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World history

Author: William J Duiker; Jackson J Spielvogel
Publisher: Belmont, CA : Wadsworth/Thomson Learning, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 3rd edView all editions and formats
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The Essential World History presents a breif, balanced, highly-readable overview of world history that explores common challenges and experiences that unite the human past and that identify key global patterns over time. Thorough coverage of political, economic, social, religious, intellectual, cultural, and military history has been integrated into a chronologically ordered synthesis to help you gain an  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William J Duiker; Jackson J Spielvogel
ISBN: 0534571689 9780534571689 0534571948 [pbk: v. 1] 9780534571948 [pbk: v. 1] 0534571700 [pbk: v. 2] 9780534571702 [pbk: v. 2] 0534571697 9780534571696
OCLC Number: 44133008
Notes: "Comprehensive volume."
Description: xxxi, 1064 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 29 cm
Contents: A Note to Students About Languages and the Dating of Time xxx --
Themes for Understanding World History xxxi --
Part I The First Civilizations and the Rise of Empires (Prehistory to 500 C.E.) 1 --
Chapter 1 The First Civilizations: The Peoples of Western Asia and Egypt 2 --
The Agricultural Revolution, c. 10,000-4000 B.C.E. 5 --
The Emergence of Civilization 7 --
Civilization in Mesopotamia 8 --
Egyptian Civilization: "The Gift of the Nile" 14 --
New Centers of Civilization 22 --
The Rise of New Empires 28 --
Chapter 2 Ancient India 38 --
Background to the Emergence of Civilization in India 39 --
Harappan Civilization: A Fascinating Enigma 40 --
The Arrival of the Aryans 42 --
Escaping the Wheel of Life: The Religious World of Ancient India 48 --
The Rule of the Fishes: India After the Mauryas 55 --
The Exuberant World of Indian Culture 56 --
Chapter 3 China in Antiquity 64 --
The Land and People of China 65 --
The Dawn of Chinese Civilization: The Shang Dynasty 67 --
The Zhou Dynasty 69 --
The Rise of the Chinese Empire: The Qin and the Han 75 --
Daily Life in Ancient China 84 --
The World of Culture 86 --
Chapter 4 The Civilization of the Greeks 94 --
Early Greece 95 --
The Greeks in a Dark Age (c. 1100-c. 750 B.C.E.) 97 --
The World of the Greek City-States (c. 750-c. 500 B.C.E.) 99 --
The High Point of Greek Civilization: Classical Greece 104 --
The Rise of Macedonia and the Conquests of Alexander 115 --
The World of the Hellenistic Kingdoms 118 --
Culture in the Hellenistic World 121 --
Chapter 5 The World of the Romans 128 --
The Emergence of Rome 129 --
The Roman Republic 130 --
The Roman Conquest of the Mediterranean (264-133 B.C.E.) 133 --
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Republic (133-31 B.C.E.) 136 --
The Age of Augustus (31 B.C.E.-14 C.E.) 138 --
The Early Empire (14-180) 140 --
Culture and Society in the Roman World 143 --
The Transformation of the Roman World: The Development of Christianity 151 --
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire 155 --
Reflection: The First Civilizations and the Rise of Empires 160 --
Part II New Patterns of Civilization 166 --
Chapter 6 The New World 168 --
The First Americans 169 --
Early Civilizations in Central America 170 --
The First Civilizations in South America 183 --
Stateless Societies in the New World 187 --
Chapter 7 The World of Islam 192 --
The Rise of Islam 193 --
The Teachings of Muhammad 195 --
The Arab Empire and Its Successors 197 --
Islamic Civilization 204 --
The Culture of Islam 206 --
Chapter 8 Early Civilizations in Africa 216 --
The Land 217 --
The Emergence of Civilization 217 --
The Coming of Islam 223 --
States and Stateless Societies in Southern Africa 230 --
African Society 231 --
African Culture 233 --
Chapter 9 The Expansion of Civilization in Southern Asia 240 --
India from the Mauryas to the Mughals 241 --
The Golden Region: Early Southeast Asia 256 --
Chapter 10 From the Tang to the Mongols: The Flowering of Traditional China 266 --
China After the Han 267 --
China Reunified: The Sui, the Tang, and the Song 268 --
Explosion in Central Asia: The Mongol Empire 279 --
In Search of the Way 283 --
The Apogee of Chinese Culture 286 --
Chapter 11 The East Asian Rimlands: Early Japan, Korea, and Vietnam 294 --
Japan: Land of the Rising Sun 295 --
Korea 309 --
Vietnam: The Smaller Dragon 312 --
Chapter 12 The Making of Europe and the World of the Byzantine Empire, 500-1300 318 --
The Transformation of the Roman World 319 --
The World of Lords and Vassels 325 --
The Growth of European Kingdoms 329 --
The World of the Peasants 334 --
The New World of Trade and Cities 337 --
Christianity and Medieval Civilization 340 --
The Cultural World of the High Middle Ages 343 --
The Byzantine Empire and the Crusades 346 --
Chapter 13 Crisis and Rebirth: Europe in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries 356 --
A Time of Troubles: Black Death and Social Crisis 357 --
Political Instability and Political Renewal 362 --
The Decline of the Church 371 --
Meaning and Characteristics of the Italian Renaissance 374 --
The Making of Renaissance Society 375 --
The Intellectual Renaissance in Italy 378 --
The Artistic Renaissance 382 --
Reflection: New Patterns of Civilization 390 --
Part III The Emergence of New World Patterns (1500-1800) 396 --
Chapter 14 New Encounters: The Creation of a World Market 398 --
An Age of Exploration and Expansion 399 --
Africa in an Era of Transition 410 --
Southeast Asia in the Era of the Spice Trade 417 --
Chapter 15 Religious Reform and State Building in Europe 426 --
The Protestant Reformation 427 --
The Catholic Reformation 436 --
Europe in Crisis: War, Revolution, and Social Disintegration, 1560-1650 438 --
Response to Crisis: The Practice of Absolutism 443 --
Limited Monarchy: England and the Emergence of Constitutional Monarchy 449 --
The World of European Culture 453 --
Chapter 16 The Muslim Empires 460 --
The Ottoman Empire 461 --
The Safavids 469 --
The Grandeur of the Mughals 474 --
Chapter 17 The East Asian World 488 --
China at Its Apex 489 --
Tokugawa Japan 502 --
Korea: The Hermit Kingdom 512 --
Chapter 18 Toward a New Heaven and a New Earth: An Intellectual Revolution in the West 516 --
The Scientific Revolution 517 --
The Enlightenment 528 --
Culture and Society in an Age of Enlightenment 535 --
Religion and the Churches 538 --
Chapter 19 Europe on the Eve of a New World Order 544 --
Economic Changes and the Persistence of a Traditional Social Order 545 --
Changing Patterns of War: Global Confrontation 549 --
Colonial Empires and Revolution 553 --
Toward a New Political Order 560 --
Reflection: The Emergence of New World Patterns (1500-1800) 580 --
Part IV Modern Patterns of World History (1800-1945) 586 --
Chapter 20 The Beginnings of Modernization: Industrialization and Nationalism, 1800-1870 588 --
The Industrial Revolution and Its Impact 589 --
Reaction and Revolution: The Growth of Nationalism 600 --
National Unification and the National State, 1848-1871 610 --
Cultural Life: Romanticism and Realism in the Western World 618 --
Chapter 21 The Emergence of Mass Society in the Western World 626 --
The Growth of Industrial Prosperity 627 --
The Emergence of Mass Society 633 --
The National State 641 --
Toward the Modern Consciousness: Intellectual and Cultural Developments 650 --
Chapter 22 The High Tide of Imperialism 662 --
The Spread of Colonial Rule 663 --
The Colonial System 672 --
The Emergence of Anticolonialism 683 --
Chapter 23 Shadows over the Pacific: East Asia Under Challenge 690 --
The Decline of the Manchus 691 --
Chinese Society in Transition 701 --
A Rich Country and a Strong State: The Rise of Modern Japan 703 --
Chapter 24 The Beginning of the Twentieth-Century Crisis: War and Revolution 716 --
The Road to World War I 717 --
The War 719 --
War and Revolution 727 --
The Futile Search for a New Stability in Europe 736 --
The Search for a New Reality: Cultural and Intellectual Trends 741 --
Chapter 25 Nationalism, Revolution, and Dictatorship: Africa, Asia, and Latin America from 1919 to 1939 746 --
The Rise of Nationalis 747 --
Revolution in China 757 --
Japan Between the Wars 762 --
Nationalism and Dictatorship in Latin America 766 --
Chapter 26 The Crisis Deepens: World War II 772 --
The Retreat from Democracy: Dictatorial Regimes 773 --
The Path to War 782 --
The Course of World War II 787 --
The New Order 793 --
The Home Front 798 --
The Aftermath of the War: The Emergence of the Cold War 801 --
Reflection: Modern Patterns of World History (1800-1945) 806 --
Part V Toward a Global Civilization? The World Since 1945 812 --
Chapter 27 In the Grip of the Cold War: The Breakdown of the Yalta System 814 --
The Collapse of the Grand Alliance 815 --
Cold War in Asia 820 --
From Confrontation to Coexistence 824 --
An Era of Equivalence 831 --
Chapter 28 Brave New World: Communism 836 --
The Postwar Soviet Union 837 --
Ferment in Eastern Europe 842 --
Culture and Society in the Soviet Bloc 846 --
The Disintegration of the Soviet Empire 849 --
The East Is Red: China Under Communism 855 --
Serve the People: Chinese Society under Communism 863 --
The Legacy of the Past: Continuity and Change in Modern China 865 --
China's Changing Culture 868 --
Chapter 29 Europe and the Western Hemisphere Since 1945 874 --
Western Europe: Recovery and Renewal 875 --
The Emergence of the World's Superpower: The United States 883 --
The Development of Canada 888 --
Democracy, Dictatorship, and Development in Latin America Since 1945 888 --
Society and Culture in the Western World 896 --
Chapter 30 Challenges of Nation Building in Africa and the Middle East 910 --
Uhuru: The Struggle for Independence 911 --
The Era of Independence 914 --
Continuity and Change in Modern African Societies 920 --
Gathered at the Beach 925 --
Crescent of Conflict 926 --
Politics in the Contemporary Middle East 933 --
Contemporary Literature and Art in the Middle East 937 --
Chapter 31 A House Divided: The Emergence of Independent States in South and Southeast Asia 942 --
The End of the British Raj 943 --
Independent India 944 --
The Land of the Pure: Pakistan Since Independence 948 --
Problems of Poverty and Pluralism in South Asia 949 --
Indian Art and Literature Since Independence 956 --
Gandhi's Vision 957 --
The Dismantling of Colonialism in Southeast Asia 958 --
The Era of Independent States 959 --
Daily Life: Town and Country in Contemporary Southeast Asia 964 --
Cultural Trends 967 --
Regional Conflict and Cooperation: The Rise of ASEAN 967.
Responsibility: William J. Duiker, Jackson J. Spielvogel.
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