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World Civilizations The Global Experience since 1450

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ISBN-10: 0321038134

ISBN-13: 9780321038135

Edition: 3rd 2001

Authors: Peter N. Stearns, Michael Adas, Stuart B. Schwartz

List price: $78.00
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The primary goal of World Civilizations is to present a TRULY GLOBAL HISTORYone that both discusses the development of the world's leading civilizations and also emphasizes the major stages in the interactions among different peoples and societies. World Civilizations examines all the world's civilizations, including those in the Western tradition but also those civilizations sometimes neglected in world history textsfor example, the nomadic societies of Asia, Latin America, and the nations and states of the Pacific Rim. World Civilizations balances this discussion of independent developments in all the world's major civilizations with comparative analysis of the results of international contact. World Civilizations organizes its presentation of global history into SIX COHERENT TIME PERIODS, with each period defined by the new and parallel patterns that evolved among all or most civilizations during the particular era. The six periods correspond to the six parts of the book. Within each part, the authors identify specific themes that characterize common experiences or common forces in individual societies as well as the new kinds and patterns of global contacts that emerged during the era. Thus, for example, Part I of the book discusses the developmental stage of world history, including the rise of agriculture and the development of civilization. Part II examines the classical era in global history, an era marked by the integration of large regions and diverse groups of people through overarching cultural and political systems. Subsequent parts of the book continue the emphasis on geographic shifts and the intensification of contact among civilizations.
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Book details

List price: $78.00
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Longman Publishing
Publication date: 8/11/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 96
Size: 8.00" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.398
Language: English

Peter N. Stearns is Provost and University Professor at George Mason University. Since 1967, he has served as editor-in-chief of The Journal of Social History.  His numerous books include World History in Documents ;  American Behavioral History ; and Anxious Parents .

Stuart B. Schwartz is the George Burton Adams Professor of History and chair of the Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies at Yale University. His many books include "All Can Be Saved: Religious Tolerance and Salvation in the Iberian Atlantic World".

Detailed Contents
List of Maps
Preface
Supplements
Prologue
The Origins of Civilizations
The Neolithic Revolution and the Birth of Civilization
The Rise of Civilization in the Middle East and Africa
Asia's First Civilizations: India and China
The Classical Period in World History
Nomadic Challenges and Sedentary Responses
Unification and the Consolidation of Civilization in China
Classical Greece and the Hellenistic World
Rome and Its Empire
Religious Rivalries and India's Golden Age
The Peoples and Civilizations of the Americas
The Spread of Peoples and Civilizations
The End of the Classical Era: World History in Transition, 200-700 c.e.
The Postclassical Era
The First Global Civilization: The Rise and Spread of Islam
Abbasid Decline and the Spread of Islamic Civilization to South and Southeast Asia
African Civilizations and the Spread of Islam
Civilization in Eastern Europe: Byzantium and Orthodox Europe
A New Civilization Emerges in Western Europe
The Americas on the Eve of Invasion
Reunification and Renaissance in Chinese Civilization: The Era of the Tang and Song Dynasties
The Spread of Chinese Civilization: Korea, Japan, and Vietnam
The Last Great Nomadic Challenges: From Chinggis Khan to Timur
The West and the Changing World Balance
The World Shrinks, 1450-1750
The Transformation of the West, 1450-1750
The West and the World
The Rise of Russia
Early Latin America
The Muslim Empires
Africa and the Africans in the Age of the Atlantic Slave Trade
Asian Transitions in an Age of Global Change
Industrialization and Western Global Hegemony, 1750-1914
The Industrialization of the West, 1760-1914
Industrialization and Imperialism: The Making of the European Global Order
The Consolidation of Latin America, 1830-1920
Civilizations in Crisis: The Ottoman Empire, the Islamic Heartlands, and Qing China
Russia and Japan: Industrialization Outside the West
The 20th Century in World History
International Contacts and Conflicts, 1914-1999
The West in the 20th Century
Russia and Eastern Europe
Japan and the Pacific Rim
Latin America: Revolution and Reaction in the 20th Century
Decolonization and the Decline of the European World Order
Africa and Asia in the Era of Independence
War and Revolution in China and Vietnam
A 21st-Century World: Trends and Prospects
Glossary
Credits
Index