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What's the Use of "Big History?" David Christian San Diego State University
**This presentation was originally given at the World History AP exam reading in Lincoln, Nebraska, in June 2005. David Christian has generously allowed World History Connected to reproduce the presentation, along with PowerPoints.
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This is a really interesting article that has parallels to some of the concepts explored in Ishmael. For instance he talks at length about the agricultural revolution as it ultimately relates to the population explosion. He calls it "increasing control of energy" rather than "locking up the food," but it's the same concept.
The really interesting bit is that he focuses on SUCH a large scale, but manages to arrive at many of the same points as Ishmael, and to portray the same overall attitude. It's fascinating, really. I mean, this guy is exploring the origins of the UNIVERSE (yep, as in all the way back to the Big Bang) as a means to get a better context for more current history and "see familiar things in new ways."