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William H. McNeill

AKA William Hardy McNeill

Born: 31-Oct-1917
Birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Historian

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: The Rise of the West

Military service: US Army (1941-46)

Father: John T. McNeill
Mother: Netta Hardy
Wife: Elizabeth Darbishire (m. 1946, d. 2006, two daughters, two sons)
Daughter: Ruth
Daughter: Deborah
Son: John Robert McNeill
Son: Andrew Duncan McNeill

    High School: University of Chicago Laboratory School, Chicago, IL
    University: BA, University of Chicago (1938)
    University: MA, University of Chicago (1939)
    University: PhD, Cornell University (1947)
    Professor: History, University of Chicago (1947-)

    National Book Award for History and Biography 1964 for The Rise of the West

Author of books:
The Rise of the West: A History of the Human Community (1963)
Europe's Steppe Frontier, 1500-1800 (1964)
Venice: The Hinge of Europe, 1081-1797 (1974)
Plagues and Peoples (1976)
The Human Condition: An Ecological and Historical View (1980)
The Pursuit of Power: Technology, Armed Force, and Society since AD 1000 (1982)
Arnold J. Toynbee: A Life (1989, biography)
Hutchins' University: A Memoir of the University of Chicago, 1929-1950 (1991)
Keeping Together in Time: Dance and Drill in the Human History (1995)
A World History (1998)
The Human Web: A Bird's-Eye View of World History (2003, with J. R. McNeill)
The Pursuit of Truth: A Historian's Memoir (2005, memoir)



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