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The history of our world in 18 minutes | David Christian

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The history of our world in 18 minutes | David Christian

Backed by stunning illustrations, David Christian narrates a complete history of the universe, from the Big Bang to the Internet, in a riveting 18 minutes. This is Big History: an enlightening, wide-angle look at complexity, life and humanity, set against our slim share of the cosmic timeline.

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The history of our world in 18 minutes - David Christian

Backed by stunning illustrations, David Christian narrates a complete history of the universe, from the Big Bang to the Internet, in a riveting 18 minutes. This is Big History: an enlightening, wide-angle look at complexity, life and humanity, set against our slim share of the cosmic timeline.

Talk by David Christian.
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The History of Everything - TED | Big History Project

David Christian gives a TED talk covering the Universe's 13.8 billion year history in 18 minutes.

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The History of Everything: Why do we need a Modern Origin Story? with David Christian

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Is it possible to teach the history of everything? Why is today a momentous turning point in the history of planet earth? What are the most important challenges that will face humans in the next 50 years? Why are humans so different and so powerful?

We live at a momentous turning point in the history of planet earth. For the first time in 4 billion years, a single species is beginning to manage the planet. We cannot even see this challenge clearly within the siloized thinking that dominates knowledge and research today. To understand the huge challenges we will face in coming decades, we need to pan right back in order to see clearly how our planet has evolved along with its precious cargo of life, and to do that we need to understand how our universe has generated such fabulous complex systems. We need, in short, a modern origin story. David Christian will introduce that story (often known as big history) and show how a modern, science-based origin story can offer a clearer vision of where we are today and the momentous challenges that young people will face in coming decades.

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The Stages in Big History: David Christian at TEDxMacquarieUniversity

David Christian was born in New York, lived as a child in Nigeria, and went to school and University in England. He gained a doctorate in Russian history and came to Macquarie University to teach Russian and Soviet History. Since 1989 David has also taught a large first year course on 'big history.' The course surveys the history of everything, beginning with the big bang, continuing with the history of the earth and life on earth, and ending with a survey of the history of our species. It offers a cosmological perspective on human history. David is currently engaged in constructing a free on-line course on big history for high school students.

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Big History Anthropocene Conference – Big Historian Professor David Christian - Keynote Address

The human race has had such a profound impact on the climate and environment of the Earth that some have proposed we have entered a new geological era – the Anthropocene. Macquarie University’s Professor David Christian talks about how we can use the Big History framework to connect knowledge across disciplines and tackle the challenges of the Anthropocene. In this video, Professor Christian, pioneer of Big History and Director of the Big History Institute, introduces us to the new discipline Big History.

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What is Big History? | Big History Project

An introduction to Big History. David Christian discusses the types of questions Big History asks, and the scale at which we will try to answer them.

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Earth: A Brief Big History (H2) | Big History Project

Over millions of years, our planet has been formed within a chaotic force field of debris, meteors and comets.

A preview of the Big History series on H2.


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Big History Project: A Story for Everyone

Explore 13.8 billion years of shared history and consider the big questions about our Universe, our planet, life, and humanity.

Big History weaves insights from many scientific and historical disciplines to form a single, cohesive story that can help us better understand people, civilizations, and how we are connected to everything around us. The course challenges students to think critically and broadly, and tries to ignite a passion for inquiry and exploration.

From the Big Bang to modern day, to where we are going in the future, Big History covers it all.

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The history of our world (ビッグ・ヒストリー) Ⅰ

秩序は雑多になり、情報は無秩序に増えていき、エントロピーの増大は時間の矢を認識させます。
宇宙の時間軸を big history としてDavid Christian氏が話してくれます。

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What is Life? | Big History Project

Defining life is harder than it seems. Consider its characteristics and the importance of DNA in evolution.

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History of the World In one movie 2016 HD documentary

he history of the world (or world history) describes the history of humanity (or human history) as determined by the study of archaeological and written records. Ancient recorded history begins with the invention of writing. However, the roots of civilization reach back to the earliest introduction of primitive technology and culture. Prehistory begins in the Paleolithic Era, or Early Stone Age, which is followed by the Neolithic Era, or New Stone Age, and the Agricultural Revolution (between 8000 and 5000 BCE) in the Fertile Crescent. The latter period marked a change in human history, as humans began the systematic husbandry of plants and animals. Agriculture advanced, and most humans transitioned from a nomadic to a settled lifestyle as farmers in permanent settlements. Nomadism continued in some locations, especially in isolated regions with few domesticable plant species; but the relative security and increased productivity provided by farming allowed human communities to expand into increasingly larger units, fostered by advances in transportation.
As farming developed, grain agriculture became more sophisticated and prompted a division of labour to store food between growing seasons. Labour divisions then led to the rise of a leisured upper class and the development of cities. The growing complexity of human societies necessitated systems of writing and accounting. Many cities developed on the banks of lakes and rivers; as early as 3000 BCE some of the first prominent, well-developed settlements had arisen in Mesopotamia (the Land between the Rivers), on the banks of Egypt's Nile River, in the Indus River valley, and along the major rivers of China.
The history of the Old World (particularly Europe and the Mediterranean) is commonly divided into ancient history (or Antiquity), up to 476 CE; the Postclassical Era (or Middle Ages), from the 5th through 15th centuries, including the Islamic Golden Age (c. 750 CE – c. 1258 CE) and the early Italian Renaissance (beginning around 1300 CE); the Early Modern period, from the 15th century to the late 18th, including the Age of Enlightenment; and the Late Modern period, from the Industrial Revolution to the present, including contemporary history.
In the mid-15th century, the invention of modern printing, employing movable type, revolutionized communication, helping end the Middle Ages and ushering in the Scientific Revolution. By the 18th century, the accumulation of knowledge and technology, especially in Europe, had reached a critical mass that brought about the Industrial Revolution. Outside the Old World, including ancient China and ancient India, historical timelines unfolded differently. However, by the 18th century, due to extensive world trade and colonization, the histories of most civilizations had become substantially intertwined (see Globalization). In the last quarter-millennium, the rates of growth of population, knowledge, technology, commerce, weapons destructiveness, and environmental degradation have greatly accelerated, creating opportunities and perils that now confront the planet's human communities.

BC and AD...in five minutes or less

Here's a quick explanation of what BC and AD mean. I also take a peek into the origins of these terms and what is an acceptable labeling system today.

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What is Big History?

The Big History Project looks at 13.7 billion years of history -- from the Big Bang to modernity -- with a goal of revealing common themes and patterns that help students better understand people, civilizations and our place in the universe. Learn more and register to join the free, open, and online Big History Project at:

The Big History Project - David Christian at Macquarie University

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Professor David Christian from Macquarie University teaches an ambitious world history course that tells the tale of the entire universe -- from the Big Bang 13 billion years ago to present day.

David Christian is by training a historian of Russia and the Soviet Union, but since the 1980s he has become interested in world history on very large scales. He has written on the social and material history of the 19th-century Russian peasantry, in particular on aspects of diet and the role of alcohol. In 1989, he began teaching courses on Big History, surveying the past on the largest possible scales, including those of biology and astronomy.

Christian is a member of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. Over the next few years he will also be working with the support of Bill Gates to create an online course in Big History for high school students.
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History of the World in 2 minutes

History of the World in 2 minutes, from the origin of the Universe to 2015.

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Trace the history of the human species from the Big Bang to the present. I've made an attempt to cover the entire world, with a few references to America and the Far East, but it is admittedly a bit Western-Centric. Population of the Earth through time is shown in the bottom right corner. Note that there are (only) two periods of declining population.
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David Christian, Inner Eurasia as a Unit of World History

This video is a brief discussion of David Christian's 1994 article, Inner Eurasia as a Unit of World History, which appeared in the Journal of World History.

Origins of the Universe 101 | National Geographic

How old is the universe, and how did it begin? Throughout history, countless myths and scientific theories have tried to explain the universe's origins. The most widely accepted explanation is the big bang theory. Learn about the explosion that started it all and how the universe grew from the size of an atom to encompass everything in existence today.
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HISTORY - The Soviet Union - David Christian

David Christian explains how and why the Soviet economy broke down.

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