of Global Change: A Holistic World History uses a “big picture” approach that spans a broad sweep of time from the big bang to the present. The overarching development of humans through time and space organizes this world history into five major transformations or critical turning points called waves—communal, agricultural, urban, modern, and global. Each wave is holistic, meaning that it has distinctive cultural patterns – currents – that reinforce each other. The five currents of human activity – ecosystem, techno-economic, social, political, and cultural – are repeated in each wave. By illuminating our long human history we can see how and why we have arrived at the point we are today, which can help us learn valuable lessons from history. Chapter Summaries: 1. A holistic world history approach is introduced. The development of humans across time and space forms a periodization plan, which is organized into five critical turning points or waves – Communal, Agricultural, Urban, Modern, and Global. Systems thinking and a holistic approach are explained. It examines five worldviews—indigenous, modern, fundamentalist, globalized, and transformative – that informs our current ways of knowing. 2. The “big picture” of our human history is set within our physical and biological history from the big bang to the evolution of our species. Woven into the narrative are five flows —interdependence, paradox, creative and destructive energies, change and continuity, and commonalities and diversity— that help create the universe, generate life on earth, and shape our human story. 3. Our universal human behaviors are organized into five comparative patterns or currents linking our past, present, and future. The currents are interdisciplinary and integrated within a historical framework. The five currents – Relationship to Nature: Ecosystem Currents; Ways of Living: Techno-Economic Currents; Human Networks: Social Currents; Establishing Order: Political Currents; and Human Expressions: Cultural Currents – each contain different content but are repeated in each wave. 4. In the Communal Wave people gather/hunt or forage for food and live in small, nomadic bands bound through strong kinship ties. This wave encompasses modern humans from 40,000 years ago to today, with small numbers still practicing an an altered foraging way of life. A study of the !Kung people in southwest Africa is presented. 5. With the Agricultural Wave people change from foraging for food to food production and a sedentary, village way of life. Change begins in some areas around 10,000 BCE. This transition occurs at later times when agriculture is adopted. Some people continue to retain some Agricultural Wave characteristics similar to earlier people. A section on chiefdoms and a study of Cahokia is included. 6. During the Urban Wave, beginning in Mesopotamia around 3500 BCE, groups of people evolve out of agricultural villages to develop more complex urban societies called civilization. Some people continue to practice conventions of the Urban Wave, especially its religious traditions. A section on nomadic/pastoral people is included. The Urban Wave is further examined in three historical periods: ancient, classical, and post-classical civilizations. 7. The Modern Wave emerges around 1500 CE when Western European countries begin their conquest of the Western hemisphere and gradually subjugate societies throughout the world. Modern culture, shaped by Western Europe, diffuses around the world after 1500. The Modern Wave is arranged into the early modern era, the modern industrial era, and the modern 20th century. 8. The Global Wave is from 2000 onward. Developments include the intensification and expansion of neoliberal capitalism in the West and a state capitalist system in certain countries such as Saudi Arabia, China, and Russia. The techno-economic ramifications on society, culture, and the environment round out the chapter.

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Dr. Denise R. Ames is the President and founder of the non-profit educational organization the Center for Global Awareness. She has written books and educational resources for the organization including Waves of Global Change: A Holistic World History, The Global Economy: Connecting the Roots of an Holistic System, and Waves of Global Change: An Educator’s Handbook for Teaching a Holistic World History. She has over 30 years of teaching experience in grades 7 through the university, and in professional development workshops. She took her bachelor’s degree in history education from Southern Illinois University, master’s degree in history from Illinois State University, and doctorate in history, with a focus in world history education, also from Illinois State University. She and her husband Jim live in sunny Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

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