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Origins: How the Earth Shaped Human History By Lewis Dartnell

Human evolution in East Africa was driven by geological forces. Ancient Greece developed democracy because of its mountainous terrain. Voting behavior in the United States today follows the bed of an ancient sea. Origins: How the Earth Shaped Human History Download free.

Professor Lewis Dartnell takes us on an astonishing journey into our planet’s past to tell the ultimate origin story. Blending science and history, Origins reveals the Earth’s awesome impact on the shape of human civilizations – and helps us to see the challenges and opportunities of the future.

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,Originsreveals the breathtaking impact of the earth beneath our feet on the shape of our human civilizations.


Origins: How Earth’s History Shaped Human History

Author(s): Dartnell, Lewis

Publisher: Basic Books, Year: 2019

ISBN: 9781541617902

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