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World History in Documents combines original sources on key world history topics, covering a sweeping range of periods and societies, with the challenge of comparative analysis. With its emphasis on the utility of primary materials, the book presents historical documents from the major regions of the world and enables the reader to deal recurrently with topics from all continents.
From Hammurabi to Hitler, the Peloponnesian War to Peronism, the Magna Carta to Octavia Paz's Mexico, Stearns covers the scope of human activity, encompassing politics, culture, gender, labor, migration, and social structure. Substantial introductions set the stage for the five major time periods as well as the subject of each chapter. Questions guide student reading and can form the basis for classroom discussion. Throughout, comparative topics are highlighted, enabling students to compare and contrast different societies around a common topic.
Introduction: Comparative World Literature
Part I: River Valley Civilizations, 3500–1000 b.c.e., and the Classical Period, 1000 b.c.e.–450 c.e.
Part II: The Postclassical Period, 450–1450
Part III: The Early Modern Period, 1450–1750
Part IV: The Long Nineteenth Century
Part V: The Contemporary Period, 1914–Present
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