Are there broad lines in history and if so can we explain them? This is the subject of the book Big History and the Future of Humanity by Dr. Fred Spier, which appears this month courtesy of the Anglo-American publisher Wiley-Blackwell.
Are there broad lines in history and, if so, can we explain them? This is the subject of the book Big History and the Future of Humanity by Dr. Fred Spier, which will be published this month by the Anglo-American publisher Wiley-Blackwell. Spier is a University Professor at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies (IIS) of the University of Amsterdam (UvA). In his book he offers a new and simple blueprint through which all of history can be better understood. In addition to a clear overview of the historical developments, he also provides insight into what we can expect from the future.
The book is based on Spier's fifteen years experience of teaching and research in the field of big history. The big history approach places the history of humans within the context of the rest of life, the earth, the solar system, our milky way and the entire universe. This new view of history has led to an exciting discovery: by looking at the big picture, simple patterns can be seen that allow all aspects of history to be at least partially explained.
Fred Spier: Big History and the Future of Humanity