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This text provides a truly global approach to the world history survey. Its fundamental theme, the interaction of human beings and the environment, serves as a point of comparison for different times, places, and societies. Special emphasis is given to technology and how technological development underlies all human activity. The Third Edition combines strong scholarship and pedagogy to uphold the book's reputation for rigor and accessibility. Several features, such as detailed maps, images, and timelines, help students build their geography and comparative analysis skills.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618731633
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 1/1/2007
  • Pages: 757

Meet the Author

Richard W. Bulliet (PhD, Harvard University) is Professor of Middle Eastern History at Columbia University. He has written scholarly works on a number of topics: the social and economic history of medieval Iran (THE PATRICIANS OF NISHAPUR and COTTON, CLIMATE, AND CAMELS IN EARLY ISLAMIC IRAN), the history of human-animal relations (THE CAMEL AND THE WHEEL and HUNTERS, HERDERS, AND HAMBURGERS), the process of conversion to Islam (CONVERSION TO ISLAM IN THE MEDIEVAL PERIOD), and the overall course of Islamic social history (ISLAM: THE VIEW FROM THE EDGE and THE CASE FOR ISLAMO-CHRISTIAN CIVILIZATION). He is the editor of the COLUMBIA HISTORY OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY. He has published four novels, coedited THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST, and hosted an educational television series on the Middle East. He was awarded a fellowship by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and was named a Carnegie Corporation Scholar.

Pamela Kyle Crossley (PhD, Yale University) is Professor of History and Rosenwald Research Professor in the Arts and Sciences at Dartmouth College. Her books include A TRANSLUCENT MIRROR: HISTORY AND IDENTITY IN QING IMPERIAL IDEOLOGY; THE MANCHUS; ORPHAN WARRIORS: THREE MANCHU GENERATIONS AND THE END OF THE QING WORLD; and (with Lynn Hollen Lees and John W. Servos) GLOBAL SOCIETY: THE WORLD SINCE 1900. Her research—which focuses on the cultural history of China, Inner Asia, and Central Asia—has been supported by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Daniel R. Headrick (PhD, Princeton University)is Professor of History and Social Science, Emeritus, at RooseveltUniversity in Chicago. He is the author of several books on the history of technology, imperialism, and international relations, including THE TOOLS OF EMPIRE: TECHNOLOGY AND EUROPEAN IMPERIALISM IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY; THE TENTACLES OF PROGRESS: TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER IN THE AGE OF IMPERIALISM; THE INVISIBLE WEAPON: TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND INTERNATIONAL POLITICS; TECHNOLOGY: A GLOBAL HISTORY; POWER OVER PEOPLES: TECHNOLOGY, ENVIRONMENTS AND WESTERN IMPERIALISM, 1400 TO THE PRESENT, and WHEN INFORMATION CAME OF AGE: TECHNOLOGIES OF KNOWLEDGE IN THE AGE OF REASON AND REVOLUTION, 1700-1850. His articles have appeared in the "Journal of World History" and the "Journal of Modern History," and he has been awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Steven W. Hirsch (PhD, Stanford University) is currently Associate Professor Classics and History at Tufts University. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Massachusetts Foundation for Humanities and Public Policy. His research and publications include THE FRIENDSHIP OF THE BARBARIANS: XENOPHON AND THE PERSIAN EMPIRE, as well as articles and reviews in the "Classical Journal," the "American Journal of Philology," and the "Journal of Interdisciplinary History." He is currently working on a comparative study of ancient Mediterranean and Chinese civilizations.

Lyman L. Johnson (PhD, University of Connecticut) is Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. A two-time Senior Fulbright-Hays Lecturer, he also has received fellowships from the Tinker Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Philosophical Society. His recent books include DEATH, DISMEMBERMENT, AND MEMORY; THE FACES OF HONOR (with Sonya Lipsett-Rivera); THE PROBLEM OF ORDER IN CHANGING SOCIETIES; ESSAYS ON THE PRICE HISTORY OF EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY LATIN AMERICA (with Enrique Tandeter); and COLONIAL LATIN AMERICA (with Mark A. Burkholder). Dr. Johnson also has published in several journals, including "Hispanic American Historical Review," "Journal of Latin American Studies," "International Review of Social History," "Social History," and "Desarrollo Economico." He recently served as president of the Conference on Latin American History.

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Table of Contents

Note: Each chapter includes a Conclusion, Key Terms, Suggested Reading, and Notes. Maps Environment and Technology Diversity and Dominance Issues in World History Preface About the Authors Note on Spelling and Usage I. The Emergence of Human Communities, to 500 B.C.E. 1. Nature, Humanity, and History to 3500 B.C.E. African Genesis History and Culture in the Ice Age The Agricultural Revolutions Life in Neolithic Communities Environment and Technology: The Iceman Diversity and Dominance: Cave Art 2. The First River-Valley Civilizations, 3500-1500 B.C.E. Mesopotamia Egypt The Indus Valley Civilization Environment and Technology: Environmental Stress in the Indus Valley Diversity and Dominance: Violence and Order in the Babylonian New Year's Festival 3. New Civilizations in the Eastern and Western Hemispheres, 2200-250 B.C.E. Early China, 2000-221 B.C.E. Nubia, 3100 B.C.E.-350 C.E. Celtic Europe, 1000-50 B.C.E. First Civilizations of the Americas: The Olmec and Chavín, 1200-250 B.C.E. Environment and Technology: Divination in Ancient Societies Diversity and Dominance: Hierarchy and Conduct in the Analects of Confucius 4. The Mediterranean and Middle East, 2000-500 B.C.E. The Cosmopolitan Middle East, 1700-1100 B.C.E. The Aegean World, 2000-1100 B.C.E. The Assyrian Empire, 911-612 B.C.E. Israel, 2000-500 B.C.E. Phoenicia and the Mediterranean, 1200-500 B.C.E. Failure and Transformation, 750-550 B.C.E. Environment and Technology: Ancient Textiles and Dyes Diversity and Dominance: An Israelite Prophet Chastizes the Ruling Class Issues in World History: Animal Domistication II. The Formation of New Cultural Communities, 1000 B.C.E.-400 C.E.5. Greece and Iran, 1000-30 B.C.E. Ancient Iran, 1000-500 B.C.E. The Rise of the Greeks, 1000-500 B.C.E. The Struggle of Persia and Greece, 546-323 B.C.E. The Hellenistic Synthesis, 323-30 B.C.E. Environment and Technology: The Farmer's Year Diversity and Dominance: The Persian Idea of Kingship 6. An Age of Empires: Rome and Han China, 753 B.C.E.-330 C.E. Rome's Creation of a Mediterranean Empire, 753 B.C.E.-330 C.E. The Origins of Imperial China, 221 B.C.E.-220 C.E. Imperial Parallels Environment and Technology: Water Engineering in Rome and China Diversity and Dominance: The Treatment of Slaves in Rome and China 7. India and Southeast Asia, 1500 B.C.E.-1025 C.E. Foundations of Indian Civilization, 1500 B.C.E.-300 C.E. Imperial Expansion and Collapse, 324 B.C.E.-650 C.E. Southeast Asia, 50-1025 C.E. Environment and Technology: Indian Mathematics Diversity and Dominance: The Situation of Women in the Kama Sutra Issues in World History: Oral Societies and the Consequences of Literacy III. Growth and Interaction of Cultural Communities, 300 B.C.E.-1200 C.E. 8. Networks of Communication and Exchange, 300 B.C.E.-1100 C.E. The Silk Road The Indian Ocean Maritime System Routes Across the Sahara Sub-Saharan Africa The Spread of Ideas Environment and Technology: Camel Saddles Diversity and Dominance: The Indian Ocean Trading World 9. The Sasanid Empire and the Rise of Islam, 200-1200 The Sasanid Empire, 224-651 The Origins of Islam The Rise and Fall of the Caliphate, 632-1258 Islamic Civilization Environment and Technology: Automata Diversity and Dominance: Beggars, Con Men and Singing-Girls 10. Christian Europe Emerges, 300-1200 The Byzantine Empire, 300-1200 Early Medieval Europe, 300-1000 The Western Church Kievan Russia, 900-1200 Western Europe Revives, 1000-1200 The Crusades, 1095-1204 Environment and Technology: Cathedral Organs Diversity and Dominance: Archbishop Adalbert of Hamburg and the Christianization of the Scandinavians and Slavs 11. Inner and East Asia, 400-1200 The Sui and Tang Empires, 581-755 Rivals for Power in Inner Asia and China, 600-907 The Emergence of East Asia, to 1200 Environment and Technology: Writing in East Asia, 400-1200 Diversity and Dominance: Law and Society in Tang China 12. Peoples and Civilizations of the Americas, 200-1500 Classic-Era Culture and Society in Mesoamerica, 200-900 The Postclassic Period in Mesoamerica, 900-1500 Northern Peoples Andean Civilizations, 200-1500 Environment and Technology: Inca Roads Diversity and Dominance: Burials as Historical Texts Issues in World History: Religious Conversion IV. Interregional Patterns of Culture and Contact, 1200-1500 13. Mongol Eurasia and Its Aftermath, 1200-1500 The Rise of the Mongols, 1200-1260 The Mongols and Islam, 1260-1500 Regional Responses in Western Eurasia Mongol Domination in China, 1271-1368 The Early Ming Empire, 1368-1500 Centralization and Militarism in East Asia, 1200-1500 Environment and Technology: From Gunpowder to Guns Diversity and Dominance: Mongol Politics, Mongol Women 14. Tropical Africa and Asia, 1200-1500 Tropical Lands and Peoples New Islamic Empires Indian Ocean Trade Social and Cultural Change Environment and Technology: The Indian Ocean Dhow Diversity and Dominance: Personal Styles of Rule in India and Mali 15. The Latin West, 1200-1500 Rural Growth and Crisis Urban Revival Learning, Literature, and the Renaissance Political and Military Transformations Environment and Technology: The Clock Diversity and Dominance: Persecution and Protection of Jews, 1272-1349 16. The Maritime Revolution, to 1550 Global Maritime Expansion Before 1450 European Expansion, 1400-1550 Encounters with Europe, 1450-1550 Environment and Technology: Vasco da Gama's Fleet Diversity and Dominance: Kongo's Christian King Issues in World History: Climate and Population, to 1500 V. The Globe Encompassed, 1500-1750 17. Transformations in Europe, 1500-1750 Culture and Ideas Social and Economic Life Political Innovations Environment and Technology: Mapping the World Diversity and Dominance: Political Craft and Craftiness 18. The Diversity of American Colonial Societies, 1530-1770 The Columbian Exchange Spanish America and Brazil English and French Colonies in North America Colonial Expansion and Conflict Environment and Technology: A Silver Refinery at Potosí, Bolivia, 1700 Diversity and Dominance: Race and Ethnicity in the Spanish Colonies: Negotiating Hierarchy 19. The Atlantic System and Africa, 1550-1800 Plantations in the West Indies Plantation Life in the Eighteenth Century Creating the Atlantic Economy Africa, the Atlantic, and Islam Environment and Technology: Amerindian Foods in Africa Diversity and Dominance: Slavery in West Africa and the Americas 20. Southwest Asia and the Indian Ocean, 1500-1750 The Ottoman Empire, to 1750 The Safavid Empire, 1502-1722 The Mughal Empire, 1526-1761 Trade Empires in the Indian Ocean, 1600-1729 Environment and Technology: Metal Currency and Inflation Diversity and Dominance: Islamic Law and Ottoman Rule 21. Eastern Eurasia, 1500-1800 Japanese Reunification The Later Ming and Early Qing Empires The Russian Empire Comparative Perspectives Environment and Technology: East Asian Porcelain Diversity and Dominance: Gendered Violence: The Yangzhou Massacre Issues in World History: The Little Ice Age VI. Revolutions Reshape the World, 1750-1870 22. Revolutionary Changes in the Atlantic World, 1750-1850 Prelude to Revolution: The Eighteenth-Century Crisis The American Revolution, 1775-1800 The French Revolution, 1789-1815 Revolution Spreads, Conservatives Respond, 1789-1850 Environment and Technology: The Pencil Diversity and Dominance: Robespierre and Wollstonecraft Defend and Explain the Terror 23. The Early Industrial Revolution, 1760-1851 Causes of the Industrial Revolution The Technological Revolution The Impact of the Early Industrial Revolution New Economic and Political Ideas Industrialization and the Nonindustrial World Environment and Technology: The Origin of Graphs Diversity and Dominance: Adam Smith and the Division of Labor 24. Nation Building and Economic Transformation in the Americas, 1800-1890 Independence in Latin America, 1800-1830 The Problem of Order, 1825-1890 The Challenge of Economic and Social Change Environment and Technology: Constructing the Port of Buenos Aires, Argentina Diversity and Dominance: The Afro-Brazilian Experience, 1828 25. Africa, India, and the New British Empire, 1750-1870 Changes and Exchanges in Africa India Under British Rule Britain's Eastern Empire Environment and Technology: Whaling Diversity and Dominance: Ceremonials of Imperial Domination 26. Land Empires in the Age of Imperialism, 1800-1870 The Ottoman Empire The Russian Empire The Qing Empire Diversity and Dominance: The French Occupation of Egypt Environment and Technology: The Web of War Issues in World History: State Power, the Census, and the Question of Identity VII. Global Diversity and Dominance, 1850-1945 27. The New Power Balance, 1850-1900 New Technologies and the World Economy Social Changes Socialism and Labor Movements Nationalism and the Unification of Germany and Italy The Great Powers of Europe, 1871-1900 Japan Joins the Great Powers, 1865-1905 Environment and Technology: Railroads and Immigration Diversity and Dominance: Marx and Engels on Global Trade and the Bourgeoisie 28. The New Imperialism, 1869-1914 The New Imperialism: Motives and Methods The Scramble for Africa Asia and Western Dominance Imperialism in Latin America The World Economy and the Global Environment Environment and Technology: Imperialism and Tropical Ecology Diversity and Dominance: Two Africans Recall the Arrival of the Europeans 29. The Crisis of the Imperial Order, 1900-1929 Origins of the Crisis in Europe and the Middle East The "Great War" and the Russian Revolutions, 1914-1918 Peace and Dislocation in Europe, 1919-1929 China and Japan: Contrasting Destinies The New Middle East Society, Culture, and Technology in the Industrialized World Environment and Technology: Cities Old and New Diversity and Dominance: The Middle East After World War I 30. The Collapse of the Old Order, 1929-1949 The Stalin Revolution The Depression The Rise of Fascism East Asia, 1931-1945 The Second World War The Character of Warfare Environment and Technology: Biomedical Technologies Diversity and Dominance: Women, Family Values, and the Russian Revolution 31. Striving for Independence: Africa, India, and Latin America, 1900-1949 Sub-Saharan Africa, 1900-1945 The Indian Independence Movement, 1905-1947 The Mexican Revolution, 1910-1940 Argentina and Brazil, 1900-1949 Environment and Technology: Gandhi and Technology Diversity and Dominance: A Vietnamese Nationalist Denounces French Colonialism Issues in World History: Famines and Politics VIII. Perils and Promises of a Global Community, 1945 to the Present 32. The Cold War and Decolonization, 1945-1975 The Cold War Decolonization and Nation Building Beyond a Bipolar World Environment and Technology: The Green Revolution Diversity and Dominance: Race and the Struggle for Justice in South Africa 33. Crisis, Realignment, and the Dawn of the Post-Cold War World, 1975-1991 Postcolonial Crises and Asian Economic Expansion, 1975-1991 The End of the Bipolar World, 1989-1991 The Challenge of Population Growth Unequal Development and the Movement of Peoples Technological and Environmental Change Environment and Technology: The Personal Computer Diversity and Dominance: The Struggle for Women's Rights in an Era of Global Political and Economic Change 34. Globalization at the Turn of the Millennium Global Political Economies Trends and Visions Global Culture Environment and Technology: Global Warming Diversity and Dominance: World Literature in English Glossary Index

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