A History of the Human Community: Prehistory to the Present

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An intellectually and stylistically unified overview of world history, this book draws a global portrait of the human past showing how each part of the world fits into the overall balance in each successive age. It shows how, in succeeding ages different societies achieved unusual creativity and power and then impelled or compelled those around them (and in time, across long distances) to alter their accustomed style of life to take account of the new things and ideas that had come to their attention. It focuses ...
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An intellectually and stylistically unified overview of world history, this book draws a global portrait of the human past showing how each part of the world fits into the overall balance in each successive age. It shows how, in succeeding ages different societies achieved unusual creativity and power and then impelled or compelled those around them (and in time, across long distances) to alter their accustomed style of life to take account of the new things and ideas that had come to their attention. It focuses on the dominance of the West in the last five centuries, but illuminates the influence and leadership before that in separate eras of world history of China, the Middle East, India, the Ancient Mediterranean, and the Ancient Middle East .
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  • ISBN-13: 9780133882735
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
  • Publication date: 9/1/1992
  • Edition description: 4th ed
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 720

Table of Contents

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Preface
Pt. I Beginnings
1 In the Beginning 1
2 River Valley Civilizations 3500 to 1500 B.C. 21
3 The Rise of Civilizations on Rain-Watered Land 2000 to 1200 B.C. 50
Photo Essay: The Use of Plants and Animals in Agriculture 72
4 Empire and Religion in the Middle East 1200 to 500 B.C. 80
5 The Greek Style of Civilization to 500 B.C. 100
6 The Indian Style of Civilization to 500 B.C. 121
7 The Chinese Style of Civilization to 200 B.C. 140
Epilogue: Part I: The State of the World: 500 B.C. 159
Pt. II Eurasian Cultural Balance 500 B.C. to A.D. 1500
8 The Classical Mediterranean World and Its Expansion 500 B.C. to A.D. 200 164
9 Civilized Religions and Barbarian Invasions 200 B.C. to A.D. 600 191
10 Islam and India 600 to 1200 219
11 The Far East and the Americas 600 to 1200 242
12 Europe 500 to 1200 265
Photo Essay: Diseases and Their Effects on Human Societies 294
13 Steppe Peoples and the Civilizations of Eurasia 1200 to 1500 298
14 Western Europe 1200 to 1500 322
Epilogue: Part II: The State of the World: 1500 344
Pt. III The Far West Challenges the World: 1500 to 1850
15 The Great European Discoveries: 1480 to 1550 353
16 Europe's Self-Transformation: 1500 to 1650 381
17 The World Beyond Europe: 1500 to 1700 408
18 Europe's Old Regime: 1650 to 1789 438
19 World Reactions to Europe's Expansion: 1700 to 1850 467
20 The Democratic and Industrial Revolutions: 1776 to 1850 494
Photo Essay: Breakthroughs in the Use of Energy and Fuel 523
Epilogue: Part III: The State of the World: 1850 527
Pt. IV Beginnings of World Cosmopolitanism: From 1850
21 The Decisive Years: 1850 to 1865 530
22 Europe: 1850 to 1914 554
23 World Reactions to Europe's Achievements: 1850 to 1914 576
Photo Essay: Transportation and Communication 604
24 World Wars of the Twentieth Century: 1914 to 1945 609
25 The World Since 1945 637
26 Thought and Culture Since 1914 667
Epilogue: Part IV: The State of the World Today 685
Photo Credits 687
Index 689
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