This short book offers a clear and engaging introduction to thehistory of humankind, from the earliest movements of people to thecontemporary epoch of globalization. Cowen traces this complexhistory in a manner which offers both a compelling narrative and ananalytical and comparative treatment. Drawing on a new perspectiveon global history, he traces the intersection of change ineconomics, politics and human beliefs, examining the formation,enlargement and limits of human societies. Global Historyshows how much of human history encompasses three intersectingforces - trading networks, expanding political empires andcrusading creeds.
Abandoning the limits of a Eurocentric view of the world, thebook offers a number of fresh insights. Its periodization embracesmovement across continents and across the millennia. The indigenousAmerican civilizations are included, for instance. The book alsoranges over the early civilizations of China and Europe as well asthe Russian and Islamic worlds. Modern American and Japanesecivilizations are, in addition, a focus for attention. The authorexamines national and regional histories in relation to widerthemes, sequences and global tendencies. In conclusion, he seeks toaddress the question of the extent to which a global society isbeginning to crystallize.