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  • 1. Big History
    Kristina Underwood
    History 140
  • 2. What is Big History?
    “A field of historical study that examines history on a large scale across long times frames through a multi-disciplinary approach and gives a focus on the alteration and adaptations in the human experience.”
    Microscopic and wide perspectives
  • 3. The Day the Universe Changed
  • 4. The Day the Universe Changed
    People react to the universe depending on what they know
    We think differently today than years ago because of more knowledge
    We change because our knowledge changes
    We are curious which is the reason for our changes
    Asking questions is a common custom
  • 5. The Journey of Man
  • 6. The Journey of Man
    Spencer Wells, a geneticist, theorized where humans came from
    His finding lead to Africa, from a common male ancestor 60,000 years ago
    Genetic mutation may have improved brain quality- including making us smarter, the use of tools, and language
  • 7. Catastrophe!
  • 8. Catastrophe!
    Nature and disease can go hand in hand and have a major impact on the human race
    Many natural events- strange weather, volcanic eruptions, dramatic change in temperature
    Plague cause by fleas because of dropping temperatures
  • 9. Guns, Germs, and Steel
  • 10. Guns, Germs, and Steel
    Written by Jared Diamond in 1997
    Explained how gaps in societies concerning technology and power is related to environmental distinctions
    Europeans and Asians had most power and control because of these distinctions- more favorable plants, animals, and land
  • 11. The World & Trade
  • 12. The World & Trade
    Some trades between hemispheres brought horrible diseases
    Wheat, rice, and com were the three main staples
    At first, Europe and China were the richest and most powerful
  • 13. Sources
    "Big History." Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Web. 20 July 2011. http:// en.wikipedia.org/wikiBig_history.