Richard W. Bulliet is professor of history at Columbia University. A former Guggenheim fellow, he is the editor of The Columbia History of the Twentieth Centuryand author of The Camel and the Wheel. He is also the author of four novels of mystery and intrigue.
Contents I. The Emergence of Human Communities, to 1500 B.C.E. 1. From the Origins of Agriculture to the First River-Valley Civilizations, 8000 to 1500 B.C.E. Before Civilization Mesopotamia Egypt The Indus Valley Civilization 2. The Late Bronze Age in the Eastern Hemisphere, 2200500 B.C.E. Early China The Cosmopolitan Middle East Nubia The Aegean World The Fall of Late Bronze Age Civilizations II. The Formation of New Cultural Communities, 1000 B.C.E.550 C.E. 3. New Civilizations in the Americas and Western Eurasia, 1200250 B.C.E. First Civilizations of the Americas Celtic Europe The Assyrian Empire Israel Phoenicia and the Mediterranean Failure and Transformation 4. Greece and Iran, 100030 B.C.E / India, 1500 B.C.E550 C.E Ancient Iran The Rise of the Greeks The Struggle of Persia and Greece The Hellenistic Sythnesis Foundations of Indian Civilization Imperial Expansion and Collapse 5. An Age of Empires: Rome and Han China, 753 B.C.E.330 C.E. Rome's Creation of a Mediterranean Empire, 753 B.C.E.330 C.E. The Origins of Imperial China, 221 B.C.E.220 C.E. Imperial Parallels III. Growth and Interaction of Cultural Communities, 300 B.C.E.1500 C.E. 6. Networks of Communication and Exchange, 300 B.C.E.1100 C.E. The Silk Road The Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia Routes Across the Sahara Sub-Saharan Africa The Spread of Ideas 7. The Sasanid Empire and the Rise of Islam, 2001200 The Sasanid Empire, 224651 The Origins of Islam The Rise and Fall of the Caliphate, 6321258 Islamic Civilization 8. Christian Europe Emerges, 3001200 Early Medieval Europe, 3001000 The Western Church The Byzantine Empire, 3001200 Kievan Russia, 9001200 Western Europe Revives, 10001200 9. Central and Eastern Asia, 4001200 The Sui and Tang Empires, 581755 Fractured Power in Central Asia and China, to 907 The Emergence of East Asia, to 1200 10. Peoples and Civilizations of the Americas, 2001500 Classic-Era Culture and Society in Mesoamerica, 200900 The Postclassical Period in Mesoamerica, 9001500 Northern Peoples Andean Civilizations, 2001500 IV. Interregional Patterns of Culture and Contact, 12001550 11. Western Eurasia, 12001500 The Rise of the Mongols, 12001260 The Fall and Rise of Islam, 12601500 Regional Definition in Repsonse to the Mongols 12. Eastern Eurasia, 12001500 Mongol Domination in Eastern Eurasia, 12001368 The Early Ming Empire, 13681500 Centralization and Militarism in East Asia, 12001500 13. Tropical Africa and Asia, 12001500 Tropical Lands and Peoples New Islamic Empires Indian Ocean Trade Social and Cultural Change 14. The Latin West, 12001500 Rural Growth and Crisis Urban Revival Learning, Literature, and the Renaissance Political and Military Transformations 15. The Maritime Revolution, to 1550 Global Maritime Expansion Before 1450 Iberian Expansion, 14001550 Encounters with Europe, 14501550 V. The Globe Encompassed, 15001800 16. The Transformation of Europe, 15001750 Religious and Political Innovations Building State Power Urban Society and Commercial Technology Rural Society and the Environment The Realm of Ideas 17. The Americas, the Atlantic and Africa, 15301770 Spanish America and Brazil English and French Colonies in North America Plantations in the West Indies Creating the Atlantic Economy Africa and the Atlantic The Columbian Excange 18. Southwest Asia and the Indian Ocean, 15001750 The Ottoman Empire The Savafid Empire The Mughal Empire Trade Empires in the Indian Ocean, 16001729 19. Eastern Eurasia, 15001800 New Relations in Eurasia The Russian Empire The Later Ming and the Early Qing Empires Tokugawa Japan, to 1800 VI. Revolutions Reshape the World, 17501870 20. Revolutionary Changes in the Atlantic World, 17501850 Prelude to Revolution: War and the Enlightenment The American Revolution The French Revolution Revolution in Haiti and Latin America Economic and Social Liberation Movements 21. The Early Industrial Revolution, 17601851 Causes of the Industrial Revolution The Technological Revolution The Impact of the Industrial Revolution Responses to Industrialization The Effects of Industrialization in Russia and the Ottoman Empire 22. Africa, India, and China, 17501870 Changes and Exchanges in Africa India Under British Rule The Qing Empire VII. Global Dominance and Diversity, 18501949 23. The New Power Balance, 18501900 New Technologies and the World Economy Social Transformations Nationalism and the Unification of Germany The Great Powers of Europe, 18711900 New Great Powers: The United States and Japan 24. The New Imperialism, 18691914 The New Imperialism: Motives and Methods The Scramble for Africa Asia and Western Dominance Imperialism in Latin America The World Economy and the Global Environment 25. The Crisis of the Imperial Order, 19001929 The Crisis in Europe and the Middle East The "Great War" and the Russian Revolutions Peace and Dislocation in Europe China and Japan: Contrastic Destinies The New Middle East Science and Technology in the Industrialized World 26. The Collapse of the Old Order, 19291949 Stalin's Revolution The Depression The Rise of Fascism East Asia, 19311945 The Second World War The Character of Warfare 27. Striving for Independence: Africa, India, and Latin America, 19001949 Sub-Saharan Africa, 19001945 The Indian Independence Movement, 19051947 Latin America, 19001949 VIII. The Perils and Promises of a Global Community, 19452001 28. The Cold War and Decolonization, 19451975 Decolonization and Nation Building The Cold War Beyond the Bipolar World 29. Crisis, Realignment, and the Dawn of the Post-Cold War World, 19751991 Postcolonial Crises and the Asian Economic Expansion, 19751989 The End of the Bipolar World, 19891991 The Challenge of Population Growth Unequal Development and the Movement of Peoples Technological and Environmental Change 30. The End of a Global Century, 19912001 A Fragmented World Elements of a Global Culture