The Resource A history of the world in 100 objects, by Neil MacGregor

A history of the world in 100 objects, by Neil MacGregor

A history of the world in 100 objects
A history of the world in 100 objects
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by Neil MacGregor
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History of the world in one hundred objects
Neil MacGregor's radio series 'A History of the World in 100 Objects' has been a unique event that has set a benchmark for public service broadcasting in the UK and across the world. This book will be the tie-in to that event, reproducing the scripts describing the objects that made us who we are
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.M33h 2010
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A history of the world in 100 objects, by Neil MacGregor
A history of the world in 100 objects, by Neil MacGregor
Tie-in with the radio program that ran on BBC 4 in 2010, discussing 100 objects chosen from the collections of the British Museum, ranging in age from two million years ago to the present
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  • Includes bibliographical references (p. 671-682) and index
  • Includes bibliographical references and index
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pt. 1. Making us human : 2,000,000-9000 BC. Mummy of Hornedjitef; Olduvai stone chopping tool ; Olduvai handaxe ; Swimming reindeer ; Clovis spear point -- pt. 2. After the Ice Age : food and sex : 9000-3500 BC. Bird-shaped pestle ; Ain Sakhri lovers figurine ; Egyptian clay model of cattle ; Maya maize god statue ; Jomon pot -- pt. 3. The first cities and states : 4000-2000 BC. King Den's sandal label ; Standard of Ur ; Indus seal ; Jade axe ; Early writing tablet -- pt. 4. The beginnings of science and literature : 2000-700 BC. Flood tablet ; Rhind mathematical papyrus ; Minoan bull-leaper ; Mold gold cape ; Statue of Ramesses II -- pt. 5. Old World, new powers : 1100-300 BC. Lachish reliefs ; Sphinx of Taharqo ; Chinese Zhou ritual vessel ; Paracas textile ; Gold coin of Croesus -- pt. 6. The world in the age of Confucius : 500-300 BC. Oxus chariot model ; Parthenon sculpture : Centaur and Lapith ; Basse-Yutz flagons ; Olmec stone mask ; Chinese bronze bell -- pt. 7. Empire builders : 300 BC-AD 10. Coin with head of Alexander ; Pillar of Ashoka ; Rosetta Stone ; Chinese Han lacquer cup ; Head of Augustus -- pt. 8. Ancient pleasures, modern spice : AD 1-500. Warren Cup ; North American otter pipe ; Ceremonial ballgame belt ; Admonitions scroll ; Hoxne pepper pot -- pt. 9. The rise of world faiths. Seated Buddha from Gandhara ; Gold coins of Kumaragupta I ; Silver plate showing Shapur II ; Hinton St. Mary mosaic ; Arabian bronze head -- pt. 10. The Silk Road and beyond : AD 400-800. Gold coins of Abd al-Malik ; Sutton Hoo helmet ; Moche warrior pot ; Korean roof tile ; Silk princess painting -- pt. 11. Inside the palace : secrets at court : AD 700-900. Maya relief of royal blood-letting ; Harem wall-painitng fragments ; Lothair crystal ; Statue of Tara ; Chinese Tang tomb figures -- pt. 12. Pilgrims, raiders and traders : AD 800-1300. Vale of York hoard ; Hedwig glass beaker ; Japanese bronze mirror ; Borobudur Buddha head ; Kilwa pot sherds -- pt. 13. Status symbols : AD 1100-1500. Lewis chessmen ; Hebrew astrolabe ; Ife head ; The David vases ; Taino ritual seat -- pt. 14. Meeting the gods : AD 1200-1500. Holy Thorn reliquary ; Icon of the triumph of orthodoxy ; Shiva and Parvati sculpture ; Sculpture of Huastec goddess ; Hoa Hakananai'a Easter Island statue -- pt. 15. The threshold of the modern world : AD 1375-1550. Tughra of Suleiman the Magnificent ; Ming banknote ; Inca gold llama ; Jade dragon cup ; Dürer's Rhinoceros -- pt. 16. The first global economy : AD 1450-1650. Mechanical galleon ; Benin plaque : the Oba with Europeans ; Double-headed serpent ; Kakiemon elephants ; Pieces of eight -- pt. 17. Tolerance and intolerance : AD 1550-1700. Shi'a religious parade standard ; Miniature of a Mughal prince ; Shadow puppet of Burma ; Mexican codex map ; Reformation centenary broadsheet -- pt. 18. Exploration, exploitation and enlightenment : AD 1680-1820. Akan drum ; Hawaiian feather helmet ; North American buckskin map ; Australian bark shield ; Jade bi -- pt. 19. Mass production, mass persuasion : AD 1780-1914. Ship's chronometer from HMS Beagle ; Early Victorian tea set ; Hokusai's The great wave ; Sudanese slit drum ; Suffragette-defaced penny -- pt. 20. The world of our making : AD 1914-2010. Russian revolutionary plate ; Hockney's In the dull village ; Throne of weapons ; Credit card ; Solar-powered lamp and charger
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24 cm.
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xxvi, 707 pages
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Based on the celebrated BBC Radio 4 series by the author.
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color illustrations, color maps
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  • (Sirsi) TASP159906
  • (OCoLC)646400275
  • (NLNZils)1485121
  • (Nz)13498192

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