A History of World Societies, Volume 1: To 1600 / Edition 9

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A History of World Societies introduces students to the global past through social history and the stories and voices of the people who lived it.  Now published by Bedford/St. Martin's, and informed by the latest scholarship, the book has been thoroughly revised with students in mind to meet the needs of the evolving course.  Proven to work in the classroom, the book’s regional and comparative approach helps students understand the connections of global history while providing a manageable organization.  With more global connections and comparisons, more documents, special features and activities that teach historical analysis, and an entirely new look, the ninth edition is the most teachable and accessible edition yet.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312666927
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 10/5/2011
  • Edition description: Ninth Edition
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 568
  • Sales rank: 110,294
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

John P. McKay (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley) is professor emeritus at the University of Illinois. He has written or edited numerous works, including the Herbert Baxter Adams Prize-winning book Pioneers for Profit: Foreign Entrepreneurship and Russian Industrialization, 1885-1913 and Tramways and Trolleys: The Rise of Urban Mass Transport in Europe
Bennett D. Hill (Ph.D., Princeton), late of the University of Illinois, published English Cistercian Monasteries and Their Patrons in the Twelfth Century, Church and State in the Middle Ages, and numerous articles and reviews, and was one of the contributing editors to The Encyclopedia of World History. A Benedictine monk of St. Anselm's Abbey in Washington, D.C., he was also a visiting professor at Georgetown University.
John Buckler (Ph.D., Harvard University) taught history at the University of Illinois.  His published books include Theban Hegemony, 371-362 B.C., Philip II and the Sacred War, and Aegean Greece in the Fourth Century B.C.. With Hans Beck, he most recently published Central Greece and the Politics of Power in the Fourth Century.
Patricia B. Ebrey (Ph.D., Columbia University), Professor of History at the University of Washington in Seattle, specializes in China. She has published numerous journal articles and The Cambridge Illustrated History of China, as well as numerous monographs.  In 2010 she won the Shimada Prize for outstanding work of East Asian Art History for Accumulating Culture: The Collections of Emperor Huizong.
Roger B. Beck (Ph.D., Indiana University) is Distinguished Professor of African and twentieth-century world history at Eastern Illinois University. His publications include The History of South Africa, a translation of P. J. van der Merwe's The Migrant Farmer in the History of the Cape Colony, 1657-1842, and more than seventy-five articles, book chapters, and reviews. He is a former treasurer and Executive Council member of the World History Association.
 Clare Haru Crowston (Ph.D., Cornell University) teaches at the University of Illinois, where she is currently associate professor of history. She is the author of Fabricating Women: The Seamstresses of Old Regime France, 1675-1791, which won the Berkshire and Hagley Prizes. She edited two special issues of the Journal of Women's History, has published numerous journal articles and reviews, and is a past president of the Society for French Historical Studies.
Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison) taught first at Augustana College in Illinois, and since 1985 at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she is currently UWM Distinguished Professor in the department of history. She is the coeditor of the Sixteenth Century Journal and the author or editor of more than twenty books, most recently The Marvelous Hairy Girls: The Gonzales Sisters and Their Worlds and Gender in History. She is the former Chief Reader for Advanced Placement World History.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Early Civilizations of the Near East, to 464 B.C.E Birth and Growth of Mesopotamian Civilization   (ca 3000-2331 B.C.E.)         The Invention of Writing and Intellectual Advances           (ca 3000-2331 B.C.E.)         Sumerian Thought and Religion         Sumerian Society         The Triumph of Babylon and the Spread of Mesopotamian           Civilization (2331-ca 1595 B.C.E.) Egypt, the Land of the Pharaohs (3100-1200 B.C.E.)         The God-King of Egypt         The Pharaoh’s People         The Hyksos in Egypt (1640-1570 B.C.E)         The New Kingdom: Revival and Empire (1570-1075 B.C.E)                  Individuals in Society: Nefertiti The Rise of the Hittites         A Shattered Egypt and a Rising Phoenicia The Children of Isreal         Daily Life in Israel Assyria, the Military Monarchy (859-612 B.C.E) The Empire of the Persian Kings (ca 1000-464 B.C.E)         The Creation of the Persian Empire (550-464 B.C.E)         The Religion of Zoroaster         The Span of the Persian Empire Chapter 2: The Foundation of Indian Society, to300 C.E. The Land and Its First Settlers (ca3000-1500 B.C.E) The Aryans and the Vedic Age (ca 1500-500 B.C.E)         Early Indian Society, 1000-500 B.C.E.         Brahmanism India’s Great Religions         Jainism                 Individuals in Society: Gosala         Siddhartha Gautama and Buddhism         Hinduism India and the West (ca 513-298 B.C.E) The Mauryan Empire (ca 322-185 B.C.E)         The Reign of Ashoka (ca 269-232 B.C.E) Small States and the Trading Networks (200 B.C.E. -300 C.E.  Chapter 3: China’s Classical Age, to 256 B.C.E. The Emergence of Civilization in China         The Neolithic Age         The Shang Dynasty (ca 1500-ca1050 B.C.E) The Early Zhou Dynasty (ca 1050-500 BCE)         Zhou Politics         Zhou Society The Warring States Period (500-221 BCE) Confucius and His Followers         Individuals in Society: Guan Zhong Daoism, Legalism, and Other Schools of Thought         Daoism         Legalism         Yin and Yang  Chapter 4: The Greek Experience (ca 3500-146 B.C.E) The Polis (ca 800 B.C.E) The Archaic Age (ca 800-500 B.C.E)         Overseas Expansion         The Growth of Sparta         The Evolution of Athens The Classical Period (500-338 B.C.E)         The Deadly Conflicts (499-404 B.C.E)         Athenian Arts in the Age of Pericles         Aspects of Social Life in Athens         Greek Religion         The Flowering of Philosophy         From Polis to Monarchy (404-323 B.C.E) The Spread of Hellenism         Cities and Kingdoms         Building a Shared Society The Economic Scope of the Hellenistic World Hellenistic Intellectual Advances         Religion in the Hellenistic World         Philosophy and the People         Hellenistic Science                 Individuals in Society: Archimedes         Hellenistic Medicine  Chapter 5: The World of Rome (753 B.C.E- 479 C.E.) The Etruscans and Rome (ca 750-290 B.C.E)         The Etruscans and the Roman Settlement of Italy           (ca 750-509 B.C.E)         The Roman Conquest of Italy (509-209 B.C.E) The Roman Republic         Social Conflict in Rome Roman Expansion and Its Repercussions (282-27 B.C.E)         The Age of Overseas Conquest (282-45 B.C.E)         Old Values and Greek Culture         The Late Republic (133-31 B.C.E) The Pax Romana         Augustus’s Settlement (31 B.C.E-14 C.E)         Administration and Expansion under Augustus The Coming of Christianity         Unrest in Judaea         The Life and Teachings of Jesus         The Spread of Christianity         The Appeal of Christianity The "Golden" Age                 Individuals in Society: Plutarch of Chaironeia         Life in the Golden Age Rome and the East (235-284 C.E.)         Conflict and Commerce between Rome and Parthia         Contacts Between Rome and China The Empire from crisis to Triumph (284-337 C.E.)         Reconstruction under Diocletian and Constantine           (284-337 C.E.)         The Acceptance of Christianity         The Construction of Constantinople         From the Classical World to Late Antiquity  Chapter 6: East Asia and the Spread of Buddhism,   256 B.C.E.–800 C.E. The Age of Empire in China         The Qin Unification (256-206 BCE)         The Han Dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE)         Inner Asia and the Silk Road         Han Intellectual and Cultural Life         Economy and Society in Han China                 Individuals in Society: The Ban Family         China and Rome         The Fall of the Han and the Age of Division The Spread of Buddhism Out of India The Chinese Empire Re-created: Sui (581–618) and   Tang (618–907)         The Tang Dynasty (618-907)         Tang Culture The East Asian Cultural Sphere         Vietnam         Korea         Japan  Chapter 7: Europe and Western Asia, ca 350-850 The Byzantine Empire         Sources of Byzantine Strength         The Sasanid Kingdom of Persia and Byzantium                 Individuals in Society: Theodora of Constantinople         The Law Code of Justinian         Byzantine Intellectual Life         Constantinople: The Second Rome The Growth of the Christian Church         The Church and its Leaders         The Western Church and the Eastern Church         The Iconoclastic Controversy         Christian Monasticism Christian Ideas and Practices         Adjustment to Classical Culture         Saint Augustine         Missionary Activity         Conversion and Assimilation Migrating Peoples         Celts, Huns, and Germans         Barbarian Society         Social and Economic Structures         The Frankish Kingdom         Charlemagne  Chapter 8: The Islamic World, ca 600-1400 The Origins of Islam         Muhammad         The Islamic Faith Islamic States and Their Expansion         Reasons for the Spread of Islam         The Caliphate         The Abbasid Caliphate         Administration of the Islamic Territories Fragmentation and Military Challenges (900-1400)         The Ascendancy of the Turks         The Mongols Invasions Muslim Society: The Life of the People         The Classes of Society         Slavery         Women in Classical Islamic Society Trade and Commerce Cultural Developments         Individuals in Society: Abu ‘Abdallah Ibn Battuta         Education and Intellectual Life         Sufism         Muslim-Christian Encounters.  Chapter 9: African Societies and Kingdoms, ca 400-1450 The Land and Peoples of Africa         Egypt, Africa, and Race         Early African Societies         Bantu Migrations         Kingdoms of the Western Sudan, ca 1000 BCE-1500 CE         The Trans-Saharan Trade African Kingdoms and Empires (ca 800-1450)         The Kingdom of Ghana (ca 900-1100)         The Kingdom of Mali (ca1200-1450)         Ethiopia: the Christian Kingdom of Axum                 Individuals in Society: Amda Siyon         The East African City-States         Southern Africa  Chapter 10: Civilizations of the Americas, 2500 BCE- 1500 CE The Early Peoples of the Americas         Settling the Americas         The Development of Agriculture Early Civilizations         Mounds, Towns, and Trade in North and South America         The Olmecs Classical Era Mesoamerica and North America         Maya Technology and Trade         Maya Science and Religion         Teotihuacán and the Toltecs         Hohokam, Hopewell, and Mississippian The Aztecs         Religion and War in Aztec Society                 Individuals in Society: Tlacaélel         The Life of the People         The Cities of the Aztecs The Incas         Earlier Peruvian Cultures         Inca Imperialism         Inca Society  Chapter 11: Central and Southern Asia, to 1400 Central Asian Nomads         The Turks         The Mongols         Daily Life Chinggis Khan and the Mongol Empire         Chinggis’s Successors         The Mongols as Rulers East-West Communication During the Mongol Era India, 300-1400         The Gupta Empire (ca 320-480)         India’s Medieval Age (ca 500-1400) and the           First Encounter with Islam                 Individuals in Society: Bhaskara the Teacher         Daily Life in Medieval India         Southeast Asia, to 1400         The Spread of Indian Culture in Comparative Perspective  Chapter 12: East Asia, ca 800-1400         The Medieval Chinese Economic Revolution (800-1100) China During the Song Dynasty (960-1279)         The Scholar-Officials and New-Confucianism                 Individuals in Society: Shen Gua         Women’s Lives Japan’s Heian Period (794-1185)         Fujiwara Rule         Aristocratic Culture The Samurai and The Kamakura Shogunate (1185-1333)         Military Rule         Cultural Trends  Chapter 13: Europe in the Middle Ages, 850-1400 Political Developments         Feudalism and Manorialism         Invasions and Migrations         The Restoration of Order         Law and Justice Revival and Reform in the Christian Church         Monastic Reforms                  Individuals in Society: Hildegard of Bingen         Papal Reforms         Popular Religion The Expansion of Latin Christendom         Toward a Christian Society The Crusades         Background of the Crusades         The Course of the Crusades         Consequences The Changing Life of the People         Those Who Work         Those Who Fight         Towns and Cities         The Expansion of Long-Distance Trade The Culture of the Middle Ages         Universities and Scholasticism         Cathedrals         Troubadour Poetry Crises of the Later Middle Ages         The Great Famine and the Black Death         The Hundred Years’ War         Challenges to the Church         Peasant and Urban Revolts  Chapter 14: Europe in the Renaissance and Reformation,   1350-1600 Renaissance Culture         Economic and Political Context         Intellectual Change                 Individuals in Society: Leonardo Da Vinci          Secularism         Christian Humanism         The Printed Word         Art and the Artist Social Hierarchies         Race         Class         Gender Politics and the State in the Renaissance (ca 1450–1521)         France         England         Spain         The Habsburgs The Protestant Reformation         Criticism of the Church         Martin Luther         Protestant Thought and Its Appeal         The Radical Reformation and the German Peasants’ War         The Reformation and Marriage         The Reformation and German Politics         The Spread of the Protestant Reformation         Calvinism The Catholic Reformation         The Reformed Papacy and the Council of Trent         New Religious Orders Religious Violence         French Religious Wars         The Netherlands Under Charles V         The Great European Witch-Hunt  Chapter 15: The Acceleration of Global Contact The Indian Ocean: Hub of an Afro-Eurasian Trading World         People and Cultures         Religious Revolutions         Trade and Commerce European Discovery, Reconnaissance, and Expansion         Causes of European Expanision         Technological Stimuli to Exploration         The Portuguese Overseas Empire                 Individuals in Society: Zheng He         The Problem of Christopher Columbus         New World Conquest The Impact of Contact         Colonial Administration         The Columbian Exchange         Spanish Settlement and Indigenous Population Decline         Sugar and Slavery Global Trade Networks The Chinese and Japanese Discovery of the West The World-Wide Economic Effects of Spanish Silver  Chapter 16: Absolutism and Constitutionalism in   Europe, ca 1589-1725 Seventeenth-Century Crisis and Rebuilding Economic and Demographic Crisis The Return of Serfdom in the East The Thirty Years’ War         Seventeenth-Century State-Building: Common           Obstacles and Achievements Absolutism in France and Spain         The Foundations of Absolutism: Henry IV, Sully, and Richelieu         Louis XIV and Absolutism         Financial and Economic Management Under Louis XIV: Colbert         Louis XIV’s Wars         The Decline of Absolutist Spain in the Seventeenth Century Absolutism in Eastern Europe: Austria, Prussia, and Russia         The Austrian Habsburgs         Prussia in the Seventeenth Century         The Consolidation of Prussian Absolutism         The Mongol Yoke and the Rise of Moscow         Tsar and People to 1689         The Reforms of Peter the Great Constitutionalism Absolutist Claims in England (1603-1649)         Religious Divides         Puritanical Absolutism in England: Cromwell           and the Protectorate         The Restoration of the English Monarchy         The Triumph of England’s Parliament: Constitutional           Monarchy and Cabinet Government The Dutch Republic in the Seventeenth Century         Individuals in Society: Glückel of Hameln
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