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Christian, David 1946-

Overview
Works: 83 works in 317 publications in 7 languages and 9,047 library holdings
Genres: History  Encyclopedias  Conference papers and proceedings  Educational films  Filmed lectures  Nonfiction films 
Roles: Author, Editor, Narrator, Other, win, edc, Author of introduction, Illustrator
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by David Christian
Maps of time : an introduction to big history by David Christian( )

14 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and Spanish and held by 3,837 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An introduction to a new way of looking at history, from a perspective that stretches from the beginning of time to the present day, Maps of Time is world history on an unprecedented scale. Beginning with the Big Bang, David Christian views the interaction of the natural world with the more recent arrivals in flora and fauna, including human beings".--
Origin story : a big history of everything by David Christian( Book )

12 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and Dutch and held by 905 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Most historians study the smallest slivers of time, emphasizing specific dates, individuals, and documents. But what would it look like to study the whole of history, from the big bang through the present day--and even into the remote future? How would looking at the full span of time change the way we perceive the universe, the earth, and our very existence? These were the questions David Christian set out to answer when he created the field of "Big History," the most exciting new approach to understanding where we have been, where we are, and where we are going. In Origin Story, Christian takes readers on a wild ride through the entire 13.8 billion years we've come to know as "history." By focusing on defining events (thresholds), major trends, and profound questions about our origins, Christian exposes the hidden threads that tie everything together--from the creation of the planet to the advent of agriculture, nuclear war, and beyond. With stunning insights into the origin of the universe, the beginning of life, the emergence of humans, and what the future might bring, Origin Story boldly reframes our place in the cosmos."--Jacket
Living water : vodka and Russian society on the eve of emancipation by David Christian( Book )

19 editions published between 1990 and 2001 in English and held by 512 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This title provides a study of the social, economic and political role of vodka in 19th century Russia. It focuses on the 'Great Reforms' of the 1860s, in some ways a parallel period to the glasnost of the 1980s, when vodka went through a transitional period, with the abolition of vodka tax
Bread and salt : a social and economic history of food and drink in Russia by R. E. F Smith( Book )

12 editions published between 1984 and 2008 in English and held by 463 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bread and Salt - a literal translation of the Russian word for hospitality - explores the social and economic implications of eating and drinking in Russia in the thousand years before 1900. Eating and drinking are viewed here as social activities which involves the economics of production, storage and distribution of food stuffs. These activities attract both social controls and state taxation; in this way the everyday process of eating and drinking is linked with the history of Russia. The dominance of grain in the diet throughout the period and the importance of salt, as implied in the title, are dealt with, as are the early Russian beer-drinking fraternities. The relatively late introduction of spirits, in the from of vodka, and it disastrous consequences in social terms are described. Tea and the samovar, also much more a latecomer than is generally realized, did little to diminish excessive drinking. Drinking, in any event, was by no means discourage by the state, since it was a major source of state income. The final section of the book looks at rural diets in the nineteenth century, when some variation and new items, such as the potato, became important. At the same time, peasants depended basically on the grain crop, as they had for thousands of years. Forced by txation to enter the market, afflicted by severe famines towards the end of the century, many peasants ate and drank no better as a result of the modernization of the county. (Publisher)
A history of Russia, Central Asia, and Mongolia by David Christian( Book )

in English and held by 427 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Imperial and Soviet Russia : power, privilege, and the challenge of modernity by David Christian( Book )

21 editions published between 1997 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 398 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is impossible to make sense of the modern world without understanding the vast, and ultimately unsuccessful, experiment with Communism that began in Russia in 1917. Imperial and Soviet Russia offers a coherent interpretation of the turbulent history of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union during the last two centuries. Tracing the roots of the Communist experiment in the peasant world of traditional Russia, it shows how the harsh social and economic changes of the nineteenth century created enough dislocation to topple the tsarist regime and bring the Bolsheviks to power in 1917
Big History by David Christian( Book )

12 editions published between 2011 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 386 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why does the universe work the way it does? Why are stars so big? Why are humans so small? What does it mean to be human? Big History blends geology, biology, physics, anthropology, sociology, and so much more to tell one coherent story, taking us right back to our origins and exploring how a unique series of events led to and then impacted human existence: how everything came to be, where we fit in, and even where we are going. Graphics, artworks, timelines, and at-a-glance overviews make the causes and effects of pivotal events and major thresholds in Big History instantly accessible, and evidence features explain how we know what we know. An additional 64-page reference section provides a more conventional account of events in human history. Placing humans in the context of our universe and revealing how and why we got to where we are today, Big History covers 13.8 billion years of history, from the formation of the universe and the dawn of time to the present day
Big history : the Big Bang, life on earth, and the rise of humanity by David Christian( Visual )

8 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 202 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lectures by Dr. David Christian, Professor of History at San Diego State University. Surveys the past at all possible scales, from conventional history, to the much larger scales of biology and geology, to the universal scales of cosmology
This fleeting world : a short history of humanity by David Christian( Book )

9 editions published between 2008 and 2017 in English and Chinese and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A great historian can make clear the connections between the first Homo sapiens and today's version of the species, and a great storyteller can make those connections come alive. David Christian is both, and This Fleeting World: A Short History of Humanity, makes the journey--from the earliest foraging era to the agrarian era to our own modern era--a fascinating one. Ready to help your students give up their preconceptions that anything old is probably boring? Enter This Fleeting World."--Publisher description
History of Russia, Central Asia and Mongolia by David Christian( )

6 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 176 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beginning with the breakup of the Mongol Empire in the mid-thirteenth century, Volume II of this comprehensive work covers the remarkable history of "Inner Eurasia," from 1260 up to modern times, completing the story begun in Volume I. Volume II describes how agriculture spread through Inner Eurasia, providing the foundations for new agricultural states, including the Russian Empire. It focuses on the idea of "mobilization"--The distinctive ways in which elite groups mobilized resources from their populations, and how those methods were shaped by the region's distinctive ecology, which differed greatly from that of "Outer Eurasia," the southern half of Eurasia and the part of Eurasia most studied by historians. This work also examines how fossil fuels created a bonanza of energy that helped shape the history of the Communist world during much of the twentieth century. Filled with figures, maps, and tables to help give readers a fuller understanding of what has transpired over 750 years in this distinctive world region, A History of Russia, Central Asia and Mongolia: Volume II: Inner Eurasia from the Mongol Empire to Today, 1260-2000 is a magisterial but accessible account of this area's past, that will offer readers new insights into the history of an often misunderstood part of the world. --
The Cambridge world history( )

19 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Volume I of 'The Cambridge World History' is an introduction to both the discipline of world history and the earliest phases of world history up to 10,000 BCE. In Part I leading scholars outline the approaches, methods, and themes that have shaped and defined world history scholarship across the world and right up to the present day. Chapters examine the historiographical development of the field globally, periodization, divergence and convergence, belief and knowledge, technology and innovation, family, gender, anthropology, migration, and fire. Part II surveys the vast Paleolithic era, which laid the foundations for human history, and concentrates on the most recent phases of hominin evolution, the rise of Homo sapiens and the very earliest human societies through to the end of the last ice age. Anthropologists, archaeologists, historical linguists and historians examine climate and tools, language, and culture, as well as offering regional perspectives from across the world."--From publisher's website
Big history : the big bang, life on earth, and the rise of humanity by David Christian( Recording )

8 editions published between 2008 and 2015 in English and held by 132 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dr. David Christian, professor of history at San Diego State University, surveys the past at all possible scales, from conventional history, to the much larger scales of biology and geology, to the universal scales of cosmology
Origin story : a big history of everything by David Christian( Recording )

5 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A captivating history of the universe -- from before the dawn of time through the far reaches of the distant future. Most historians study the smallest slivers of time, emphasizing specific dates, individuals, and documents. But what would it look like to study the whole of history, from the big bang through the present day -- and even into the remote future? How would looking at the full span of time change the way we perceive the universe, the earth, and our very existence? These were the questions David Christian set out to answer when he created the field of "Big History," the most exciting new approach to understanding where we have been, where we are, and where we are going. In Origin Story, Christian takes readers on a wild ride through the entire 13.8 billion years we've come to know as "history." By focusing on defining events (thresholds), major trends, and profound questions about our origins, Christian exposes the hidden threads that tie everything together -- from the creation of the planet to the advent of agriculture, nuclear war, and beyond. With stunning insights into the origin of the universe, the beginning of life, the emergence of humans, and what the future might bring, Origin Story boldly reframes our place in the cosmos
Worlds of the Silk Roads, ancient and modern : proceedings from the Second Conference of the Australasian Society for Inner Asian Studies (A.S.I.A.S.), Macquarie University, September 21-22, 1996 by Australasian Society for Inner Asian Studies( Book )

13 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A history of Russia, Central Asia and Mongolia by David Christian( Book )

16 editions published between 1998 and 2018 in English and held by 104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This title provides an all-encompassing look at the history of Russia, Central Asia, and Mongolia. Beginning with the breakup of the Mongol Empire in the mid-thirteenth century, volume II of this comprehensive work covers the remarkable history of 'Inner Eurasia,' from 1260 up to modern times, completing the story begun in Volume I. Volume II describes how agriculture spread through Inner Eurasia, providing the foundations for new agricultural states, including the Russian Empire. It focuses on the idea of 'mobilization' - the distinctive ways in which elite groups mobilized resources from their populations, and how those methods were shaped by the region's distinctive ecology, which differed greatly from that of 'Outer Eurasia,' the southern half of Eurasia and the part of Eurasia most studied by historians
Realms of the Silk Roads, ancient and modern : proceedings from the Third Conference of the Australasian Society for Inner Asian Studies (A.S.I.A.S.), Macquarie University, September 18-20, 1998 by Australasian Society for Inner Asian Studies( Book )

10 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Big history : between nothing and everything by David Christian( Book )

7 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Big History: Between Nothing and Everything surveys the past not just of humanity, or even of planet Earth, but of the entire universe. In reading this book instructors and students will retrace a voyage that began 13.7 billion years ago with the Big Bang and the appearance of the universe. Big history incorporates findings from cosmology, earth and life sciences, and human history, and assembles them into a single, universal historical narrative of our universe and of our place within it. The first edition of Big History: Between Nothing and Everything, is written by the pioneers of the field, and presents a framework for learning about anything and everything. It encourages students to think critically about our cumulative history and the future of the world through a variety of lenses."--Publisher description
Berkshire encyclopedia of world history( Book )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An integrated view of the history of our global community from a 21st-century perspective, with a focus on environmental and social issues. The 580 articles, edited and written by scholars around the world, examine connections and interactions made over time (and across cultures and locales) through trade, warfare, migration, religion, and diplomacy"--Provided by publisher
A history of Russia, Central Asia, and Mongolia by David Christian( Book )

10 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Big History : die Geschichte der Welt - vom Urknall bis zur Zukunft der Menschheit by David Christian( Book )

2 editions published in 2018 in German and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Maps of time : an introduction to big history
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Living water : vodka and Russian society on the eve of emancipationBread and salt : a social and economic history of food and drink in RussiaA history of Russia, Central Asia, and MongoliaImperial and Soviet Russia : power, privilege, and the challenge of modernityBig HistoryThis fleeting world : a short history of humanityThe Cambridge world historyA history of Russia, Central Asia and Mongolia
Alternative Names
Christian, David Gilbert

David, Christian 1946-

David Christian Amerikaans historicus

David Christian historiador estadounidense

David Christian historien américain

Кристиан, Дэвид

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데이빗 크리스찬

크리스천, 데이비드 1946-

クリスチャン, D.

クリスチャン, デイヴィッド

クリスチャン, デヴィッド

クリスチャン, デーヴィド

デビッド・クリスチャン

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