The World from 1450 to 1700

The World from 1450 to 1700

by John E. Wills Jr.
     
 

In The World from 1450 to 1700, historian John Wills takes a fresh look at one of the most fascinating and tumultuous periods in world history. Assuming a global perspective, rather than the traditional Eurocentric view, Wills traces the interwoven changes that led from the world of Columbus, Luther, and the Mughal emperor Babur to the world of Locke, Louis XIV,

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In The World from 1450 to 1700, historian John Wills takes a fresh look at one of the most fascinating and tumultuous periods in world history. Assuming a global perspective, rather than the traditional Eurocentric view, Wills traces the interwoven changes that led from the world of Columbus, Luther, and the Mughal emperor Babur to the world of Locke, Louis XIV, and the Kangxi emperor. The book's multi-centered approach explores historical events not in isolation but rather in a dynamic nexus of connections ranging from the Italian Renaissance and the Protestant Reformation to the Sikh, Hindu, and Confucian revivals; from the transformation of Japan in 1600 to the forced migrations of millions of African slaves; from the English Civil War and expanding Qing and Muscovite empires in Asia to new forms of scientific knowledge and parliamentary democracy in Europe. It is an interlocking world of change and movement, innovation and conquest, and Wills marshals his extraordinary narrative skill and breadth of learning to bring this period vibrantly to life.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"As a text for the classroom, Wills' work has several merits. The prose is lively and direct, and is written by one who is fully in command of his multiple and interweaving stories." — World History Bulletin

"The prose is lively, and Wills includes many stories of ordinary people, making this a good choice for undergraduate courses or general readers interested in gaining insight into the new world history. Recommended." — CHOICE

"A riveting story...a fascinating book, and it is definitely recommended for teaching world history." — Journal of Asian Studies

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195165173
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/15/2009
Series:
New Oxford World History Series
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

John Wills is Professor of History Emeritus, University of Southern California, and the author of Pepper, Guns, and Parleys: The Dutch East India Company and China, 1662-1681; Embassies and Illusions: Dutch and Portuguese Envoys to K'ang-hsi, 1666-1687; Mountain of Fame: Portraits in Chinese History; and 1688: A Global History.

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