A brief history of the world based on material in the web site "Worldforusall". This book brings together in printed form the essays that introduce the nine big eras in World History for Us All, a web-based model curriculum for world history. Takes a global approach which focuses on "big ideas of continuity and change" rather than on individual civilizations. Includes study questions for each chapter.
Introduction: history, geography and time -- Big era one: humans in the universe (1.3 billion-200,000 years ago) -- Big era two: human beings almost everywhere (200,000-10,000 years ago) -- Big era three: farming and the emergence of complex societies (10,000-1000 BCE) -- Big era four: expanding networks of exchange and encounter (1200 BCE-500 CE) -- Big era five: patterns of interregional unity (300-1500 CE) -- Big era six: the great global convergence (1400-1800 CE) -- Big era seven: industrialization and its consequences (1750-1914 CE) -- Big era eight: a half-century of crisis (1900-1945) -- Big era nine: paradoxes of global acceleration (1945-present) -- Epilogue: reflecting on the past, thinking about the future.