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Anthony Esher has taught history at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, for most of his sixty-odd years. But he has also lived in many parts of the United States, accumulated several years of living and travel in Europe, and visited every inhabited continent several times. He spends a minimum of three months overseas each year, sampling the wine, exploring the streets and the ruins, and checking to see if the rainforests are still there. Esler's books reflect his enthusiasms. These include a fascination with generational conflict nurtured in the streets of the sixties, a passion for story-telling, and a preference for panoramic "big picture" historylike The Human Venture.
Table of Contents
Volume I, Many Worlds: A Global History to 1500 Introduction: Venture into History.
1. The World Before History: Stone Age People.
I. ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS (3500 - 200 BCE).2. Pyramid Tombs and Ziggurat Temples: Egypt and Mesopotamia.
3. Prophets and Philosophers: The Hebrews and the Greeks.
4. Brahman, Buddha, and the Age of the Sages: The Emergence of India and China.
5. The Furnaces of Meroe and the Olmec Heads: Ancient Civilizations of Africa and the Americas.
II. THE CLASSIC AGE (500 BCE - CE 500).6. From Persepolis to the Palatine: The Roman and Persian Empires.
7. From the Ganges to the Gobi: Gupta India and Han China.
8. From the Sahara to Peru: The Classic Age in Africa and the Americas.
III. EXPANDING CULTURAL ZONES (500 - 1500 CE).9. Cathedral Spires: The Growth of Christendom.
10. Domes and Minarets: The Spread of Islam.
11. Merchants and Missionaries of the Indies: India and Southeast Asia.
12. The Middle Kingdom: China and East Asia.
13. Kings and Conquering Peoples: Empires of Africa and the Americas.
14. Toward a Larger World: From the Bantu Migrations to the Mongol Empire.
Volume II, One World? A Global History Since 1500 Introduction: The Convergence of History.
IV. THE WORLD IN BALANCE (1350 - 1600).15. The West Reborn: Europe in the Renaissance and Reformation.
16. The Muslim Center: Ottoman Turkey, Safavid Persia, and Mughal India.
17. Mandarins and Samurai: Ming China and the Emergence of Japan.
18. Power Beyond Eurasia: Songhai and Great Zimbabwe, the Aztecs and the Incas.
V. THE WORLD OF INTERCONTINENTAL EMPIRES (1500 - 1900).19. Caravels and Cannon: The Rise of Western Imperialism.
20. Barricades, Ballots, and Steam: The Transformation of Europe.
21. Liberators and Robber Barons: The Americas from Colonies to Countries.
22. Maxim Guns and Merchant Bankers: The Climax of Western Imperialism.
VI. STRUGGLES FOR THE GLOBAL FUTURE (1900 - 2000).24. A World Order Comes Unstuck: World War I and the Great Depression.
25. A Schizophrenic Age: Revolution and Totalitarianism Shake the World.
26. Blitzkrieg and Burning Cities: World War II and the American Predominance.
27. The Long Twilight Struggle and the Age of Uhuru: The Cold War and the End of Empire.
28. Skyscrapers and Shanty Towns: Rich Countries and Poor Countries.
29. From Eliot to Afro-Pop: Art and Thought Around the World.
VII. NEW AGE DAWNING?30. The American Predominance: America, Globalization, and Terror.