This debate style reader is designed to introduce students to controversies in world civilizations from ancient times to the present. The readings, which represent the arguments of leading historians and commentators on world history, reflect a variety of viewpoints, and are presented in pro/con format.
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Table of Contents
PART 1. The Ancient WorldISSUE 1. Did Homo Sapiens Originate in Africa? YES: Christopher Stringer and Robin McKie, from African Exodus: The Origins of Modern Humanity NO: Milford Wolpoff and Rachel Caspari, from Race and Human Evolution ISSUE 2. Was Egyptian Civilization African? YES: Clinton Crawford, from Recasting Ancient Egypt in the African Context: Toward a Model Curriculum Using Art and Language NO: Kathryn A. Bard, from "Ancient Egyptians and the Issue of Race," in Mary R. Lefkowitz and Guy MacLean Rogers, eds., Black Athena Revisited ISSUE 3. Does Alexander the Great Merit His Exalted Historical Reputation? YES: N. G. L. Hammond, from The Genius of Alexander the Great NO: E. E. Rice, from Alexander the Great ISSUE 4. Did Christianity Liberate Women? YES: Karen Jo Torjesen, from When Women Were Priests NO: Karen Armstrong, from The Gospel According to Woman: Christianity's Creation of the Sex War in the West PART 2. The Medieval World (and more...)