Gr 9 Up-This collection of essays and documents relating to the Renaissance takes a worldwide view, covering events in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. The 42 selections, 9 of which are primary sources, are roughly organized by date. They address such topics as the Aztec and Inca empires; Babur, the first Mughal emperor; the new foods offered by the Americas as exemplified in the introduction of the chili pepper around the globe; and Elizabeth I. Some of the selections are too brief or specialized to be worthwhile, and Hay is inconsistent in defining unfamiliar terms. (Why "pullulating" but not "hegemony," "incunabula," or "chamolet"?) There are a handful of black-and-white illustrations and a few maps; the lack of comprehensive maps covering the whole world is a major drawback. The book concludes with a chronology that contains a few errors. This book's usefulness is limited by the narrowness of the subjects addressed in each selection. The list for further reading is probably the most valuable contribution here.-Ann W. Moore, Schenectady County Public Library, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.