||Edward A. Alpes
||Oxford University Press
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This book forms one of the parts of the New Oxford World History series which tells world history differently compared to any other source. First, it is comprehensive, covering all countries and regions of the world and investigating the total human experience - even those of so-called peoples without histories living far from the great civilizations. "New" world historians thus share in common an interest in all of human history, even going back millions of years before there were written human records. A few "new" world histories even extend their focus to the entire universe, a "big history" perspective that dramatically shifts the beginning of the story back to the big bang. Some see the "new" global framework of world history today as viewing the world from the vantage point of the Moon, as one scholar put it. We agree. But we also want to take a close-up view, analyzing and reconstructing the significant experiences of all of humanity.