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Big History and the Future of Humanity (review)

Big History and the Future of Humanity (review) Book Reviews Big History and the Future of Humanity. By fred spier. Malden, Mass.: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. 288 pp. $119.95 (cloth); $39.95 (paper). In his new book, Big History and the Future of Humanity, Fred Spier tells us straight away the cultural and intellectual context that influ- enced his perspective on the writing of history. As a teenager he was deeply influenced by the Apollo moon missions and the “Spaceship Earth” perspective that flowed from those seminal events. As the “Earthrise” photos and the discoveries of those missions unfolded throughout the scientific community, they also began to shape or reshape the humanities and social sciences, including the development of what Spier and others now refer to as big history. This new subdisci- pline of world history is slowly but steadily expanding in colleges and universities across the world. Spier, who is trained as an anthropologist, joined by a score of other scholars from various disciplines in the sciences and humanities around the world, has been teaching big history for almost twenty years. Big history takes the story of humanity beyond our world and places it within a universal context. In his 1996 monograph, The Structure of Big History, Spier begins http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of World History University of Hawai'I Press

Big History and the Future of Humanity (review)

Journal of World History , Volume 23 (1) – Jun 15, 2012

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Book Reviews Big History and the Future of Humanity. By fred spier. Malden, Mass.: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. 288 pp. $119.95 (cloth); $39.95 (paper). In his new book, Big History and the Future of Humanity, Fred Spier tells us straight away the cultural and intellectual context that influ- enced his perspective on the writing of history. As a teenager he was deeply influenced by the Apollo moon missions and the “Spaceship Earth” perspective that flowed from those seminal events. As the “Earthrise” photos and the discoveries of those missions unfolded throughout the scientific community, they also began to shape or reshape the humanities and social sciences, including the development of what Spier and others now refer to as big history. This new subdisci- pline of world history is slowly but steadily expanding in colleges and universities across the world. Spier, who is trained as an anthropologist, joined by a score of other scholars from various disciplines in the sciences and humanities around the world, has been teaching big history for almost twenty years. Big history takes the story of humanity beyond our world and places it within a universal context. In his 1996 monograph, The Structure of Big History, Spier begins

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Published: Jun 15, 2012

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