Human Journey A Concise Introduction to World History - Prehistory to 1450

ISBN-10: 144221385X
ISBN-13: 9781442213852
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Authors: Kevin Reilly
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Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/8/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.254

List of Illustrations
Preface
The Long Prologue: From 14 Billion Years Ago
Peopling the Planet: The Earth as a Global Frontier
A Little Big History
First Life on Earth
Three Explosions of Life
Changing Surfaces
Changes in Climate
Human Origins
Natural Selection
Hominids Stand Tall
Hominids to Humans
Culture Trumps Nature
Global Migration
Humans as Travelers
The First Modern Humans
Cave Paintings and Female Figurines
Cultural Adaptation
Human Differences: Race and Culture
Do Numbers Count? Patterns of Population Growth
Most of Human History: Foraging Societies
Lifestyles of Foragers
Sexual Division of Labor
Relative Social Equality
Leisure Time
Merging Old and New
Subduing the Earth: The Consequences of Domestication
The First Breakthrough: Origins of Agricultural/Pastoral Economies
Control over Food Supply
Why Agriculture Developed
Selecting Crops to Grow
Reducing Variety
Globalization and Continental Variety
Geography as Destiny
East-West Transmission Advantages
Agriculture and Language
The Long Agricultural Age: Places and Processes
Jericho
Catal Huyuk
Banpo
Ibo Culture
The Taino
Neolithic Continuity and Change
Changes in a Mexican Valley
Conclusion
The Brave New World of City, State, and Pasture: From 3000 BCE
The Urban Revolution: Causes and Consequences
The Epic of Gilamesh
The First Cities
The Urban Revolution
First-City Firsts
Origin of Cities in Plow and Irrigation
Middle East
East Asia
Americas
The Brave New World: Squares and Crowds
Tall Buildings and Monumental Architecture
Social Classes and Inequality
Officials and Scribes
Slaves and Servants
Farmers and Workers
New Systems of Control
Fathers and Kings
Religion and Queens
Law and the State
Hammurabi's Code
New Urban Classes in City-States and Territorial States
Merchants
Priests
Soldiers
New Country People
Change and "Civilization"
The Bias of "Civilization"
Achievements of Ancient Civilizations
Writing
Control and Change
Pasture and Empire
Nomads Put the Horse before the Cart
New Balance between City and Pasture
Nomads Conquer and Create Empires
States Regain Empires with Chariots
Empires and Collapse
Iron Age Eurasia
Iron versus Bronze
New Forms of Inclusiveness: Words and God for All
Iron as Metaphor
The Invention of the Alphabet
"T" Is for Trade
Monotheism
Gods at War
The Rivers of Babylon
Citizenship and Salvation: Leveling in Life and Death
The Cities of Babylon
The Persian Paradise
Imperial Size and Reach
Ships and Satrapies
Conclusion
The Legacy of Gilgamesh's Wall
The Promise of Pharaoh's Dream
Eurasian Classical Cultures and Empires: 600 BCE-200 CE
The Great Traditions of the Classical Age
The Classical Age
The Great Divergence
Interpreting Literature
Differences Not Permanent
The Ways of India and Greece
India
Vedic Civilization
Four Varnas
Karma and Reincarnation
Farmers and Jatis
Cities, States, and Buddhism
Mauryan Dynasty
Ashoka
Buddhism, Politics, and Commerce
Greece
The Hellenes
Clans into Citizens
The Polis and Greek Religion
Public Spaces and Public Dramas
Freedom and Law
Law and War between States
Laws of Nature
Athenian Democracy
Athens City Limits
The Worlds of Rome and China
Rome
Greco-Roman Society and Hellenism
Republic Not a Democracy
Armies, Lands, and Citizens
Praetors and Publicans
Cicero on Provincial Government
Civil War and Empire
Empire and Law
Administering the Roman Empire
No Bureaucracy
The Pax Romana
The Third Century
China
Similarities and Differences
Lineages, Cities, and States
Confucius
Legalism and the Unification of China
Qin Creates China
The Solution of Han
Empire and Dynastic Succession
The Mandate of Heaven
A Government of Experts
Salt and Iron
Palace, Consort Families, and Taxes
Strains of Empire
Conclusion
The Spread of New Ways in Eurasia: 200 CE-1000 CE
Cultural Encounters and Integration
The Silk Road
The Spread of Salvation Religions
Classical Collapse and Hard Times
Population Decline
Weather or Not?
Southernization
Southern Sanctuaries
Himalayas and Horses
Iran: Between Two Worlds
Iranian Society
Iranian Religions
India and Southeast Asia
The Kushan Prelude
Monsoon Winds
Malay Sails
Tropical Crops
Wet Rice
Gupta India
Hinduism in Southeast Asia
Buddhism beyond India
Mahayana Buddhism
Buddhism in Central Asia and China
The Way of the Way
The Uses of Magic
Monks, Missionaries, and Monarchs
Pilgrims and Writings
Temple and State
Christianity beyond Palestine
Hellenization
Paul versus Peter
Healing and Miracles
Jews and Christians
Conversion of the Roman Empire
The Eastern Roman Empire and Beyond
Soldiers and Emperors
The Tribes of Europe
Orthodoxy, Heresy, and Assimilation
Christianity in Europe and China
The Rise of Islam: The Making of a World Civilization
Salvation, Endings, and Beginnings
The Prophet: Trade and Religion
Islam beyond Arabia
Islamic Expansion to 750
Islamic Expansion after 750
The First World Civilization
Abbasid Baghdad
A Cultural Empire
Conclusion
The Making of an Afro-Eurasian Network: 1000 CE-1450 CE
China in the Making of an Afro-Eurasian Network
Industry and Invention
Textiles and Pottery
Paper and Printing
Compass and Ships
Guns and Gunpowder
Iron and Coal
Industrial Revolution?
Commerce and Capitalism
Money and Markets
Public versus Private Enterprise
Hangzhou
State and Bureaucracy
The Modern State
A Bureaucracy of Experts
Mongols in the Making of an Afro-Eurasian Network
The Mongols
Death and Destruction
Trade and Tolerance
Political Divisions and Economic Unity
World History for a Global Age
Ecological Unity: A Dark Victory
Islam in the Making of an Afro-Eurasian Network
New Muslims from the Steppe
Slaves, Soldiers, and Sons
In Place of Government
Muslims, Merchants, and Markets
A Merchant's Religion
Cairo
Islam in Africa
Islam in West Africa
Swahili Culture
A Single Ecozone
Islam in India and Indonesia
Europe in the Making of an Afro-Eurasian Network
Revival and Expansion
Good Weather and Good Luck
Two Europes, Four Economies
Cities and States
Urban Renewal
City-States and Citizenship
Law and Science
Natural Law and Natural Reason
Twelfth-Century Renaissance
Popular Science
The Formation of the Modern Network
Death and Rebirth
The Renaissance
The Classical and the Novel
Japan and Korea
Imitators and Innovators
Conclusion: The Virtues of Variety
Parallel Worlds of Inner Africa, the Americas, and Oceania: Before 1450
The World of Inner Africa
Geography, Race, and Language
The World's Three Transformations in Africa
Humans, Farmers, and States
The Nile Connection
The Saharan Separation
The Bantu Migrations
Words, Seeds, and Iron
A Common Culture?
Empires, States, and Stateless Societies
Politics, Population, and Climate
Lots of Land
West Africa
Stateless Societies
Kingdoms for Horses
East and South Africa
Cattle and Colonization
Great Zimbabwe
Inner Africa and the World
The World of the Americas
States and Empires of Middle America
Before the Azetecs
Classical Mayan
A Theoretical Interlude: Priests and Soldiers
Toltecs and Aztecs
States and Empires of South America
Before the Incas
Classical Chavin
Moche Warrior Priests and Divine Emperors
Incas and Their Ancestors
States and Peoples of North America
Peoples and Places
Rich Pacific Fisheries
Pueblos of the Southwest
Eastern Woodland Farmers
Americas and the World
The World of the Pacific
Islands and Settlers
Islands
First Wave
Australia
Austronesian and Polynesian Migrations
Austronesian Migrations
Polynesian Migrations
Language and Culture
Ecology and Colonization
The Advantages of Parallel Worlds
The Lessons of Parallel Worlds
Lessons of Similarities
Similarities or Connections
Lessons of Differences
The Strength of Parallel Worlds
Index
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