This Fleeting World Chapter Summary

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“This Fleeting World” is a summarized version of world history in a short, 92 page book. How can such a small book tell such a large story? Well this book is divided into 3 sections, “The era of foragers”, “The agrarian era”, and “The modern era”. The first era is the era of foragers you may know as the hunter-gatherer era lasted between 300,000 BCE to 10,000 BCE according to this book and was by far the longest era in human history. The second era is the agrarian era which lasted between 13000 BCE and 1750 CE and was the 2nd longest era in human history. The third era is the modern era which started in 1750-present and is so far the shortest era in human history. Each of these sections are only approximately 30 pages long and is relatively short compared to most history books I have read.

David Cristian has many arguments in “This Fleeting World” but he talks about one in particular. His main argument is that by looking at the bigger picture of human history it is possible to find processes that every human has in common. If David went into small little details about human history, the readers would have never known that humans in all parts of the world mostly lived the same. If he didn’t want to argue this, he would have stuck to the little picture and not telling us human history in such a larger scale.

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Absolutely, because this book is extremely short and well written. Even if you don’t have a lot of time on your hands you can just read this short book in a total of just a few hours. But is this book good for studying world history? Definitely, I have never read any other book that talks about history in this type of way. Any other history books I have read talk about specific people that were important to some scientific and technological improvements, but rarely do they ever talk about history in a way that David Christian did. But yes, I do like this book and would recommend this book to anyone interested in world
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