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Civilization Past and Present, Concise Version, is a carefully honed version of the best-selling Civilization Past and Present, Ninth Edition. It treats the development and growth of civilization not as a unique European experience but as a global one through which all the great culture systems have interacted to produce the present-day world. This new text includes all the elements of history-social, economic, political, military, religious, aesthetic, legal, and technological-to illustrate that global interaction.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321053046
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Edition description: ABR
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.87 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Table of Contents

(NOTE: Each chapter concludes with a Conclusion, Suggestions for Web Browsing, Suggestions for Reading, and Notes.)


1. Stone Age Societies and the Earliest Civilizations of the Near East.
The Development of Humankind.
Preliterate Cultures.
Preliterate Society and Religion.
Mesopotamia: The First Civilization.
Egypt: Gift of the Nile.
The Hittites, c. 2000-1200 B.C.E.
The Era of Small States, 1200-700 B.C.E.
Later Empires of Western Asia, c. 700-500 B.C.E.
The Majesty of Darius the Great: A Persian Royal Inscription.
Discovery Through Maps.
Oldest Known Map: Çatal Hüyük.

2. India and China to 300 C.E.
Early India.
Indian Religious Traditions, 600 B.C.E.-300 C.E..
The Mauryan Empire and Its Aftermath, 320 B.C.E.-300 C.E.
The Creation of China.
The Bronze Age: China to the Fifth Century B.C.E.
The Philosophic Schools.
The First Chinese Empire.
The Meeting of East and West: Networks of Exchange.
The Ramayana: The Trial of Sita.
Mencius on Human Nature.
Discovery Through Maps.
An Ancient Chinese Map.

Chapter 3. The Greek Achievement

Minoan, Mycenaean, Hellenic, and Hellenistic Civilizations.
Minoan and Mycenaean Civilizations, 2000-1200 B.C.E.
The Rise of Hellenic Civilization, 1150-500 B.C.E.
Unity and Strife in the Hellenic World, 500-336 B.C.E.
The Greek Genius.
The Hellenistic Age, 336-30 B.C.E.
Aristotle Criticizes Communism.
Aristophanes on theShortcomings of Athenian Democracy.
Discovery Through Maps.
The World According to Herodotus, c. 450 B.C.E.

4. Roman Civilization.

The Roman World, 509 B.C.E.-568 C.E.
Rome to 509 B.C.E.
The Early Republic, 509-133 B.C.E.: Domestic Affairs.
The Early Republic, 509-133 B.C.E.: Foreign Affairs.
The Late Republic, 133-30 B.C.E.
The Early Empire, 30 B.C.E.-180 C.E.
The Rise of Christianity.
The Pax Romana.
The Roman Crisis of the Third Century.
The End of the West Roman Empire, 395-568 C.E.
The Roman Contribution.
Livy: Horatius at the Bridge.
Hannibal's Character.
Discovery Through Maps.
The Farnese Atlas.


5. Byzantium, Eastern Europe, and Russia, 325-1500.
From West Rome to East Rome.
The Byzantine Empire.
Eastern European and Russian Romes.
The Acceptance of Christianity.
Discovery Through Maps.
A Sixth-Century Map: The Madaba Mosaic.

6. Medieval Europe, 500-1500.
A New Empire in the West.
Feudalism and Manorialism.
The Church in the Early Middle Ages, 500-1000.
The High Middle Ages, 1000-1300.
Revival of Trade and Towns.
Church Dominance, 1000-1300.
The Crusades.
Thought and Culture During the High Middle Ages.
Arts and Letters in the Middle Ages.
The Later Middle Ages, 1300-1500.
Decline of the Medieval Church, 1300-1500.
Politics in the Later Middle Ages.
Charlemagne: A Firsthand Look.
Pope Boniface VIII, Unam Sanctam.
Discovery Through Maps.
The Danelaw: When Half of England Was Viking.

7. Islam.

From Its Origins to 1300.
Arabia Before the Prophet.
Mecca and Its Prophet.
Islamic Faith and Law.
The Expansion of Community and State.
The Abbasid Era, Zenith of Classical Islamic Civilization.
Arts and Sciences.
The Qur'an.
Ibn Sina's Path to Wisdom.
Discovery Through Maps.
An Islamic Map of the World.

8. Africa to 1500.
The African Environment.
The Peopling of Africa.
Bantu Dispersions.
Ethiopia and Northeastern Africa.
Empires of the Western Sudan.
West African Forest Kingdoms.
Swahili City-States in East Africa.
Kingdoms of Central and Southern Africa.
Emperor Zara Yakob's Coronation and His Concern for the Church.
Mali, as Described by Ibn Battuta.
Discovery Through Maps.
The Catalan Atlas.

9. The Growth and Spread of Asian Culture, 300-1300.
India's Politics and Culture.
Chinese Continuity: T'ang and Sung.
The Emergence of Japan.
The Mongol Impact.
Fa-Hsien: A Chinese Buddhist Monk in Gupta India.
A Mamluk Officer in Hülegü's Camp.
Discovery Through Maps.
Gog and Magog in the Ebstorf Mappamundi.

10. The Americas to 1500.
Origins of Americans and Their Cultures.
Emerging Civilizations in Mesoamerica.
Classical Mayan Civilization.
The Postclassical Era in Mesoamerica.
The Amerindians of North America.
Father Bernabé Cobo, "Pachacuti, the Greatest Inca".
Discovery Through Maps.
Toltec Map of a Mayan City.


l1. The Islamic Gunpowder Empires, 1300-1650.
New Polities in Eurasia.
The Ottoman Empire.
The Safavid Empire in Persia.
The Mughul Empire in South Asia.
Networks of Trade and Communication.
Evliya Çelebi, "An Ottoman Official's Wedding Night".
The Coming of Ismail Safavi Foretold.
Discovery Through Maps.
The World Map of Piri Reis.

12.The Pacific Rim, 1300-1600.
China: Political Recovery and the Ming Dynasty.
Korea: The Restless Satellite.
Japan: From Feudal Conflicts to the Tokugawa Shogunate.
The Competing States of Southeast Asia.
Polygamy in a Ming Household.
Father Xavier's Difficulties as a Missionary in Sixteenth-Century Japan.
Discovery Through Maps.
A Korea-Centered View of the World.

13. The Renaissance, 1300-1600.
The Italian Renaissance.
Humanism and the Classical Revival.
Italian Renaissance Art.
The Northern Renaissance.
Montaigne, Of the Education of Children.
Discovery Through Maps.
The Power and Glory of Renaissance Venice.

14. The Christian Reformation and the Emergence of the Modern Political System, 1517-1648.
The Protestant Reformations.
The Protestant Reformation in England.
The Protestant Reformation in Switzerland, France, and the Rhine Valley.
The Catholic Counter-Reformation.
Impact on the Arts: Mannerism and Baroque Styles.
Wars of Religion and Emergence, of the Modern State System.
The Thirty Years' War: The Austrian Habsburgs' Quest for Central European Hegemony.
John Calvin on God's Omniscience and Predestination.
Hardships in a German Town During the Thirty Years' War.
Discovery Through Maps.
The Road to Eternity.

15. Global Encounters.

The New World Economy, 1300-1600.
The Iberian Golden Age.
Iberian Systems in the New World.
The Portuguese Impact on Africa.
Beginnings of Northern European Expansion.
Cortés Meets Montezuma.
Afonso Appeals to the King of Portugal.
Discovery Through Maps.
Sebastian Munster's Map of Africa.



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