World Civilizations The Global Experience

ISBN-10: 0321164253
ISBN-13: 9780321164254
Edition: 4th 2004 (Revised)
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List price: $125.20
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Longman Publishing
Publication date: 11/20/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 1152
Size: 8.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 4.950
Language: English

The primary goal of World Civilizations is to present a truly global historysince the development of agriculture and herding to the present. Using a unique periodization, this book divides the main periods of human history according to changes in the nature and extent of global contacts. This global world history text discusses both the developments of the world's leading civilizations and also emphasizes the major stages in the interactions among different peoples and societies. Presenting social and cultural as well as political and economic aspects of the human experience, the book examines all of the world's civilizations including those in the Western tradition but also those civilizations sometimes neglected in world history textsnomadic societies of Asia, Latin America, and the nations and states of the Pacific Rim. World Civilizations balances this discussion of independent developments in the world's major civilizations with comparative analysis of the results of global contact.

Peter N. Stearns is Provost and University Professor at George Mason University. Since 1967, he has served as editor-in-chief of The Journal of Social History.  His numerous books include World History in Documents ;  American Behavioral History ; and Anxious Parents .

Single Volume Contents
Volume I includes Chapters 1-22 and Volume II includes Chapters 21-40 Each chapter begins with an introduction
I
The Neolithic Revolution and the Birth of Civilization?
Human Life in the Era of Hunters and Gatherers
Document: Tales of the Hunt: Paleolithic Cave Paintings as History
Agriculture and the Origins of Civilization: The Neolithic Revolution
Visualizing the Past: Representations of Women in Early Art
In Depth: The Idea of Civilization in World Historical Perspective
The First Towns: Seedbeds of Civilization
Global Connections: The Neolithic Revolution as a Basis for World History
The Rise of Civilization in the Middle East and Africa
Setting the Scene: The Middle East by 4000 B.C.E
Civilization in Mesopotamia
Visualizing the Past: Mesopotamia in Maps
Document: Hammurabi's Law Code
Ancient Egypt
Egypt and Mesopotamia Compared
In Depth: Women in Patriarchal Societies
Civilization Centers in Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean
The End of the Early Civilization Period
Global Connections: The Early Civilizations and the World
Asia's First Civilizations: India and China
The Indus Valley and the Birth of South Asian Civilization
Aryan Incursions and Early Aryan Society in India
Document: Aryan Poetry in Praise of a War-Horse
A Bend in the River and the Beginnings of China
Visualizing the Past: Mapping the Rise of Civilizations
The Decline of the Shang and the Era of Zhou Dominance
In Depth: The Legacy of Asia's First Civilizations
Global Connections: Contrasting Legacies: Harappan and Early Chinese Civilizations
The Classical Period In World History
Unification and the Consolidation of Civilization in China?
Philosophical Remedies for the Prolonged Crisis of the Later Zhou
Document: Teachings of the Rival Chinese Schools
The Triumph of the Qin and Imperial Unity
In Depth: Sunzi and the Shift from Ritual Combat to "Real" War
The Han Dynasty and the Foundations of China's Classical Age
Visualizing the Past: Capital Designs and Patterns of Political Power
Global Connections: Classical China an d the World and Affluence
Classical Greece and the Hellenistic World
The Persian Empire: Parallel Power in the Middle East
The Political Character of Classical Greece
The Hellenistic Period
Creativity in Greek and Hellenistic Culture
Document: The Power of Greek Drama
In Depth: Defining Social History
Patterns of Greek and Hellenistic Society
Visualizing the Past: Commerce and Society
Global Connections: Greece and the World
Religious Rivalries and India's Golden Age
The Age of Brahman Dominance
In Depth: Inequality as the Social Norm
Religious Ferment and the Rise of Buddhism
Visualizing the Past: The Pattern of Trade in the Ancient Eurasian World
Brahmanical Recovery and the Splendors of the Gupta Age
Document: A Guardian's Farewell Speech to a Young Woman About to Be Married
Global Connections: India and the Wider World
Rome and Its Empire
A Foundation Story
The Development of Rome's Republic
Document: Rome and a Values Crisis
Roman Culture
The Institutions of Empire
The Evolution of Rome's Economic and Social Structure
Visualizing the Past: Religions in Rome
In Depth: The Classical Mediterranean in Comparative Perspective
The Origins of Christianity
The Decline of Rome
Global Connections: Rome and the World
The Peoples and Civilizations of the Americas?
Origins of American Societies
Spread of Civilization in Mesoamerica
Document: Deciphering the Maya Glyphs
The Peoples to the North
In Depth: Different Times for Different Peoples
The Andean World?
Global Connctions: American Civilizations and the World
The Spread of Civilizations and the Movement of Peoples?
The Spread of Civilization in Africa
Document: Myths of Origin
In Depth: Language as a Historical Source
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