History of Humanity: From the seventh century B.C. to the seventh century A.D.

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Sigfried J. de Laet, Joachim Herrmann
UNESCO, Jan 1, 1996 - Civilization - 626 pages
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The period covered is marked by several turning-points, such as the spread of iron technology, the introduction of innovative irrigation systems and the development of new forms of urbanization. In China, India and the Mediterranean, in Central America and in parts of South America, the so-called 'Classical cultures' rose. For the first time, science attempted to develop independently of myth and religion, as a new method to explain nature and human destiny. But this period also witnessed the rise of universal religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity and, in the seventh century, Islam.
 

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This is the third volume in the History of Humanity series, covering a time period from 700 BCE to 700 CE with a truly global geographical span. It is primarily a reference work, but it can well be ... Read full review

Contents

Peoples and tribes in Central Northern and 272 16 5 Aksumite Ethiopia and its precursors 341
13
Western Asia between 700 BC and 250 BC
117
B Thematic Section 9 7 3 The fall of the Old Persian Empire and
125
Nuclear regions and peripheries 41 Felix and the Himyarite
139
The Mediterranean World and its Northern 147 Editors note
212
The Hellenistic World and the Roman Empire 188 12 4 2 The period ofjustinian
250
in The African Continent 285 K T M Hedge
359
North Africa 289 empire
368
The Nile Valley 303 R Champakalakshmi
398
SubSaharan Africa 332 Introduction
441
Wemer Sundermann 29 3 The Classic period of Maya civilization
562
30 3 The southern frontiers of Andean civilization 590 and the cultures of southern South America
589
The Eastern Zhou from 800 to 300 BC 485
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Qin and Han 495
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