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- DescriptionI have seen yesterday. I kw tomorrow. This inscription in Tutankhamun's tomb summarizes The Fifth Beginning. Here, archeologist Robert Kelly explains how the study of our cultural past can predict the future of humanity. In an eminently readable style, Kelly identifies four key pivot points in the six-million-year history of human development: the emergence of techlogy, culture, agriculture, and the state. In each example, the author examines the long-term processes that resulted in a definitive -turning-back change for the organization of society. Kelly then looks ahead, giving us evidence for what he calls a fifth beginning, one that began about AD 1500. Some might call it globalization, but the author places it in its larger context: a 5,000-year arms race, capitalism's global reach, and the cultural effects of a worldwide communication network. Kelly predicts the emergent phemena of this fifth beginning will include the end of war as a viable way to resolve disputes, the end of capitalism as we kw it, the widespread appearance of world citizenship, and forms of cooperation that end nation-states' near-sacred status. It's the end of life, as we have kwn it. However, this book and the author are cautiously optimistic: it dwells t on the coming chaos, but on humanity's great potential.
- Author BiographyRobert L. Kelly is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wyoming. He is a past president of the Society for American Archaeology, current editor of American Antiquity, author of The Lifeways of Hunter-Gatherers, and coauthor of two popular textbooks, Archaeology and Archaeology: Down to Earth. He has conducted archaeological research throughout the western United States for more than forty years.
- Author(s)Dr. Robert L. Kelly
- PublisherUniversity of California Press
- Date of Publication06/12/2016
- Place of PublicationBerkerley
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of California Press
- Content Note2 maps, 2 charts
- Weight363 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine12 mm
- Format DetailsCloth over boards
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