Deep History: The Architecture of Past and Present
Andrew Shryock, Daniel Lord Smail
University of California Press, 2011 - History - 342 pages
"Ranging across the disciplines, this truly collaborative team cuts through the constraints of our previous notions of historical understanding and points towards a fundamental new way of thinking about history."--Lynn Hunt, author of Measuring Time, Making History
"In recent decades, history as a discipline has increasingly portrayed humans as an exception in the story of life, as though all other life-forms were part of nature but humans somehow were not, or not quite. This book issues a profound and timely challenge to that implicit assumption and argues for an integration of deep and recorded human pasts. The challenge is profound, because it is at once methodological and philosophical, and it is timely in the way it resonates with concerns about our growing ecological footprint on the planet. This collaborative enterprise will appeal to students of human pasts in a variety of disciplines." --Dipesh Chakrabarty, author of Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference
"Leading scholars in deep history have been brought together from a variety of disciplines in this ambitious project. The result is constantly exciting. I read barely a page that didn't cause me to reconsider how we might tell the human story."--Martin Jones, University of Cambridge
"In Deep History: The Architecture of Past and Present, a multi-disciplinary team of historians, archeologists, paleontologists, primatologists, and anthropologists takes up the challenge of incorporating the past six million or so years into the record of human history. Combining open minds with scholarly rigor, the authors use linguistics and genetics, trails of bones, shells and crafted objects, dietary traditions, and kinship rules to follow our footloose species out of Africa and around the globe, along the way dismantling barriers between disciplines that have outlived their usefulness." --Sarah B. Hrdy, author of Mother Nature: A History of Mothers, Infants, and Natural Selection
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
The complaint of the two who instigated the project which produced this book is that there is an irrational disjunction between history as seen by historians (which covers the last two or four thousand years), and history as seen by evolutionary scientists and archaeologists who deal with early human prehistory. So the various chapters in the book are co-authored by people who take different approaches to the whole of prehistory and history (the deep history of the title). Each chapter sets out to show that, seen from a particular perspective, all of history is a single story. The results are stimulating and thought-provoking - as I am sure the exercise was for the authors.
Review: Deep History: The Architecture of Past and PresentUser Review - Goodreads
Very dry prose conveying big, meaty ideas. If like me you've not read much anthropology, this makes for an interesting, if dense and unorthodox, introduction to the subject. The book's desire to push ...