Document Type

Article

Journal or Conference Title

Expositions: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities

Volume

8

Issue

1

First Page

64

Last Page

69

Publication Date

2014

Department

Literature and Languages

Abstract

Rarely has the appearance of a new textbook been the cause of such delight as broke out amongst the First Year Experience faculty at Dominican University of California in August 2013. The book that triggered such reaction is a seemingly unassuming volume, Big History: Between Nothing and Everything (2013), written by historians David Christian, Cynthia Stokes Brown, and Craig Benjamin, and published by McGraw-Hill. Why was the book greeted with such enthusiasm, you might ask? Was it that the world needed another textbook on history? That the Dominican faculty felt a special bond with one of the authors, Dominican professor emerita Cynthia Brown? That a First Year Experience is more appealing when it uses an actual textbook with color and attractive images? The answer to all of those questions is “yes,” and yet, there was more to it than that.

Publisher Statement

Originally published as: Behmand, Mojgan (2014). Slimmer, Brighter, and Nearly Perfect: The New Big History Textbook is Here. Expositions: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities, 8(1). 64-69. Publisher's version available at http://expositions.journals.villanova.edu/article/view/1771

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