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By combining biography with gender, this two-volume biographical world history reader fully integrates women into traditional political and social narratives. Profiles feature compelling political figures, activists, and artists from all regions of the globe—the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East—and primary sources place them in context by illustrating the social conditions and political issues of their time.Each chapter includes biographies of one man and one woman, followed by four to eight primary sources. The primary sources range from political writings and letters to art and memoirs, and expose students to different types of historical evidence. Each chapter also includes background material on the political and social climate of the period, as well as brief introductions to other historical figures.
I. Ancient Empires to 500 C.E. 1. City-States and Empire in Ancient Mesopotamia: King Hammurabi of Babylon (r. 1792-1750 BCE) and Queen Sibtu of Mari, wife of Zimri-Lim (r. 1779-1761 BCE) 2. The Challenges of Rule in New Kingdom Egypt: Hatshepsut (1479-1458 BCE) and Tuthmosis III (1479-1425 BCE) 3. The Formation of Early China: King Wu Ding (d. ca. 1189 BCE) and Lady Hao (ca. 1200 BCE) of the Shang Dynasty (ca. 1600-ca. 1050 BCE) 4. The Imperial Model: Augustus ne Gaius Octavius (63 BCE-14 CE) and Livia Drusilla (58 BCE-29 CE) 5. Historians and Empire Building under the Han Dynasty (202 BCE-220 CE): Ban Gu (32-92 CE) and Ban Zhao (45-116 CE) II. Belief Systems 6. Ancient India: Rama and Sita 7. Spiritual Partners in Christian Asceticism: Jerome (?346-420 CE) and Paula (347-404 CE) 8. Religion, Politics, and Gender in Medieval China: Emperor Wuzong (r. 841-846) and Yu Xuanji (840-868) of the Tang Dynasty (618-907) 9. The Foundations of Islam: Aisha bint Abu Bakr (614-678) and Ali ibn Abu Talib (599-661) 10. The Formation of Japanese Identity: Prince Genji and Murasaki Shikibu (973-1014?) of Heian Japan (974-1185) III. Regional Contests and Imperial Conquest, 1100-1600 11. The Crusades: Raymond of Toulouse (1052-1105) and Anna Comnena (1083-1148) 12. The Mongol Empire and World Conquest: Chinggis Khan (1162-1227) and Sorghaghtani Beki (?-1252) 13. Egypt and the Foundation of a Slave Dynasty: Shajar al-durr (d. April 28, 1257) and Aybak (d. April 10, 1257) 14. Christianity and State in Ethiopia: Emperor Zär'a Ya'qob (1399-1468) and Empress Eleni (?-1522) 15. Hemispheres Collide: The Spanish Conquest and Colonization of Mexico: Hernán Cortes (1485-1547) and Malintzin or Dona Marina (ca. 1505-ca. 1529) 16. The Ottoman Empire: Hurrem Sultan (d. 1558) and Ibrahim Pasha (d. 1535)