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Praise for the Second Edition and Book Reviews

Praise for the Second Edition:
 
“This remains the best single attempt to theorize big history as a discipline that can link core concepts and paradigms across all historical disciplines, from cosmology to geology, from biology to human history.
With additional and updated material, the Second Edition also offers a fine introduction to the history of big history and a superb introductory survey to the big history story. Essential reading for anyone interested in a rapidly evolving new field of scholarship that links the sciences and the humanities into a modern, science-based origin story.”
David Christian, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
 
“Notable for its theoretical approach, this new Second Edition is both an indispensable contribution to the emerging big history narrative and a powerful university textbook. Spier defines words carefully, and recognizes the limits of current knowledge, aspects of his own clear thinking.”
Cynthia Brown, Emeritus, Dominican University of California, USA
 
 
Praise for the First Edition:
 
“This is a deep and important book that promises to send scholars in many different fields off on new paths in search of a grand unified theory of history.”
Journal of Global History, 2011
 
“Spier takes us one important step forward in making big history accessible to all.  I look forward to the next, more fully illustrated and documented, step in this process.”
Journal of World History, 2012
 
“Personally, I think everyone should have access to this story, and I would put it at the heart of the national curriculum as well.”
Times Higher Education Supplement, 2010
 
“Brilliant.  It pushes the project of theorizing big history a lot further, in exactly the right way, alert to the dangers of over-theorizing or theorizing on too limited information. It will be a major contribution to the discipline.”
David Christian, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
 
“This book has convinced me not only that Big History is interesting and exciting, but has established a genuine intellectual basis for integrating historical knowledge, and historical method, with those of the natural world. This is a framework in which, ideally, all history should be investigated, taught and discussed.”
R.I. Moore, Emeritus Professor of History, Newcastle University, UK
 
“Narratives don’t come much grander than the current scientific view of the history of the Universe…  Spier is one of a small band of exponents of big history, the effort to put the whole story together in an academically rigorous way…  Everyone should have access to this.”
Times Higher Education Supplement, 2010
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International Big History Association
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Cosmic Evolution
Big History Project
Chronozoom
Book: Teaching Big History
Bill Bryson: Short History of Nearly Everything
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