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Based on Bentley and Ziegler's best-selling, comprehensive survey text, Traditions & Encounters: A Brief Global History provides a streamlined account of the cultures and interactions that have shaped world history. The text's strong hallmark themes of traditions (the formations and development of the world's major societies) and encounters (cross-cultural interactions and exchanges) bring focus to the human experience and help turn the giant story of world history into something more manageable to teach and learn. At the same time, an effective part structure organizes developments into seven eras of global history, putting events into perspective and creating a framework for cross-cultural comparisons. With an engaging narrative, visual appeal, extended pedagogy, and a strong emphasis on critical thinking, this concise version offers enhanced flexibility and affordability without sacrificing the features that have made the complete text a favorite among instructors and students alike.
Table of Contents
PART I THE EARLY COMPLEX SOCIETIES, 3500 TO 500 B.C.E.
1 The Foundations of Complex Societies 2 Early African Societies and the Bantu Migrations 3 Early Societies in South and East Asia 4 Early Societies in the Americas and Oceania
PART II THE FORMATION OF CLASSICAL SOCIETIES, 500 B.C.E. TO 500 C.E.
5 The Empires of Persia 6 The Unification of China 7 State, Society, and the Quest for Salvation in India 8 Mediterranean Society under the Greeks and the Romans 9 Cross-Cultural Exchanges on the Silk Roads
PART III THE POSTCLASSICAL ERA, 500 TO 1000 C.E.
10 The Christian Commonwealth of Byzantium 11 The Expansive Realm of Islam 12 The Resurgence of Empire in East Asia 13 India and the Indian Ocean Basin
PART IV AN AGE OF CROSS-CULTURAL INTERACTION, 1000 TO 1500 C.E.
14 Nomadic Empires and Eurasian Integration 15 States and Societies of Sub-Saharan Africa 16 Christian Western Europe during the Middle Ages 17 Worlds Apart: The Americas and Oceania 18 Reaching Out: Cross-Cultural Interactions
PART V THE ORIGINS OF GLOBAL INTERDEPENDENCE, 1500–1800
19 Transoceanic Encounters and Global Connections 20 The Transformation of Europe 21 New Worlds: The Americas and Oceania 22 Africa and the Atlantic World 23 Tradition and Change in East Asia 24 The Islamic Empires
PART VI AN AGE OF REVOLUTION, INDUSTRY, AND EMPIRE, 1750–1914
25 Revolutions and National States in the Atlantic World 26 The Making of Industrial Society 27 The Americas in the Age of Independence 28 The Building of Global Empires
PART VII CONTEMPORARY GLOBAL REALIGNMENTS
29 The Great War: The World in Upheaval 30 An Age of Anxiety 31 Nationalism and Political Identities in Asia, Africa, and Latin America 32 New Conflagrations: World War II 33 The Cold War and Decolonization 34 A World without Borders