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A History of World Societies: From 800 to 1815 / Edition 6

A History of World Societies: From 800 to 1815 / Edition 6


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A History of World Societies: From 800 to 1815 / Edition 6

More than any other text, A History of World Societies introduces students to the families, foods, workplaces, religions, and diversions of peoples of the past through lively, descriptive writing and extensive primary sources that give voice to a wide range of individuals. This hallmark treatment of social history combines with strong political, cultural, and economic coverage and a clear, easy-to-manage organization to provide students with the most vivid account available of what life was like throughout human history.

The Eighth Edition welcomes to the author team Merry Wiesner-Hanks and Clare Crowston, experienced world-history teachers and highly regarded scholars who bring additional attention to gender and cultural history. It also expands the text's global perspective by strengthening coverage of non-Western topics and comparisons among world societies. A fresh, colorful look and a completely new map program showcase a narrative that the authors judiciously shortened for even greater power and accessibility.

Bedford/St. Martin’s is proud to have recently acquired the stellar McKay franchise in World History and Western Civilization. These wonderful books fit well with our publishing philosophy at Bedford/St. Martin’s, emphasizing innovation, quality, and a focus on the needs of students and instructors. We hope to contribute to their future success with the care and attention to detail we give every book we publish.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780618301997
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company College Division
Publication date: 07/01/2003
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 728
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

John P. McKay, Professor of History at the University of Illinois, received his Ph.D. from the University of Columbia, Berkeley in 1968. Author of three books, he won the Herbert Baxter Adams Award from the American Historical Association with his Pioneers for Profit. He is a Senior Fulbright Fellow and recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Bennett D. Hill (deceased), a former Chairman and Professor of History at the University of Illinois, received his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1963. He taught at the University of Maryland and was most recently a visiting professor at Georgetown University. He published two books and many journal articles.

John Buckler, a Professor of History at the University of Illinois, earned his doctorate at Harvard University in 1973. He has published numerous journal articles and written a monograph, The Theban Hegemony, published by Harvard University Press.

Patricia B. Ebrey, Professor with Joint Appointment: Early Imperial China, Song Dynasty, at the University of Washington in Seattle, received her Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1975. She has published numerous journal articles and published The Cambridge Illustrated History of China (Cambridge University Press, 1996), as well as numerous monographs.


Merry Wiesner-Hanks, UWM Distinguished Professor at University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, earned her B.A. from Grinnell College in 1973 and her Ph.D. in 1979 at University of Wisconsin – Madison. She is the co-editor of the Sixteenth Century Journal and the author or editor of nineteen books and many articles that have appeared in many languages. She is currently the Chief Reader for Advanced Placement World History.

Clare H. Crowston, Associate Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, earned her B.A. in 1985 from McGill University and her Ph.D. in 1996 from Cornell University. The author of many articles, she has also written Fabricating Women: The Seamstresses of Old Regime France, 1675-1791 (Duke University Press, 2001), which won two awards, the Berkshire Prize and the Hagley Prize. She is a past-President of the Society for French Historical Studies and a former chair of the Pinkney Prize Committee.

Table of Contents

Chapter 10: Civilizations of the Americas, 2500 BCE- 1500 CE The Early Peoples of the Americas         Settling the Americas         The Development of Agriculture Early Civilizations         Mounds, Towns, and Trade in North and South America         The Olmecs Classical Era Mesoamerica and North America         Maya Technology and Trade         Maya Science and Religion         Teotihuacán and the Toltecs         Hohokam, Hopewell, and Mississippian The Aztecs         Religion and War in Aztec Society                 Individuals in Society: Tlacaélel         The Life of the People         The Cities of the Aztecs The Incas         Earlier Peruvian Cultures         Inca Imperialism         Inca Society  Chapter 11: Central and Southern Asia, to 1400 Central Asian Nomads         The Turks         The Mongols         Daily Life Chinggis Khan and the Mongol Empire         Chinggis’s Successors         The Mongols as RulersEast-West Communication During the Mongol Era India, 300-1400         The Gupta Empire (ca 320-480)         India’s Medieval Age (ca 500-1400) and the          First Encounter with Islam                 Individuals in Society: Bhaskara the Teacher         Daily Life in Medieval India         Southeast Asia, to 1400         The Spread of Indian Culture in Comparative Perspective  Chapter 12: East Asia, ca 800-1400         The Medieval Chinese Economic Revolution (800-1100) China During the Song Dynasty (960-1279)         The Scholar-Officials and New-Confucianism                 Individuals in Society: Shen Gua         Women’s Lives Japan’s Heian Period (794-1185)         Fujiwara Rule         Aristocratic Culture The Samurai and The Kamakura Shogunate (1185-1333)         Military Rule         Cultural Trends  Chapter 13: Europe in the Middle Ages, 850-1400 Political Developments         Feudalism and Manorialism         Invasions and Migrations          The Restoration of Order         Law and Justice Revival and Reform in the Christian Church         Monastic Reforms                 Individuals in Society: Hildegard of Bingen         Papal Reforms         Popular Religion The Expansion of Latin Christendom         Toward a Christian Society The Crusades         Background of the Crusades         The Course of the Crusades         Consequences The Changing Life of the People         Those Who Work         Those Who Fight         Towns and Cities         The Expansion of Long-Distance Trade The Culture of the Middle Ages         Universities and Scholasticism         Cathedrals         Troubadour Poetry Crises of the Later Middle Ages         The Great Famine and the Black Death         The Hundred Years’ War         Challenges to the Church         Peasant and Urban Revolts  Chapter 14: Europe in the Renaissance and Reformation,   1350-1600 Renaissance Culture          Economic and Political Context         Intellectual Change                 Individuals in Society: Leonardo Da Vinci         Secularism         Christian Humanism         The Printed Word         Art and the Artist Social Hierarchies         Race         Class         Gender Politics and the State in the Renaissance (ca 1450–1521)         France         England         Spain         The Habsburgs The Protestant Reformation         Criticism of the Church         Martin Luther         Protestant Thought and Its Appeal         The Radical Reformation and the German Peasants’ War         The Reformation and Marriage         The Reformation and German Politics         The Spread of the Protestant Reformation         Calvinism The Catholic Reformation         The Reformed Papacy and the Council of Trent         New Religious Orders Religious Violence         French Religious Wars         The Netherlands Under Charles V         The Great European Witch-Hunt  Chapter 15: The Acceleration of Global Contact The Indian Ocean: Hub of an Afro-Eurasian Trading World         People and Cultures         Religious Revolutions         Trade and Commerce European Discovery, Reconnaissance, and Expansion         Causes of European Expanision         Technological Stimuli to Exploration         The Portuguese Overseas Empire                 Individuals in Society: Zheng He         The Problem of Christopher Columbus         New World Conquest The Impact of Contact         Colonial Administration         The Columbian Exchange         Spanish Settlement and Indigenous Population Decline         Sugar and Slavery Global Trade Networks The Chinese and Japanese Discovery of the West The World-Wide Economic Effects of Spanish Silver  Chapter 16: Absolutism and Constitutionalism in   Europe, ca 1589-1725 Seventeenth-Century Crisis and Rebuilding Economic and Demographic Crisis The Return of Serfdom in the East The Thirty Years’ War         Seventeenth-Century State-Building: Common           Obstacles and Achievements Absolutism in France and Spain         The Foundations of Absolutism: Henry IV, Sully, and Richelieu         Louis XIV and Absolutism         Financial and Economic Management Under Louis XIV: Colbert         Louis XIV’s Wars         The Decline of Absolutist Spain in the Seventeenth Century Absolutism in Eastern Europe: Austria, Prussia, and Russia         The Austrian Habsburgs         Prussia in the Seventeenth Century         The Consolidation of Prussian Absolutism         The Mongol Yoke and the Rise of Moscow         Tsar and People to 1689         The Reforms of Peter the Great Constitutionalism Absolutist Claims in England (1603-1649)         Religious Divides         Puritanical Absolutism in England: Cromwell           and the Protectorate         The Restoration of the English Monarchy         The Triumph of England’s Parliament: Constitutional           Monarchy and Cabinet Government The Dutch Republic in the Seventeenth Century         Individuals in Society: Glückel of Hameln  Chapter 17: Toward a New Worldview in the West The Scientific Revolution         Scientific Thought in 1500         The Copernican Hypothesis         From Brahe to Galileo         Newton’s Synthesis         Causes of the Scientific Revolution         Science and Society The Enlightenment         The Emergence of the Enlightenment         The Philosophes and the Public         Urban Culture and the Public Sphere         Late Enlightenment         Race and the Enlightenment The Enlightenment and Absolutism         Frederick the Great of Prussia                 Individuals in Society: Moses Mendelssohn                   and the Jewish Enlightenment         Catherine the Great of Russia         The Austrian Habsburgs  Chapter 18: Africa and the World, ca 1400–1800 Senegambia and Benin         Women, Marriage, and Work          Trade and Industry The Sudan: Songhay, Kanem-Bornu, and Hausaland Ethiopia The Swahili City-States The African Slave Trade         The Atlantic Slave Trade                 Individuals in Society: Olaudah Equiano         Consequences Within Africa  Chapter 19: The Islamic World Powers, ca 1400-1800 The Three Turkish Ruling Houses: The Ottomans,   Safavids, and Mughals         The Ottoman Turkish Empire                 Individuals in Society: Hürrem         The Safavid Theoracy in Persia         The Mughal Empire in India Cultural Flowering         City and Palace Building         Intellectual and Religious Trends         Coffee Houses Non-Muslims Under Muslim Rule Shifting Trade Routes and European Penetration         European Rivalry for the Indian Trade         Factory-Fort Societies         The Rise of the British East India Company Dynastic Decline  Chapter 20: Continuity and Change in East Asia,   ca 1400–1800 Ming China, 1368-1644         Problems with the Imperial Institution         The Mongols and the Great Wall          The Examination Life         Life of the People                 Individuals in Society: Tan Yunxian, Woman Doctor         Ming Decline The Manchus and Qing China, 1644–1800         Competent and Long-Lived Emperors         Imperial Expansion Japan’s Middle Ages         Muromachi Culture         Civil War         The Victors: Nobunaga and Hideyoshi The Tokugawa Shogunate         Commercialization         The Life of the People in the Edo Period East Asian Maritime Trade and Piracy         Zheng He’s Voyages         Piracy and Japan’s Overseas Adventures         Europeans Enter the Scene         Missionaries         Learning from the West         British Efforts to Expand Trade with China           in the Eighteenth Century  Chapter 21:The Revolution in Politics, 1775-1815 Background to Revolution         Legal Orders and Social Change         The Crisis of Political Legitimacy         The Impact of the American Revolution         Financial Crisis Revolution in Metropole and Colony, 1789-1791         The Formation of the National Assembly         The Revolt of the Poor and the Oppressed         A Limited Monarchy         Revolutionary Aspirations in Saint-Domingue World War and Republican France, 1791-1799         Foreign Reactions and the Beginning of War         The Second Revolution         Total War and the Terror         Revolution in Saint-Domingue         The Thermidorian Reaction and the Directory, 1794-1799 The Napoleonic Era, 1799-1815         Napoleon’s Rule of France         Napoleon’s Expansion in Europe         The War of Haitian Independence         The Grand Empire and Its End

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