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The Global Condition: Conquerors, Catastrophes, and Community

William Hardy McNeill


William Hardy McNeill is known for his ability to portray the grand sweep of history. This book is a classic work for understanding the grand sweep of world history in brief compass. Now with a new foreword, the book brings together two of McNeill's popular short books and an essay. The Human Condition provides a provocative interpretation of history as a competition of parasites, both biological and human. McNeill discusses shifting patterns of microparasitism and macroparasitism and how they affected and continue to affect human history. McNeill uses the term “macroparasites” in a metaphoric ... More

Keywords: world history, William Hardy McNeill, frontier freedom, European expansion, catastrophe, parasites, The Human Condition, The Great Frontier

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780691174143
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691174143.001.0001


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William Hardy McNeill, author

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