9780812097658

World History the Easy Way: Ancient and Medieval Times to A.D. 1500

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    9780812097658

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    0812097653

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  • Copyright: 1997-08-01
  • Publisher: Barrons Educational Series Inc

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Summary

This volume offers a survey and overview of world history, starting with the earliest-known human settlements and concluding in 1500--the early years of Europe's Renaissance,and in the Americas, the era of the Aztec and Inca empires. Following a summary of prehistoric cultures, the author covers the civilizations of the Fertile Crescent, ancient Egypt, civilization in the Indus and Yellow River valleys, early Mediterranean cultures, India's classical age, the rise of China's dynasties, classical Greek and Roman civilizations, the Islamic world, African kingdoms of the first millenium, Europe's middle ages, the Holy Roman Empire, the Crusaders and their clash with Turks, the Mongol invasion, and the humanism of the early European Renaissance.

Table of Contents

Introduction xii(1)
Acknowledgments xiii
UNIT ONE BEGINNINGS--2,000,000-3500 B.C. 3(30)
Chapter 1 The First Humans
3(14)
The Search for the First People
3(1)
Homo erectus
3(4)
Neandertals
7(1)
Homo sapiens
8(1)
Cro-Magnons
9(1)
Language and Race
10(1)
Inventions of the Cro-Magnons
11(1)
Cro-Magnon Artists
12(1)
Conclusion
13(1)
Review
14(3)
Chapter 2 The New Stone Age
17(16)
Town Life
17(1)
Jericho and Catal Huyuk
18(2)
Invention of Farming
20(2)
Animal Herding
22(2)
Technology in the New Stone Age
24(1)
Megalith Builders
25(1)
Conclusion
26(2)
Review
28(5)
UNIT TWO THE FIRST CIVILIZATIONS--3500-1200 B.C. 33(68)
Chapter 3 The Fertile Crescent
33(18)
Tigris and Euphrates Valley
34(1)
Towns of Ancient Sumer
34(1)
Sumerian Religion
35(2)
Development of Writing
37(1)
Economic Activity
38(2)
Culture in Ancient Sumer
40(1)
Invaders in Mesopotamia
41(2)
Anatolian Civilization
43(1)
Hittites
43(1)
Building the Hittite Empire
44(1)
Syrian Peoples
45(1)
Conclusion
46(1)
Review
47(4)
Chapter 4 Ancient Egypt
51(16)
Nile Valley
51(1)
Earliest Egypt
52(2)
Old Kingdom
54(2)
Religion in Egyptian Life
56(3)
Arts of Egypt
59(1)
Middle Kingdom
59(1)
Hyksos Period
60(1)
New Kingdom
60(1)
Religious Reform of Akhenaten
61(1)
Egypt's Decline
62(1)
Conclusion
63(1)
Review
64(3)
Chapter 5 The First Indian Civilization
67(8)
Geography of India
67(1)
People of the Indus Valley
68(1)
Two Great Cities of the Indus Valley
69(2)
The Indus Valley Economy
71(1)
Aryans Arrive
72(1)
Conclusion
73(1)
Review
74(1)
Chapter 6 Prehistoric China
75(8)
Geography of China
75(1)
Chinese Origins
76(2)
Chinese Religion
78(1)
Chinese Writing
79(1)
Shang Dynasty
79(1)
Conclusion
80(1)
Review
81(2)
Chapter 7 Mediterranean Regions in the Ancient World
83(12)
Cycladic Origins
83(2)
Discovery of Minoan Civilization
85(1)
Minoans
85(3)
Indo-European Migrations
88(2)
Mycenaeans
90(1)
Rest of Europe
91(1)
Conclusion
92(1)
Review
93(2)
Chapter 8 The First Americans
95(6)
Hunters of the Americas
95(1)
Developments in Mexico
96(1)
South America
97(1)
Conclusion
97(1)
Review
98(3)
UNIT THREE CLASSICAL WORLDS--1200 B.C.-A.D. 500 101(152)
Chapter 9 Southwest Asia in a Time of Empires
101(19)
Assyrians
101(1)
Babylonians
102(1)
People of Syria
103(1)
Hebrews
104(1)
The Hebrew Bible
104(1)
Hebrew Beginnings
105(1)
Exodus from Egypt
106(1)
Hebrew Monarchy
107(1)
Foreign Conquest
108(1)
Phoenicians and Arameans
109(1)
Persians
111(1)
Persian Culture in Achaemenid Times
112(1)
Anatolia
113(2)
Conclusion
115(1)
Review
116(4)
Chapter 10 India's Classical Age
120(17)
Political Life of the Aryans
120(1)
Brahman Religion
120(1)
Upanishads
122(1)
Classes and Castes
123(1)
Jains Challenge the Brahmans
124(1)
Buddha
125(2)
Invasions from the West
127(1)
Mauryan Empire
127(2)
Ashoka
129(1)
South India
130(1)
Gupta Empire
131(2)
Sri Lanka
133(1)
Conclusion
133(1)
Review
134(3)
Chapter 11 China and Its Neighbors
137(17)
Later Shang Period
137(1)
Scribes and Silk
138(1)
Zhous Come to Power
139(1)
Confucius
140(1)
Laozi and Meng Ko
141(1)
China During Qin Dynasty
142(2)
Han China
144(2)
Han Court
146(1)
Arrival of Buddhism
146(1)
Later Han Period
147(1)
Three Kingdoms
148(1)
China's Neighbors
149(1)
Conclusion
150(1)
Review
151(3)
Chapter 12 The Rise of Greek Civilization
154(23)
Dorian Invasion
155(1)
Greek Renaissance
155(1)
Colonization
156(1)
Athens
157(1)
On the Road to Democracy
157(2)
Sparta
159(1)
Persian Attack
160(2)
Peloponnesian War
162(1)
Architecture of Ancient Greece
163(1)
Theater
164(1)
The Arts
165(1)
Philosophers
166(3)
Science
169(1)
Religion
170(1)
Athletics
171(1)
Conclusion
172(1)
Review
173(4)
Chapter 13 Alexander the Great and Hellenism in Southwestern Asia
177(8)
Rise of Macedonia
177(1)
Alexander
178(2)
Hellenistic World
180(2)
Conclusion
182(1)
Review
183(2)
Chapter 14 The Roman Republic
185(18)
Italian Peninsula
186(1)
Peoples of Italy
186(1)
Early Rome
188(1)
Formation of the Republic
189(1)
Conflict of the Orders
190(1)
Roman Society
190(1)
Roman Expansion
191(3)
Coming of the Romans to Southwestern Asia
194(1)
Jews and Romans
194(1)
Roman Religion
195(1)
Political and Economic Problems of the Late Republic
196(2)
Europe's Other Peoples
198(1)
Conclusion
199(1)
Review
200(3)
Chapter 15 The Roman Empire
203(24)
Augustan Age
203(2)
Successors of Augustus
205(1)
Jesus of Nazareth
206(1)
Christians
207(1)
Second Century
208(1)
Roman Buildings
209(2)
Entertainment in Rome
211(1)
Armenians and Persians
212(1)
Pax Romana Evaluated
212(1)
Rome in Jeopardy
213(2)
Diocletian and Constantine
215(2)
Rome Under Attack
217(1)
Progress of Christianity
217(2)
Western Problems
219(2)
Germans in Italy
221(1)
Conclusion
222(1)
Review
223(4)
Chapter 16 African Societies
227(11)
Invaders in Egypt
227(1)
Kush
228(2)
Hellenistic Egypt
230(1)
Carthage and North Africa
231(1)
Egypt Under the Romans
231(2)
Roman North Africa
233(1)
Bantu
234(1)
Axum
235(1)
Conclusion
235(1)
Review
236(2)
Chapter 17 Indian Civilizations of the Americas
238(15)
Olmec Civilization
238(3)
City of Teotihuacan
241(1)
Mayan Achievements
242(2)
Religion of the Mayans
244(1)
Writing
244(1)
South America's Pacific Coast
245(1)
Chavin Culture
245(2)
Conclusion
247(1)
Review
248(5)
UNIT FOUR EXPANDING HORIZONS--A.D. 500-1100 253(138)
Chapter 18 The Islamic World of Southwest Asia
253(17)
Arabian Peninsula
253(2)
Prophet Muhammad
255(3)
After Muhammad
258(1)
Byzantine-Persian Conflict
258(1)
Arab Conquests
258(1)
Umayyad Caliphate
259(2)
Life Under the Caliphate
261(1)
Abbasid Caliphs
262(1)
Turks Enter the Muslim World
264(2)
Conclusion
266(1)
Review
267(3)
Chapter 19 The Early Middle Ages in India
270(7)
A Period of Migrations
270(1)
Development Within Hinduism
271(1)
Muslim Invasions
272(2)
Conclusion
274(1)
Review
275(2)
Chapter 20 East Asian Traditions
277(23)
China Under the Sui Dynasty
277(1)
Golden Age of the Tangs
278(3)
Architecture and Arts
281(1)
Literature of the Tang Period
282(1)
Astronomy and Inventions
283(1)
Religion
284(1)
Later Tang Emperors
285(1)
Song China
285(2)
Economic Activity in Song China
287(1)
Cultural Life
288(1)
Chinese Influences Reach Japan
289(1)
Introduction of Buddhism into Japan
290(1)
The Great Reform
291(1)
Building the Capital at Nara
292(1)
Heian Japan, A World at Peace
292(2)
Asian Neighbors of China
294(1)
Conclusion
295(1)
Review
296(4)
Chapter 21 African Kingdoms
300(8)
Muslims in Egypt
300(1)
South of the Sahara
301(1)
Ghana, The First West African Kingdom
301(3)
Axum
304(1)
Conclusion
305(1)
Review
306(2)
Chapter 22 The Early Middle Ages in Europe
308(20)
Byzantine World
308(1)
Justinian and Theodora
309(3)
Struggle Over the Balkans
312(1)
Daily Life in Byzantine Times
313(3)
The Byzantine Church
316(2)
Ireland
318(1)
England
319(1)
English Missions to the Continent
320(1)
Merovingian France
321(1)
Italy and the Papacy
322(1)
Western Monasticism
323(1)
Conclusion
324(1)
Review
325(3)
Chapter 23 The Age of Charlemagne
328(23)
Charlemagne
328(3)
Carolingian Renaissance
331(1)
Empire Divided
331(1)
Northmen
332(1)
Viking Raiders
333(3)
Feudal Order
336(1)
Farmers and Merchants in Carolingian Europe
337(3)
Islamic Spain
340(2)
Byzantine Culture and the Slavs
342(1)
Missions to the Slavs
343(2)
Magyars
345(1)
Orthodox and Catholics
346(1)
Conclusion
346(1)
Review
347(4)
Chapter 24 Western Recovery and East European Awakening
351(29)
Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation
351(4)
Cluny and Church Reformation
355(3)
Peoples of the Iberian Peninsula
358(1)
Normans
359(2)
Italy Turns to Commerce
361(1)
Byzantine Empire and the First Crusade
362(3)
Eastern Europe
365(3)
Society in Medieval Europe
368(2)
Work in Medieval Europe
370(2)
Arts and Literature
372(2)
Conclusion
374(2)
Review
376(4)
Chapter 25 Developments in the Americas
380(11)
Disasters in Mexico
380(1)
Toltecs Dominate Mexico
381(1)
Mississippian Culture in North America
382(1)
Events in South America
383(1)
Nazca, Chimu, and Moche
383(2)
Conclusion
385(1)
Review
386(5)
UNIT FIVE CHANGING TRADITIONS--A.D. 1100-1500 391(105)
Chapter 26 Crusaders, Turks, and Mongols
391(9)
Latin East
391(3)
Mongols
394(2)
Formation of the Ottoman State
396(1)
Conclusion
397(1)
Review
398(2)
Chapter 27 The Late Middle Ages in India and Southeast Asia
400(8)
Islam and Hinduism
400(2)
Slave Dynasty of Delhi
402(2)
Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia
404(1)
Conclusion
405(1)
Review
406(2)
Chapter 28 East Asia in an Age of Khans and Samurai
408(14)
Last Days of Song China
408(1)
Khubilai Khan
408(3)
China's Brilliant Dynasty, the Ming
411(2)
Shoguns of Japan
413(2)
Kamakura Shogunate
415(2)
Korea and Vietnam
417(1)
Conclusion
418(1)
Review
419(3)
Chapter 29 African Empires
422(11)
Mamluk Egypt
422(1)
African Life Among the Blacks
423(1)
Mail
424(1)
Kanem-Bornu and Songhai
425(1)
Forest Kingdoms of Guinea
426(1)
Ethiopia
427(1)
Eastern Africa and the Indian Ocean Trade
428(1)
South Africa
429(1)
Conclusion
430(1)
Review
431(2)
Chapter 30 Europe in the High Middle Ages
433(26)
Revival of Towns
433(3)
Economic Life
436(1)
Intellectual Life and the Birth of the University
437(3)
Cathedrals
440(2)
The Papacy Ascendant
442(1)
Political Events in the British Isles
443(2)
Kingdoms of Continental Europe
445(3)
Fredericks of the Holy Roman Empire
448(2)
Eastern Europe Between Germans and Mongols
450(3)
Byzantium
453(2)
Conclusion
455(1)
Review
456(3)
Chapter 31 Europe's Late Middle Ages and the Early Renaissance
459(28)
Weather and Disease
459(2)
Warfare and Its Consequences
461(1)
Hundred Years' War
461(2)
British Isles
463(1)
Ferdinand and Isabella
464(1)
France
465(1)
Holy Roman Empire
466(1)
Events in Eastern Europe
466(1)
Fall of Constantinople
467(1)
Moscow and the Russian Lands
468(2)
Origins of the Renaissance
470(1)
Humanism
471(2)
Arts and Artists of Italy
473(2)
Printing
475(1)
Daily Life in Renaissance Times
475(2)
Great Western Schism
477(1)
European Exploration and Colonization
478(2)
Christopher Columbus
480(1)
Conclusion
481(2)
Review
483(4)
Chapter 32 Aztecs and Incas
487(9)
Early Aztec History
487(1)
Building Tenochtitlan
487(1)
North of the Rio Grande
489(1)
Inca Empire of South America
489(1)
Society Among the Incas
491(1)
Engineering
492(1)
Conclusion
493(1)
Review
494(2)
Index 496

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