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Connections: A World History, Volume 1 [Rental Edition]

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  • Edition: 4th
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  • Copyright: 2020-01-02
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A clear, compelling, concise rendering of world history that focuses on societal connections
In an age of growing global interconnectedness, an understanding of diverse world cultures and their histories has never been more essential.  Connections: A World History  helps students achieve this understanding with its simple, straightforward narrative that tells the compelling story of the peoples and societies that preceded us and how they shaped the world. The title’s concise chapters feature engaging, readable content that focuses on the central theme of connections among world societies. The 4th Edition features over 100 maps, History 360 interactive experiences, and updated interpretations and learnings throughout.

Author Biography

Edward H. Judge and John W. Langdon are professors of history at Le Moyne College, where for decades they team-taught a two-semester world history course for first-year students and courses on modern global history for upper-level students. Ed earned his doctorate at the University of Michigan and spent a year in the USSR as an IREX scholar. John earned his doctorate at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Public Affairs, where he was a National Defense Fellow. Ed taught at Le Moyne from 1978 through 2018, was the College’s Scholar of the Year in 1994, and was awarded the J. C. Georg Endowed Professorship in 1997. John has taught at Le Moyne since 1971, directed its Honors Program, and was awarded the O’Connell Distinguished Teaching Professorship in 1996. Each has been named the College’s Teacher of the Year and has chaired its Department of History. They have written or edited nine books: four in collaboration with each other, three as individuals, and two in collaboration with other scholars. They love teaching world history, especially to students of diverse backgrounds and interests, and they derive great joy from infecting their students with a passion and enthusiasm for the study of the human past.

Table of Contents


Era One: Emergence and Expansion of Regional Societies, to 300 c.e.

1. The Emergence of Human Societies, to 3000 b.c.e. 
2. Early Societies of Africa and West Asia, to 500 b.c.e.
3. Societies and Beliefs of Early India, to 550 c.e.
4. The Origins of the Chinese Empire, to 220 c.e.
5. Early American Societies: Connection and Isolation, 20,000 b.c.e.—1500 c.e.
6. The Persian Connection: Its Impact and Influences, 2000 b.c.e.—637 c.e.
7. Greek Civilization and Its Expansion into Asia, 2000—30 b.c.e.
8. The Romans Connect the Mediterranean World, 753 b.c.e.—284 c.e.

Era Two: Transregional Conflicts and Religious Connections, 200—1200 c.e.

9. Germanic Societies and the Emergence of the Christian West, 100—1100 c.e.
10. The Byzantine World, 284—1240
11. The Origins and Expansion of Islam, 100—750
12. Religion and Diversity in the Transformation of Southern Asia, 711—1400
13. African Societies, 700—1500
14. The Evolution and Expansion of East Asian Societies, 220—1240 c.e.

Era Three: Cross-Cultural Conflicts and Commercial Connections, 1000—1650

15. Nomadic Conquests and Eurasian Connections, 1000—1400
16. The Resurgence of the Christian West, 1050—1530
17. Culture and Conflict in the Great Islamic Empires, 1071—1707
18. The Aztec and Inca Empires, 1300—1550
19. Global Exploration and Global Empires, 1400—1700


Era Four: The Shift from Regional to Global Connections, 1500—1800

20. The West in an Age of Religious Conflict and Global Expansion, 1500—1650

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