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Emphasizes the major interactions among different peoples and societies.

World History in Brief highlights key events in world history, giving adequate treatment to the major issues, while leaving time for analysis and use of supplemental materials for critical thinking.

Part of the Penguin Academics Series, the text takes a truly global approach by balancing coverage of individual societies and focusing on forces that cut across them. Students are encouraged to compare societies, assess changes in interactions, and understand global forces such as migration and technological exchange.

The 8th edition is tied closely to MyHistoryLab to help save time and improve results. MyHistoryLab icons connect the main narrative to an array of MyHistoryLab resources, including primary source documents, analytical video segments, and interactive maps.

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0205896294 / 9780205896295 World History in Brief: Major Patterns of Change and Continuity, to 1450, Volume 1 & NEW MyHistoryLab with Pearson eText -- Access Card

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“This is a high quality, affordable text that has very strong instructor resources.”

-Kristopher Treat, Arizona State University

“I…really appreciate the instructor's manual and the way the book highlights themes and key questions. These additional aids facilitate covering a lot of material quickly but coherently.”

-Kathleen Parrow, Black Hills State University

“Its brevity allows me to expect students will read everything, while it is still a good text despite being so brief.”

-Matthew Stanard, Berry College

“The brief version works well for a one-semester course…Stearns does not get bogged down in the details; he presents a broad overview of critical points and cultural traits.”

-Terry Reynolds, Michigan Technological University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205896295
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 11/27/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

P eter N. Stearns is Provost and University Professor at George Mason University. He has taught previously at Harvard, the University of Chicago, Rutgers, and Carnegie Mellon; he was educated at Harvard University. He has published widely in modern social history, including the history of emotions, and in world history. Representative works in world history include World History: A Survey, The Industrial Revolution in World History, Gender in World History, Consumerism in World History, Human Rights in World History, and Growing Up: The History of Childhood in Global Context. His publications in social history include Old Age in Preindustrial Society, Anxious Parents: A History of Modern American Childrearing, American Cool: Developing the Twentieth-Century Emotional Style, Fat History: Bodies and Beauty in Western Society, American Fear: The Causes and Consequences of High Anxiety, Revolutions in Sorrow: A History of American Experiences and Policies Toward Death in Global Context, From Alienation to Addiction: Modern American Work in Global Historical Perspective, Educating Global Citizens in Colleges and Universities: Challenges and Opportunities, and Satisfaction Not Guaranteed: Dilemmas of Progress in Modern Society. While under Dr. Stearns’s leadership, George Mason University was awarded the 2006 Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education. He has also edited encyclopedias of world and social history, and since 1967, he has served as editor-in-chief of The Journal of Social History. In most of his research and writing, Dr. Stearns pursues three main goals. First, as a social historian, he is eager to explore aspects of the human experience that are not generally thought of in historical terms, and with attention to ordinary people as well as elites. Second, he seeks to use an understanding of historical change and continuity to explore patterns of behavior and social issues. Finally, he is concerned with connecting new historical research with wider audiences, including of course classrooms. Dr. Stearns is also eager to promote comparative analysis and the assessment of modern global forces—for their own sake and as they illuminate the American experience and impact.

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Table of Contents

Found in this Section:

1. Brief Table of Contents

2. Full Table of Contents


1. BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS

List of Maps

List of Features

List of MyHistoryLab Documents

Preface

PART I: EARLY WORLD HISTORY: FROM ORIGINS TO AGRICULTURE AND NEW FORMS OF HUMAN ORGANIZATION

Chapter 1: From Human Prehistory to the Rise of Agriculture

Chapter 2: Early Civilizations 3500—1000 B.C.E.

Chapter 3: Nomadic Societies

PART II: THE CLASSICAL PERIOD, 1000 B.C.E.—500 C.E.

Chapter 4: Classical Civilization: China

Chapter 5: Classical Civilization: India

Chapter 6: Classical Civilization in the Mediterranean and Middle East: Persia, Greece, and Rome

Chapter 7: The Classical Period: Directions, Diversities, and Declines by 500 C.E.

PART III: THE POSTCLASSICAL PERIOD, 500—1450 C.E.

Chapter 8: The Rise of Islam: Civilization in the Middle East

Chapter 9: India and Southeast Asia Under the Impact of Islam

Chapter 10: Africa and Islam

Chapter 11: East European Civilization: Byzantium and Russia

Chapter 12: Western Civilization: The Middle Ages

Chapter 13: China’s Impact and the Spread of East Asian Civilization

Chapter 14: Centers of Civilization in the Americas

Chapter 15: The Mongol Interlude and the End of the Postclassical Period

Credits

Index


2. FULL TABLE OF CONTENTS

List of Maps

List of Features

List of MyHistoryLab Documents

Preface

PART I: EARLY WORLD HISTORY: FROM ORIGINS TO AGRICULTURE AND NEW FORMS OF HUMAN ORGANIZATION

Chapter 1: From Human Prehistory to the Rise of Agriculture

Getting Started Is Always Hard

Human Development and Change

SOLVING PROBLEMS Dealing with Death

The Neolithic Revolution

HISTORY DEBATE People in the Americas

The Nature of Agricultural Societies

Agriculture and Change

Paths to the Present

Key Terms

Suggested Readings

MyHistoryLab Media Assignments

Chapter 2: Early Civilizations 3500—1000 B.C.E.

Civilization

SOLVING PROBLEMS The Use of Culture

Egypt and Mesopotamia Compared

HISTORY DEBATE Women in Patriarchal Societies

Transitions: The End of the River Valley Period

Indian and Chinese River Valley Civilizations

New States and Peoples Around 1000 B.C.E.

Judaism

Paths to the Present

Key Terms

Suggested Readings

MyHistoryLab Media Assignments

Chapter 3: Nomadic Societies

Early Nomadic Societies

Nomadic Society and Culture

Nomads and Civilizations

HISTORY DEBATE The Contributions of Nomads

Paths to the Present

Key Terms

Suggested Readings

MyHistoryLab Media Assignments

PART I RETROSPECTIVE The Rise of Agriculture and Agricultural Civilizations

PART II: THE CLASSICAL PERIOD, 1000 B.C.E.—500 C.E.

Chapter 4: Classical Civilization: China

Patterns in Classical China

Political Institutions

HISTORY DEBATE War

Religion and Culture

Economy and Society

WORLD PROFILES Ban Zhao (c. 48—117 C.E..)

A Distinctive Measure

Paths to the Present

Key Terms

Suggested Readings

MyHistoryLab Media Assignments

Chapter 5: Classical Civilization: India

The Framework for Indian History

Patterns in Classical India

Political Institutions

HISTORY DEBATE Interpreting Civilization, Round Two

Religion and Culture

Economy and Society

SOLVING PROBLEMS Dealing with Inequality

Indian Influence

China and India

Paths to the Present

Key Terms

Suggested Readings

MyHistoryLab Media Assignments

Chapter 6: Classical Civilization in the Mediterranean and Middle East: Persia, Greece, and Rome

The Persian Tradition

Patterns of Greek History

Patterns of Roman History

Greek and Roman Political Institutions

SOLVING PROBLEMS Cultural Encounters

WORLD PROFILES Julius Caesar (100—44 B.C.E.)

Religion and Culture

Economy and Society in the Mediterranean

HISTORY DEBATE Mediterranean Civilization and “Western” Civilization

Toward the Fall of Rome

Paths to the Present

Key Terms

Suggested Readings

MyHistoryLab Media Assignments

Chapter 7: The Classical Period: Directions, Diversities, and Declines by 500 C.E.

Decline in China and India

Decline and Fall in Rome

The New Religious Map

HISTORY DEBATE Comparing Declines

WORLD PROFILES Saint Paul (Paul of Tarsus)

Paths to the Present

Key Terms

Suggested Readings

MyHistoryLab Media Assignments

PART II RETROSPECTIVE The Classical Period, 1000 B.C.E. to 500 C.E.

PART III: THE POSTCLASSICAL PERIOD, 500—1450 C.E.

Chapter 8: The Rise of Islam: Civilization in the Middle East

The Advent of Islam

WORLD PROFILES Muhammad (570—632 C.E.)

Patterns of Islamic History

Islamic Political Institutions

HISTORY DEBATE Political Implications of Islam

Islam and Middle Eastern Culture

WORLD PROFILES Omar Khayyam (c. 11th—12th Century)

SOLVING PROBLEMS Religion and Trade

Economy and Society in the Middle East

The Decline of Middle Eastern Civilization

Paths to the Present

Key Terms

Suggested Readings

MyHistoryLab Media Assignments

Chapter 9: India and Southeast Asia Under the Impact of Islam

The Development of Indian Culture

HISTORY DEBATE The Caste System

The Muslim Challenge in India

Southeast Asia

Paths to the Present

Key Terms

Suggested Readings

MyHistoryLab Media Assignments

Chapter 10: Africa and Islam

Sub-Saharan Africa and the World Network

The Great Kingdoms

SOLVING PROBLEMS Technology and Trade

WORLD PROFILES Sundiata

HISTORY DEBATE Handles for African History

Features of African Civilization

Paths to the Present

Key Terms

Suggested Readings

MyHistoryLab Media Assignments

Chapter 11: East European Civilization: Byzantium and Russia

The Byzantine Phase

WORLD PROFILES The Emperor Justinian (527—565 C.E.)

The Early Russian Phase: Kievan Rus’

HISTORY DEBATE A Russian Civilization?

East European Political Institutions

East European Religion and Culture

East European Economy and Society

East European Civilization in Eclipse

Paths to the Present

Key Terms

Suggested Readings

MyHistoryLab Media Assignments

Chapter 12: Western Civilization: The Middle Ages

Early Patterns in Western Civilization

Medieval Political Institutions

HISTORY DEBATE Homosexuality and Religion

Medieval Religion and Culture

Economy and Society

Women and Family Life

SOLVING PROBLEMS Population Growth

Tensions in the Later Middle Ages

Paths to the Present

Key Terms

Suggested Readings

MyHistoryLab Media Assignments

Chapter 13: China’s Impact and the Spread of East Asian Civilization

Political and Cultural Developments in China

Economy and Society in China

Civilization in Korea, Vietnam, and Japan

HISTORY DEBATE Defining Post-classical Civilizations

Culture, Society, and Economy in Japan

East Asian Self-Confidence

WORLD PROFILES Mugai Nyodai

Paths to the Present

Key Terms

Suggested Readings

MyHistoryLab Media Assignments

Chapter 14: Centers of Civilization in the Americas

The Mayas and Aztecs

The Aztec Empire

HISTORY DEBATE The Problem of Contacts

The Inca Empire

Andean and Central American Societies

Pacific Oceania

Paths to the Present

Key Terms

Suggested Readings

MyHistoryLab Media Assignments

Chapter 15: The Mongol Interlude and the End of the Postclassical Period

Mongol Empires

WORLD PROFILES Chabi Khan

China and the West as New World Powers

HISTORY DEBATE Causes of Global Change by 1450

The End of Transition: Postclassical to Early Modern

Paths to the Present

Key Terms

Suggested Readings

MyHistoryLab Media Assignments

PART III RETROSPECTIVE The Postclassical Period, 500—1450 C.E.

Credits

Index

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