Documents in World History, Volume 2

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-06-28
  • Publisher: Pearson

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This book offers a range of documents that illustrate key civilizations from major stages in world history, with special attention to contrasts and comparisons among major societies. Documents in World Historyis a thematically organized, authoritative collection of original sources that highlight political, social, cultural and economic issues in world history. The text also provides documents on the hot topics of gender and cultural history. Revised and updated with over a quarter of the documents new, the sixth edition retains its global emphasis while improving its standard selections and political coverage, with expanded attention to Islam and Christianity as well as South Asia.

Author Biography

Peter N. Stearns is a professor of history at George Mason University, where he is currently provost (since January 1, 2000) with almost 40 years of experience as a teacher and administrator. Stearns was the chair of the Department of History at Carnegie Mellon University and also served as the dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. In addition, he founded and continues to edit the Journal of Social History. Also while at Carnegie Mellon he developed a pioneering approach to teaching world history to undergraduates in addition to mentoring hundreds of graduate students. Besides his long career as a historian, he is active in historical groups such as the American Historical Society, the Society of French Historical Studies, the Social Science History Association and the International Society for Research on Emotion. He attended Harvard College and later received his Ph.D. from Harvard University. In his prolific career as an author and editor, he has written or edited over 110 works of literature. Stearns currently serves as chair of the Advanced Placement World History committee.  


Stephen S. Gosch is a professor emeritus of history at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Gosch began by teaching western civilization courses at UW-Eau Claire, but his scholarship evolved over the years to a broader comparative scholarship in world history, which he introduced to UW-Eau Claire classrooms in 1982. He also taught courses in the history of Japan, 19th and 20th century Europe and Marco Polo's world, as well as a popular team-taught interdisciplinary course on the Vietnam War, which he developed with a colleague in political science. He has published numerous articles and co-authored several books, including the recent Pre-modern Travel in World History. Gosch earned his bachelor's degree from Boston University and his master's and doctoral degrees from Rutgers University.


Erwin P. Grieshaber currently teaches world history, history of Latin America and history of 20th century war and peace at Minnesota State University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina in 1977.


Allison Scardino Belzer teaches a wide variety of courses at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia. In teaching both halves of world civilization, she focuses on assigning texts that spark a positive response in students – texts that offer concrete knowledge while also inspiring questions. She developed her interest in history at Vassar College and received her Ph.D at Emory University. Her book Women and the Great War: Femininity Under Fire in Italy (2010) reflects her research interest in gender and cultural history and the history of war.

Table of Contents

Geographical Contents: The Major Societies

Topical Contents





Section 1: The Early Modern Period, Centuries of Dramatic Change: 1400s-1700s


The New Global Contacts 

1 A New Maritime Network

        Columbus and Others

2 The Columbian Exchange in the Early Modern Period

          The Migration of Food and Diseases

          Visual Source  The Potato Eaters                                                           

3 Africa and the Slave Trade

        Western Civilization and Europe

4 The Italian Renaissance

        The Letters of Petrarch

5 The Protestant Reformation

        Works of Martin Luther

6 Women in Early Modern Europe

        Women’s Roles in SocietyWomen

7 The Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment

        From the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment

8 Peter the Great

        Peter the Great

Asia: The Middle East, India, and East Asia

9 The Rise of the Ottoman Empire

        The Reign of Suleyman

           Visual Source  The Suleymaniye Mosque in Istanbul                             

10 Conquering and Ruling India: Babur and Akbar

        Mughal Documents

          Visual Source  Portrait of Babur                                                            

11 Confucianism and Popular Protest in China

        Ming and Qing Documents

           Visual Source  Confucian Architecture                                                  

12 Early Modern Japan

        Tokugáwa Documents

          Visual Source  The Art of the “Floating World”                                     

Latin American Civilization

13 Economy and Society in Latin America

        Latin American Working Conditions

          Visual Source  Silver Mine at Potosí                                                      

14 Baroque Culture in Latin America

        Samplings of Baroque Culture in Latin America

          Visual Source  Baroque Church

15 East Africa and Portugal

        Gaspar de Santo Bernadino’s Itinerario da India


Section 2: The Long 19th Century: 1750-1914


Western Civilization And Europe

16 The French Revolution and Its Aftermath

        Classic Documents of the Revolution

17 Work and Workers in the Industrial Revolution

        Industrial Revolution Documents

18 Russian Peasants: Serfdom and Emancipation

        Russian Documents

Global Contacts New Patterns of Human Movement and Imperialism

19 World Migrations in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries      

20 European Imperialism

        Documents by Lugard, Ferry, and Kipling         

Sub-Saharan Africa

21 The Decades of Imperialism in Africa

        Asia and the Middle East

22 The Opium War: China and the West

        Correspondence Between China and England

        Visual Source  Chinese and British Images of Lin Zexu                         

23 Heavenly Kingdom or Reform?: China’s Descent

        Taiping and Reform Documents

24 The Meiji Restoration in Japan

        Meiji Documents

        Visual Source  Photographs of the Meiji Emperor                                 

25 The 1857 Uprising in India

        British and Indian Documents

        Visual Source  British Images of the Indian Uprising                             

26 Asian Responses to the Great Divergence

        Middle Eastern Documents

Latin America

27 Independence and Consolidation of New States (1791—1910

        Documents by Jean Jacques Dessallines, Simón Bolivar, and Porfirio Diaz

28 Economy and Society of Latin America

        Plantation Life in Cuba and Yucatan

Global Contacts New Connections and Tensions

29 Racism in World History: Gandhi and Du Bois 

        Mohandas K. Gandhi and W. E. B. Du Bois


Section 3: The 20th and Early 21st Centuries

Frameworks for the Contemporary World


30 The Experience of World War

        Four Weeks in the Trenches All Quiet on the Western Front

31 Soldiers and Civilians in World War II

        World War II Documents

32 The Cold War

        Cold War Documents

Europe and The Soviet Union

33 Fascism and Nazism

        Mussolini and Hitler

34 Lenin, Stalin, and Russian Communist Society

        Lenin’s Writings, Stalin, and A Bitter Legacy

35 Consumerism

        Weimar Articles

Asia and The Middle East 


36 The Making of Modern Turkey

         Turkish Documents

37 Israelis and Palestinians in Conflict

        Zionist, Israeli, and Palestinian Documents

        Visual Source  The Cartography of Conflict A

38 The Renewal of Islam

        Islamic Documents

        Visual Source  Egyptian Pilgrim Murals East Asia

39 Chinese Revolutionaries: Sun Yatsen and Mao Zedong

        Two Revolutionary Leaders

40 Communist Rule in China: Two Views

        Wang Fucheng and Fang Lizhi

41 Corporate Management and Gender in Japan: Two Views

        Morita Akio and Matsui Yayori

42 Spinning Wheels, Black Flags, and a “Tryst with Destiny”: India Wins Independence

        Nationalist Documents

        Visual Source  Responses to the Amritsar Massacre                              

43 Untouchability in Modern India

        Joothan, the Memoir of Omprakash Valmiki

Latin America

44 20th-Century Latin American Politics: The Revolutionary Challenge and the Turn Toward Democracy 

        Latin American Revolutionary Documents

45 Searching for the Soul of the Latin American Experience

        Latin American Identity

46 Latin America’s Social Crisis in the 20th Century 

        Latin American Struggles

Sub-Saharan Africa 

47   African Nationalism

        African Nationalism Documents

48 African Politics

        Charter of the Organization of African Unity; Nelson Mandela; F.W. deKlerk; Yacouba Siabaton

49 Changes in African Culture and Society

        African Voices

Globalization and New Forces Of Change 

50 The End of the Cold War and Collapse of the Soviet Union


51 Globalization

        Global Attitudes; Global Youth Voices; Women Workers

52 Globalization and the Environment

        Addressing Global Warming

        The People's Ratification of the Kyoto Protocol

53 Global Politics and Disease Management

        Severe Acute Respiratory Disease Syndrome (SARS) Epidemic


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