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William H. McNeill (1917–2016)

Autor(a) de Plagues and People

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About the Author

William Hardy McNeill was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on October 31, 1917. He received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from the University of Chicago. He was drafted in 1941 and served with the Army in Hawaii and the Caribbean and as assistant military attaché to the mostrar mais Greek and Yugoslavian governments-in-exile in Cairo, Egypt. After the war, he received a doctorate from Cornell University. He was a history professor at the University of Chicago from 1947 until he retired in 1987. He wrote more than 20 books during his lifetime including Plagues and Peoples; The Pursuit of Power: Technology, Armed Force, and Society since A.D. 1000; Arnold J. Toynbee: A Life, Hutchins' University: A Memoir of the University of Chicago, 1929-1950; and Keeping Together in Time: Dance and Drill in Human History. The Rise of the West: A History of the Human Community won the 1963 National Book Award for history and the Gordon J. Laing Prize of the University of Chicago. He was the co-author of The Human Web: A Bird's-Eye View of World History with his son John Robert McNeill. He also wrote a memoir entitled The Pursuit of Truth: A Historian's Memoir. He was one of the editors of the Readings in World History Series published by Oxford University Press. He died on July 8, 2016 at the age of 98. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos


Obras por William H. McNeill

Plagues and People (1976) 1,876 exemplares
A World History (1967) 204 exemplares
The Islamic World (1973) 105 exemplares
Arnold J. Toynbee: A Life (1989) 61 exemplares
Mythistory and Other Essays (1986) 51 exemplares
The Global Condition (1992) 36 exemplares
The Shape of European History (1974) 33 exemplares
A history of the human community (1987) 33 exemplares
The Ancient Near East (1968) 30 exemplares
Medieval Europe (1971) 28 exemplares
The Origins of Civilization (1968) 24 exemplares
Classical India (1969) — Editor — 17 exemplares
Classical China (1970) 16 exemplares
The Classical Mediterranean World (1969) 12 exemplares
Past and Future (1954) 11 exemplares
China, India, and Japan: The Middle Period (1971) — Editor — 6 exemplares
Modern Asia and Africa (1971) — Editor — 5 exemplares
Modern Europe and America (1973) 4 exemplares
The ecumene: Story of humanity (1973) 2 exemplares
Women's and Gender History (2015) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Bridge on the Drina (1959) — Introdução, algumas edições2,370 exemplares
What If? 2: Eminent Historians Imagine What Might Have Been (2001) — Contribuidor — 1,028 exemplares
Maps of Time : An Introduction to Big History (2004) — Prefácio, algumas edições611 exemplares
I Wish I'd Been There, Book Two: European History (2008) — Contribuidor — 152 exemplares
The Origins of Business, Money, and Markets (Columbia Business School Publishing) (2011) — Prefácio, algumas edições21 exemplares
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Spring 1998 (1998) — Author "Infectious Alternatives" — 14 exemplares
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Winter 1995 (1994) — Author "Keeping Together in Time" — 9 exemplares
Transactions of the Royal Historical Society - Fifth Series, Volume 32 (1982) — Contribuidor, algumas edições7 exemplares


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McNeill, William Hardy
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Data de falecimento
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Local de nascimento
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Local de falecimento
Torrington, Connecticut, USA
Locais de residência
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Cornell University (PhD|1947)
University of Chicago (MA|1939)
University of Chicago (BA|1938)
university professor emeritus
McNeill, John T. (father)
McNeill, J.R. (son)
University of Chicago
Prémios e menções honrosas
National Humanities Medal (2010)
Erasmus Prize (1996)

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William H. McNeill was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, the son of a Presbyterian minister and historian of Christianity. He graduated from the University of Chicago, where he was editor of the student newspaper, in 1938, and earned a master’s degree with a thesis on Thucydides and Herodotus.

In 1941, during World War II, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. After the war, he earned a doctorate in history at Cornell University and joined the faculty of the University of Chicago, where he remained until his retirement in 1987.



Dit boekje bevat twee korte lezingen die William H. McNeill bracht in 1979, op een moment dat hij zijn belangrijkste boeken had gepubliceerd: The Rise of the West (1963, de eerste echte aanzet tot een Global History), en Plagues and Peoples (1976, de eerste systematische studie van de invloed van ziekten in de wereldgeschiedenis). In 1982 zou ook The Pursuit of Power volgen, waarin hij de rol van technologie en militaire slagkracht zou uitdiepen. McNeill is altijd al de man van de grote lijn geweest, en in deze lezingen komt dat meer dan ooit tot uiting. Hij focust erin op twee grote processen die zoals twee maalstenen op elkaar liggen, elkaar ook in evenwicht houden: het microparasitaire (de rol van virussen en bacteriën) en het macroparasitaire (de rol van overheersing en uitbuiting op menselijk niveau). Dit is zeker niet het meest geslaagde werk van McNeill: zijn uitgangspunt doet wat geforceerd aan, en het beste bewijs daarvoor is dat hij zijn these niet helemaal kan volhouden. Meer daarover in mijn History-account op Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/5802421001… (mais)
bookomaniac | 19 outras críticas | Sep 18, 2023 |
How wonderful it read what I consider to be the most impressive historian of the second half of the twentieth century, even though these are only short essays and they are already 40 years old. Because William McNeill (1917-2016) can rightly be called the real father of world history. Agreed, some passages may be a bit dated, but many of McNeill's findings remain valid. I especially recommend essay 3, in which he clarifies his approach: “my approach, influenced by the anthropologists, assumed that borrowing was the normal human reaction to an encounter with strangers possessing superior skills (…) Such encounters thus appeared to me to be the principal motor of social change within civilized and simpler societies alike. A world history should, accordingly, focus special attention on modes of transport and the evidences of contact between different and divergent forms of society that such transport allowed.” Interaction, confrontation and entanglement have become basic elements in the global approach to history, mainly thanks to McNeill. More on that in my History account on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4632208381… (mais)
bookomaniac | Jun 21, 2023 |



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