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This successful world history reader in the popular DISCOVERING series contains a six-part pedagogical framework that guides readers through the process of historical inquiry and explanation. Each chapter is organized within the same pedagogical framework: The Problem, Background, The Method, The Evidence, Questions to Consider, and Epilogue. The text emphasizes historical study as interpretation rather than memorization of data. The Fourth Edition integrates new documents and revised coverage throughout, while the comparative chapters contribute to a more thorough and balanced examination of global history.

Table of Contents

The Need For Water in Ancient Societies (3100 B.C.E.ű100 C.E.)
Aerial Photograph of Pre-Roman City in Italy
Major Ancient Levees Identifiable in LANDSAT Imagery
Early Egyptian King Cutting an Irrigation Ditch, Drawn from Mace-head Carving, 3100 B.C.E
Square-Pallet Chain Pump
Sections from the Code of Hammurabi Referring to Irrigation, 1750 B.C.E
Sima QianĂs Description of the Building of the Zhengguo Canal, ca. 100 B.C.E
SuetoniusĂs Description of the Water Projects Undertaken by Emperor Claudius (r. 41ű54 C.E.)
Activities of Shao Xinchen, Han Dynasty, before 33 B.C.E
FrontinusĂs Discussion of RomeĂs Water System ca. 100 C.E
Memorial from Jia Rang, 1st century B.C.E
Writing and Power: Defining World-Views (1750 B.C.E.ű250 C.E.)
Excerpts from Atra-hasis
Excerpts from Book 10 of the Rig Veda
From the First Book of Moses, called Genesis
From Yijing, Commentary on the Appended Judgments
From Popol Vuh, ˘The Book of the People.÷ From ˘The Beginning of the World,÷ in Kojiki
Representing the Human Form (600 B.C.E.ű1500 C.E.)
Anavyssos Kouros, Attica near Athens, ca. 525 B.C.E
Peplos Kore, Athens, ca. 530 B.C.E
Theseus and the Amazons, from an Attic Red-figured Krater,1 ca. 440 B.C.E
Polykleitos, Doryphoros or ˘The Canon,÷ ca. 440 B.C.E
(Roman copy)
Praxiteles, Aphrodite of Knidos, ca. 340 B.C.E
(Roman copy)
Yakshi, from a Pillar at the Great Stupa of Bharhut, ca. 100 B.C.E
Standing Buddha, from Gandhara, ca. 200 C.E
Buddha with Halo, from Sarnath, Gupta Period, 5th Dynasty
Tibetan Sculpture of the Bodhisattva Vajrapani
Head of Pacal the Great, from His Tomb at Palenque, 684 C.E
Door Lintel Showing King Shield Jaguar and Lady Xoc in a Bloodletting Ritual, 709 C.E
Mural at Bonampak Showing King Chaan-muan Judging Defeated Enemies, 792 C.E
Vase Painting Showing God L, Several Goddesses, and Rabbit-Scribe, ca. 600ű900 C.E
Terra-cotta Head of a King, Ife, ca. 1000ű1200 C.E
Copper Obalufon Mask, Ife, 1000ű1200 C.E
Brass Head of Queen Mother, Benin, ca. 1500
Brass Plaque Depicting the Oba Esigie, Benin, ca. 1500
Han and Rome: Asserting Imperial Authority (300 B.C.E.ű400 C.E.)
From Sima Qian, The Annals of Qin, ca. second century B.C.E
Grave Mound of Qin Shi Huangdi at Mt. Li
Flanking Pit of Excavated Tomb of Qin Shi Huangdi
From Dong Zhongshu (Tung Chung-shu), Essays on Kingship
Han Wendi (Wen-ti), On the Eclipse of the Sun
From Caesar Augustus, The Achievements of the Divine Augustus
From Cassius Dio, Roman History
Roman Coin of the Reign of Emperor Nero (r. 54ű68)
TrajanĂs Column, Rome
Detail from TrajanĂs Column
Roman Temple Inscription in Myra, Lycia (Asia Minor)
Edict and Speech of Nero to the Greeks
International Religious Communities (300 B.C.E.ű800 C.E.)
Selections from Ashoka (As┤oka), Rock and Pillar Edicts
Ashokan Pillar with a Single-Lion Capital at Vaishali, India
From the Asokavadana
Constantinian Edicts
Selections from Eusebius, Life of Constantine
Two Constantinian Coins
Selections from the QurĂan
Selections from the Hadith
Selections from Ibn Ishaq, The Life of Muhammad, Apostle of Allah
From Abu Yusuf (d. A.H
182/798 C.E.), Book of Land-tax
Muhammad Addresses Ali and Other Leaders Before the Battle of Badr, from Rashid al-Din, JamiĂal-tawarikh
Vikings and Polynesians: Exploring New Worlds (300ű1100)
From Adam of Bremen, History of the Archbishoprics of Hamburg-Bremen, 11th century
Illuminated French Manuscript on Life of St
Aubin, St. Aubin Abbey, ca. 1100
Memorial Stone, Gotland, Sweden, 8th to 9th century
Oseberg Viking Ship, Norway, 9th to 10th century
Runic Memorial Inscriptions, Germany, Norway, and Sweden
Buried Viking Hoard, Hon, Norway
From GreenlandersĂ Saga, 13th Century
Site Plan, LĂAnse aux Meadows, Newfoundland, Canada and House, St÷ng, Iceland
from William Ellis, Polynesian Researches, 19th Century
Detail from William Hodges, Tahiti Revisited, 1776
Petroglyphs of Hawaiian Canoes
Reconstructed Double-Hulled Hawaiian Canoe HokuleĂa and Route of Its Voyages
From David Malo, Hawaiian Antiquities, early 19th century
Excerpts from the Oral Traditions of Rennell and Bellona
Development Sequence of Polynesian Languages
Plant Species Introduced into Polynesia Before European Contact
Monolithic Statues
Two Faces of ˘Holy War÷: Christians and Muslims (1095ű1270S)
Muslims on Christians: Usamah ibn-Munqidh Describes the Franks
Ibn al-Athir, The Capture of Jerusalem, 1187
From Imad ad-Din, History of the Fall of Jerusalem
Europeans on Muslims: From Peter Tudebode, History of the Jerusalem Journey
From Fulcher of Chartres, A History of the Expedition to Jerusalem, 1095-1127
From William of Tyre, A History of Deeds Done Beyond the Sea
Geoffrey de Vinsauf, ˘How Saladin, extolling the law of Mahomet, is reproved by a jester.÷ Ambrose, ˘How the Infidels Had Desecrated the Churches of Acre.÷ de Joinville, ˘Something Concerning These Bedouins.÷
Fiction and The Emotions in Japanese, Arabian, and Irish Culture (1000ű1400 C.E.)
From the Tale of the Genji
From the Arabian Nights
From ˘The Wooing of Emer.÷
The Mongol Conquest: Scourge or Stimulus? (1206ű1360)
From The Secret History of the Mongols
Selections from ˘A Journey to the West÷ by YelŘ Chucai
Selections from Rashid al-Din TabibĂs The Successors of Genghiz Khan
Selections from JuvainiĂs The History of the World Conqueror
Persian Miniature Illustrating a Mongol Attack on a City
Tale of the Destruction of Riazan
The Account of John de Plano Carpini
Selections from the Travel Account of William of Rubruck
From Francis Balducci Pegolotti, Book of Description of Countries
Regional Metropolises: Constantinople and Tenochtitlßn (1160ű1521)
From Benjamin of Tudela, Travels of Rabbi Benjamin of Tudela, 1160ű1173
From Robert of Clari, Conquest of Constantinople, 1203
Nicetas Choniates, ˘Destruction of Ancient Art in the Latin Sack of Constantinople.÷ Illustrated Map of Constantinople, 13th century
Interior, Saint Sophia
George Acropolites, ˘The Byzantine Recovery of Constantinople: Thanksgiving and Celebration,÷ 1261
Chrysobull Detailing Extraordinary Privileges for the Venetians, 1082
Letter of Hernan CortÚs to Charles V, King of Spain
From Bernal DÝaz del Castillo, The Discovery and Conquest of Mexico
Spanish Illustrated Map of Tenochtitlßn, Printed in Nuremberg, 1524
The Excavated Site of the Great Temple Enclosure
The Great Temple Enclosure at Tenochtitlßn, from the Florentine Codex
Sacred Journeys: Pilgrimages in Buddhism and Islam (629ű1324)
From the Diary of Ennin, 838-847
From Journey to the West, or The Monkey-King, 17th century
Modern Portrait of Xuanzang
From Naser-e Khosraw, Book of Travels
The Travels of Ibn Jubayr
From al-MaqriziĂs Account of Mansa Musa
From al-UmariĂs Account of Mansa Musa
From Ibn KhaldunĂs Account of Mansa Musa
The Well-Educated Man: Students and Scholars In China, Paris, and Timbuktu (1180ű1600)
Zhu Xi, Articles of the White Deer Grotto Academy, 1180
Zhu Xi, Proposals for Schools and Official Recruitment, 1195
Cheng Duanli, A Schedule for Learning, 1315
Description of Ahmad al-Tinbukti, from Ahmad Baba, al-Dhayl, ca. 1600
Description of Muhammad Baghayogho, from Ahmad Baba, al-Dhayl, ca. 1600
Statutes for the University of Paris Issued by Robert Couršon, 1215
Rules for Licensing a Student to Teach at the University of Paris
Robert de SorbonĂs Regulations for His College, Before 1274
Facing the Black Death (1300ű1400)
From Ibn Khaldun, The Muqaddimah: An Introduction to History
From Giovanni Boccaccio, The Decameron
From Ibn Battuta, Travels in Asia and Africa, 1325ű1354
From Ioannes Cautacuzenos (John VI of Byzantium), Historarum
From the Chronicle of Jean de Venette
Lieferinxe, St. Sebastian Interceding for the Plague-Stricken
A Prayer to St. Sebastian
Citations from the Hadith
An Arab DoctorĂs Medical Perspective on the Black Death
From Ibn al-Wardi, ˘An Essay on the Report of the Pestilence.÷ A Fifteenth-Century Treatise on the Pestilence
From Report of the Paris Medical Faculty, October 1348
A Wholesome Medicine Against All Infirmities
From Petrarch, ˘Letters on Familiar Matters.÷
Cross-Cultural Encounters: Travel, Religion, Conquests, and Trade (1400ű1700)
China: Zheng HeĂs Inscriptions in Stone, 1431
Zhang HanĂs Essay on Merchants
The Biography of Zhu Jiefu
Chang HsiehĂs Advice to Traders (1618)
Europe: Christopher Columbus Journal, 1530s
Las Casas, Teaching the True Religion (1530s)
Richard Hakluyt (the Younger), Discourse on Western Planting (1584)
Sir John Chardin, Travels in Persia
Thomas Mun, EnglandĂs Treasure (1664)
Muslim Regions: Travels of Ibn Battuta, c. 1353
Evliyß EfendÝ, Narrative of Travels
Africa: Nzinga Mbemba, King of Kongo, to the King of Portugal, 1526
Pate Chronicle
Statistics: Rates of Population Growth, 1000-1820 (ave. annual compound growth rates)
Per Capita Gross Domestic Product (in 1990 international dollars), 1000-1700
Population and Gross Domestic Product Growth, 1500-1700 (in %)
Urbanization Ratios in China and Western Europe, 1000-1700 (population in cities 10,000 and over as percentage of total population)
Slave Exports from Africa, By Destination (000s), 650-1800
World Gold Output by Region, 1493-1700 (in million fine oz.)
Gold and Silver Shipments from the Americas to Europe, 1500-1700 (metric tons)
Exports of Gold and Silver from Europe, 1600-1700 (metric tons of silver equivalent)
Tobacco Imported to England from Virginia and Maryland Colonies, 1620-1700 (000s pounds)
Number of Ships Sailing to Asia by Country, 1500-1700
Sugar Exports from Barbados to London, 1651-1700 (in tons)
Sugar Production in Brazil, 1600-1625 (in metric tons)
Wealth Distribution in Mughul Empire, c. 1600 (in percentages)
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