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Publisher Comments:

When does history begin? What characterizes it? This brilliant and beautifully written book dissolves the logic of a beginning based on writing, civilization, or historical consciousness and offers a model for a history that escapes the continuing grip of the Judeo-Christian time frame. Daniel Lord Smail argues that, in the wake of the decade of the brain and the bestselling historical work of scientists like Jared Diamond, the time has come for fundamentally new ways of thinking about our past. He shows how recent work in evolution and paleohistory makes it possible to join the deep past with the recent past and abandon, once and for all, the idea of prehistory. Making an enormous literature accessible to the general reader, he lays out a bold new case for bringing neuroscience and neurobiology into the realm of history.

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"Carefully documented and beautifully written." Foreword

Review:

"This is surely a new paradigm for the study of history that will be regarded as revolutionary but which is also well justified. To my knowledge, no other book integrates the study of human history with principles of biological and cultural evolution on such an ambitious scale." David Sloan Wilson, author of Darwin's Cathedral: Evolution, Religion and the Nature of Society

Review:

"This is one of the most exciting books I've read in years. It is so accessible, so groundbreaking, so stimulating, so important that I imagine the next generation of historians will be deeply influenced by what Smail has to say here. Simply dazzling." Lynn Hunt, author of Inventing Human Rights

About the Author

Daniel Lord Smail is Professor of History at Harvard University. He is the author of Imaginary Cartographies (1999), which won the American Historical Association's Herbert Baxter Adams Prize and the Social Science History Association's President's Award; The Consumption of Justice (2003), which won the Law and Society Association's James Willard Hurst Prize; and co-editor of Fama: The Politics of Talk and Reputation in Medieval Europe (2003).

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction: Toward Reunion in History

1. The Grip of Sacred History

2. Resistance

3. Between Darwin and Lamarck

4. The New Neurohistory

5. Civilization and Psychotropy

Epilogue: Looking Ahead

Notes

Bibliography of Works Cited

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520252899
Author:
Smail, Daniel Lord
Publisher:
University of California Press
Author:
Smail, Daniel
Subject:
Historiography
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
History
Subject:
Neuroscience
Subject:
Neuropsychology
Subject:
History -- Philosophy.
Subject:
World history -- Historiography.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
November 2007
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
286
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 x 0.88 in 1 lb

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Product details 286 pages University of California Press - English 9780520252899 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Carefully documented and beautifully written."
"Review" by , "This is surely a new paradigm for the study of history that will be regarded as revolutionary but which is also well justified. To my knowledge, no other book integrates the study of human history with principles of biological and cultural evolution on such an ambitious scale."
"Review" by , "This is one of the most exciting books I've read in years. It is so accessible, so groundbreaking, so stimulating, so important that I imagine the next generation of historians will be deeply influenced by what Smail has to say here. Simply dazzling."
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