- Tapa blanda: 622 páginas
- Editor: Harvard Univ Pr; Edición: 1st Pbk. Ed (1 de abril de 2006)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0674019997
- ISBN-13: 978-0674019997
- Valoración media de los clientes: 1 opinión de cliente
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº135.316 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
After the Ice: A Global Human History 20,000-5000 BC (Inglés) Tapa blanda – abr 2006
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In an ambitious undertaking, archaeologist Mithen describes 15,000 years of ancient history from 20,000 to 5,000 B.C....Mithen explores how studying the abrupt transition between the ice age and a period of global warming could provide clues to the effects of climate changes going on today.
With the help of a fictional guide dubbed John Lubbock, modeled after a Victorian naturalist who wrote a popular book called "Prehistoric Times," Mithen embarks on a vivid tour of the warming world as it emerged from the last ice age. In the process, he lends a you-are-there immediacy to an era in which humans invented farming, settled in towns, and created civilization as we know it.
learn that has driven so many prehistorians and dreamers.
humans adapted to 15,000 years worth of environmental change.
warming could provide clues to the effects of climate changes going on today.
paleoclimates and human genetics...This impressive book stands out as the new standard work.
the warming world as it emerged from the last ice age. In the process, he lends a you-are-there immediacy to an era in which humans invented farming, settled in towns, and created civilization as we know it.
20,000-5,000 BC should not be overlooked as a key reference and welcome addition to any library of an interested novice, undergraduate student of prehistory, or seasoned archaeologist looking for a well written synthesis.
walkabout, and Mithen explains how environmental volatility is scientifically known as he sketches Lubbock observing the various 'living' human communities that have been uncovered. A successful marriage of fact and imagination.
Using an unorthodox narrative device, Mithen explores why, how, and where farming displaced hunting and gathering. Mithen conjures John Lubbock, an English author of a once-popular 1865 history of the Stone Age, and sends him back in time to visit dozens of excavation sites around the world as they appeared when inhabited. Lubbock's transcontinental perambulations permit Mithen (a practicing archaeologist who describes his digs in Scotland) to underscore one causal factor in the agricultural revolution: the fluctuations of climate at the end of the last Ice Age. Weather, sea level, and zones of plant and animal life changed dramatically in the 15,000 years of Lubbock's walkabout, and Mithen explains how environmental volatility is scientifically known as he sketches Lubbock observing the various 'living' human communities that have been uncovered. A successful marriage of fact and imagination.--Gilbert Taylor"Booklist" (09/10/2004)
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20,000 B.C., the peak of the last ice age--the atmosphere is heavy with dust, deserts, and glaciers span vast regions, and people, if they survive at all, exist in small, mobile groups, facing the threat of extinction.
But these people live on the brink of seismic change--10,000 years of climate shifts culminating in abrupt global warming that will usher in a fundamentally changed human world. After the Ice is the story of this momentous period--one in which a seemingly minor alteration in temperature could presage anything from the spread of lush woodland to the coming of apocalyptic floods--and one in which we find the origins of civilization itself.
Drawing on the latest research in archaeology, human genetics, and environmental science, After the Ice takes the reader on a sweeping tour of 15,000 years of human history. Steven Mithen brings this world to life through the eyes of an imaginary modern traveler--John Lubbock, namesake of the great Victorian polymath and author of Prehistoric Times. With Lubbock, readers visit and observe communities and landscapes, experiencing prehistoric life--from aboriginal hunting parties in Tasmania, to the corralling of wild sheep in the central Sahara, to the efforts of the Guila Naquitz people in Oaxaca to combat drought with agricultural innovations.
Part history, part science, part time travel, After the Ice offers an evocative and uniquely compelling portrayal of diverse cultures, lives, and landscapes that laid the foundations of the modern world.Ver Descripción del producto
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Mithen recrea mediante un mosaico de historias en diferentes momentos de este cambio y en cada uno de los continentes. Una pintura global de la evolución humana que aclara muchas dudas y despierta una intensa curiosidad por saber más y leer otros libros.
Jugando con un personaje que que viaja de historia en historia como nexo de unión y como punto para reflexionar en voz alta, nos habla de los hombres y las mujeres del pasado. Las distintas historias que cuenta junto a los nuevos hallazgos que la prensa nos reporta, nos vamos dican que descubrimiento a descubrimiento y datación a datación, se nos vanrevelando cosas que nunca hubieramos imaginado.
Una gran lectura que invita a pensar.
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In as far as that goes, I've already seen a few inconsistencies with some of the other points. The author asserts that marriage seems to be an eternal "human condition" - but with the book Sex at Dawn, it's readily apparent that marriage (at least how we and the author seem to define it) is a very recent invention. A small point perhaps, but it destabilized some of my trust in the already dubious accuracy of prehistorical human life.
But, I understand the point here isn't 100% accuracy, but rather to gives a "feeling" of a life any of us would have lived over the tens of thousands of years we've been behaviorally modern humans. In that sense I feel that - so far - it's working.
I recently finished this behemoth of a book. It was one of those books that revels the depth of my ignorance and fills it with some knowledge.
HIGHLY RECOMMEND. Modern human beings have been around for at least 200,000 years. Freedom, strong social ties, fresh local foods, worthwhile work and unrestricted play - that's what it means to be human. We're explores of the deepest wilderness. We stood up to Saber-toothed Tigers, giant bears, and all manner of huge monsters - we made steak dinner of "Bison antiquus" armed with nothing but sticks with sharp rocks on them, and we survived well. We witnessed glaciers come and go and come and go, global droughts and extreme temperature swings, and survived well. We've fought for scarce resources and gave generously when we had surplus - and we've fought when we had surplus and gave generously when things were scarce.
Over 200,000 we've lived better than we do today - and we've lived worse. Civilization may not survive long, but I have great faith that humanity will survive another 200,000 years. Many more adventures lie ahead.
We tend to take what we were taught in college as static received truth; this excellent compendium of recent archaeological findings has changed my mind about a lot of things I thought I knew.
It is accessible and interestingly presented, but loses none of its scholarly authority thereby. I strongly recommend this book to anyone curious about the origins of human culture. It will amaze, delight, challenge, and fascinate you, all at once.
My 2 cents:
1. While I was reading `After the Ice Age', Science announced the Israel/Jordan evidence from a 200,000 year old communal site. That would push Mithin's origins premise back 100,000 years. Doubling the age of H. Sap. in the ME might have an effect on the author's baseline premises. Then, a 400K year old grave in an Israeli cave becomes the oldest H. Sap. discovered. As I write this there's a premise floating that H.Sap. may have evolved out of the ME instead of Africa. Things are changing fast in the past.
2. The authorial criticism regarding the use of the `fictional character' John Lubbock is deserved. It adds a level of unnecessary gobbledygook to the story. I couldn't keep from thinking poorly of the surrogate John Lubbock's lack of observational prowess ... as in "if I was there, I'd have ..." Exciting or vaguely interesting, the Lubbock character is not.
3. The 15,000 year snippet provides a great story backdrop. I was looking for a paleontological readers digest couched on both sides of the Younger Dryas. The topic hit the mark and left me with an `image' to consider in context.
4. It's a hefty read at over 600 pages, made easy. Mithin has mastered the art of concise chapters in technical writing. This reader appreciates the style.
5. Mithin is not convincing in his over concern for humanity in the speculative AGW future. `After the Ice Age' is a success story after all! I don't think I could write 600 pages about the adaptability and resilience of H.Sap. surviving with his brain, stone knives and antler picks in the face of sudden and enormous climatic variation evidences. We've got more potential to weather climate change that will most surely happen.
"6" stars on reader enjoyment ... 1 star deduction for the terribly lame John Lubbock.