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  1. Lecture 1: Introduction: Deep history, grand challenges and public intellectuals 40 items
    1. Essential reading 15 items
      1. For the issue of causality and timescale in long-term history:

      2. The Case for "Big History" - David Christian 1991

        Article Essential Electronic journal

      3. History and the "Pre" - D. L. Smail, S. Andrew 01/06/2013

        Article Essential Electronic journal

      4. For the call to revive grand narrative in archaeology and address 'grand challenges':

      5. Grand challenges for archaeology - K. W. Kintigh, et al. 2014

        Article Essential Electronic journal

      6. For the question of whether archaeologists can/should function as 'public intellectuals':

      7. Can an archaeologist be a public intellectual? - Sarah Tarlow, Liv Nilsson Stutz 2013-6

        Article Essential Electronic journal

      8. For the questioning of Western grand narrative:

      9. Whose rationality? A response to Fekri Hassan - Ian Hodder 2015/01/02

        Article Essential Electronic journal

    2. Deep histories 25 items
      1. A history of civilizations - Fernand Braudel 1994

        Book Recommended

      2. Facing the ocean: the Atlantic and its peoples, 8000 BC-AD 1500 - Barry W. Cunliffe 2001

        Book Recommended

      3. By steppe, desert, and ocean: the birth of Eurasia - Barry W. Cunliffe 2015

        Book Recommended

      4. Guns, germs, and steel: the fates of human societies - Jared M. Diamond c2005

        Book Recommended

      5. Collapse: how societies choose to fail or survive - Jared M. Diamond 2006, c2005

        Book Recommended

      6. The world until yesterday: what can we learn from traditional societies? - Jared M. Diamond 2012

        Book Recommended

      7. The origins of political order: from prehuman times to the French Revolution - Francis Fukuyama 2011

        Book Recommended

      8. The corrupting sea: a study of Mediterranean history - Peregrine Horden, Nicholas Purcell 2000

        Book Recommended

      9. The evolution of human societies: from foraging group to agrarian state - Allen W. Johnson, Timothy K. Earle 2000

        Book Recommended

      10. After the ice: a global human history, 20,000-5000 BC - Steven J. Mithen 2004

        Book Recommended

      11. Foragers, farmers, and fossil fuels: how human values evolve - Ian Morris, Richard Seaford, Jonathan D. Spence, Christine M. Korsgaard 2015

        Book Recommended

      12. War! What is it good for?: conflict and the progress of civilization from primates to robots - Ian Morris 2014

        Book Recommended

      13. Historical dynamics: why states rise and fall - Peter Turchin c2003

        Book Recommended

      14. What makes civilization?: the ancient Near East and the future of the West - D. Wengrow 2010

        Book Recommended

      15. In addition, these papers may be of interest, particularly if you are more interested in quantitative approaches inspired by the natural sciences and/or human-environment interaction:

      16. Major transitions in ‘big’ history - Robert Aunger 10/2007

        Article Recommended Electronic journal

      17. Cultural Evolutionary Tipping Points in the Storage and Transmission of Information - R. Alexander Bentley, Michael J. O’Brien 2012

        Article Recommended Electronic journal

      18. Anthropocene: an epoch of our making - I. G. -B Programme 2012

        Article Recommended Electronic journal

      19. The onset of the Anthropocene - Bruce D. Smith, Melinda A. Zeder 12/2013

        Article Recommended Electronic journal

      20. Arise 'cliodynamics' - Peter Turchin 2008-7-3

        Article Recommended Electronic journal

      21. War, space and the evolution of Old World complex societies - P. Turchin, et al. 2013

        Article Recommended Electronic journal

  2. Lecture 2: Past and Future Earth 4 items
    1. Essential reading 4 items
      1. Solutions for a cultivated planet - Jonathan A. Foley, Navin Ramankutty, et al 12/10/2011

        Article Essential Electronic journal

      2. A neotropical framework for Terra Preta - E. Graham

        Chapter Essential Digitised reading

      3. The big necessity: adventures in the world of human waste - Rose George 2009

        Book Essential

  3. Lecture 3: Escaping inequality: can the past reshape our future? 3 items
    1. Essential reading 3 items
      1. Your turn to wear the grass trousers - C. Knight 24 May 2012

        Article Essential Electronic journal

  4. Lecture 4: The construction of identity 5 items
    1. Essential reading 5 items
      1. Topical overview:

      2. The Intersections of Identity and Politics in Archaeology - Lynn Meskell 10/2002

        Article Essential Electronic journal

      3. Case study: who identifies with Rome and why?

      4. Mary Beard: why ancient Rome matters to the modern world - Mary Beard 02/10/2015

        Article Essential Electronic journal

      5. Why empires fall: from ancient Rome to Putin's Russia - T. Holland 23/05/14

        Article Essential Electronic journal

  5. Lecture 5: Power, violence and inequality 3 items
    1. Essential reading 3 items
      1. F**k Jared Diamond - David Correia 12/2013

        Article Essential Electronic journal

      2. Roman archaeology in an epoch of neoliberalism and imperialist war - N. Faulkner

        Chapter Essential E-BOOK. OPEN ACCESS; CLICK THE INDIVIDUAL CHAPTER LINK TO OPEN. NO NEED TO SIGN IN.

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