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Global in scope, William McNeill's widely acclaimed one-volume history emphasizes the four Old World civilizations of the Middle East, India, China, and Europe, paying particular attention to their interaction across time as well as the impact on historical scholarship in light of the most recent archaeological discoveries. The engaging and informative narrative touches on all aspects of civilization, including geography, communication, and technological and artistic developments, and provides extensive coverage of the modern era. This new edition includes a thoroughly updated bibliographic essay and a new discussion of the most significant events in world history and civilization since 1976.
Part I. Emergence and Definition of the Major Old World Civilizations to 500 B.C.
1. In the Beginning
2. Diffusion of Civilizations: First Phase to 1700 B.C.
3. Cosmopolitanism in the Middle East 1700-500 B.C.
4. The Definition of Indian Civilization to 500 B.C.
5. The Definition of Greek Civilization to 500 B.C.
6. The Definition of Chinese Civilization to 500 B.C.
7. Changes in the Barbarian World 1700 to 500 B.C.
Bibliographical Essay, Part 1
Part II. Equilibrium Among the Civilizations 500 B.C. to A.D. 1500
8. The Flowering of Greek Civilization 500-336 B.C.
9. The Spread of Hellenisitc Civilization 500 B.C. to A.D. 200
10. Asia 500 B.C. - A.D. 200
11. The Flowering and Expansion of Indian Civilization A.D. 200-600
12. Barbarian Invasions and Civlized Response A.D. 200-600
13. The Rise of Islam
14. China, India, and Europe A.D. 600-1000
15. The Impact of Turkish and Mondol Conquests 1000-1500
16. Medieval Europe and Japan 1000-1500
17. The Fringes of the Civilized World to 1500
Bibliographical Essay, Part II
Part III. The Dominance of the West
18. The Great Discoveries and Their World-Wide Consequences
19. Europe's Self-Transformation 1500-1648
20. Europe's Outliers: Russia and the American 1500-1648
21. The Realm of Islam, with Its Hindu and Christian Subject Communities 1500-1700
22. The Far East 1500-1700
23. The Old Regime in Europe 1648-1789
24. The Americas and Russia 1648-1789
25. Asian Reactions to Europe's Old Regime 1700-1850
Bibliographical Essay, Part III
Part IV. The Onset of Global Cosmopolitanism
26. The Transformation of Western Civilzation by the Industrial and Democratic Revolutions 1789-1914
27. Asian Reactions to Industrialism and Democracy 1850-1945
28. Africa and Oceania 1850-1945
29. The Western World 1914-1945
30. Global Rivalries and Cosmopolitanism Since 1945
Bibliographical Essay, Part IV