This is the first book which deals with planetary human society as whole. It is a beginner's guide to the world after the West and after globalization, compact, portable, and jargon-free. It is aimed at everybody who, even with experience, has kept a beginner's curiosity of the world, to everybody who does not know everything they want to know about it, about the good, the evil, and the salvation of the world. * It lays bare the socio-cultural geology of the world, its major civilizations, its historical waves of globalization, its family-sex-gender systems, and its pathways to modernity. * It outlines the dynamics of the world, its basic drives, the contours of its most important global and sub-global processes.* It presents the big team players on the world stage, populous as well as rich countries, missions and movements as well corporations and cities. * It traces the life-courses of men and women on all the continents, from their birth and childhood to their old age, and their funeral.