Big History

  • The Latest Big History Thesis: It's All Nepo Babies

    by Maya Jasanoff

    Maya Jasanoff reviews Simon Sebag Montefiore's history of humanity through its dynastic families, which presents a much bloodier and creepier gloss on "family values" in ancient and modern times. 

  • What "Big History" Misses

    by Ian Hesketh

    "Big History" has become established in the popular media and in some academic quarters, telling global-scale narratives of human and even planetary history. After 30 years, it's time to evaluate its successes and failures. 

  • A New Theory of Western Civilization (Review)

    "The WEIRDest People in the World" is the latest addition to the Big History category. The outstanding feature of the genre is that it wrangles all of human existence into a volume or two, starting with the first hominids to rise up on their hind legs and concluding with us, cyborg-ish occupants of a networked globe.