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Societies, Networks, and Transitionsis a world history text that connects the different regions of the world through global themes. This innovative structure combines the accessibility of a regional approach with the rigor of comparative scholarship to show students world history in a truly global framework. The text also features a strong focus on culture and religion. Author and veteran teacher Craig Lockard engages students with a unique approach to cultural artifacts such as music and art. A range of pedagogical features--including focus questions, section summaries, and web-based study aids--supports students and instructors as they explore the interconnectedness of different people, places, and periods in the global past. Author Craig Lockard--a founding and active member of the World History Association--applies his expertise in world history instruction to this breakthrough textbook program. His extensive experience teaching this challenging course is evident in the approach and accessibility of the text, particularly its strong pedagogical apparatus. Comparative mini-chapters at the end of each part, called "Societies, Networks, and Transitions," link the different regions of the world. These brief sections help students understand the interconnectedness of people, places, and periods. AccompanyingHistorical Controversyboxes examine scholarly debates such as Afrocentricity, Eastern predominance, and globalization, among others. Carefully crafted and tested by the author for optimal student learning, the pedagogical program is the most comprehensive available in world history. Chapter-opening focus questions, brief and comprehensive chronologies, key terms, pronunciation guides, section and chapter summaries, and online study aids encourage active review and promote mastery of the material. A complete online support program for students features ACE practice tests, interactive maps, primary sources, and flashcards--all of which correlate to content in the text via web icons. Technology resources for instructors include Houghton Mifflin's Eduspace course management tool and Blackboard course cartridges/WebCT ePacks. IllustratedProfilebiography features present common and key players in world history such as Hammurabi, the Trung sisters, and slave rebel Caetana. Witness to the Pastprimary source boxes expose students to documents that examine such topics as Hindu values, shopping in Aksum, and the rights of Egyptian women.Thinking About the Readingquestions accompany each source, prompting students to think critically about the documents under review.

Table of Contents

Preliminary Contents
Foundations: Ancient Societies to 600 B.C.E
The Origins of Human Societies, to ca.2000 B.C.E
Before Prehistory: The Cosmos, Earth, and Life
The Roots of Humanity
The Odyssey of Early Human Societies
The Agricultural Transformation, 10,0004000 B.C.E
The Emergence of Cities and States Profile: The Kung Hunters and Gatherers
Witness to the Past: Food and Farming in Ancient Cultural Traditions
Ancient Societies in Mesopotamia, India, and Central Asia, 5000600 B.C.E
Early Mesopotamian Urbanized Societies, to 2000 b.c.e
Later Mesopotamian Societies and Their Legacies, 2000600 b.c.e
The Earliest Indian and Central Asian Societies, 60001500 b.c.e
The Aryans and a New Indian Society, 15001000 b.c.e
The Mixing of Dravidian and Aryan Cultures, 1000600 b.c.e
Profile: Hammurabi the Lawgiver
Witness to the Past: Hindu Values in the Bhagavad Gita
Ancient Societies in Africa and the Mediterranean, 5000600 B.C.E
The Rise of Egyptian Society
Egyptian Society Patterns, Economy, and Culture
The Roots of Sub-Saharan African Societies
Early African States, Networks, and Migrations, 1800600 b.c.e
Early Societies and Networks of the Eastern Mediterranean Profile: An Egyptian Priest and His Family
Witness to the Past: The World-View of an African Society
Around the Pacific Rim: Eastern Eurasia and the Americas, 5000600 B.C.E
The Formation of Chinese Society, 60001750 b.c.e
The Reshaping of Ancient Chinese Society, 1750600 b.c.e
Ancient Southeast and Northeast Asians Migration and Settlement in the Americas
The Roots of American Urban Societies Profile: The Poverty Point Mound Builders
Witness to the Past: The Poetry of Peasant Life in Zhou China
Societies, Networks, Transitions: Ancient Foundations of World History, 4000600 B.C.E
Historical Controversy: Patriarchy and Matriarchy in the Ancient World
The Classical Societies and Their Legacies, ca. 600 B.C.E.600 C.E
Eurasian Connections and New Traditions in East Asia, 600 B.C.E.600 C.E
Changing China and Axial Age Thought, 600221 b.c.e
Chinese Imperial Systems and Eurasian Trade Society, Economy, and Science in Han China
China After the Han Empire: Continuity and Change Korea, Japan, and East Asian Networks
Profile: Sima Qian, Chinese Historian
Witness to the Past: The Analects and Correct Confucian Behavior
Western Asia, the Eastern Mediterranean, and Regional Systems, 600200 B.C.E
The Persians and Their Empire
The Emergence of the Greeks
Greek Thought, Culture, and Society
Greeks, Persians, and the Regional System
The Hellenistic Age and Its Afro-Eurasian Legacies
Profile: Archimedes, a Hellenistic Mathematician and Engineer
Witness to the Past: Good, Evil, and Monotheism in Zoroastrian Thought
Classical Societies in Southern and Central Asia, 600 B.C.E.600 C.E
The Transformation of Indian Society and Its Religions
Eurasian Exchanges, Indian Politics, and the Mauryan Empire
South and Central Asia After the Mauryas
The Gupta Age in India
The Development of Southeast Asian Societies
Profile: The Trung Sisters, Vietnamese Rebels
Witness to the Past: Basic Doctrines in the Buddha's First Sermon
Empires, Networks, the Remaking of Europe, North Africa, and Western Asia, 500 B.C.E.600 B.C.E
Etruscans, Carthage, Egypt, and the Romans
Roman Society During the Imperial Era Celts, Germans, and Roman
Decline Christianity: From Western Asian Sect to Transregional Religion
Revival in the East: Byzantines, Persians, and Arabs Prof
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