Immense volumes have been written to expound our knowledge, and conceal our ignorance of primitive man.I wonder what it was like in Europe 20,000 years ago as Neanderthals battled Cro-Magnons for survival. If mere racial differences arise to prejudices in our era, what was it like when humans were divided into different sub-species?
Neanderthals may not have had the same brain capacity but they still had communities, tools, and ceremonies. Durant laments that only a small fraction of pre-historical artifacts survive. Since there was no writing we know about from this period, we can only speculate from scant evidence of human achievements and struggles.
Durant's Brief Outline
- Paleolithic Culture
- Neolithic Culture
- The Transition to History
I believe that this series is one of the great works of modern history literature. Its material is essential knowledge.