Encounters in World History: Sources and Themes from the Global Past, Volume One / Edition 1

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History is an encounter with the past, and the past is a history of encounters. Encounters in World History is designed to introduce students to both of these sorts of encounters. Using primary and visual sources, the authors employ the encounter theme as a fundamental organizing principle. By nesting sources in thematically integrated chapters, comparison and analysis of sources can be more substantive, while also providing more internal structure for instructors. At the same time, this is a world history reader, and it follows a chronological format. The material has been presented in such a way that instructors can craft their own courses, emphasizing the aspects they think most important. Chapters are organized so that the general theme is presented in a chapter introduction and then revisited in the separate introductions to specific readings. The readers can be used to highlight preferred eras, cultural zones, or themes, or a unique mixture of all three.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072451016
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 4/21/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 1,134,826
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I: Early Human Societies, to 600 BCE

Chapter 1: Doing History: Using Evidence to Unlock the Human Past

The Human Toolkit

Upper Paleolithic Stone Tools and Habitation

The Emergence of Art and Ritual

Settlement, Trade, and Agriculture

Chapter 2: Creation-Origin Myths and the Mythic Mode of Thought

A Creation Myth from Ancient Mesopotamia

Reading:The Epic of Gilgamesh

Hindu Creation Myths

Reading:The Rig Veda and The Law of Manu

Chapter 3: Kingship and Authority in the Ancient World

Kingship in Ancient Mesopotamia

Reading: Code of Hammurabi

Kingship in Ancient Assyria

Reading: Assyrian Advice to a Prince

Kingship in Israel

Reading: 1 Samuel

Kingship in India

Reading: The Ramayana

Kingship in China

Reading: The Instructions of Yi (The Mandate of Heaven)

Part II: Foundation Cultures; 600 BCE to 300 CE

Chapter 4: Individual Ethics and Social Repsonsibility

The Chinese Tradition

The Confucian Tradition

Reading: Confucius, Analects

Lao Tzu and Taosim

Reading: Lao Tzu, Tao te ching

Han Fei Tzu and Legalism

Reading: Han Fei Tzu, The Five Vermins

The Greek Tradition

Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War

Reading: Pericles’ Funeral Oration

Sophocles, Antigone

Reading: Sophocles, Antigone

The Indian Tradition

The Bhagavad Gita

Reading: The Bhagavad Gita


Reading: The Teachings of the Buddha

Southwest Asian Traditions

Persia: Zarathustra, Sayings of the Prophet

Reading: Zarathustra, Yasnas

The Hebrews: Second Isaiah

Reading: The Book of Isaiah.

Chapter 5: Empires, War, and Order

The Chinese Tradition

Conducting Warfare

Reading: Sun Tzu, The Art of Warfare

Interpreting Warfare

Reading: Sima Qian, Records of the Grand Historian

The Greek Tradition

Reading: Tyrtaeus, Praise of the Virtuosity of the Citizen Soldier

Reading: Archilochus, Elegy

The Roman Tradition

The Benefits of Warfare

Reading: Res Gestae Divi Augusti (The Achievements of the Divine Augustus)

Maintaining Imperial Rule

Reading: Josephus, The Jewish Wars

The Indian Tradition

Reading: Asoka, Rock and Pillar Edicts

Chapter 6: Women in the Ancient World

Women in The Homeric World: The Odyssey

Reading: Homer, The Odyssey

A Public Protest Demonstration by Elite Roman Women

Reading: Livy, History of Rome, BOOK XXXIV I-H

Women and Confucian Values in China

Reading: Ban Zhao, Lessons for Women

A Martyred Christian Woman in Roman North Africa

Reading: The Martyrdom of Perpetua, A Christian Woman in Roman North Africa

Women in Classical Hindu Culture

Reading: Code of Manu
Part III: The Traditional World, 300 CE to 1100 CE

Chapter 7: Encounters with the "Other": Nomads and Sedentary Folk

Describing the Other

Reading: Han Shu: Han Chinese Descriptions of the Xiongnu

A Roman View of the Huns

Reading: Ammianus Marcellinus, Res Gestae

Byzantium and Barbarians

Reading: Constantine Porphyrogenitus, De Administrando Imperio

Islam and the Mongol Scourge

Reading: Ibn al-Athir, Description of Mongol Conquests

A Venetian Visits the Mongols

Reading: Marco Polo, Travels

Chapter 8: Encountering Transcendent Reality: The Rise of the Salvation Religions

Mahayana Buddhism

Reading: The Lotus Sutra

Devotional Hinduism

Reading: The Vishnu Purana


Reading: The New Testament


Reading: Qu’ran

Chapter 9: Conversion Experiences: the Spread of Salvation Religions

The Spread of Buddhism

Buddhism in China

Reading: Mou Tzu, the Disposition of Error

Reading: the Platform of Scripture of the Sixth Patriarch

Buddhism in Japan

Reading: Nihongi, Book XXV

The Spread of Christianity

The Latin Church in Western Europe

Reading: Gregory Bishop of Tours, History of the Franks

The Greek Church in Eastern Europe

Reading: Povest'vremennykh let: The Russian Primary Chronicle

The Spread of Islam

Conquest and Conversion in the Early Caliphate

Reading: The Pact of Umar

Travel, Trade and Conversion in the Islamic World

Reading: Ibn Battuta, A Donation to Those Intersted in Curiosities

Chapter 10: The Artist Encounters Life: Literature and Social Values

Elite Values in Heian Japan

Reading: Murasaki Shikibu, The Tale of Genji, "The Picture Competition"

The Arabian Nights and Islamic Culture

Reading: The Story of Ali Cogia, a Merchant of Bagdad

Feudal Values in Medieval Western Europe: The Song of Roland

Reading: The Song of Roland

Elite Values in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales

Reading: Geoffrey Chaucer, "The Wife of Bath's Tale" from The Canterbury Tales
Part IV: Toward a Global World, 1100 CE to 1500 CE

Chapter 11: The Encounter Between War and Religion

Christianity and War

Reading: Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae

Christian Accounts of the First Crusade

Reading: Pope Urban Preaches the First Crusade, 1095

Reading: The Finding of the Holy Lance at Antioch, 1098

Reading: Battle with Kerbogha Outside Antioch, 1098

Reading: The Siege and Capture of Jerusalem, 1099

Islam and War

Reading: The Qu’ran

Muslim Accounts of the First Crusade

Reading: Ibn al-Athir, The Complete History

Buddhism and Warfare

Reading: The Tale of Heike

Chapter 12: Land, Law, and Lordship


Regulating New Settlements

Reading: Farmer’s Law

Song China

Proposals for Land Reform

Reading: Su Hsün, The Land System—A Dissenting View

Reading:Wang An-shih, Memorial on the Crop Loans Measure

Kamakura Japan

A Fourteenth-Century Law Primer

Sata Mirensho

Western Europe

Labor Law, Taxes, and the English Peasants' Revolt of 1381

Reading: The Ordinance of Laborers, 1349

Reading: The Peasant’s Revolt of 1381

Chapter 13: Intellectual Traditions

Song China

Chu Hsi and the Neo-Confucian Synthesis

Reading: Chu Hsi, Further Reflection on Things at Hand

Medieval Western Europe

Thomas Aquinas and the Scholastic Synthesis

Reading: Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae

Islamic North Africa

Ibn Khaldun and Muslim Rationalism

Reading: Ibn Khaldun, The Muqaddimah

Chapter 14: Illness and Therapy in the Plague Years

The Plague in Medieval Europe

A Medical Explanation

Reading: The Report of the Paris Medical Faculty

A Religious Explanation

Reading: William Edendon, Vox in Rama

Reactions to the Plague

Reading: Giovanni Boccaccio, The Decameron

Reading: Jean de Venette, Chronicle of Jean de Venette

Art from the Plague Years

The Plague in the Arab-Islamic World

Medical Explanations

Reading: Ibn Khaldun, The Muqaddimah

Religious Explanations of the Plague

Reading: Sahih al-Bukhari

Reactions to the Plague

Reading: Ahmad al-Maqrizi, The Plague in Cairo

Reading: Ibn Battuta, Voyages

Chapter 15: Expanding Global Encounters in the 14th - 16th Centuries

Ibn Battuta’s Travels in the Islamic World

Reading: Ibn Battuta, My Travel

The Chinese Naval Expeditions of Zheng He

Reading: Zheng He, Inscription of World World Voyages

Vasco da Gama’s Voyage to Africa and India

Reading: A Journal of the First Voyage of Vasco da Gama

Columbus’ First Voyage to the “New World”

Reading: Christopher Columbus, Prologue to the Logbook of the First Voyage

Reading: Christopher Columbus, Letter Describing His First Voyage.
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