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The Atlas of Early Man: The Rise of Man Across the Globe, From 35,000 B.C. to A.D. 500 With Over 1,000 Maps And Illustrations
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The Atlas of Early Man: The Rise of Man Across the Globe, From 35,000 B.C. to A.D. 500 With Over 1,000 Maps And Illustrations [Paperback]

Jaquetta Hawkes
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August 15, 1993
The Atlas of Early Man is a unique, and uniquely fascinating, work of popular natural history. For nearly two decades, it has been the definitive survey of the human developments that were the building blocks of scores of different civilizations, offering the kind of irresistible blend of history, science, and cultural study that will capture the interest and imagination of almost any reader.

Now, in the first new edition since 1981, Jacquetta Hawkes's landmark volume is at last available in paperback. It is a book that fills in the gaps in our overall understanding of the ancient world: Through one thousand maps, diagrams, drawings, and illustrations, it compares the cultures of historical contemporaries, placing simultaneous developments in art, religion, technology, science, architecture, and government in graphic perspective. What was happening in China when the pyramids were being built in Egypt? What had been achieved in the Americas when wheeled vehicles first rolled across Sumeria? What point of progress had been reached in Western Europe when the Roman Empire was at its height? Hawkes's eloquent and comprehensive text brings these worlds alive for us, not just as historical entities but as living, thriving civilizations. Did the advances of man occur independently across the oceans and continents, or were they the results of a spreading influence? The provocative clarity of Hawkes's treatment enables us to draw our own conclusions to such questions-and dispels the clouds that have been so long blocked our view of early history.

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"For both professionals and the purely curious, archaeologist Jacquetta Hawkes now provides a brilliant series of answers-a chart of all the ancients whose past is our prologue." --Time

"Well-organized, profusely illustrated...invaluable." --Library Journal

"Jacquetta Hawkes, a distinguished archaeologist, historian and writer, has imposed a measure of order on this age-long, complex story...A splendid introduction to the subject." --Houston Post

"Superbly illustrated...A useful reference and fun for the casual browser." --Publishers Weekly

"Up to now, historians of man have been linear, starting with the first Homo Sapiens and moving up to the present day. This work attempts noting less than to show what was occurring simultaneously in eight geographical areas in as many time periods...A fascinating book to read and an invaluable reference work." --Columbus Dispatch

About the Author

Jacquetta Hawkes, the distinguished archaeologist, historian, and author, lives at Stratford-upon-Avon in England. she studied at Cambridge and has traveled extensively; among her best-known books are A Land, Man on Earth, The World of the Past, The Dawn of the Gods, The First Great Civilizations, and the Atlas of Ancient Archaeology.

Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (August 15, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312097468
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312097462
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.7 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,608,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars August 8, 2016
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Extremely detailed, really for the professional researcher.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Informative and very interesting December 29, 2013
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This book is informative and very interesting. I chose this book to further my understanding and perspective on various elements of history and society.
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great research
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