History of the World

ISBN-10: 0199936765

ISBN-13: 9780199936762

Edition: 6th 2013

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J.M. Roberts's renownedHistory of the Worldis widely considered the finest available one-volume survey of the major events, developments, and personalities of the known past, offering generations of readers a tour of the vast landscape of human history.In this new edition, Bancroft Prize-winning historian Odd Arne Westad has completely revised this landmark work to bring the narrative up to the twenty-first century, including the 9/11 attacks and the wars in the Middle East. Westad utilizes the remarkable gains in scholarship in recent decades to enhance the book's coverage of early human life and vastly improve the treatment of India and China, Central Eurasia, early Islam, and the late Byzantine Empire, as well as the history of science, technology, and economics. The result is a truly remarkable work of compression and synthesis, sweeping through thousands of years of history, weaving the stories of empires, art, religion, economics, and science into a lucid and engaging narrative. Ranging from the early hominids and the emergence of Mesopotamian civilizations and ancient Egypt, the book illuminates such topics as the Roman Empire, the explosive arrival of Islam, the rise and fall of samurai rule in Japan, the medieval kingdoms of sub-Saharan Africa, the Mongol conquests, and the early modern expansion of Europe across the globe; also covered are the struggle for American independence, the French Revolution, the colonial empires, Japan's startling modernization, and the World Wars.With informative maps, photographs, and reproductions of important artwork (some in full color), the vividly written and beautifully illustratedThe History of the Worldremains the finest, most readable survey in print.
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List price: $45.00
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/9/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 1280
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 2.00" tall
Weight: 3.388
Language: English

List of Maps
Preface to the Sixth Edition
Before History
Introduction
The Foundations
Homo Sapiens
The Possibility of Civilization
Civilizations
Introduction
Early Civilized Life
Ancient Mesopotamia
Ancient Egypt
Intruders and Invaders
The Beginnings of Civilization in South Asia
Ancient China
The Other Worlds of the Ancient Past
Transformations
The Classical Age
Introduction
Remaking the Old World
The Greeks
The Hellenistic World
Rome
Christianity and the Western Transition
Classical India
Classical China
The Age of Diverging Traditions
Introduction
The Central Eurasian Crossroads
Islam and the Arab Empires
Byzantium and Its Sphere
The New Middle East and the Making of Europe
India
Imperial China
Japan
Worlds Apart
Europe: The Possibility of Change
New Limits, New Horizons
The Making of the European Age
Introduction
Qing China and Mughal India
A New Kind of Society: Early Modern Europe
Authority and Its Challengers in Europe
The New World of Great Powers
Europe's Assault on the World
World History's New Shape
Ideas Old and New
The Great Acceleration
Introduction
Long-term Change
Political Change in an Age of Revolution
Political Change: A New Europe
Political Change: The Anglo-Saxon World
The European World Hegemony
Imperialism and Imperial Rule
Asian Metamorphoses
The End of the European Age
Introduction
Strains in the System
The Era of the First World War
The Making of a New Asia
The Ottoman Heritage and the Western Islamic Lands
The Second World War
Decolonization and Cold War
Our Own Time
Introduction
Revolutions in Science and Perceptions
The Cold War World
Crises and D�tente
The Closing of an Era
Openings and Closures
Whole World History
Index
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