World History in Brief: Major Patterns of Change and Continuity, Combined Volume

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-01-01
  • Publisher: Longman
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With its brief, global (rather than West-centered) approach,World History in Brief, Sixth Edition,seeks to show how different civilizations developed in a global context. Rather than overwhelm students, the chief goal ofWorld History in Briefis to present the big picture, to facilitate comparison and assessment of change, and to highlight the major developments in the world's history. This text also emphasizes the global interactions of major civilizations so that students can compare and assess changes in the patterns of interaction and the impact of global forces such as migration and technology exchange. The compact size of this text gives instructors the opportunity to take advantage of additional supplementary readings.

Table of Contents

Detailed Contents
List of Maps
List of Features
Early World History: From Origins to Agriculture and New Forms of Human Organization
From Human Prehistory to the Rise of Agriculture
Getting Started Is Always Hard
Human Development and Change
History Debate People in the Americas
The Neolithic Revolution
The Nature of Agricultural Societies
Understanding Cultures
The Nature of Culture
Agriculture and Change
Paths to the Present
Early Civilization
Egypt and Mesopotamia Compared
History Debate Women in Patriarchal Societies
Transitions: The End of the River Valley Period
Understanding Cultures Uses and Varieties
The Heritage of the River Valley Civilizations
New States and Peoples Around 1000 B.C.E.
Paths to the Present
Nomadic Societies
Early Nomadic Societies
Nomadic Society and Culture
Understanding Cultures Nomadic Art
Nomads and Civilizations
Nomads and Global Patterns
History Debate
The Contributions of Nomads
Paths to the Present
Tensions: Contacts And Identities
The Rise of Agriculture and Agricultural Civilizations?
The Classical Period, 1000 B.C.E.500 C.E.
Classical Civilization: China
Patterns in Classical China
Political Institutions
History Debate War
Religion and Culture
World Profiles Confucius, or
Economy and Society
World Profiles
How Chinese Civilization Fit Togethe?
Paths to the Present
Classical Civilization: India
The Framework for Indian History: Geography and a Formative Period
Patterns in Classical India
Political Institutions
History Debate Interpreting Civilization, Round Two
Religion and Culture
Understanding Cultures Comparing Systems of Belief
Economy and Society
Indian Influence
China and India
Paths to the Present
Classical Civilization in the Mediterranean: Persia, Greece and Rome
The Persian Empire
Patterns of Greek and Roman History
Greek and Roman Political Institutions
World Profiles Julius Caesar (10044 B.C.E.)
Religion and Culture
Understanding Cultures When Two Belief Systems Meet
Economy and Society in the Mediterranean
History Debate Mediterranean Civilization and Western Civilization
Toward the Fall of Rome
Paths to the Present
The Classical Period: Directions, Diversities, and Declines by 500 C.E.
Beyond the Classical Civilizations
Decline in China and India
Decline and Fall in Rome
History Debate What Caused Decline and Fall?
The New Religious Map
World Profiles Saint Paul (Paul of Tarsus)
The World Around 500 C.E.
Paths to the Present Tensions: Contacts and Identities
The Classical Period, 1000 B.C.E.500 C.E
The Postclassical Period, 5001450 C.E.
The Rise of Islam: Civilization in the Middle East
Understanding Cultures
The Impact of World Religions
The Advent of Islam
World Profiles Muhammad (570632 C.E.)
Patterns of Islamic History
Islamic Political Institutions
History Debate Political Implications of Islam
Islam and Middle Eastern Culture
World Profiles Omar Khayyam (c. 11th12th centuries)
Economy and Society in the Middle East
The Decline of Middle Eastern Civilization
Paths to the Present
India and Southeast Asia Under the Impact of Islam Th
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