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Synthesizing exceptional cartography and impeccable scholarship, the Atlas of World History traces 12,000 years of history with 450 full-color maps and over 200,000 words of text. Its outstanding features include:

• More than 200 illustrations and tables

• Longer essays on worldwide trends, political developments, and military conflicts, highlighting the most significant socioeconomic, cultural, and religious themes for five pivotal historical periods

• Devotion to the rich past of Africa, Asia, and the Americas

• Cross-references and an 8,000-entry index with alternative name forms permitting movement through regions and time periods with the utmost of ease
The Atlas of World History is sure to appeal to a wide audience of history and geography buffs and scholars, as well as students.

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Publishers Weekly
This useful resource is also dangerously absorbing, allowing readers to pore over charts, maps and short articles on such subjects as the golden age of Athens, the 16th-century expansion of the Mughal Empire through India, the foreign policy of Mao Zedong and the break-up of the Soviet Union. This overview of human history, with 450 maps and 160 illustrations, begins with the emergence of Homo sapiens and culminates with the post-WWII era, moving among various regions of the globe in chronological order. It's divided into sections on ancient, medieval, early modern, Enlightenment and 20th century history, with easy-to-read two-page entries covering such subjects as "Barbarian Invasions of the Roman Empire, 100-500" and "The Development of Australia and New Zealand Since 1790." The section on postwar life includes charts showing migration patterns, female enfranchisement, distribution of wealth across the globe and changes in the environment. O'Brien, a professor at the London School of Economics, has done a fine job editing this concise edition, an excellent gift book for students of history. (Nov.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
A synopsis of the world's political, social, and economic history, this title contains 450 color maps, as well as some other photographs and illustrations. Each of the five major chapters-"Ancient World," "Medieval World," "Early Modern World," "Age of Revolutions," and "Twentieth Century"-begins with a general introduction, followed by two-page segments summarizing different geographic regions and major trends or events. The book ends with an extensive index and a bibliography. The maps illustrate battles, conquests and exploration, trade, agriculture and industry, political boundaries, conflicts and colonies, urbanization and migration, and the spread of languages and religions. Given its tremendous scope, the text functions primarily as an overview, with the maps providing the real value. Therefore, it is puzzling that maps are not listed; a subject classification of maps would have greatly enhanced the book's usability. Despite the air of objectivity, certain omissions are noteworthy, e.g., in the segment on Latin America since 1945, the Cuban Revolution is relegated to an image caption, and mention of Colombia is curiously missing in the map on U.S. intervention in the region. Likewise, U.S. political intervention to further its economic objectives in the Middle East is altogether omitted, while the "War on Terrorism" and the events of 9/11 receive marked attention. Suitable for high schools, this may be too simplistic for students on the university level.-Anna Youssefi, Rice Univ. Lib., Houston, TX Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-This well-designed atlas is divided into five parts: "The Ancient World," "The Medieval World," "The Early Modern World," "The Age of Revolutions," and "The Twentieth Century." More than 450 color maps illustrate major themes and events of history; some photographs are included. Within the separate sections, an effort has also been made to look at religion, economic welfare, trade, technology, health, and human rights. The extensive index is cross-referenced, and the four-page bibliography is organized by topic, then continent. This concise edition is exactly the same as the original publication (Oxford, 1999), minus the time charts and the encyclopedic entries for 600 significant events, people, and places. The index was not modified to reflect all these omissions. To accommodate this edition's smaller size, the font has been significantly reduced, making it difficult to read. Stick with the original.-Peg Glisson, Mendon Center Elementary School, Pittsford, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
This reference presents the story of humanity as it evolved in its physical setting. From the first homo sapiens to the present, it presents the latest research into Asian, African, South and North American and European history. Each section deals with a particular era (the ancient, medieval, and early modern worlds; the age of revolutions; and the 20th century) and begins an introduction pointing out the main themes of the period, followed by coverage of the specific regions and events with maps, text, illustrations, and captions. Contains cross-references, and about 600 illustrations (color maps, photographs, and diagrams). Oversize: 9x11.5<">. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195219210
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/28/2002
  • Edition description: Concise
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 11.70 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 10
The Ancient World 12
The Human Revolution: 5 Million Years Ago to 10,000 BC 16
From Hunting to Farming: Asia 12,000 BC-AD 500 18
From Hunting to Farming: Europe 8000-200 BC 20
From Hunting to Farming: Africa 10,000 BC-AD 500 22
From Hunting to Farming: The Americas 12,000-1000 BC 24
From Hunting to Farming: Australia and the Pacific 10,000 BC-AD 1000 26
The First Civilizations: Mesopotamia and the Indus Region 4000-1800 BC 28
The First Civilizations: Egypt 3500-2180 BC and China 1700-1050 BC 30
Civilizations in Mesoamerica 1200 BC-AD 700 32
Cultures in South America 1400 BC-AD 1000 34
The Mediterranean and the Gulf Region 2000-1000 BC 36
Empires and Traders 1200-600 BC 38
Classical Greece 750-400 BC 40
The Achaemenid and Hellenistic World 600-30 BC 42
The Birth of World Religions 1500 BC-AD 600 44
First Empires in India 600 BC-AD 500 46
First Empires in China 1100 BC-AD 220 48
Peoples of Central Asia 6000 BC-AD 500 50
Eurasian Trade 150 BC-AD 500 52
The Roman Empire 500 BC-AD 400 54
Barbarian Invasions of the Roman Empire 100-500 56
The Medieval World 58
Religions of the Medieval World 600-1500 62
Kingdoms of Southeast Asia 500-1500 64
The Byzantine Empire 527-1025 66
The Spread of Islam 630-1000 68
The First Slavic States 400-1000 70
East Asia in the Tang Period 618-907 72
Frankish Kingdoms 200-900 74
Peoples of the European Steppe 350-1000 76
The Vikings 800-1100 78
States and Trade in West Africa 500-1500 80
States and Trade in East Africa 500-1500 82
Civilizations in Mesoamerica and South America 500-1500 84
East Asia 907-1600 86
The Muslim World 1000-1400 88
The Holy Roman Empire 962-1356 90
France, Spain and England 900-1300 92
The World of the Crusaders 1095-1291 94
The Decline of the Byzantine and Rise of the Ottoman Empires 1025-1500 96
The Mongol Empire 1206-1405 98
The Economy of Europe 950-1300 100
Urban Communities in Western Europe 1000-1500 102
Crisis in Europe and Asia 1330-52 104
Europe 1350-1500 106
Cultures in North America 500-1500 108
The Inca and Aztec Empires 1400-1540 110
The Early Modern World 112
The European Discovery of the World 1450-1600 116
Europeans in Asia 1500-1790 118
Spain and the Americas 1492-1550 120
The Colonization of Central and South America 1500-1780 122
The Colonization of North America and the Caribbean 1600-1763 124
Slave Economies of the Western Hemisphere 1500-1880 126
The Growth of the Atlantic Economies 1620-1775 128
The Rise of European Commercial Empires 1600-1800 130
European Urbanization 1500-1800 132
The Development of Science and Technology in Europe 1500-1770 134
Africa 1500-1800 136
Ming and Manchu Qing China 1368-1800 138
Tokugawa Japan 1603-1867 140
The Ottoman and Safavid Empires 1500-1683 142
India Under the Mughals 1526-1765 144
European States 1500-1600 146
The Expansion of Russia 1462-1795 148
Sweden, Poland and the Baltic 1500-1795 150
The Habsburg Empire 1490-1700 152
The Reformation and Counter Reformation in Europe 1517-1648 154
Revolution and Stability in Europe 1600-1785 156
The Development of Warfare in Europe 1450-1750 158
The Age of Revolutions 160
The American Revolution 1775-83 164
Revolutionary France and Napoleonic Europe 1789-1815 166
The Industrial Revolution in Britain 1750-1850 168
The Industrialization of Europe 1830-1914 170
Revolution and Reaction in Europe 1815-49 172
The Habsburg Empire: Expansion and Decline 1700-1918 174
The Unification of Italy and of Germany 1815-71 176
The Decline of the Ottoman Empire 1683-1923 178
Russian Territorial and Economic Expansion 1795-1914 180
The Westward Expansion of the United States 1783-1910 182
The American Civil War 1861-65 184
The Industrial Growth of the United States 1790-1900 186
The Development of Canada 1763-1914 188
Independence in Latin America and the Caribbean 1780-1830 190
Latin America and the Caribbean Post-Independence 1830-1914 192
The British in India 1608-1920 194
Southeast Asia in the Age of Imperialism 1790-1914 196
Late Manchu Qing China 1800-1911 198
The Modernization of Japan 1867-1937 200
The Development of Australia and New Zealand Since 1790 202
Africa 1800-80 204
The Partition of Africa 1880-1939 206
World Trade and Empires 1870-1914 208
World Population Growth and Urbanization 1800-1914 210
The Twentieth Century 212
The Build-Up to the First World War 1871-1914 216
The First World War 1914-18 218
Outcomes of the First World War 1918-29 220
The Russian Revolution 1917-39 222
The Republic of China 1911-49 224
Latin America 1914-45 226
The Great Depression 1929-33 228
The Rise of Fascism 1921-39 230
The Second World War in Europe 1939-45 232
The War in Asia 1931-45 234
The Soviet Union and Eastern Europe 1945-89 236
Western Europe Since 1945 238
The United States Since 1900 240
The Role of the United States in the World Since 1945 242
The Cold War 1947-91 244
The Breakdown of Empires Since 1945 246
South Asia Since 1920 248
Southeast Asia Since 1920 250
Japan Since 1945 252
The People's Republic of China Since 1949 254
Africa Since 1939 256
Latin America Since 1945 258
The Middle East Since 1945 260
The Former Republics of the Soviet Union Since 1989 262
Eastern Europe Since 1989 264
United Nations Peacekeeping Since 1945 266
Human Rights Since 1914 268
The Position of Women Since 1914 270
The World Economy Since 1945 272
Changes in Population Since 1945 274
Patterns of Health and Ill-Health Since 1945 276
Standards of Living Since 1945 278
The Changing Environment Since 1945 280
Transport and Communication Since 1945 282
Timecharts 284
Events, People and Places 308
Index 340
Bibliography 364
Acknowledgements 368
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