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The Global Condition: Conquerors, Catastrophes, And Community

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William H. McNeill is known for his ability to portray the grand sweep of history. Now two of his popular books and an essay previously unavailable in book form are brought together in this new paperback edition. In The Human Condition McNeill provides a provocative interpretation of history as a competition of parasites, both biological and human. In The Great Frontier he ...more
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Published October 30th 1992 by Princeton University Press (first published January 1st 1992)
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David Nichols
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This is a collection of lectures that McNeill presented at Clark, Baylor, and Princeton between 1979 and 1986. The first lectures, titled "The Great Frontier," define that frontier as the zone of interaction between Europeans and non-Europeans since 1500, and notes it was characterized by great mobility - since the Europeans had great technological and epidemiological advantages over Native Americans, Australasians, etc. - and social extremes. Frontier regions could be zones of anarchic personal ...more
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Aug 12, 2007 Greg rated it really liked it
A collection of speeches from the late '70s to the '80s that do a pretty good job of encapsulating McNeill's take on world history. For evidence and/or further elaboration, see his other books. Among other things, he posits a "conservation of catastrophe" principle for human history analogous to the conservation of energy idea (which I think I learned in science class once or twice).
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aka William William Hardy McNeill is a Canadian-American world historian and author, particularly noted for his writings on Western civilization. He is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Chicago where he has taught since 1947.
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