World History Vol. 2 : A Concise Thematic Analysis

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 1/22/2013
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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World History: A Concise Thematic Analysis presents the highly anticipated second edition of the most affordable and accessible survey of world history designed for use at the college level. An engaging narrative that contextualizes history and does not drown students in a sea of facts Offers a comparative analysis of the great civilizations of Eurasia, Africa, and the Americas Addresses themes of population dynamics, food production challenges, disease history, warfare, and other major issues for civilizations Features new interior design and organization to enhance user experience Instructor's test bank available online

Author Biography

Steven Wallech is the senior Professor of World History at Long Beach City College. He developed the world history program there, and integrated the world history curriculum with community colleges and universities throughout California.

Craig Hendricks is Emeritus Professor of History at Long Beach City College. He has written on Latin America for history journals and edited four books of American social history readings.

Touraj Daryaee is theHoward C. Baskerville Professor of Iran and the Persianate World and the Associate Director of the Dr. Samuel Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture at the University of California, Irvine. He is editor of the Name-ye-Iran-e Bastan: The International Journal of Ancient Iranian Studies and the creator of Sasanika: The Late Antique Near East Project.

Anne Lynne Negus received her Ph.D. in Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, specializing in Egyptology. Currently she is Professor of History at Fullerton College and Co-Coordinator of the Honors Program.

Peter P. Wan received his B.A. from East China Normal University and taught American literature in China until he came to the United States on a Harvard-Yanching fellowship. He received his Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization from Harvard University. His major interests are American history, East Asian history, and U.S.-China relations.

Gordon Morris Bakken earned his degrees at the University of Wisconsin and joined the faculty of California State University, Fullerton, in 1969. He teaches courses on American legal history, women in American history, westward movement, and American military heritage.

Table of Contents

Volume 2

Introduction x

Unit three The Modern World 371


The differential of power

Chapter 18: Spontaneous European Modernization: Phase One

The Process of Change Begins 375

Simultaneous Revolutions: Phase I, New Trade Routes / 376
Simultaneous Revolutions: Phase II, Biology and Europe / 377
Simultaneous Revolutions: Phase III, Warfare, Politics, and Religion / 380
Simultaneous Revolutions: Phase IV, Commerce / 386
Simultaneous Revolutions: Phase V, the State / 402
special topic The Elizabethan Era / 406
Suggested Reading / 413

Chapter 19: The Differential of Power: Phase One

The Americas and Africa 415

Ship Technology in 1500 / 416
Spain’s Rapid Success in the Americas after a Slow Start / 422
special topic New Spain / 422
A Hidden Agent in the Differential of Power: Disease / 423
Native American Vulnerability / 427
The Aztecs / 429
The Incas / 432
Brazil / 433
Africa’s Indigenous Slave Tradition / 435
special topic The Middle Passage: The Transport of Slaves
 on the Trans-Atlantic Trip / 436
The Arrival of Europe / 439
The Sale of Slaves / 441
Consequences of the Slave Trade / 442
Suggested Reading / 446

Chapter 20: Spontaneous European Modernization: Phase Two

The Origins of Public Opinion, the Concept of Culture,
and the Nation-State 447

Science, Knowledge, and Faith / 447
The Scientific Revolution / 449
Locke’s Philosophy and the Idea of Public Opinion / 452
The Enlightenment / 458
The Nation-State / 470
The Ideology of Revolution / 472
The French Revolution / 474
Great Britain / 478
Suggested Reading / 482

Chapter 21: The Nation-State

Diffusion of the French-British Model 484

The Central European Experience / 485
Central Europeans and Internal Coherence / 487
Suggested Reading / 495

Chapter 22: The Differential of Power, Phase Two

Ideology, Medicine, and Technology Redefine Global Power 497

The New Teleology / 499
Nation-States and Industry / 510
Suggested Reading / 514

Chapter 23: Nation-State Formation outside Europe

The United States and Japan 515

The United States / 516
Japan / 525
Suggested Reading / 533

Chapter 24: Internal Divisions and Contradictions

Russia and Latin America 534

Russia / 534
Latin America / 550
Suggested Reading / 556

Chapter 25: In the Crosshairs of Modernity

India and China 557

India / 557
Late Imperial China: The Ming and Qing Dynasties / 564
Suggested Reading / 583

Chapter 26: Targets of Imperialism

Africa and the Middle East 585

Africa / 586
The Middle East / 596
Suggested Reading / 605

Unit four Global Violence and the Postmodern Era 607


Postmodern Era

Chapter 27: World War I

The Consequences of Power 611

The Illusion of Progress / 612
The Quest for Empire and the Habits of Violence / 613
Danger Signs in the Short-War Phenomenon / 615
Misunderstanding the Short-War Phenomenon / 617
World War I: Total War, the Geographic Arena of Combat, Victory, and Defeat / 618
Suggested Reading / 623

Chapter 28: Totalitarianism

The Soviet Union and Nazi Germany 624

Totalitarianism / 625
The Soviet Union / 625
special topic Abandoned Marxism / 631
special topic The Versailles Treaty / 634
Nazi Germany / 634
Suggested Reading / 641

Chapter 29: The Inheritors of Power

The United States and Japan 642

The United States / 642
Japan / 647
Suggested Reading / 655

Chapter 30: Decolonization

Phase One 656

China’s Republican Revolution / 656
India / 663
The Middle East / 665
Latin America / 670
Suggested Reading / 674

Chapter 31: World War II and the Beginning of the Cold War

Expanding the Potential of Self-Destruction 676

World War II / 676
special topic Mussolini’s Italy / 681
Mass Murder: A New Dimension to Global Warfare / 686
The Cold War: Redefining World Power after 1945 / 690
Suggested Reading / 695

Chapter 32: Global Decolonization

Phase Two 696

China / 696
Japan / 705
India / 711
Africa / 714
special topic AIDS / 721
The Middle East / 722
Latin America / 728
Suggested Reading / 737

Chapter 33: The End of the Cold War
and the Contemporary World

The Complex Problems Facing a Multicultural Era 739

The End of the Cold War  / 739
special topic The Legacy of Vietnam / 743
The Contemporary World / 745
Status, Freedom, and Equality / 751
Population Dynamics / 757
Suggested Reading / 760

Credits / C-1
Index / I-1


The Columbian Exchange and the Slave Trade  / 374 
The World Between World War I and II / 610
The Imperial Era (1850–1914) / 584 
1945 to the Present / 740

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