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A History of Humanity

 
Marvin Bram (Author)
Synopsis

A History of Humanity is the definitive symbolic history of the world. The methods of symbolic history revolve around (1) an account of the human endowment taking up thought, feeling, and behavior from fruitful new perspectives, and (2) a correspondingly new account of global history from the point of view of the degrees of retention, surrender, and deformation of fundamental elements of the human endowment over time.

Among the new perspectives informing the account of the human endowment are semiotics, neuroscience, and palaeoethnobotany. They combine the classical modes of analysis: social anthropology and social history, political anthropology and political history, economic anthropology and economic history, and cultural anthropology and cultural history, that are gathered and unfolded under the aegis of symbolic history, bringing to the narrative a unique clarity.

Original source materials from the Neolithic world and from South Asian, East Asian, Middle Eastern, and Western civilizations illustrate and challenge the narrative, which is unbroken but not dogmatic. Both the narrative and original sources are accompanied by a two-level marginal commentary: the first keeps the reader located in time and space, while the second brings insights from other observers of the world to the reader's attention. The aim of the commentary is to help the reader think about the human world, without, however, closing the question of the nature of the human world.

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About the author

Marvin Bram

Marvin Bram is Professor Emeritus of History at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York, USA. He constituted 'symbolic history' as a new discipline in five articles for the journal Semiotic. Professor Bram was one of the original appointees to the ten-member National Humanities Faculty in the USA. He was named in the Galantine College Book as one of eight Americans—former President Jimmy Carter was another—with national reputation as teachers.

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Bibliographic information

Title A History of Humanity
Author Marvin Bram
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2018
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Primus Books
Language: English
isbn 9789386552631
length 552p., Throughout Black and White Illustrations; 10.0 Inch X 7.5 Inch.
Subjects History