Voyages in World History / Edition 2

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For courses entitled World Civilizations or World History. Volume II can be used for Modern World History. Courses are generally two semesters or three quarters in length and are Freshman/Sophomore level. Some schools offer a one-semester course - these are usually for people who are becoming teachers and may be taught out of the School of Education. This is a growing course, and it may be replacing Western Civ. at some schools or added to the curriculum in addition to Western Civ. Enrollment for world history is about 420,000 students per year.

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"This is one of the latest entries into the field of World History texts and it is one of the best. It takes a lot of the solid features of some of the better texts out there and adds some very cool and unique features like fine maps, an excellent pronunciation guide and a cool traveler's component."

"The premise of the book drew me in immediately—and I am a very hard sell on a world civ book! . . . I think that the theme established creates a sense of cohesion. . . . I love the approach. My department has recently taken a more global history approach to world civ and this book seems well suited to this approach. . . . I can see this book engaging many students."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781133607816
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 1024
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Valerie Hansen received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1987. She is Professor of History at Yale University, where she teaches courses in East Asian history, especially pre-modern China. Her many scholarly publications include CHANGING GODS IN MEDIEVAL CHINA, 1127-1276 (Princeton UP, 1990) and NEGOTIATING DAILY LIFE IN TRADITIONAL CHINA: HOW ORDINARY PEOPLE USED CONTRACTS, 600-1400 (Yale UP, 1995). Her text on pre-modern China, THE OPEN EMPIRE: A HISTORY OF CHINA TO 1600 was published by WW Norton. She is currently working on A NEW HISTORY OF THE SILK ROAD (awarded NEH Fellowship for University Teachers, under contract with Oxford University Press). As co-author of the Cengage Learning text VOYAGES IN WORLD HISTORY, she contributes chapters 1-15.

Kenneth R. Curtis received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in African and Comparative World History. His research focuses on colonial to post-colonial transitions in East Africa, with a particular focus on the coffee economy of Tanzania. He is Professor of History and Liberal Studies at California State University Long Beach, where he has taught world history at the introductory level, in special courses designed for future middle and high school teachers, and in graduate seminars. He has worked to advance the teaching of world history at the collegiate and secondary levels in collaboration with the World History Association, the California History/Social Science Project, and the College Board's Advanced Placement World History course.

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Table of Contents

[Volume 1: To 1600 (Chapters 1-16); Volume 2: Since 1500 (Chapters 15-32]. 1. THE PEOPLING OF THE WORLD, to 4000 B.C.E. Traveler: Kennewick Man. 2. THE FIRST COMPLEX SOCIETIES IN THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN, CA. 4000-550 B.C.E. Traveler: Gilgamesh. 3. ANCIENT INDIA AND THE RISE OF BUDDHISM, 2600 B.C.E.-C.E. 100. Traveler: King Ashoka. 4. BLUEPRINT FOR EMPIRE: CHINA 1200 B.C.E.-220 C.E. Traveler: Qin Shi Huangdi (the first emperor). 5. THE AMERICAS AND THE ISLANDS OF THE PACIFIC TO 1200 C.E.: DIFFERENT PATHS TO COMPLEX SOCIETY. Traveler: Yax K'uk Mo' (Maya ruler). 6. NEW EMPIRES IN IRAN AND GREECE, 2000 B.C.E.-651 C.E. Traveler: Herodotus (Greek historian). 7. THE ROMAN EMPIRE AND THE RISE OF CHRISTIANITY, 509 B.C.E.-476 C.E. Traveler: Polybius (Roman historian). 8. HINDU AND BUDDHIST RULERS ALONG THE SILK ROADS OF ASIA, 100-1000 C.E. Traveler: Xuanzang (Chinese Buddhist monk). 9. ISLAMIC EMPIRES OF WESTERN ASIA AND AFRICA, 600-1258. Traveler: Khaizuran, the wife of the caliph. 10. THE MULTIPLE CENTERS OF EUROPE, 500-1000. Traveler: Thorfinn Karlsefni and his wife Gudrid. 11. THE EXPANSION OF AFRICA'S TRADE NETWORKS, 1000-1500. Traveler: Ibn Battuta. 12. CHINA'S COMMERCIAL REVOLUTION, CA. 900-1276. Traveler: Li Qingzhao (Chinese woman poet). 13. EUROPE'S COMMERCIAL REVOLUTION, 1000-1400. Traveler: Peter Abelard and Heloise. 14. THE MONGOL RULERS OF EURASIA AND THEIR SUCCESSORS, 1200-1500. Traveler: William of Rubruck. 15. MARITIME EXPANSION IN THE ATLANTIC WORLD, 1400-1600. Traveler: Christopher Columbus. 16. MARITIME EXPANSION AND EARLY MODERN CONNECTIONS IN AFRO-EURASIA, 1500-1660. Traveler: Matteo Ricci. 17. RELIGION, POLITICS AND THE POWER BALANCE IN WESTERN EURASIA AND THE MEDITERRANEAN, 1500-1750. Traveler: Jean de Chardin. 18. EMPIRES, COLONIES, AND PEOPLES OF THE AMERICAS, 1600-1750. Traveler: Catalina de Erauso. 19. THE ATLANTIC SYSTEM: AFRICA, THE AMERICAS AND EUROPE, 1600-1808. Traveler: Olaudah Equiano. 20. EMPIRES IN EARLY MODERN ASIA, 1650-1818. Traveler: Xie Qinggao. 21. EUROPEAN SCIENCE AND THE FOUNDATIONS OF MODERN IMPERIALISM, 1600-1820. Traveler: Joseph Banks. 22. REVOLUTIONS IN THE WEST, 1750-1830. Traveler: Simon Bolivar. 23. THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION AND EUROPEAN POLITICS, 1780-1880. Traveler: Alexander Herzen. 24. ASIA AND THE MODERN WORLD, 1800-1910. Traveler: Fukuzawa Yûkichi. 25. STATE BUILDING AND SOCIAL CHANGE IN THE AMERICAS, 1830-1895. Traveler: Pauline Johnson-Tekahionwake. 26. THE NEW IMPERIALISM IN AFRICA AND SOUTHEAST ASIA, 1830-1914. Traveler: King Khama of the Bangwato. 27. WAR, REVOLUTION, AND GLOBAL UNCERTAINTY, 1905-1928. Traveler: Louise Bryant. 28. RESPONSES TO GLOBAL CRISIS, 1920-1939. Traveler: Halide Edib. 29. THE SECOND WORLD WAR AND THE ORIGINS OF THE COLD WAR, 1939-1949. Traveler: Nancy Wake. 30. THE COLD WAR AND DECOLONIZATION, 1949-1975. Traveler: Ernesto Guevara. 31. TOWARD A NEW WORLD ORDER, 1975-2000. Traveler: Nelson Mandela. 32. INTO THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY.

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