William H. McNeill (born 1917, Vancouver, British Columbia) is a Canadian historian. He is among the world's most respected historians and was Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Chicago.Now he had retired and lived with his wife. 1917 (MCMXVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar. ... This article refers to the city in British Columbia, Canada. ... A historian is a person who studies history. ... The University of Chicago is a private university principally located in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, founded in 1890 and opened in 1892. ...
McNeill's most popular work is The Rise of the West. The book explored World History in terms of the effect of different old world civilisations on one another, and especially the dramatic effect of western civilization on others in the past 500 years. It had a major impact on historical theory, especially in distinction to Oswald Spengler's view of distinct, independent civilizations. McNeill is the son of theologian James T. McNeill and the father of historian, J. R. McNeill. His most recent book, with his son, is The Human Web. The Rise of the West: A History of the Human Community (Chicago, 1963) is the most popular work by William H. McNeill. ... World History is a field of historical study that emerged in the 1960s, notably from William McNeills work The Rise of The West. ... For alternative meanings for The West in the United States, see the U.S. West and American West. ... Oswald Spengler (May 29, 1880 - May 8, 1936) was a German philosopher and mathematician. ...
(2005). The Pursuit of truth: A Historian's memoir.
(2003). The Human Web: A Bird's-Eye View of World History. W. W. Norton & Co Inc. ISBN 0393925684
(1998). A World History. Oxford University Press; 4th edition. ISBN 019511616X
(1991) "Hutchins' University. A Memoir of the University of Chicago. 1929-1950". The University of Chicago Press. ISBN 0226561704.
(1995). Keeping together in time. Dance and Drill in the human history.
(1982). The Pursuit of Power: Technology, Armed Force, and Society since A.D. 1000. University of Chicago Press. ISBN 0226561577
(1976). Plagues and Peoples. Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc., New York, NY, ISBN 0-385-12122-9.
(1963). The Rise of the West: A History of the Human Community. Chicago.
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McNeill provides a coherent narrative of a series of developments within one region (usually delineated by the political boundaries of each region) before moving to the next region (and possibly to the next time period as well).
McNeill contends that, in the same manner that an army is one component of a national economy, it is also one of the many elements of a society, because it is shaped by societal pressure and influences society in return.
According to McNeill, many of the wars throughout human history were caused (or at least influenced) by population pressure, either directly (e.g., resources grow too scarce in a region, forcing a population to prey upon its neighbors) or indirectly (e.g., overcrowding causes unhappiness, which foments warlike impulses).
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