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By Craig A. Lockard

Societies, Networks, and Transitions is a global background textual content that connects the several areas of the area via international topics. This leading edge constitution combines the accessibility of a local procedure with the rigor of comparative scholarship to teach scholars global historical past in a very international framework. The textual content additionally contains a powerful concentrate on tradition and faith. writer and veteran instructor Craig Lockard engages scholars with a distinct method of cultural artifacts comparable to track and artwork. a variety of pedagogical features--including concentration questions, part summaries, and web-based research aids--supports scholars and teachers as they discover the interconnectedness of alternative humans, areas, and classes within the worldwide earlier.

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6. Contemporary (1945–present) The Contemporary Era has been marked by a more closely interlinked world, including the global spread of commercial markets, cultures, and communications, the collapse of Western colonial empires, international organizations, new technologies, struggles by poor nations to develop economically, environmental destruction, and conflict between powerful nations. Understanding Cultural and Historical Differences The study of world history challenges us to understand peoples and ideas very different from our own.

According to the available evidence, a common ancestral, apelike group lived in the woodlands and savannahs of East Africa. One division (the ancestors of most apes) began specializing in forest dwelling and climbing with all four limbs. Another division developed occasional and then permanent bipedalism, walking upright on two feet. This made more activity possible because it left the hands free for holding food or babies, manipulating objects, and carrying food back to camp. Bipeds, being higher off the ground, could also scan the horizon for predators or prey.

According to the available evidence, a common ancestral, apelike group lived in the woodlands and savannahs of East Africa. One division (the ancestors of most apes) began specializing in forest dwelling and climbing with all four limbs. Another division developed occasional and then permanent bipedalism, walking upright on two feet. This made more activity possible because it left the hands free for holding food or babies, manipulating objects, and carrying food back to camp. Bipeds, being higher off the ground, could also scan the horizon for predators or prey.

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