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Each chapter ends with an "Important Events" chronology, and Notes. Part One: THE EMERGENCE OF HUMAN COMMUNITIES, TO 500 B.C.E. 1. Nature, Humanity, and History, to 3500 B.C.E. 2. The First River-Valley Civilizations, 3500-1500 B.C.E. 3. New Civilizations in the Eastern and Western Hemispheres, 2200-250 B.C.E. 4. The Mediterranean and Middle East, 2000-500 B.C.E. Part Two: THE FORMATION OF NEW CULTURAL COMMUNITIES, 1000 B.C.E.-400 C.E. 5. Greece and Iran, 1000-30 B.C.E. 6. An Age of Empires: Rome and Han China, 753 B.C.E.-330 C.E. 7. India and Southeast Asia, 1500 B.C.E.-1025 C.E. Part Three: GROWTH AND INTERACTION OF CULTURAL COMMUNITIES, 300 B.C.E.-1200 C.E. 8. Networks of Communication and Exchange, 300 B.C.E.-1100 C.E.. 9. The Sasanid Empire and the Rise of Islam, 200-1200. 10. Christian Societies Emerge in Europe, 600-1200 . 11. Inner and East Asia, 400-1200. 12. Peoples and Civilizations of the Americas, 200-1500. Part Four: INTERREGIONAL PATTERNS OF CULTURE AND CONTACT, 1200-1550. 13. Mongol Eurasia and Its Aftermath, 1200-1500. 14. Tropical Africa and Asia, 1200-1500. 15. The Latin West, 1200-1500. 16. The Maritime Revolution, to 1550. Part Five: THE GLOBE ENCOMPASSED, 1500-1750. 17. Transformations in Europe, 1500-1750. 18. The Diversity of American Colonial Societies, 1530-1770. 19. The Atlantic System and Africa, 1550-1800. 20. Southwest Asia and the Indian Ocean, 1500-1750. 21. Northern Eurasia, 1500-1800. Part Six: REVOLUTIONS RESHAPE THE WORLD, 1750-1870. 22. Revolutionary Changes in the Atlantic World, 1750-1850. 23. The Early Industrial Revolution, 1760-1851. 24. Nation Building and Economic Transformation in the Americas, 1800-1890. 25. Land Empires in the Age of Imperialism, 1800-1870. 26. Africa, India, and the New British Empire, 1750-1870. Part Seven: GLOBAL DIVERSITY + DOMINANCE, 1850-1945. 27. The New Power Balance, 1850-1900. 28. The New Imperialism, 1869-1914. 29. The Crisis of the Imperial Order, 1900-1929. 30. The Collapse of the Old Order, 1929-1949. 31. Striving for Independence: India, Africa, and Latin America, 1900-1949. Part Eight: PERILS AND PROMISES OF A GLOBAL COMMUNITY, 1945 TO THE PRESENT. 32. The Cold War and Decolonization, 1945-1975. 33. The End of the Cold War and the Challenge of Economic Development and Immigration, 1975-2000. 34. New Challenges in a New Millennium.