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After the Ice By Steven Mithen

After the Ice by Steven Mithen

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This title takes readers back in time 15,000 years when the foundations of the modern world were laid.

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After the Ice: A Global Human History 20, 000 - 5, 000 BC by Steven Mithen

Twenty thousand years ago Earth was in the midst of an ice age. Then global warming arrived, leading to massive floods, the spread of forests and the retreat of the deserts. By 5,000 BC a radically different human world had appeared. In place of hunters and gatherers there were farmers; in place of transient campsites there were towns. The foundations of our modern world had been laid and nothing that came after - the industrial revolution, the atomic age, the internet - have ever matched the significance of those events. After the Ice tells the story of climate change's impact during this momentous period - one that also saw the colonisation of the Americas and mass extictions of animals throughout the world. Drawing on the latest cutting-edge research in archaeology, cognitive science, paleontology, geology and the evolutionary sciences, Steven Mithen creates an evocative, original and remarkably complete picture of minds, cultures, lives and landscapes through 15,000 years of history.

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Steve Mithen will be taking part in number of literary festivals and events this year, including:Hay Festival (29th May)Cheltenham Festival (5th June)Edinburgh Festival (21st August)Royal Institution (7 November)National Museum ofScotland (13 November).Cafe Scientifique, Golders Green (9 December) Steve will be writing articles for:THES (20.6.03)TES (to be published in September)PLANET EARTH MAGAZINE.THE NEW SCIENTIST (17 May) Radio:BBC RADIO SCOTLAND (Thurday 22 May, review).SIMON MAYO SHOW (BBC Radio 5 Live, 7 July, interview)BBCRadio Berkshire (14 July)BBC Three Counties Radio (15 July)BBC Radio Kent (29 August)BBC Radio Cambridge (Book of the Week, review)Interest from IN OUR TIME (BBC Radio 4) for an interview in the Autumn Reviews confirmed so far include: NATURE, SOCIALIST STANDARD, BRITISH ARCHAEOLOGY 'The lucidity of Mithen's thought and prose will inform the professional and illuminate the general reader. After the Ice is that rare event: the right book at the right time.'Alan Garner, THE TIMES (23.7.03) '...[a] brilliant idea...[told with] Mithen's...characteristic virtues: immense erudition, lightly worn; mastery of vast material, wielded with impressive deftness. For clarity of exposition, fluencyof language, vividness of imagination, he is unrivalled in his field...the most readable and...most reliable general survey of the subject since Jack Harlan's, now more than a decade old.'Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, LITERARY REVIEW 'This is an important book, which succeeds in writing about the prehistoric past in a new way, restraining though not eliminating the preoccupations of the writer and offering a wealth of experienced detail for each continent...a sympathetic and informed introduction to a formative period in world history.'Colin Renfrew, TLS (29.8.03) 'Mithen has not only mastered his material, he has delivered a charming read and an up-to-date informative resource. After the Ice is an exceptional book..that students, specialists oR anyone else with curiosity about our early history can enjoy.'Mike Pitts, NEW SCIENTIST 'An engrossing study, lavishly illustrated.'GOOD BOOK GUIDE 'A BIG and important book...Ambitious and original and stimulating study.'THE SCOTSMAN (21.6.03) 'Steven MIthen has written a magnificent account of archaeology worldwide, and in this first edition of Current World Archaeology I am happy to hail the success of a great World Archaeologist.'CURRENT WORLD ARCHAEOLOGY (October 2003) '[AFTER THE ICE] at times reads like fiction, with evocative descriptions of people, places, landscapes and activities, but we can be safe in the knowledge that Mithen knows his facts...His written style is erudite and engaging andhis descriptive prose would be the envy of many novelists. AFTER THE ICE is packed full of information, but there is no obvious bombardment of facts. With few statistics, no tables, footnotes or continually interrupting references(the notes are confined to the back), the reader is an unwitting but enthusiastic participant in the learning process.'OXeN (August 2003)

About Steven Mithen

Steven Mithen is Professor of Early Prehistory and head of the School of Human and environmental Sciences at Reading University. Author of numerous books and articles, he has also consulted and appeared on TV and radio programmes about prehistory around the world.

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GOR010769108
9780297643180
0297643185
After the Ice: A Global Human History 20, 000 - 5, 000 BC by Steven Mithen
Used - Like New
Hardback
Orion Publishing Co
2003-06-26
256
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