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William H. McNeill (1917–2016)

Autor/a de Plagues and Peoples

63+ obres 4,725 Membres 51 Ressenyes 3 preferits

Sobre l'autor

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 mostra'n més 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) mostra'n menys


Obres de William H. McNeill

Plagues and Peoples (1976) 1,835 exemplars
A World History (1967) 196 exemplars
The Islamic World (1973) 105 exemplars
Arnold J. Toynbee: A Life (1989) 59 exemplars
Mythistory and Other Essays (1986) 50 exemplars
The Global Condition (1992) 36 exemplars
The Shape of European History (1974) 32 exemplars
The Ancient Near East (1968) 29 exemplars
Medieval Europe (1971) 27 exemplars
The Origins of Civilization (1968) 24 exemplars
Classical China (1970) 17 exemplars
Classical India (1969) — Editor — 16 exemplars
Past and Future (1954) 10 exemplars
Modern Asia and Africa (1971) — Editor — 5 exemplars
China, India, and Japan: The Middle Period (1971) — Editor — 5 exemplars
Modern Europe and America (1973) 4 exemplars
The ecumene: Story of humanity (1973) 2 exemplars
A world History 1 exemplars
Women's and Gender History (2015) 1 exemplars

Obres associades

El Pont sobre el Drina (1959) — Introducció, algunes edicions2,299 exemplars
What If? 2: Eminent Historians Imagine What Might Have Been (2001) — Col·laborador — 1,016 exemplars
Maps of Time : An Introduction to Big History (2004) — Pròleg, algunes edicions595 exemplars
I Wish I'd Been There, Book Two: European History (2008) — Col·laborador — 152 exemplars
The Origins of Business, Money, and Markets (Columbia Business School Publishing) (2011) — Pròleg, algunes edicions20 exemplars
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Spring 1998 (1998) — Author "Infectious Alternatives" — 14 exemplars
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Winter 1995 (1994) — Author "Keeping Together in Time" — 9 exemplars
Transactions of the Royal Historical Society - Fifth Series, Volume 32 (1982) — Col·laborador, algunes edicions6 exemplars


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Nom oficial
McNeill, William Hardy
Data de naixement
Data de defunció
País (per posar en el mapa)
Lloc de naixement
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Lloc de defunció
Torrington, Connecticut, USA
Llocs de residència
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
Premis i honors
National Humanities Medal (2010)
Erasmus Prize (1996)
Biografia breu
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:… (més)
bookomaniac | Hi ha 19 ressenyes més | 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:… (més)
bookomaniac | Jun 21, 2023 |



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