David Christian, “Big History”

Godine 2018. objavljena je knjiga povjesničara Davida Christiana “Origin Story: A Big History of Everything” (prevedena iste godine na njemački kao “Big History”) koja dodatno ilustrira ubrzani razvoj novog područja povijesne znanosti – široko zahvaćenog bavljenja poviješću od “velikog praska” do sadašnjosti, odnosno budućnosti.



Origin Story


A Big History of Everything



by David Christian



“I have long been a fan of David Christian. In Origin Story, he elegantly weaves evidence and insights from many scientific and historical disciplines into a single, accessible historical narrative.” –Bill Gates


A captivating history of the universe — from before the dawn of time through the far reaches of the distant future.


Most historians study the smallest slivers of time, emphasizing specific dates, individuals, and documents. But what would it look like to study the whole of history, from the big bang through the present day — and even into the remote future? How would looking at the full span of time change the way we perceive the universe, the earth, and our very existence?


These were the questions David Christian set out to answer when he created the field of “Big History,” the most exciting new approach to understanding where we have been, where we are, and where we are going. In Origin Story, Christian takes readers on a wild ride through the entire 13.8 billion years we’ve come to know as “history.” By focusing on defining events (thresholds), major trends, and profound questions about our origins, Christian exposes the hidden threads that tie everything together — from the creation of the planet to the advent of agriculture, nuclear war, and beyond.


With stunning insights into the origin of the universe, the beginning of life, the emergence of humans, and what the future might bring, Origin Story boldly reframes our place in the cosmos.





David Christian


Big History


Die Geschichte der Welt – vom Urknall bis zur Zukunft der Menschheit


übersetzt aus dem Englischen von Hainer Kober


Erscheinungsdatum: 23.07.2018


384 Seiten


Hanser Verlag


David Christian, geboren 1946, ist Gründer und wichtigster Vertreter der Big History, die zeigen will, dass Geschichte und Naturgeschichte zusammengehören. Christian betreibt das von Bill Gates finanzierte Big History Project, das in den USA und Australien College-Studenten gesamtgesellschaftliches Bewusstsein lehrt.





Professor David Christian




Big History Institute




Big History Project