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World History Journeys from Past to Present - From Human Origins to 1500 CE

ISBN-10: 0415670020
ISBN-13: 9780415670029
Edition: 2nd 2012 (Revised)
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List price: $29.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 10/17/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 396
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.936
Language: English

World History: Journeys from Past to Presentuses common themes to present an integrated and comprehensive survey of human history from its origins to the present day. By weaving together thematic and regional perspectives in coherent chronological narratives, Goucher and Walton transform the overwhelming sweep of the human past into a truly global story that is relevant to the contemporary issues of our time. Revised and updated throughout, the second edition of this innovative textbook combines clear chronological progression with thematically focused chapters. In this volume, chapters are divided into three parts as follows: PART I. EMERGENCE (Human origins to 500 CE) PART II. ORDER (1 CE-1500 CE) PART III. CONNECTIONS (500-1600 CE) The expanded new edition features an impressive full-color design with a host of illustrations, maps and primary source excerpts integrated throughout. Chapter opening timelines supply context for the material ahead, while end of chapter questions and annotated additional resources provide students with the tools for independent study. Each chapter and part boasts introductory and summary essays that guide the reader in comprehending the relevant theme.In addition, the companion website offers a range of resources including an interactive historical timeline, an indispensable study skills section for students, tips for teaching and learning thematically, and PowerPoint slides, lecture material and discussion questions in a password protected area for instructors. This textbook provides a basic introduction for all students of World History, incorporating thematic perspectives that encourage critical thinking, link to globally relevant contemporary issues, and stimulate further study.

Candice Goucher is a Professor of History at Washington State University, Vancouver. She studied Chemistry and Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego (BA, 1975), Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University (MA, 1978), and African History at the University of California at Los Angeles (PhD, 1984). As an undergraduate, she pioneered the use of lead isotope analysis to identify ancient sources of metals, research published in Nature. Trained as an archaeologist, Candice Goucher has conducted archaeological and historical research in the Caribbean, Mauritius, and West Africa, where she worked with Merrick Posnansky at the site of Begho in Brong Ahafo, Ghana, and in the Bassari region of Togo. Her research interests have continued to forge interdisciplinary and global links in the areas of food studies, technology, culture and gender. With Linda Walton, she published several world history textbooks, including the second edition of World History: Journeys from Past to Present (2013) and was co-lead scholar on the Annenberg/Corporation for Public Broadcasting multimedia project Bridging World History. Her recent book Congotay! Congotay! A Global History of Caribbean Food (2014) examined Caribbean agriculture, culture and cuisine from ancient to modern times.

List of plates
List of maps
Figure credits
Preface to the Second Edition
A visual tour of World History: Journeys from Past to Present
Emergence (Human origins to 500 CE)
Part I Introduction
Human migration: World history in motion
Introduction to the theme of migration
Evolutionary footprints: Human origins in Africa
Origin myths: The creation of the world
Colonization of the planet
Primary source: The origin of human consciousness
Primary source: Interviewing ancient rock art
Crossing boundaries: Later migrations
Summary
Notes
Suggested readings
Online resources
Study questions
Technology and environment: Transformations in world history
Introduction to the theme oft environment
Technology defines human culture
Agricultural beginnings
Early agricultural societies
Technology and environment
Primary source: Lamenting technology
Summary
Suggested readings
Online resources
Study questions
Cities and city life in world history
Introduction to the theme of cities
World demography: Crowded daily lives
Emerging complexity
Primary source: Theognis on tyranny and social discord
Later expansion of commercial cities
Cities and population growth
Summary
Suggested readings
Online resources
Study questions
Ideas and power: Goddesses, kings, and sages
Introduction to the theme of ideas and power
From goddesses and gods to god-kings
Primary source: The Code of Hammurabi (ca. 1750 BCE)
Divine encounters: Transformations in religion and society
From god-kings to prophets and preachers
Sages and society: Philosophy and politics in early China and Greece
The idea of empire
Summary
Suggested readings
Online resources
Study questions
Summary
Order (1 CE to 1500 CE)
Introduction
The spread of world religions: Missionaries, merchants, and monarchs
Introduction to the theme of the spread of religions
Buddhism
Christianity
Primary source: Prince Vladimir's search for a religion
Islam
Summary
Suggested readings
Online resources
Study questions
Making a living: World economies
Introduction to the theme of world economies
Manorial economies in medieval England and Japan
Markets and money in medieval China
Slavic peoples and the economy of Rus': Trade and agriculture
Pastoral economies: Herders and horsemen
Primary source: Making a living in Badakhshan
Farmers and traders in Southeast Asia
Rulers and regional economies in South Asia
Environmental diversity and ecological adaptation in Africa
Land, labor, and markets in the Mexica-Aztec economy
Trade and tribute in the Incan Empire
Economy and environment in North American landscapes
Religion and the economy in the Islamic world
Regional systems and the impact of long-distance trade
Summary
Note
Suggested readings
Online resources
Study questions
Family matters: Gender, family, and household
Introduction to the theme of gender, family, and household in world history
Gender, family, and household in Roman law and society
Christianity, family, and household in medieval Europe
Confucianism, family, and household in Imperial China
Primary source: How to manage a family in twelfth-century China
Women and family in Northeast Asia: Korea and Japan
Women, family, and household in Inner Asia
The impact of Islam on women, family, and household in West Asia
African women, families, and households: Matrilineality and motherhood
Caste, marriage, and family in South Asia
Women, family, and household in Southeast Asia
Gender, family, and household in North America
Family and household in Mesoamerica and South America
Summary
Notes
Suggested readings
Online resources
Study questions
Ties that bind: Lineage, clientage, and caste
Introduction to the theme of lineage, clientage, and caste
Lineage societies in West Asia
Lineage societies and states in East and Inner Asia
Caste and society in South Asia
Lineage, clientage, and caste in Africa
Lineage and community in North America
Lineage and state in the Mexica-Aztec and Incan Empires
"Feudalism" in Europe and Japan
Slavery
Primary source: Zhou Daguan on slaves in the Khmer Empire
Summary
Suggested readings
Online resources
Study questions
Early empires
Introduction to the theme of early empires
Maritime and mainland empires in Southeast Asia: Srivijaya and Khmer
Nomads and empire in Eurasia: The Mongol Empire
Primary source: Ibn al-Athir on the Mongol conquest of Persia
Trade, technology, ecology, and culture: The Mali Empire in West Africa
Empires in the Americas
Summary
Suggested readings
Online resources
Study questions
Summary: Mapping order
Connections (500-1600 CE)
Introduction
Connections across land and sea
Introduction to the theme of connections
Cowries, coins, and commerce
Trade commodities
Merchants and international trade
Money and international exchange
Diplomatic connections
Religious connections
Primary source: Ibn Battuta, world traveler
Commercial connections
Connections in the Americas
Pacific connections before 1500
Northern Eurasian connections: The Vikings
Summary
Note
Suggested readings
Online resources
Study questions
Cultural memory: Transmitting traditions
Introduction to the theme of cultural memory
Cultural memory systems: Oral traditions
Cultural memory systems: Writing
Cultural memory systems: History
Cultural categories of knowledge: History, theology, and philosophy
Epic poetry and cultural memory
The representation of cultural memory
Religion and cultural memory
Technology and cultural memory
Institutions and the transmission of cultural memory
Education, universities, and schools
Brotherhoods and guilds
Cultural hegemony and resistance
Summary
Suggested readings
Online resources
Study questions
Commerce and change: Creating a world system
Introduction to the theme of commerce and change
Debating the rise of the West
Technology, commerce, and the expansion of Europe
European voyages of exploration
Commerce and change in the West African gold trade
Commerce and change in China
Silver's global connections
Primary source: Ferdinand Magellan's voyage around the world, 1519-22
Summary
Suggested readings
Online resources
Study questions
Summary
Glossary
Index

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