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Explore common challenges and experiences that unite the human past and identify key global patterns over time with THE ESSENTIAL WORLD HISTORY: Volume I. This brief overview of world history covers political, economic, social, religious, intellectual, cultural, and military history integrated into a chronologically ordered synthesis to help you gain an appreciation and understanding of the distinctive character and development of individual cultures in society. You can use the book's global approach and its emphasis on analytical comparisons between cultures to link events together in a broad comparative and global framework that places the contemporary world in a more meaningful historical context.
(VOLUME I: TO 1800 contains Chapters 1-17; VOLUME II: SINCE 1500 contains Chapters 13-29; ALTERNATE VOLUME: TO 1500 contains Chapters 1-12). Part I: THE FIRST CIVILIZATIONS AND THE RISE OF EMPIRES (PREHISTORY TO 500 C.E.). 1. The First Civilizations: The Peoples of Western Asia and North Africa. 2. Ancient India. 3. China in Antiquity. 4. The Civilization of the Greeks. 5. The First World Civilization: Rome, China, and the Emergence of the Silk Road. Part II: NEW PATTERNS OF CIVILIZATION. 6. The Americas. 7. Ferment in the Middle East: The Rise of Islam and Its Impact in the Region. 8. Early Civilizations in Africa. 9. The Expansion of Civilization in Southern Asia. 10. The Flowering of Traditional China. 11. The East Asian Rimlands: Early Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. 12. The Making of Europe. Part III: EMERGENCE OF NEW WORLD PATTERNS (1500-1800). 13. New Encounters: The Creation of a World Market. 14. Europe Transformed: Reform and State Building. 15. The Muslim Empires. 16. The East Asian World. 17. The West on the Eve of a New World Order. Glossary. Pronunciation Guide.