Traditions & Encounters: A Brief Global History

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  • Copyright: 2010-02-18
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
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Based on Bentley and Ziegler's best-selling, comprehensive survey text,Traditions & Encounters: A Brief Global Historyprovides a streamlined account of the cultures and interactions that have shaped world history. The text's strong hallmark themes of traditions (the formations and development of the world's major societies) and encounters (cross-cultural interactions and exchanges) bring focus to the human experience and help turn the giant story of world history into something more manageable to teach and learn. At the same time, an effective part structure organizes developments into seven eras of global history, putting events into perspective and creating a framework for cross-cultural comparisons. With an engaging narrative, visual appeal, extended pedagogy, and a strong emphasis on critical thinking, this concise version offers enhanced flexibility and affordability without sacrificing the features that have made the complete text a favorite among instructors and students alike.

Author Biography

Jerry H. Bentley is professor of history at the University of Hawai`i and editor of the Journal of World History. His research on the religious, moral, and political writings of Renaissance humanists led to the publication of Humanists and Holy Writ: New Testament Scholarship in the Renaissance (Princeton, 1983) and Politics and Culture in Renaissance Naples (Princeton, 1987). More recently, his research has concentrated on global history and particularly on processes of cross-cultural interaction. His book Old World Encounters: Cross-Cultural Contacts and Exchanges in Pre-Modern Times (New York, 1993) examines processes of cultural exchange and religious conversion before the modern era, and his pamphlet Shapes of World History in Twentieth-Century Scholarship (Washington, D.C., 1996) discusses the historiography of world history. His current interests include processes of cross-cultural interaction and cultural exchanges in modern times.

Herbert F. Ziegler is an associate professor of history at the University of Hawai'i. He has taught courses on world history for the last 19 years and is currently the director of the world history program at the University of Hawai'i. For several years, he also served as the book review editor of the 'Journal of World History'. His interest in twentieth-century European social and political history led to the publication of 'Nazi Germany's New Aristocracy (1990)'. He is at present working on a study that explores uncharted aspects of German society, especially the cultural manifestations of humor and satire in the Nazi era. His other current research project focuses on the application of complexity theory to a comparative study of societies and their internal dynamics.

Heather Streets Salter is Associate Professor of History at Washington State University, where she teaches World History at the graduate and undergraduate levels. She received her Ph.D. in the History of the British Empire at Duke University in 1998. She is director of the WSU History department's World History Ph.D. program, and director of Washington State University's undergraduate World Civilizations program. She served as an area editor for the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World, published in 2008 by Oxford University Press. Recent publications include Martial Races: The Military, Race, and Masculinity in British Imperial Culture, 1857-1914, published in 2004 by Manchester University Press. Her forthcoming book (co-authored with Trevor Getz), Imperialism in the Modern World, will be published by Pearson in 2010.

Table of Contents

The Early Complex Societies, 3500 to 500 B.C.E.
The Foundations of Complex Societies
The Transition to Agriculture
The Quest for Order
The Formation of a Complex Society and Sophisticated Cultural Traditions
The Broader Influence of Mesopotamian Society
The Indo-European Migrations
Early African Societies and the Bantu Migrations
Early Agricultural Society in Africa
The Formation of Complex Societies and Sophisticated Cultural Traditions
Bantu Migrations and Early Agricultural Societies of Sub-Saharan Africa
Early Societies in South and East Asia
Harapan Society
The Indo-European Migrations and Early Aryan India
Religion in the Vedic Age
Political Organization in Early China
Society and Family in Ancient China
Early Chinese Writing and Cultural Development
Ancient China and the Larger World
Early Societies in the Americas and Oceania
Early Societies of Mesoamerica
Early Societies of South America
Early Societies of Oceania
The Formation of Classical Societies, 500 B.C.E. to 500 C.E.
The Empires of Persia
The Rise and Fall of the Persian Empires
The Achaemenid Empire
Imperial Society and Economy
Religions of Salvation in Classical Persian Society
The Unification of China
In Search of Political and Social Order
The Unification of China
From Economic Prosperity to Social Disorder
State, Society, and the Quest for Salvation in India
The Fortunes of Empire in Classical India
Economic Development and Social Distinctions
Religions of Salvation in Classical India
Mediterranean Society under the Greeks and Romans
Early Development of Greek Society
Greece and the Larger World
The Fruits of Trade: Greek Economy and Society
The Cultural Life of Classical Greece
From Kingdom to Republic
From Republic to Empire
Economy and Society in the Roman Mediterranean
The Cosmopolitan Mediterranean
Cross-Cultural Exchanges on the Silk Roads
Long-Distance Trade and the Silk Roads Network
Cultural and Biological Exchanges along the Silk Roads
China after the Han Dynasty
The Fall of the Roman Empire
The Post-Classical Era, 500 to 1000 C.E.
The Commonwealth of Byzantium
The Early Byzantine Empire
Byzantine Economy and Society
Classical Heritage and Orthodox Christianity
The Influence of Byzantium in Eastern Europe
The Expansive Realm of Islam
A Prophet and His World
The Expansion of Islam
Economy and Society of the Early Islamic World
Islamic Values and Cultural Exchanges
The Resurgence if Empire in East Asia
The Restoration of Centralized Imperial Rule in China
The Economic Development of Tang and Song China
Cultural Change in Tang and Song China
Chinese Influence in East Asia
India and the Indian Ocean Basin
Islamic and Hindu Kingdoms
Production and Trade in the Indian Ocean Basin
The Meeting of Hindu and Islamic Traditions
The Influence of Indian Society in Southeast Asia
An Age of Cross Cultural Interaction, 1000 to 1500 C.E.
Nomadic Empires and Eurasian Integration
Turkish Migrations and Imperial Expansion
The Mongol Empires
After the Mongols
States and Societies of Sub-Saharan Africa
Effects of Early African Migrations
African Society and Cultural Development
Islamic Kingdoms and Empires
Western Europe during the Middle Ages
The Quest for Order and the Establishment of Regional States
Economic Growth and Social Development
European Christianity during the High Middle Ages
The Medieval Expansion of Europe
World Apart: Beyond the Eastern Hemisphere
States and Empires in Mesoamerica and North America
States and Empires in South America
The Societies of Oceania
Reaching Out: Cross-Cultural Interactions
Long-Distance Trade and Travel
Crisis and Recovery
Exploration and Colonization
The Origins of Global Interdependence, 1500-1800
Transoceanic Encounters and Global Connections
The European Reconnaissance of the World's Oceans
Trade and Conflict in Early Modern Asia
Global Exchanges
The Transformation of Europe
The Fragmentation of Western Christendom
The Consolidation of Sovereign States
Early Capitalist Society
Science and Enlightenment
New Worlds: The Americas and Oceania
Colliding Worlds
Colonial Society in the Americas
Europeans in the Pacific
Africa and the Atlantic World
African Politics and Society in Early Modern Times
The Atlantic Slave Trade
The African Diaspora
Tradition and Change in East Asia
The Quest for Political Stability
Economic and Social Changes
The Confucian Tradition and New Cultural Influences
The Unification of Japan
The Islamic Empires
Formation of the Islamic Empires
Imperial Islamic Society
The Empires in Transition
An Age of Revolution, Industry and Empire, 1750-1914
Revolutions and National States in the Atlantic World
Popular Sovereignty and Political Upheaval
The Influence of Revolution
The Consolidation of National States in Europe
The Making of Industrial Society
Patterns of Industrialization
Industrial Society
Global Effects of Industrialization
The Americas in the Age of Independence
The Building of American States
American Economic Development
American Cultural and Social Diversity
The Building of Global Empires
Foundations of Empire
Europeans Imperialism
The Emergence of New Imperial Power
Legacies of Imperialism
Contemporary Global Realignments
The Great War: The World in Upheaval
The Drift Toward War
Global War
The End of the War
An Age of Anxiety
Probing Cultural Frontiers
Global Depression
Challenges to the Liberal Order
Nationalism and Political Identities in Asia, Africa, and Latin America
Asian Paths to Autonomy
Africa under Colonial Domination
Latin American Struggles with Neocolonialism
New Conflagrations: World War II
Origins of World War II
Total War: The World Under Fire
Life During Wartime
Neither Peace nor War
The Cold War and Decolonization
The Formation of a Bipolar World
Decolonization and the Global Cold War
From Dissent to Dissolution in the Cold War
A World without Borders
Global World Economy
Cross-Cultural Exchanges and Global Communications
Global Problems
Crossing Boundaries
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