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This comprehensive, accessible survey of world history has been extensively revised to provide an even more global and comparative perspective on the events and processes that have shaped our increasingly interdependent world. Written by leading scholars in their respective fields,Heritage of World Civilizations, 8/e,combines unusually strong and thorough coverage of the unique heritage of Asian, African, Islamic, Western, and American civilizations, while highlighting the role of the world's great religious and philosophical traditions.
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COMBINED VOLUME contains Chapters 1-35 VOLUME I contains Chapters 1-18 VOLUME II contains Chapters 16-35 PART I. THE COMING OF CIVILIZATION. 1. Birth of Civilization. Early Humans and Their Culture The Paleolithic Age The Neolithic Age The Bronze Age and the Birth of Civilization Early Civilizations to About 1000 b.c.e. Mesopotamian Civilization Egyptian Civilization Ancient Near Eastern Empires The Hittites The Mitannians The Assyrians The Second Assyrian Empire The Neo-Babylonians Early Indian Civilization The Indus Civilization The Vedic Aryan Civilization Overview . Early Chinese Civilization Neolithic Origins in the Yellow River Valley Early Bronze Age: The Shang Later Bronze Age: The Western Zhou Iron Age: The Eastern Zhou The Rise of Civilization in the Americas Summary Review Questions Key Terms 2. The Four Great Revolutions in Thought and Religion. Comparing the Four Great Revolutions Philosophy in China Confucianism Daoism Legalism Religion in India Hindu and Indian Historical Background The Upanishadic Worldview Mahavira and the Jain Tradition The Buddha s Middle Path The Religion of the Israelites From Hebrew Nomads to the Israelite Nation The Monotheistic Revolution Greek Philosophy Reason and the Scientific Spirit Political and Moral Philosophy Summary Review Questions Key Terms Religions of the World: Judaism. PART II. EMPIRES AND CULTURES OF THE ANCIENT WORLD. 3. Greek and Hellenistic Civilization. Bronze Age on Crete and on the Mainland to ca. 1150 B.C.E. The Minoans The Mycenaeans Greek Middle Age to ca. 750 B.C.E. Age of Homer The Polis Development of the Polis The Hoplite Phalanx Expansion of the Greek World Greek Colonies The Tyrants (ca. 700-500 B.C.E.) Life in Archaic Greece Society Religion Poetry Major City-States Sparta Athens The Persian Wars Ionian Rebellion The War in Greece Classical Greece The Delian League The First Peloponnesian War The Athenian Empire Athenian Democracy Women of Athens The Great Peloponnesian War Struggle for Greek Leadership Fifth Century B.C.E Fourth Century B.C.E Emergence of the Hellenistic World Macedonian Conquest Alexander the Great and His Successors Death of Alexander Alexander s Successors Hellenistic Culture Literature Architecture and Sculpture Mathematics and Science Summary Review Questions Key Terms 4. Iran, India, and Inner Asia to 200 c.e. Iran. Ancient History The Elamites The Iranians Ancient Iranian Religion Zoroaster and the Zoroastrian Tradition The First Iranian Empire (550-330 B.C.E.) The Achaemenids The Achaemenid State The Achaemenid Economy India. The First Indian Empire (321-185 B.C.E.) Political Background The Mauryans Consolidation of Indian Civilization (ca. 200 B.C.E-300 B.C.E.) The Economic Base High Culture Religion and Society Greek and Asian Dynasties. Seleucids Indo-Greeks Steppe Peoples Summary Review Questions Key Terms Religions of the World: Hinduism. 5. Africa: Early History to 1000 c. e.<