History of the Human Community Prehistory to the Present

ISBN-10: 0132625105
ISBN-13: 9780132625104
Edition: 5th 1997 (Revised)
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Description: An intellectually and stylistically unified overview of world history, this book draws a global portrait of the human past showing how each part of the world fits into the overall balance in each successive age. It shows how, in succeeding ages  More...

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List price: $285.80
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 12/3/1996
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 715
Size: 8.50" wide x 10.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 3.740
Language: English

An intellectually and stylistically unified overview of world history, this book draws a global portrait of the human past showing how each part of the world fits into the overall balance in each successive age. It shows how, in succeeding ages different societies achieved unusual creativity and power and then impelled or compelled those around them (and in time, across long distances) to alter their accustomed style of life to take account of the new things and ideas that had come to their attention. It focuses on the dominance of the West in the last five centuries, but illuminates the influence and leadership before that in separate eras of world history of China, the Middle East, India, the Ancient Mediterranean, and the Ancient Middle East .

Born in Canada, William H. McNeill was chairman of the Department of History at the University of Chicago and one of the editors of the Readings in World History Series published by Oxford University Press. His one-volume "A World History," which gives equal space to Asia and the West, was greeted as a work of major importance by such recognized historians as Arnold Toynbee, Hans Kohn, Geoffrey Bruun, Stringfellow Barr, and John Barkham. Toynbee has acclaimed McNeill's "The Rise of the West," which took nine years to write, as "the most lucid presentation of world history in narrative form that I know." It won the 1963 National Book Award for history and the Gordon J. Laing Prize of the University of Chicago.

Timelines
Beginnings
In the Beginning
River Valley Civilizations: 3500 to 1500 B.C.
The Rise of Civilizations on Rain-Watered Land: 2000 to 1200 B.C.
Illustrated Essay: The Use of Plants and Animals in Agriculture
Empire and Religion in the Middle East: 1200 to 500 B.C.
The Greek Style of Civilization: to 500 B.C.E.
The Indian Style of Civilization: to 500 B.C.E.
The Chinese Style of Civilization: to 200 B.C.E.
Epilogue
The State of the World: 500 B.C.
Eurasian Cultural Balance: 500 B.C.E. to A.D. 1500
The Classical Mediterranean World and Its Expansion: 500 B.C.E. to 200 C.E
Civilized Religions and Barbarian Invasions: 200 B.C.E. to 600 C.E
Islam and India: 600 to 1200
The Far East and the Americas: 600 to 1200
Europe: 500 to 1200
Illustrated Essay: Diseases and Their Effects on Human Societies
Steppe Peoples and the Civilizations of Eurasia: 1200 to 1500
Western Europe: 1200 to 1500
Epilogue
The State of the World: 1500
Timelines
The Far West Challenges the World: 1500 to 1850
The Great European Discoveries: 1480 to 1550
Europe's Self-Transformation: 1500 to 1650
The World Beyond Europe: 1500 to 1700
Europe's Old Regime: 1650 to 1789
World Reactions to Europe's Expansion: 1700 to 1850
The Democratic and Industrial Revolutions: 1776 to 1850
Illustrated Essay: Breakthroughs in the Use of Energy and Fuel
Epilogue
The State of the World: 1850
Beginnings of World Cosmopolitanism: From 1850
The Decisive Years: 1850 to 1865
Europe: 1850 to 1914
World Reactions to Europe's Achievements: 1850 to 1914
Illustrated Essay: Transportation and Communication
World Wars of the Twentieth Century: 1914 to 1945
Illustrated Essay: World Views
The World Since 1945: Public Affairs
Thought and Culture: 1914 to the Present
Epilogue
The State of the World Today
Photo Credits
Index

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