On Deep History and the Brain
By (author) Daniel Lord Smail
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On Deep History and the Brain by Daniel Lord Smail
Book DescriptionWhen does history begin? What characterizes it? This brilliant and beautifully written book dissolves the logic of a beginning based on writing, civilization, or historical consciousness and offers a model for a history that escapes the continuing grip of the Judeo-Christian time frame. Daniel Lord Smail argues that in the wake of the "Decade of the Brain" and the best-selling historical work of scientists like Jared Diamond, the time has come for fundamentally new ways of thinking about our past. He shows how recent work in evolution and paleohistory makes it possible to join the deep past with the recent past and abandon, once and for all, the idea of prehistory. Making an enormous literature accessible to the general reader, he lays out a bold new case for bringing neuroscience and neurobiology into the realm of history.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520258129
(210mm x 140mm x 22mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United States
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Consumption of Justice, Paperback (May 2013)
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Deep History, Paperback (August 2012)
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Fama, Paperback (April 2003)» View all books by Daniel Lord Smail
In medieval Europe, the word fama denoted both talk (what was commonly said about a person or event) and an individual's ensuing reputation (one's fama). Although talk by others was no doubt often feared, it was also valued and even cultivated as a...
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Author Biography - Daniel Lord Smail
Daniel Lord Smail is Professor of History at Harvard University. He is the author of Imaginary Cartographies (1999), which won the American Historical Association's Herbert Baxter Adams Prize and the Social Science History Association's President's Award; The Consumption of Justice (2003), which won the Law and Society Association's James Willard Hurst Prize; and co-editor of Fama: The Politics of Talk and Reputation in Medieval Europe (2003).
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