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Fagan, Brian M.

Works: 480 works in 2,232 publications in 4 languages and 70,021 library holdings
Genres: History  Dictionaries  Reference works  Biographies  Informational works  Textbooks  Handbooks and manuals  Sources 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Author of introduction, Other, Author of screenplay, Compiler, wpr, Creator, Redactor, Collector, Interviewee, coo
Classifications: E61, 930.1
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Brian M Fagan
The Oxford companion to archaeology by Brian M Fagan( Book )

40 editions published between 1996 and 2006 in English and held by 3,271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thus, anyone interested in North America would find articles that cover the continent from the Arctic to the Eastern Woodlands to the Northwest Coast; that discuss the Iroquois and Algonquian cultures, the hunters of the North American Plains, and the Norse in North America; and that describe sites such as Mesa Verde, Meadowcroft Rockshelter, Serpent Mound, and Poverty Point. Likewise, the coverage of Europe runs from the Paleolithic period, to the Bronze and Iron Ages, to the Post-Roman era; looks at peoples such as the Celts, the Germans, the Vikings, and the Slavs; and describes sites at Altamira, Pompeii, Stonehenge, Terra Amata, and dozens of other locales. The Companion offers equally thorough coverage of Africa, Europe, North America, Mesoamerica, South America, Asia, the Mediterranean, the Near East, Australia, and the Pacific
Floods, famines, and emperors : El Niño and the fate of civilizations by Brian M Fagan( Book )

34 editions published between 1999 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,640 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this dazzlingly original new book, archaeologist Brian Fagan shows that short-term climate shifts have been a major--and hitherto unrecogonized--force in history. El Nino-driven droughts have brought on the collapse of dynasties in Egypt; El Nino monsoon failures have caused historic famines in India; and El Nino floods have destroyed whole civilizations in Peru. Other short-term climate changes may have caused the mysterious abandonment of the Anasizi dwellings of the American Southwest and the collapse of the ancient Maya empire, as well as changed the course of European history
The Little Ice Age : how climate made history, 1300-1850 by Brian M Fagan( Book )

53 editions published between 2000 and 2020 in English and held by 2,453 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A new perspective on familiar events in history describes how a 500-year change in climate that lasted from A.D. 1300 until 1850 shaped modern European history
The great journey : the peopling of ancient America by Brian Murray Fagan( Book )

36 editions published between 1987 and 2004 in English and German and held by 2,436 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This magnificently readable book, fully illustrated with maps, photographs and reconstruction drawings, gives the most authoritative and up-to-date account of the first Americans yet produced
The long summer : how climate changed civilization by Brian M Fagan( Book )

53 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and Italian and held by 2,265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Until very recently, we had no detailed record of climate changes during the Holocene. Now we do, and Brian Fagan shows us how climate functioned as what historian Paul Kennedy described as one of the "deeper transformations" of history - a more important factor than we have heretofore understood." "In The Long Summer, Fagan shows how a thousand-year chill caused by the sudden shutting off of the Gulf Stream led people in the Near East to abandon hunting and gathering to take up the cultivation of plant foods; how the catastrophic flood that created the Black Sea drove settlers deep into Europe; how a subsequent warming and drying of the Sahara forced its cattle-herding peoples to take up a less hazardous life along the banks of the Nile; how the Roman Empire extended north in Gaul only as far - and for as long - as the climate allowed sustained cereal farming; and how a period of increased rainfall in East Africa in the sixth century spread rat populations and the bubonic plague throughout the Mediterranean, and how this in turn spurred massive migrations that helped shape modern Europe and the Middle East." "The Long Summer illuminates for the first time the centuries-long pattern of human adaptation to the demands and challenges of an ever-changing climate - demands and challenges that are still with us today."--Jacket
People of the earth = formerly Men of the earth : an introduction to world prehistory by Brian M Fagan( Book )

104 editions published between 1977 and 2019 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,018 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of human history throughout the world is told in this book, from the origins of humankind to the beginnings of literate civilizations. Fagan does not favour any specific theoretical position. This eighth edition includes recent developments and emerging topics such as cultural complexity among hunter-gatherers and the origins of agriculture
The rape of the Nile : tomb robbers, tourists, and archaeologists in Egypt by Brian M Fagan( Book )

61 editions published between 1975 and 2020 in 3 languages and held by 1,980 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is a thoroughly revised edition of The Rape of the Nile - Brian Fagan's classic account of the cavalcade of archaeologists, thieves, and sightseers who have flocked to the Nile Valley since ancient times. Long considered a benchmark in narrative archaeology, this edition updates the saga with new accounts of stunning recent discoveries - including the Royal Tombs of Tanis, the Valley of Golden Mummies at Bahariya, the Tomb of the Sons of Ramses, and the sunken city of Alexandria (whose lighthouse was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World). Fagan concludes with an assessment of the impact of modern mass tourism on archaeological sites and artifacts."--Jacket
In the beginning; an introduction to archaeology by Brian M Fagan( Book )

74 editions published between 1972 and 2020 in English and held by 1,789 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the Beginning describes the basic methods and theoretical approaches of archaeology. This is a book about fundamental principles written in a clear, flowing style, with minimal use of technical jargon, which approaches archaeology from a global perspective. Starting with a broad-based introduction to the field, it surveys the highlights of archaeology's colorful history, then covers the basics of preservation, dating the past, and the context of archaeological finds. Descriptions of field survey, including the latest remote sensing methods, excavation, and artifact analysis lead into the study of ancient environments, landscapes and settlement patterns, and the people of the past. Two chapters cover cultural resource management, public archaeology, and the important role of archaeology in contemporary society. There is also an essay on archaeology as a potential career. In the Beginning takes the reader on an evenly balanced journey though today's archaeology. This well-illustrated account, with its numerous boxes and sidebars, is laced with interesting, and sometimes entertaining examples of archaeological research from all parts of the world. This classic textbook of archaeological method and theory has been in print for nearly fifty years and is used in many countries around the world. It is aimed at introductory students in archaeology and anthropology taking survey courses on archaeology, as well as more advanced readers"--
Writing archaeology : telling stories about the past by Brian M Fagan( )

27 editions published between 2005 and 2018 in English and held by 1,767 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Archaeology's best known author of popular books and texts distills decades of experience in this well-received guide designed to help others wanting to broaden the audience for their work. Brian Fagan's no nonsense approach explains how to get started writing, how to use the tools of experienced writers to make archaeology come alive, and how to get your work revised and finished. He also describes the process by which publishers decide to accept your work, and the path your publication will follow after it is accepted by a press. The new edition contains chapters on academic writing and on writing in the digital environment."--Publisher's website
The great warming : climate change and the rise and fall of civilizations by Brian M Fagan( Book )

16 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 1,764 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the 10th to the 15th centuries, the earth experienced a rise in surface temperature that changed climate worldwide--a preview of today's global warming. In some areas, including Western Europe, longer summers brought bountiful harvests and population growth that led to cultural flowering. In the Arctic, Inuit and Norse sailors made cultural connections across thousands of miles as they traded precious iron goods. Polynesian sailors, riding new wind patterns, were able to settle the remotest islands on earth. But in many parts of the world, the warm centuries brought drought and famine. Elaborate societies in western and Central America collapsed, and the vast building complexes of Chaco Canyon and the Mayan Yucatan were left empty. Anthropologist and historian Brian Fagan reveals how subtle changes in the environment had far-reaching effects on human life, in a narrative that sweeps from the Arctic ice cap to the Sahara to the Indian Ocean.--From publisher description
Ancient North America : the archaeology of a continent by Brian M Fagan( Book )

47 editions published between 1991 and 2019 in English and held by 1,630 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Hailed on its first publication as a masterly account for both general reader and student, Ancient North America traces the entire course of native American history from the first appearance of humans in the New World more than 14,000 years ago to the cataclysmic aftermath of European settlement." "This standard synthesis has now been completely revised and expanded by Professor Fagan for the second edition. Controversies over first settlement are updated. A new chapter has been added on the eastern Plains farmers and their interaction with the nomads of the Great Plains. Canadian cultures and archaeological sites receive additional attention, with expanded coverage of Northwest Coast prehistory. New sections describe the rock paintings of the Pecos area and the archaeology of the Northwest Plateau. Current theoretical issues are debated, guiding the reader through a rapidly changing field."--BOOK JACKET
Fish on Friday : feasting, fasting, and the discovery of the New World by Brian Fagan( Book )

26 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in English and held by 1,602 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Fish on Friday tells a new story of the discovery of America. In Brian Fagan's view, that discovery is the product of the long sweep of history: the spread of Christianity and the radical cultural changes it brought to Europe, the interaction of economic necessity with a changing climate, and generations of unknown fishermen who explored the North Atlantic in the centuries before Columbus. The Church's tradition of not eating meats on holy days created a vast market for fish that could not be fully satisfied by fish farms, better boats, or new preservation techniques. Then, when climate change in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries diminished fish stocks off Norway and Iceland, fishermen were forced to range ever farther to the west - eventually discovering incredibly rich shoals within sight of Newfoundland."--Jacket
Time detectives : how archeologists use technology to recapture the past by Brian M Fagan( Book )

25 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 1,359 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The focus of archeology has changed from collecting artifacts to using advanced technology to learn more about how our ancestors lived
The journey from Eden : the peopling of our world by Brian M Fagan( Book )

20 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 1,356 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Addresses how our ancestors succeeded in colonizing the globe
Archaeology : a brief introduction by Brian M Fagan( Book )

59 editions published between 1978 and 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,324 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Archaeology: A Brief Introduction, by renowned archaeologist and author Brian M. Fagan, sets the standard for an introduction to the field, drawing on examples from all periods of the human past. With concise and comprehensive writing, Archaeology provides readers with authoritative knowledge on basic principles, methods, and theoretical approaches to archaeology. New and updated information includes an emphasis on gender and ethnic diversity, increased coverage of ethics and the role of archaeology in the modern world, and an extended discussion of non-intrusive archaeology and remote sensing. Brief, yet comprehensive, Archaeology, 6/e successfully provides an overview of archaeology, beginning with coverage on research and the principles of culture, context, and dating methods
The attacking ocean : the past, present, and future of rising sea levels by Brian M Fagan( Book )

17 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 1,322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Over the past fifteen thousand years the Earth has witnessed dramatic changes in sea level. The last Ice Age, when coastlines were more than 700 feet below modern levels, saw rapid global warming, and over the following ten millennia, the oceans climbed in fits and starts. These changes had little impact on the humans of the day, because the Earth's population was then so small, and those few people were more mobile than today's static populations. Global sea levels stabilised about five thousand years ago. As urban civilisations developed in Egypt, Mesopotamia and South Asia the curve of inexorably rising seas flattened out. The planet's population boomed, and by the Industrial Revolution was five times its size two thousand years earlier. And as we crowded shorelines to live, fish and trade, we put ourselves at ever greater risk from the oceans. Changes in sea level are historically cumulative and gradual, but since 1860, the world has warmed significantly and the ocean's climb has accelerated again. From the Great Flood to Hurricane Sandy, this book explores the changing complexity of the relationship between humans and the sea at their doorsteps, and shows how vulnerable our modern society is
Clash of cultures by Brian M Fagan( Book )

24 editions published between 1984 and 2013 in English and held by 1,246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Clash of Cultures, Second Edition, is a captivating exploration of the Age of Discovery, when Western civilization first came into contact - and conflict - with all the other peoples of the world. Internationally known archeologist Brian Fagan draws on original sources and scholarly writing from dozens of academic disciplines to chart the tragic effects of first contact, illuminating the resulting racism, ethnocentrism, and ever-growing chasm between industrial nations and traditional societies. This seminal book includes case studies covering a wide variety of societies, including the Khoikhoi of South Africa, the Aztecs of Mexico, and the Tahitians. Special attention is paid to the Hurons of Canada, the natives of the American Northwest, and the Tasmanians and Maori of New Zealand. The second edition includes a new introduction, chapters on early Japan and the effects of epidemic disease, and a revised guide to further reading. Clash of Cultures is an ideal text for students studying the background of the modern world
Fishing : how the sea fed civilization by Brian M Fagan( )

11 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 1,239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Before prehistoric humans began to cultivate grain, they had three main methods of acquiring food: hunting, gathering, and fishing. Hunting and gathering are no longer economically important, having been replaced by their domesticated equivalents, ranching and farming. But fishing, humanity's last major source of food from the wild, has grown into a worldwide industry on which we have never been more dependent. In this history of fishing--not as sport but as sustenance--archaeologist and writer Brian Fagan argues that fishing rivaled agriculture in its importance to civilization. It sustainably provided enough food to allow cities, nations, and empires to grow, but it did so with a different emphasis. Where agriculture encouraged stability, fishing demanded travel, trade, and movement. It required a constant search for new and better fishing grounds; its technologies, centered on boats, facilitated journeys of discovery; and fish themselves, when dried and salted, were the ideal food--lightweight, nutritious, and long-lasting--for traders, travelers, and conquering armies. In Fishing, Fagan tours archaeological sites worldwide to show readers how fishing fed the development of cities, empires, and ultimately the modern world."--Jacket
Archaeologists : explorers of the human past by Brian M Fagan( )

10 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 1,207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides biographical information about thirty-four archaeologists who contributed significantly to the discipline between the 1700s and the 1960s
Eyewitness to discovery : first-person accounts of more than fifty of the world's greatest archaeological discoveries by Brian M Fagan( Book )

13 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and held by 1,195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Eyewitness to Discovery, Brian M. Fagan gathers together 55 vivid accounts of the world's greatest archaeological discoveries, from the tomb of Tutankhamun and the Aegean Marbles to Otzi the Iceman and Macchu Picchu, told by the people who discovered them. The selections chronicle the development of the field, from the early 1700s when archaeology was little more than a lighthearted treasure hunt, to the late twentieth century when discoveries often come not only from spectacular excavations, but also from the screens of computers or from the analysis of pollen grains invisible to the naked eye. Fagan provides engaging, informative introductions to each selection, as well as an introduction to the volume that lays out the history of archaeology. But the heart of the book is the excitement of the discoveries themselves
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The Oxford companion to archaeology
Floods, famines, and emperors : El Niño and the fate of civilizationsThe Little Ice Age : how climate made history, 1300-1850The great journey : the peopling of ancient AmericaThe long summer : how climate changed civilizationPeople of the earth = formerly Men of the earth : an introduction to world prehistoryThe rape of the Nile : tomb robbers, tourists, and archaeologists in EgyptIn the beginning; an introduction to archaeologyWriting archaeology : telling stories about the past
Alternative Names

Brian Fagan

Brian Fagan egittologo britannico

Brian Fagan US-amerikanischer Anthropologe

Brian M. Fagan Amerikaans antropoloog

Fagan, B. M.

Fagan Brian

Fagan Brian 1936-....

Fagan, Brian M. 1936-

Fagan, Brian M. (Brian Murray)

Fagan, Brian M. (Brian Murray), 1936-

Fagan, Brian Murray

Fagan, Brian-Murray 1936-

Faganas B.

Faganas Brajanas

Faganas Brianas

Fagen, Bulian M. 1936-

Fegans, Braiens M.

Fegans, Braiens M., 1936-

Murray Fagan, Brian 1936-

Фаган Б.

Фаган Брайан М.

Фейган, Брайан

Բրայան Ֆեյգան

פאגן, בריאן מ.

براين فاجان

براين فاغان

بريان م. فاجان، 1936-

فاغان، براين، 1936-

페이건, 브라이언 1936-

페이건, 브라이언 M. 1936-

페이건, 브라이언 머리 1936-

フェイガン, B. M.

フェイガン, ブライアン

フェイガン, ブライアン・M


法根, 布里安 M. 1936-

费根布莱恩 M.

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