Sources of World Societies, Volume II: Since 1450

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  • Copyright: 2011-10-04
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Designed to accompany McKay et al.'s A History of World Societies, each chapter of Sources of World Societiescontains approximately six sources that present history from the perspectives of well-known figures and ordinary individuals alike. Now with visual sources and two more documents per chapter, this edition offers breadth and depth. Headnotes and questions supplement each document, while a new "Viewpoints" feature highlights two or three sources per chapter that address a single topic from different perspectives. Comparative questions ask students to make connections between sources and across time. Sources of World Societiesis FREE when packaged with A History of World Societies. For more information on the reader or on package ISBNs, please contact your local sales representative or click here.

Author Biography

Walter D. Ward (Ph.D., UCLA) is an assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has published several scholarly articles on the Roman Near East, early Christianity, and trade in the Red Sea, and he is putting the finishing touches on his first book manuscript, Inventing the pre-Islamic Saracen "Other": Monastic and Saracen Identity Formation in the Sinai Peninsula from Constantine to Mohammad.

Denis Gainty (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania) is a professor of history at Georgia State University. He is the author of several pieces on Tokugawa and Meiji social history, including a book chapter on the inclusion of martial arts in the modern Japanese public school curriculum. He is currently writing his first book, Martialing the National Body.

Table of Contents

16 The Acceleration of Global Contact, 1450-1600     
16-1 Zheng He, Stele Inscription, 1431      
     Viewpoints: Exploration and Its Material Advantages
     16-2 Christopher Columbus, Letter from the Third Voyage, 1493
     16-3 King Dom Manuel of Portugal, Grant of Rights of Trade, 1500
     16-4 Bartolomé de Las Casas, From Brief Account of the Devastation of the Indies, 1542   
16-5 Bernal Díaz del Castillo, From The True History of the Conquest of New Spain, 1568
16-6 From The Florentine Codex, ca. 1577-1580
16-7 Matteo Ricci, From China in the Sixteenth Century, ca. 1607
17 European Power and Expansion, 1500-1750 
     Viewpoints: Thoughts on Government
     17-1 Jacques-Benigne Bossuet, On Divine Right, ca. 1675-1680 
     17-2 Thomas Hobbes, From Leviathan: “Of the Natural Condition of Mankind as Concerning Their Felicity and Misery,” 1651
     17-3 John Locke, From Two Treatises of Government: “Of the Ends of Political Society and Government,” 1690
17-4  Duc de Saint-Simon, From Memoirs of Louis XIV: “On the Early Life of Louis XIV,” ca. 1730-1755
17-5 Catherine II of Russia, Two Decrees, 1762, 1765
17-6 Emilian Ivanovich Pugachev, A Decree and a Manifesto, 1773, 1774
Comparative Questions
18 New Worldviews and Ways of Life, 1540-1790 
18-1 Galileo Galilei, From a Letter to the Grand Duchess Christina and “To the Discerning Reader” from Dialog Concerning the Two Chief World-Systems, 1615, 1632 
     Viewpoints: Changing Ideas of Science
     18-2 Francis Bacon, From The Great Restoration: “History of Life and Death,” 1623
     18-3 Peter the Great and Gottfried Leibniz, Items from the Rule of Peter the Great, ca. 1712-1718
18-4 Voltaire, From Dictionnaire Philosophique: “Theist,” 1764
18-5 Immanuel Kant, “What Is Enlightenment?” 1784
18-6 Philip Stanhope, From Letters to His Son, 1748
Comparative Questions
19 Africa and the World, 1400-1800 
19-1 Nzinga Mbemba (Alfonso I), From Letters to the King of Portugal, 1526 
19-2 Osei Bonsu, An Asante King Questions British Motives in Ending the Slave Trade, 1820
19-3 Leo Africanus, A Description of Timbuktu, 1526
     Viewpoints: The Slave Trade
     19-4 Anna Maria Falconbridge, From Narrative of Two Voyages to the River Sierra Leone, 1794
     19-5 Olaudah Equiano, From The Interesting Narrative of Olaudah Equiano, 1789 
19-6 Louis Ohier de Grandpré, From Voyage to the West Coast of Africa, 1801 
Comparative Questions
20 The Islamic World Powers, 1300-1800 
20-1 Sultan Selim I, From a Letter to Shah Ismail of Persia, 1514 
20-2 Antonio Monserrate, From The Commentary of Father Monserrate: On Mughal India, ca. 1580 
20-3 Farid Ud-Din Attar and Habiballah, Excerpt from and Illustration of The Conference of the Birds, 1600
20-4 Nuruddin Salim Jahangir, From the Memoirs of Jahangir, ca. 1580-1600
     Viewpoints: Economics Micro and Macro
     20-5 Halime Hatun, Record of Two Petitions, 1702
     20-6 The Dutch East India Company and Shah Abbas, Correspondences on Persian Trade, 1647, 1648
Comparative Questions
21 Continuity and Change in East Asia, 1400-1800 
21-1 Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Letter to His Wife, 1587
22-2 Huang Zongxi, From Waiting for the Dawn: “On the Prince” and “On Ministership,” 1662
22-3 Engelbert Kaempfer, From History of Japan, 1727
     Viewpoints: Gender in East Asia
     22-4 Kaibara Ekiken and Kaibara To¯ken, Common Sense Teachings for Japanese Children and Greater Learning for Women, ca. 1700
     22-5 A Japanese Sake Brewer's Female Antipollution Pass, ca. 1603-1868
     22-6 Li Ruzhen (Li Ju-Chen), From Flowers in the Mirror (Jing Hua Yuan), 1827 
Comparative Questions
22 Revolutions in the Atlantic World, 1775-1815 
22-1 From The Declaration of Independence of the United States of America, 1776
     Viewpoints: Defining the Citizen
     22-2 The Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen, 1789 
     22-3 Olympe de Gouges, From the Declaration of the Rights of Woman, 1791
22-4 Maximilien Robespierre, Revolutionary Speech, 1794 
22-5 Mary Wollstonecraft, From A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, 1792 
21-6 The Haitian Declaration of Independence, 1804 
Comparative Questions
23 The Revolution in Energy and Industry, ca. 1760-1860 
23-1 Thomas Robert Malthus, From “An Essay on the Principle of Population,” 1798 
     Viewpoints: The Realities of Manufacturing
     23-2  Robert Owen, From Observations of the Effect of the Manufacturing System, 1815
     23-3 Sadler Committee and Ashley Commission, Testimonies Before Parliamentary Committees on Working Conditions in England, 1832, 1842 
23-4 Chartism: The People's Petition, 1838
23-5 The Treaty of Balta-Liman
Comparative Questions
24 Ideologies of Change in Europe, 1815-1914 
24-1 Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, From The Communist Manifesto, 1848 
     Viewpoints: Visions of the Nation
     24-2 Johann Gottlieb Fichte, Address to the German Nation, 1808
     24-3 Max Nordau, On Zionism, 1905
     24-4 Giuseppe Garibaldi, Speech to His Soldiers, 1860
24-5 Munich Bar Kochba Association, 1902
24-6 Beatrice Webb, From My Apprenticeship: “Why I Became a Socialist,” 1926
Comparative Questions
25 Africa, Southwest Asia, and the New Imperialism, 1800-1914 
25-1 Sultan Abdul Mejid, Imperial Rescript, 1856 
25-2 An Ottoman Government Decree on the “Modern” Citizen, 1870 
     Viewpoints: The Colonial Encounter in Africa
     25-3 Cecil Rhodes, From “Confession of Faith,” ca. 1877
     25-4 Ndansi Kumalo, On the British Incursion in Zimbabwe, 1932 
25-5 Roger Casement and David Engohahe, Victims of Belgian Atrocities, ca. 1904-1905
Comparative Questions
26 Asia in the Era of Imperialism, 1800-1914 
     Viewpoints: Reactions to Imperialism and Modernity
     26-1 Lin Zexu, From a Letter to Queen Victoria, 1839
     26-2 Two Proclamations of the Boxer Rebellion, 1898, 1900 
     26-3 Saigo Takamori, Letter on the Korean Question, 1873
26-4 Sir Henry Montgomery Lawrence, Letter to Lieutenant-Governor J. Colvin, June 13, 1857 
26-5 Sun Yat-Sen, On the Three People's Principles and the Future of the Chinese People, 1906 
26-6 Moorfield Storey and Julian Codman, On American Imperialism in the Philippines, 1902
Comparative Questions
27 Nation Building in the Americas and Australia, 1770-1914 
27-1 Simòn Bolivar, Jamaica Letter, 1815
27-2 Alexis de Tocqueville, From Democracy in America, 1840 
     Viewpoints: Federal Dispossession in the United States and Australia
     27-3 Cherokee Nation Versus the State of Georgia, 1831 
     27-4 From Aborigines Protection Act, 1909-1943 
27-5 N.C. Adossides, “Villa, the Bandit General,” 1914
27-6 Advertisement for the Canadian Pacific Railway, 1883 
Comparative Questions
28 World War and Revolution, 1914-1929
28-1 From A War Nurse's Diary, 1918
28-2 Correspondence of Evelyn and Fred Albright, 1917
28-3 Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, “All Power to the Soviets!” 1917 
28-4 The Zionist Organization, Memorandum to the Peace Conference in Versailles: On the Establishment of a Jewish State in Palestine, February 3, 1919
     Viewpoints: Zionist, German, and Japanese Views on the End of WWI
     28-5 German Delegation to the Paris Peace Conference, On the Conditions of Peace, October 1919
     28-6 Konoe Fumimaro, “Against a Pacifism Centered on England and America,” 1918
Comparative Questions
29 Nationalism in Asia, 1914-1939 
29-1 Mary L. Graffam, An Account of Turkish Violence against Armenians, 1915
29-2 Arthur James Balfour, Debating the Balfour Declaration: The British Government Supports a Jewish Homeland in Palestine, 1917
29-3 Sarojini Naidu, From “The Agony and Shame of the Punjab”: An Indian Nationalist Condemns the British Empire, 1920
     Viewpoints: Prescriptions for National Improvement in China and Siam
     29-4 Jiang Jieshi, “The New Life Movement,” 1934
     29-5 King Vajiravudh, On the Siamese Nation, 1914, 1917, 1920
29-6 Claudie Beaucarnot, Vacation Diary, July 1943
Comparative Questions
30 The Great Depression and World War II, 1929-1945 
30-1 Woody Guthrie, “Do Re Mi,” 1937
30-2 Gertrud Scholtz-Klink, Speech to the National Socialist Women's Association, 1935
30-3 The Nuremberg Laws: The Centerpiece of Nazi Racial Legislation, 1935 
30-4 Letters to Izvestiya: On the Issue of Abortion, 1936 
     Viewpoints: Atomic Warfare Realized
     30-5 Harry S. Truman, White House Press Release on Hiroshima, August 6, 1945
     30-6 Toshiko Saeki, Interview with a Survivor of Hiroshima, 1986
Comparative Questions
31 Global Recovery and Division Between Superpowers, 1945 to the Present 
31-1 United Nations General Assembly, Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples, December 14, 1960
     Viewpoints: Clashes and Reforms Among Cold War Superpowers
     31-2 Harry S Truman, The Truman Doctrine, March 12, 1947 
     31-3 Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev, “On the Personality Cult and Its Consequences,” 1956
     31-4 Mikhail Gorbachev, From Perestroika: New Thinking for Our Country and the World, 1986  
31-5 George C. Wallace, “Statement and Proclamation”: School House Door Speech, June 11, 1963
31-6 Male Japanese Citizens, “Ikigai,” 2003
Comparative Questions
32 Independence, Progress, and Conflict in Asia and the Middle East, 1945 to the Present
32-1 Ho Chi Minh, Declaration of the Independence of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, September 1945
32-2 Jawaharlal Nehru, The Partitioning of the Punjab, 1947
     Viewpoints: Transitions in Modern China
     32-3 Former Red Guard, “Away from Madness,” 1996
     32-4 Deng Ziaoping, “Build Socialism with Chinese Characteristics,” June 30, 1984
32-5 Gamal Abdel Nasser, Suez Canal Nationalization Speech, September 15, 1956
32-6 Unya Shavit, Arab and Israeli Soccer Players Discuss Ethnic Relations in Israel, November 3, 2000 
Comparative Questions
33 The Global South: Latin America and Africa, 1945 to the Present
33-1 Pablo Neruda, “Standard Oil Co.” and “United Fruit Co.,” 1950
33-2 Fidel Castro, Interview with Dan Rather, September 30, 1979
33-3 Charles de Gaulle, Comments on Algeria, April 11, 1961
33-4 Kwame Nkrumah, Speech on the Tenth Anniversary of the Convention People's Party, 1960
     Viewpoints: Race and Power in South Africa
     33-5 National Party of South Africa, “The National Party's Colour Policy,” March 29, 1948 
     33-6 Nelson Mandela, The Rivonia Trial Speech to the Court, April 20, 1964
Comparative Questions
34 A New Era in World History 
     Viewpoints: Defining Arabic and Islamic Identities
     34-1 George Tarabishi, A Roundtable Discussion of Globalization and Its Impact on Arab Culture, October 26, 2000 
     34-2 Osama (Usama) bin Laden, A Call on Muslims to Take Up Arms Against America, 1998 
34-3 John Yoo, Memoranda Regarding U.S. Military Interrogations, 2002, 2003
34-4 Carolina Sic, From an Interview with Women United for Worker Justice, 2005
34-5 Al Gore, On Solving the Climate Crisis, September 18, 2006
34-6 Jonas Bendiksen, “New Settlement”: A Slum in Caracas, Venezuela, ca. 2007
Comparative Questions

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