Essential World History To 1500

ISBN-10: 0495097675
ISBN-13: 9780495097679
Edition: 3rd 2007 (Revised)
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List price: $139.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 12/20/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 8.50" wide x 11.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.892
Language: English

In this best-selling THE ESSENTIAL WORLD HISTORY text, noted teachers and scholars William J. Duiker and Jackson J. Spielvogel present a brief, 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 students gain an appreciation and understanding of the distinctive character and development of individual cultures in society. The third edition continues to take a global approach to world history, with an emphasis on analytical comparisons between and among cultures throughout history. This approach helps students to link events together in a broad comparative and global framework, thereby placing the contemporary world in a more meaningful historical context. THE ESSENTIAL WORLD HISTORY is available in the following volume options: THE ESSENTIAL WORLD HISTORY, THIRD EDITION (Chapters 1-29) ISBN: 0495097292; THE ESSENTIAL WORLD HISTORY, VOLUME I: TO 1800, THIRD EDITION (Contains Chapters 1-17) ISBN: 0495097659; THE ESSENTIAL WORLD HISTORY, VOLUME II: SINCE 1500, THIRD EDITION (Contains Chapters 13-29) ISBN: 0495097667; THE ESSENTIAL WORLD HISTORY TO 1500, THIRD EDITION (Contains Chapters 1-12) ISBN: 0495097675.

Jackson J. Spielvogel is associate professor Emeritus of history at The Pennsylvania State University. He received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, where he specialized in Reformation history under Harold J. Grimm. His articles and reviews have appeared in journals such as "Moreana," "Journal of General Education," "Catholic Historical Review," "Archiv f�r Reformationsgeschichte," and "American Historical Review." He also has contributed chapters or articles to "The Social History of Reformation," THE HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE: A DICTIONARY HANDBOOK, "Simon Wiesenthal Center Annual of Holocaust Studies," and "Utopian Studies." His work has been supported by fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation and the Foundation for Reformation Research. At Penn State, he helped inaugurate the Western civilization course, as well as a popular course on Nazi Germany. His book HITLER AND NAZI GERMANY was published in 1987 (Seventh Edition, 2013). He is the author of WESTERN CIVILIZATION, first published in 1991 (Ninth Edition, 2015). Professor Spielvogel has won five major university-wide teaching awards. During the year 1988--1989, he held the Penn State Teaching Fellowship, the university's most prestigious teaching award. In 1996, he won the Dean Arthur Ray Warnock Award for Outstanding Faculty member, and in 2000 received the Schreyer Honors College Excellence in Teaching Award.

William J. Duiker is liberal arts Professor Emeritus of East Asian studies at The Pennsylvania State University. A former U.S. diplomat with service in Taiwan, South Vietnam, and Washington, D.C., he received his doctorate in Far Eastern history from Georgetown University in 1968, where his dissertation dealt with the Chinese educator and reformer Cai Yuanpei. At Penn State, he has written extensively on the history of Vietnam and modern China, including the highly acclaimed COMMUNIST ROAD TO POWER IN VIETNAM (revised edition, Westview Press, 1996), which was selected for a Choice Outstanding Academic Book Award in 1982--1983 and 1996-1997. Other recent books are CHINA AND VIETNAM: THE ROOTS OF CONFLICT (Berkeley, 1987), U.S. CONTAINMENT POLICY AND THE CONFLICT IN INDOCHINA (Stanford, 1995), SACRED WAR: NATIONALISM AND REVOLUTION IN A DIVIDED VIETNAM (McGraw-Hill, 1995), and HO CHI MINH (Hyperion, 2000), which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 2001. While his research specialization is in the field of nationalism and Asian revolutions, his intellectual interests are considerably more diverse. He has traveled widely and has taught courses on the history of communism and non-Western civilizations at Penn State, where he was awarded a Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the spring of 1996. In 2002, the College of Liberal Arts honored him with an Emeritus Distinction Award.

The First Civilizations and the Rise of Empires (Prehistory to 500 C.E.)
The First Civilizations: The Peoples of Western Asia and North Africa
Ancient India
China in Antiquity
The Civilization of the Greeks
The First World Civilization: Rome, China, and the Emergence of the Silk Road
New Patterns of Civilization
The Americas
Ferment in the Middle East: The Rise of Islam and Its Impact in the Region
Early Civilizations in Africa
The Expansion of Civilization in Southern Asia
The Flowering of Traditional China
The East Asian Rimlands: Early Japan, Korea, and Vietnam
The Making of Europe
Glossary
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