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A New York Times-bestselling author explains how the physical world shaped the history of our species
When we talk about human history, we often focus on great leaders, population forces, and decisive wars. But how has the earth itself determined our destiny? Our planet wobbles, driving changes in climate that forced the transition from nomadism to farming. Mountainous terrain led to the development of democracy in Greece. Atmospheric circulation patterns later on shaped the progression of global exploration, colonization, and trade. Even today, voting behavior in the south-east United States ultimately follows the underlying pattern of 75 million-year-old sediments from an ancient sea. Everywhere is the deep imprint of the planetary on the human.
From the cultivation of the first crops to the founding of modern states, Origins reveals the breathtaking impact of the earth beneath our feet on the shape of our human civilizations.

3 comments on “Origins: How Earth's History Shaped Human History”

  1. A page turner biography of our unsteady planet, its creatures--and us. If you're interested in your planet's astonishing evolution from red hot asteroid to green Eden, and haven't kept up with recent research into Earth's prehistory, you'll appreciate hearing from a science writer who has kept up, and can tell stories about it in prose worthy of Carl Sagan, Richard Dawkins, or Timothy Ferris.The general theme is of how several billion years of tectonic plate collisions & volcanic upheavals have left their imprint on biological & human history all the...

  2. Geography as Fate It is a worthwhile thing to look up, beyond the trap of the daily rat-race once in awhile, and to catch a glimpse of the giant wheel of fate, or perhaps call it geography instead, that grinds around human existence.Lewis Dartnell has revealed the long view in this fascinating look. It also reminded me of how little we have control of our existence as a species, while bustling about in the day to day. It seems fate handed us a climate interregnum in which to become what we have...

  3. Essential Knowledge of Human History Lewis Dartnell’s “Origins” brilliantly weaves together how the sciences of astronomy, geology, evolution, and geography largely determined the first permanent human civilizations on earth. Every high school and college in the country would be well served to have this book as essential reading.

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