Deep History: The Architecture of Past and Present

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University of California Press, 2011 - History - 342 pages
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"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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User Review  - trevorwatkins - 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 ... Read full review

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User Review  - Marc - Goodreads

The title and subtitle of this book are a bit misleading. Deep History has to do with the history before civilization (mostly the use of writing). According to the editors this prehistory is greatly ... Read full review



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About the author (2011)

Andrew Shryock is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan. He is the author of Nationalism and the Genealogical Imagination: Oral History and Textual Authority in Tribal Jordan (UC Press) winner of the Middle Eastern Studies Association's Albert Hourani Award, among other books. Daniel Lord Smail is Professor of History at Harvard University. Among his books is On Deep History and the Brain, (UC Press) a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Science and Technology.

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