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Deep history is a term for the distant past of the human species.
Proponents of deep history argue for a definition of history that rests not upon the invention of writing, but upon the evolution of anatomically modern humans. The concept of prehistory is thus recast as an arbitrary boundary that limits the longue durée perspective of historians, and which rests upon outmoded assumptions that history follows a teleological path beginning with the origins of civilization in Ancient Mesopotamia.
- Before the Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors. By Nicholas Wade.
- On Deep History and the Brain. By Daniel Lord Smail.
- Deep History: The Architecture of Past and Present. Edited by Andrew Shryock, Daniel Lord Smail.
- Deep History: A Study of Social Evolution And Human Potential. By David Laibma.
- The Family:A World History. By Mary Jo Maynes, Ann Waltner.
- The Planet in a Pebble:A journey into Earth's deep history. By Jan Zalasiewicz.
- A Common Human Ground: Universality and Particularity in a Multicultural World. By Claes G. Ryn.
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