The world until yesterday: what can we learn from traditional societies?
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New York : Penguin, 2013.
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xii, 499 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps, portraits (some color) ; 22 cm.
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Most of us take for granted the features of our modern society, from air travel and telecommunications to literacy and obesity. Yet for nearly all of its six million years of existence, human society had none of these things. While the gulf that divides us from our primitive ancestors may seem unbridgeably wide, we can glimpse much of our former lifestyle in those largely traditional societies still or recently in existence. Societies like those of the New Guinea Highlanders remind us that it was only yesterday, in evolutionary time, when everything changed, and that we moderns still possess bodies and social practices often better adapted to traditional than to modern conditions. This book provides a firsthand picture of the human past as it had been for millions of years, a past that has mostly vanished, and considers what the differences between that past and our present mean for our lives today. The author does not romanticize traditional societies, after all, we are shocked by some of their practices, but he finds that their solutions to universal human problems such as child rearing, elder care, dispute resolution, risk, and physical fitness have much to teach us.

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Includes bibliographical references (pages 471-481) and index.
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Most of us take for granted the features of our modern society, from air travel and telecommunications to literacy and obesity. Yet for nearly all of its six million years of existence, human society had none of these things. While the gulf that divides us from our primitive ancestors may seem unbridgeably wide, we can glimpse much of our former lifestyle in those largely traditional societies still or recently in existence. Societies like those of the New Guinea Highlanders remind us that it was only yesterday, in evolutionary time, when everything changed, and that we moderns still possess bodies and social practices often better adapted to traditional than to modern conditions. This book provides a firsthand picture of the human past as it had been for millions of years, a past that has mostly vanished, and considers what the differences between that past and our present mean for our lives today. The author does not romanticize traditional societies, after all, we are shocked by some of their practices, but he finds that their solutions to universal human problems such as child rearing, elder care, dispute resolution, risk, and physical fitness have much to teach us.
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Wilkinson Public Library's kit of 10 books checks out as one unit to book clubs.
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APA Citation (style guide)

Diamond, J. M. (2013). The world until yesterday: what can we learn from traditional societies? New York: Penguin.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Diamond, Jared M. 2013. The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies? New York: Penguin.

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Diamond, Jared M, The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies? New York: Penguin, 2013.

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Diamond, Jared M. The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies? New York: Penguin, 2013.

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