Worlds of History, Volume I: To 1550: A Comparative Reader / Edition 5

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Worlds of History offers a flexible comparative and thematic organization that accommodates a variety of teaching approaches and helps students to make cross-cultural comparisons. Thoughtfully compiled by a distinguished world historian and community college instructor, each chapter presents a wide array of primary and secondary sources arranged around a major theme — such as universal religions, the environment and technology, or gender and family — across two or more cultures.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781457617829
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 1/4/2013
  • Edition description: Fifth Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 115,949
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin Reilly is a professor of humanities at Raritan Valley College and has taught at Rutgers, Columbia, and Princeton Universities. Cofounder and first president of the World History Association, Reilly has written numerous articles on the teaching of history, and has edited a number of works in world history including The Introductory History Course for the AHA and the World History syllabus collection. A specialist in immigration history, Reilly incorporated his research in creating the "Modern Global Migrations" globe at Ellis Island. His work on the history of racism led to the editing of Racism: A Global Reader. He was a Fulbright scholar in Brazil and Jordan and a NEH fellow in Greece, Oxford UK, and India. Awards include the Community College Humanities Association’s Distinguished Educator of the Year and the World History Association's Pioneer Award. He has also served the American Historical Association in various capacities, including the governing Council. He is currently writing a global history of racism.

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Table of Contents



1. Prehistory and the Origins of Patriarchy: Gathering, Agricultural,

      and Urban Societies, 20,000-1000 B.C.E.  
Historical Context 
Thinking Historically: Thinking about History in Stages 
1. Natalie Angier, Furs for Evening, But Cloth Was the

      Stone Age Standby 
2. Marjorie Shostak, Nisa: The Life and Words of

      a !Kung Woman 
*3. Margaret Ehrenberg, Women in Prehistory 
*4. Ramon A. Gutierrez, When Jesus Came, the Corn Mothers

        Went Away 
*5. Catherine Clay, Chandrika Paul, and Christine Senecal,

        Women in the First Urban Communities (after 3500 B.C.E.)  
*6. An Assyrian Law and a Palace Decree 


NOTE: Historical Context and Reflections sections appear in every chapter but have been omitted below for brevity.


2. The Urban Revolution and “Civilization”: Mesopotamia,

      Egypt, and Mexico, 3500-1000 B.C.E.   
Thinking Historically: Distinguishing Primary and Secondary Sources  
1. Kevin Reilly, Cities and Civilization 
2. The Epic of Gilgamesh 
3. Hammurabi’s Code 
4.  Advice to the Young Egyptian: “Be a Scribe”  
*5.  Egyptian Book of the Dead 
6.  Images of Ancient Egypt 
     Entering the Afterlife
     The Hall of Ma’at
*7. John Noble Wilford, The Olmec: Mother Culture, or

        Only a Sister?   


3. Identity in Caste and Territorial Societies: Greece and

      India, 1000-300 B.C.E.  
Thinking Historically: Interpreting Primary Sources in Light of a

  Secondary Source 
1.  William H. McNeill, Greek and Indian Civilization 
2.  The Rig Veda: Sacrifice as Creation 
3.  The Upanishads: Karma and Reincarnation 
4.  The Upanishads: Brahman and Atman 
5.  The Bhagavad Gita: Caste and Self 
6.  Aristotle, The Athenian Constitution: Territorial Sovereignty 
7.  Thucydides, The Funeral Oration of Pericles 
8.   Plato, The Republic  


*4.  Emperors and Philosophers: China and Rome,

         300 B.C.E.–300 C.E.  
*Thinking Historically: Distinguishing Ideas from Actions and

     Understanding their Relationship 
*1. Valerie Hansen, The Creation of the Chinese Empire  
*2. Sima Qian, The First Emperor  
3. Confucius, The Analects 
*4. Han Fei, Legalism 
*5. Laozi, Taoism: The Classic of the Way and the Power 
*6. Rebecca Fleming, Rome: Knowledge and Empire 
*7. Cicero, On Government and Law 
*8. Marcus Aurelius, Meditations 
*5. Gender, Sex, and Love in Classical Societies: India,

        China, and the Mediterranean, 500 B.C.E.–500 C.E.   
*Thinking Historically: Asking about Author, Audience, and Agenda  
1. Sarah Shaver Hughes and Brady Hughes, Women in the

      Classical Era  
2. Ban Zhao, Lessons for Women 
*3. Vatsyana, The Kama Sutra 
*4. Plato, The Symposium 
*5. Ovid, The Art of Love 
6.  Portraits 
     Portrait of a Fayum Woman with Large Gold Necklace
     Portrait of Fayum Woman with White Earrings
     Portrait of “Ammonius from Antinoe,” with Ankh 


6. From Tribal to Universal Religion: Hindu-Buddhist and

     Judeo-Christian Traditions, 600 B.C.E.–100 C.E.   
Thinking Historically: Detecting Change in Primary Sources 
1. Hinduism: Svetasvatara Upanishad 
2. Buddhism: Gotama’s Discovery 
3. Buddhism and Caste 
*4. Mahayana Buddhism: The Lotus Sutra 
5. Judaism and the Bible: History, Laws, and Psalms 
6. Judaism and the Bible: Prophecy and Apocalypse 
7. The Christian Bible: Jesus According to Matthew 
*8. Paul, Letters  


*7. The Spread of Universal Religions: Afro-Eurasia,

        100–1000 C.E.   
*Thinking Historically: Understanding Continuity and Change 
*1. Ofri Ilani, Conversion and the Expansion of Judaism 
2. Pliny Consults the Emperor Trajan 
3. Eusebius, Life of Constantine 
*4. Christianity in China: The Nestorian Monument 
5. Buddhism in China: The Disposition of Error  
6. Selections from the Koran  
*7. Alexander Stille, Scholars Are Quietly Offering New

        Theories of the Koran 
8. Peace Terms with Jerusalem  
*9. The Epic of Sundiata   


8. Medieval Civilizations: European, Islamic, Chinese, and

      Maya Societies, 250–1250 
Thinking Historically: Distinguishing Social, Economic, Political, and

  Cultural Aspects of Civilizations 
1. Feudalism: An Oath of Homage and Fealty 
2. The Magna Carta 
3. Islam: Sayings Ascribed to the Prophet  
*4. Muhammad’s Night Journey  
5. Al-Tanukhi, A Government Job  
6. Ichisada Miyazaki, The Chinese Civil Service Exam System 
7. Liu Tsung-Yuan, Camel Kuo the Gardener 
*8. Simon Martin and Nikolai Grube, Chronicle of the Maya

        Kings and Queens  
9. Love, Sex, and Marriage: Medieval Europe and Asia,

Thinking Historically: Analyzing Cultural Differences  
1. Kevin Reilly, Love in Medieval Europe, India, and Japan 
2. Ulrich von Liechtenstein, The Service of Ladies 
3. Andreas Capellanus, The Art of Courtly Love 
4. Kalidasa, Shakuntala  
5. Murasaki Shikibu, The Tale of Genji 
*6. Zhou Daguan, Sex in the City of Angkor 


10. The First Crusade: Muslims, Christians, and Jews during

        the First Crusade, 1095–1099  
Thinking Historically: Analyzing and Writing Narrative 
1. Fulcher of Chartres, Pope Urban at Clermont 
2. Chronicle of Solomon bar Simson 
3. Anna Comnena, The Alexiad  
4. Fulcher of Chartres, The Siege of Antioch 
5. Ibn Al-Qalanisi, The Damascus Chronicle  
6. Raymond of St. Giles, Count of Toulouse, The Capture of

     Jerusalem by the Crusaders 
7. Ibn al-Athir, The Conquest of Jerusalem  
8. Letter from a Jewish Pilgrim in Egypt   


11. Raiders of Steppe and Sea: Vikings and Mongols, Eurasia

        and the Atlantic, 900–1350  
Thinking Historically: Distinguishing Historical Understanding from

  Moral Judgments
1. Gregory Guzman, Were the Barbarians a Negative or Positive

      Factor in Ancient and Medieval History?  
2. Ibn Fadlan, The Viking Rus 
3. Barry Cunliffe, The Western Vikings 
4. Eirik’s Saga  
*5. Yvo of Narbona, The Mongols  
6. The Secret History of the Mongols 
7. John of Plano Carpini, History of the Mongols 


12. The Black Death: Afro-Eurasia, 1346–1350   
Thinking Historically: Considering Cause and Effect 
1. Mark Wheelis, Biological Warfare at the 1346 Siege of Caffa  
2. Gabriele de’ Mussis, Origins of the Black Death  
3.Giovanni Boccaccio, The Plague in Florence: From

     The Decameron  
4. Images of the Black Death 
    The Black Death, 1348
    Flagellants, from a Fifteenth-Century Chronicle from

      Constance, Switzerland
    The Burning of Jews in an Early Printed Woodcut
    Francois de la Sarra, Tomb at La Sarraz, Switzerland, c.1390
5. Ahmad al-Maqrizi, The Plague in Cairo  
*6. Michael W. Dols, The Comparative Communal Responses

        to the Black Death in Muslim and Christian Societies   


13. On Cities: European, Chinese, Islamic, and Mexican Cities,

Thinking Historically: Evaluating a Comparative Thesis 
1. Fernand Braudel, Towns and Cities 
2. Gregorio Dati, Corporations and Community in Florence  
3. Marco Polo, On the City of Hangchou  
4. S. D. Goitein, Cairo: An Islamic City in Light of the Geniza  
5. Bernal Diaz, Cities of Mexico  
*6. Images of Medieval Cities 
     City View of Florence, 1482
     Cairo, 1549
     Effects of Good Government
    A Chinese City in Along the River During the Qingming Festival


14. Ecology, Technology, and Science: Europe, Asia, and

        Oceania, 500–1550   
Thinking Historically: Evaluating Grand Theories 
1. Lynn White Jr., The Historical Roots of Our Ecological Crisis 
2. Image from a Cistercian Manuscript, Twelfth Century 
3. Image from a French Calendar, Fifteenth Century 
4. Image of a Chinese Feng-Shui Master  
*5. Image of European Surveying Instruments 
6. Lynda Norene Shaffer, Southernization 
7. Jared Diamond, Easter Island’s End  


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