World History Before 1600 - The Development of Early Civilization

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ISBN-13: 9781111345167
Edition: 5th 2012
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List price: $72.95
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 1/20/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 576
Size: 6.25" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.892
Language: English

James P. Holoka received his B.A. from the University of Rochester, his M.A. from SUNY, Binghamton, and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, where he was a Rackham Prize Fellow. He has taught Greek and Latin, classical humanities, and ancient history since 1974; he received a teaching excellence award in 1980 and a scholarly recognition award in 1991. He is a published translator and the author of three textbooks and over sixty scholarly articles and reviews in such journals as American Historical Review, Classical World, Classical and Modern Literature, and Transactions of the American Philological Association.

George H. Cassar, who obtained his Ph.D. from McGill University, is a leading authority on the First World War. He has written many books on the subject, including Kitchener's War: British Strategy from 1914-1916, and Lloyd George at War, 1916-1918. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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Preface
Introduction: Paleolithic and Neolithic Cultures around the World
Human Development in the Old Stone Age
The Neolithic Food-Producing Revolution in West Asia
Neolithic Times in Europe
Neolithic Times in Africa
Neolithic Times in Asia
Neolithic Times in the Western Hemisphere
Selected Sources
Comparative Essay
The Defining Characteristics of Civilization
Early Civilization in West Asia, Africa, the Aegean, and the Western Hemisphere
Mesopotamian Civilization
The Sumerian Exemplar of Civilized Life
Political and Cultural Developments of the Babylonians, Assyrians, and Chaldeans
African Civilization
The Land of the Nile and the Emergence of Egyptian Civilization
Lives and Times Across Cultures
Diverse Burial Customs
Discontinuities and the Rise and Decline of an Imperial Culture
The Kushite Kingdom in Upper Egypt and the Sudan
Early Aegean Civilization
The Flowering of Minoan Civilization
Lives and Times Across Cultures
Risking Death to Gain the Favor of the Gods
The Advent of the Indo-Europeans
The Rise and Fall of Mycenaean Warrior-Kings
Ancient Persian Civilization
The Rise of the Persian Empire
Persian Culture and Religion
Amerindian Civilization
The Opening of Andean Civilization: The Chavin Culture
The Advent of Mesoamerican Civilization: The Olmec
Summary
Selected Sources
Comparative Essay
The Defining Characteristics of Civilization in South and East Asia
The Early Civilizations of South and East Asia
The Indus Civilization
The Land of India
The Beginning of the Indus Civilization
An Urban Culture: Mohenjo-Daro
Society and Economy
Indus Religion
The End of Indus Civilization
The Aryan Invasion and Early Vedic Age
Early Vedic Society and Economy
Religion
The Appearance of Writing
The Late Vedic Age
Late Vedic Society and Economy
Religion
The Upanishads
China from the Neolithic Age to the Shang Dynasty
The Land of China
The Study of Ancient China
The Rise of the Shang Dynasty, 1766-1122 B.C.E.
Shang Government
Society and Economy during the Shang Era
Science, Arts, and Crafts
Lives and Times Across Cultures
Royal Tombs in Bronze Age Greece and China
Lives and Times Across Cultures
Feasting in Bronze Age Greece and China
A Pictographic Script
The Chou Dynasty
The Chou Conquest
Western Chou Society and Economy
Chou Religion
The Eastern Chou
Eastern Chou Society and Economy
Summary
Selected Sources
Comparative Essay
Great Faiths and Philosophies
The Flowering of Great Faiths and Philosophies
Civilization in Palestine and Phoenicia
Israelite Political History
Judaism
The Phoenicians: Catalysts of Culture
Classical Greek Civilization
The Archaic Revival: New Patterns of Government
Athenian and Spartan Social and Political Patterns
The Persian and Peloponnesian Wars
Greek Intellectual History: From Myth to Philosophy
Lives and Times Across Cultures
Big-Time Sports in Ancient Greece
The Greek Origins of European Literature
Greek Art and Architecture
The Rise of Buddhism and Jainism in India
The Life of Buddha
The Orthodox: Theravada Buddhism
Evolution of the Great Vehicle: Mahayana Buddhism
Jainism
China: Confucianism, Taoism, and Legalism
The Idealist: Confucius and His Teachings
The Reformer: Mencius and the Confucian Consensus
The Mystic: Lao Tzu and Taoism
The Totalitarians: Legalism
The Three Ideologies Compared
The Brief Rise and Fall of the Ch'in
Lives and Times Across Cultures
Military Innovations
Lives and Times Across Cultures
Slavery and Volatile Social Status
Summary
Selected Sources
Comparative Essay
The Defining Characteristics of Great Empires
The Age of Great Empires
Macedonian Conquest and Hellenistic Empires
The Father: Philip
The Mother: Olympias
The Son: Alexander
A Sophisticated, Cosmopolitan Society and Economy
An Age of Scientific Advances
Escapism and Individualism in Hellenistic Culture
The Rise and Decline of Roman Power in the Mediterranean World
The Early Roman Republic
The Roman Conquest of Italy and the Mediterranean
Lives and Times Across Cultures
Women's Rights: A Test Case in Republican Rome?
The Breakdown of the Republic and the Rise of Augustus
Roman Cultural Developments
Politics, Society, and Economics in the Early Empire
Decay and Temporary Recovery in the Later Roman Empire
Lives and Times Across Cultures
"The Going Rate": Wages and Prices in the Roman Empire and China
India's First Imperial Age: The Mauryan Empire (326-184 B.C.E.)
Persian and Greek Precursors
The Rise of Chandragupta Maurya
Emperor Asoka
Culture of the Asokan Age
Life under the Mauryans
Successor States to the Mauryan Empire
Kushan Culture: Buddhism in a Cosmopolitan Setting
China's First Imperial Age: The Han Dynasty
The Han Dynasty, 202 B.C.E.-220 C.E.
Han Government
Lives and Times Across Cultures
Mathematical Problems in the Ancient World
The Land and People
Cities, Manufacturing, and Commerce
The Silk Road: Link between East and West
Religious and Intellectual Life
Summary
Selected Sources
Comparative Essay
The Decline and Fall of Empires
Disruption and Renewal in West Asia and Europe
Political, Religious, and Social Unrest in Palestine: 63 B.C.E to 73 C.E.
Palestine under Roman Rule
Religious Ferment
A Noble Social Experiment: The Essenes
Early Christianity
The Origins of Christianity
The Triumph of Christianity
Lives and Times Across Cultures
Women and the Medical Professions in Late Antiquity
Upheaval and Transition in Western Europe
The Fall of the Roman Empire in the West
The Germanic States of Western Europe
The Triumph and Disintegration of the Carolingian Empire
Religious and Cultural Developments in Early Western Europe
Lives and Times Across Cultures
Food for Buddhist and Christian Monks
Europe under Siege: A New Wave of Invaders
Feudal Relationships
Europe in the Middle Ages
Economic and Social Changes in the Countryside
The Growth of Trade and the Development of Towns
The Theory and Practice of Christianity
Jews in Medieval European Life
Feudal Monarchy in Western Europe
The Spiritual and Intellectual Life of the Later Middle Ages
Medieval Literature, Art, and Architecture
The East Roman or Byzantine Empire
Life in the Byzantine Empire in 500
Justinian I
The Empire's Neighbors
Religious Issues
Byzantine Decline
Islam and Islamic Empires
Muhammad: A Religious and Political Leader
Lives and Times Across Cultures
People of the Book
The First Four Caliphs and Islamic Conquests
The Umayyad Caliphate
The Split between Sunnis and Shi'i
The Establishment of the Abbasid Caliphate
Summary
Selected Sources
Comparative Essay
Disruption and Renewal in South and East Asia
Disruption and Renewal in South and East Asia
India from the Guptas to the Muslim Dynasties
The Gupta Empire, Harsha, and the Rajputs
Religious Developments: Hinduism and Buddhism
Art, Architecture, Life, and Culture
India under the Impact of Islam
Indianized Southeast Asia
Indian Economic and Cultural Expansion
Mainland Southeast Asia
Island Southeast Asia
China's Second Imperial Age
Political Turmoil and Barbarian Invasions
Buddhism in China
China Reunified: The Sui and T'ang Dynasties
Lives and Times Across Cultures
Cultural Borrowing and Adaptation-The Chair
An Enlightened Government and a Prosperous Economy
China and the World Beyond
The Apogee of Buddhism
The Golden Age of Poetry and Sculpture
China Partitioned: The Sung and Nomadic Dynasties, 960-1279
A Checkered History
Difficulties in the Pursuit of Peace and War
Dynamic Neo-Confucianism and Stagnant Buddhism
Age of Refinement in Culture and the Arts
Lives and Times Across Cultures
Companionable and Bossy Wives
Two Sinicized States
Korea
Vietnam
Japan: The Merging of Chinese and Native Cultures
Geography and Early History
The Adoption of Chinese Civilization
Departures from Chinese Models
Language and the Arts in the Nara and Heian Periods
Early Feudal Japan
Lives and Times Across Cultures
Japanese Adaptations
Religion and Social Life during the Early Feudal Era
Summary
Selected Sources
Comparative Essay
Cultural Borrowing and Cultural Isolation
Developing Civilizations
Mesoamerican Civilization
Urban Splendor: Teotihuacan
The Integration of Mesoamerican Civilization: The Maya
Mesoamerican Imperialism: The Aztecs
Andean Civilization
The Artistry of the Moche Culture
Lives and Times Across Cultures
Women and Religious Rituals
Amerindian Social Engineering: The Inka
African Cultures
Geographic and Social Diversity in Africa
Lives and Times Across Cultures
Folk Wisdom
Islamic North Africa
Christian Ethiopia
The Bantu
Successor States or Kingdoms of Gold and Salt: Ghana, Mali, and Songhai
Prosperous West African Kingdoms
The States of Central Africa
Commercial Wealth in East Africa
Inland Cities in Southern Africa
Summary
Selected Sources
Comparative Essay
The Development of International Trade
Three Continents: Conflict and Commerce
The Golden Age of Islam
Life under the Abbasids
Abbasid Decline
The Glories of Muslim Spain
Islamic Theology, Philosophy, and Science
Major Architectural Achievements
Islamic Literature and the "Lively Arts"
The Crusades
Crusading Zeal
The Divided Muslim World
Lives and Times Across Cultures
Schools and Universities
The Crusader States
Muslim Counterattacks
Cultural and Commercial Exchanges
The Mongol Conquest of Eurasia
Genghis Khan, the World Conqueror, 1155-1227
Genghis Khan's Heritage
Lives and Times Across Cultures
Treasures from Royal Tombs
Mongol Domains under Genghis Khan's Heirs
Kubilai Khan's Empire
The Last Mongol Conquests in West Asia and Russia
The Mongol Legacy
The Yuan Dynasty
The II-Khanate of Persia
The Golden Horde
The Khanate of Chagatai
The Empire of Timurlane
The Legacy of Mongol Imperialism
New Dynasties in West Asia
The Flowering of Islamic Culture in Persia
The Mamluk Dynasties
The House of Osman
The Conquest of Constantinople
Summary
Selected Sources
Comparative Essay
European Imperialism through the End of the Seventeenth Century
Emerging Global Interrelations
The Rival Ottoman and Safavid Empires
Ottoman Territorial Expansion and Government
Social and Economic Life in the Ottoman Empire
Cultural and Artistic Achievements
The Imperial Safavids
Architecture, the Fine Arts, and Literature in Persia
Wars between the Rival Empires
The Culture of the Renaissance in Europe
The Origins of the Renaissance: Italian Literature and Humanism
Lives and Times Across Cultures
Racy Tales
Renaissance Art in Italy
The Renaissance outside Italy
Women and the Renaissance
European Nation-States and the Reformation
The Centralization of Western European Monarchies
The Background of the Protestant Reformation
Martin Luther Breaks with the Church
Protestant Reformers after Luther
Lives and Times Across Cultures
Life in Geneva and Venice in the Sixteenth Century
Women and the Reformation
The Roman Catholic or Counter-Reformation
European Expansion
African Kingdoms, European Contacts, and the Slave Trade
European Entry into Africa
Dutch Settlements in South Africa
The Slave Trade in Africa
European Colonial Empires in the Western Hemisphere
Early European Exploration of the Western Hemisphere
Spanish Conquests in Mexico and South America
Rival Empires in the Western Hemisphere
Lives and Times Across Cultures
New Stuff on Your Plate
Summary
Selected Sources
Comparative Essay
Asia in the Early Modern Era
Romanizing Chinese Words
Credits
Index

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