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The Resource The world until yesterday : what can we learn from traditional societies?, Jared Diamond

The world until yesterday : what can we learn from traditional societies?, Jared Diamond

Label
The world until yesterday : what can we learn from traditional societies?
Title
The world until yesterday
Title remainder
what can we learn from traditional societies?
Statement of responsibility
Jared Diamond
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Most of us take for granted the features of our modern society, from air travel and telecommunications to literacy and obesity. Yet for nearly all of its six million years of existence, human society had none of these things. While the gulf that divides us from our primitive ancestors may seem unbridgeably wide, we can glimpse much of our former lifestyle in those largely traditional societies still or recently in existence. Societies like those of the New Guinea Highlanders remind us that it was only yesterday, in evolutionary time, when everything changed, and that we moderns still possess bodies and social practices often better adapted to traditional than to modern conditions. This book provides a firsthand picture of the human past as it had been for millions of years, a past that has mostly vanished, and considers what the differences between that past and our present mean for our lives today. The author does not romanticize traditional societies -- after all, we are shocked by some of their practices -- but he finds that their solutions to universal human problems such as child rearing, elder care, dispute resolution, risk, and physical fitness have much to teach us
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Diamond, Jared M
Dewey number
305.89/912
Illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
DU744.35.D32
LC item number
D53 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Dani (New Guinean people)
  • Dani (New Guinean people)
  • Dani (New Guinean people)
  • Social evolution
  • Social change
  • Papua New Guinea
Label
The world until yesterday : what can we learn from traditional societies?, Jared Diamond
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Paperback copies have imprint: New York : Penguin, 2013
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
BUE-8376
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 499 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780670024810
Isbn Type
(hc)
Lccn
2012018386
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
map
Label
The world until yesterday : what can we learn from traditional societies?, Jared Diamond
Publication
Note
Paperback copies have imprint: New York : Penguin, 2013
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
BUE-8376
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 499 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780670024810
Isbn Type
(hc)
Lccn
2012018386
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
map

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