The Human Perspective / Edition 2

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780155013452
  • Publisher: Harcourt College Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/28/1996
  • Series: Human Perspective Series
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Pt. I Origins: 40,000 to 2500 B.C. 1
The Roots of Language: How Modern Speech Evolved from a Single, Ancient Source 6
Bread or Beer: Which Came First? 16
The Origins of Agriculture in Tropical Africa 23
The First Heroic Age 29
Pt. II The Ancient World: 2500 B.C. to A.D. 500 37
The Eruption of Thera 43
The Scribe Ramose and the Valley of the Kings 52
The Roots of Restriction: Women in Early Israel 61
The First Olympics: Competing "for the Greater Glory of Zeus" 72
The Greeks Reach Out 80
The Confucian Tradition in Chinese History 88
The Greeks in Central Asia: A Frontier Experience 95
Student Life in Ancient India 104
The Roman Outlook: Other Peoples 113
The Position of Women in Han China 127
The Silk Roads: A History 138
China's Invention of Paper 148
Commerce on and Beyond the Frontier 154
The Fall of Rome 164
Pt. III Expanding Horizons: Challenges to the Classical Heritage, A.D. 500 to 1350 175
The Travels of Sanudasa the Merchant 181
Jewish-Muslim Relations: The Formative Years 193
The Stirrup and Its Impact on Medieval Society 207
Bodo: The Life of a Peasant in Charlemagne's Time 219
The Development of Gunpowder and Firearms in Medieval China 234
Heian Japan: "The Good People" and Their Lives 243
The Life of the Nobility 250
The Impact of the Crusades on Moslem Lands 263
The Natural History of Medieval Women 274
Clocks: A Revolution in Time 284
The Medieval Tournament 297
The Thirteenth-Century World System 309
Pt. IV Worlds of Change: The Crisis of the Classical Cultures, A.D. 1350 to 1650 321
The Life and Times of Margery Kempe 326
The Chinese Reach Out: The Maritime Expeditions of Cheng Ho 337
A Plague Doctor 348
Why Not the Arabs? 356
Incentives and Patterns of African Trade 365
America's Ball Game 372
Conquistador y Pestilencia 382
The Direct Impact of War on Civilians 390
India and Islam: A Study in Defeat 398
Ch'i Chi-kuang and the Japanese Pirates 407
Japan's Early Modern Transformation 423
Population Structures 431
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