ISBN-10:
0199936765
ISBN-13:
9780199936762
Pub. Date:
05/09/2013
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
The History of the World / Edition 6

The History of the World / Edition 6

by J. M. Roberts, O. A. Westad
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Overview

J.M. Roberts's renowned History of the World is widely considered the finest available one-volume survey of the major events, developments, and personalities of the known past, offering generations of readers a tour of the vast landscape of human history.

In this new edition, Bancroft Prize-winning historian Odd Arne Westad has completely revised this landmark work to bring the narrative up to the twenty-first century, including the 9/11 attacks and the wars in the Middle East. Westad utilizes the remarkable gains in scholarship in recent decades to enhance the book's coverage of early human life and vastly improve the treatment of India and China, Central Eurasia, early Islam, and the late Byzantine Empire, as well as the history of science, technology, and economics. The result is a truly remarkable work of compression and synthesis, sweeping through thousands of years of history, weaving the stories of empires, art, religion, economics, and science into a lucid and engaging narrative. Ranging from the early hominids and the emergence of Mesopotamian civilizations and ancient Egypt, the book illuminates such topics as the Roman Empire, the explosive arrival of Islam, the rise and fall of samurai rule in Japan, the medieval kingdoms of sub-Saharan Africa, the Mongol conquests, and the early modern expansion of Europe across the globe; also covered are the struggle for American independence, the French Revolution, the colonial empires, Japan's startling modernization, and the World Wars.

With over 90 informative maps, The History of the World remains the finest, most readable survey in print.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199936762
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 05/09/2013
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 1280
Sales rank: 590,721
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.50(h) x 2.20(d)

About the Author

J. M. Roberts CBE died in 2003. He was Warden at Merton College, Oxford University, until his retirement and is widely considered one of the leading historians of his era. He is also renowned as the author and presenter of the BBC TV series The Triumph of the West (1985).

Odd Arne Westad is Professor of International History at the London School of Economics. He has published fifteen books on modern and contemporary international history, among them The Global Cold War, which won the Bancroft Prize, and Decisive Encounters, a standard history of the Chinese civil war. He is general editor of the forthcoming three-volume Cambridge History of the Cold War.

Table of Contents

BOOK ONE
BEFORE HISTORY
Introduction
1 The Foundations
2 Homo Sapiens
3 The Possibility of Civilization

BOOK TWO
CIVILIZATIONS
Introduction
1 Early Civilized Life
2 Ancient Mesopotamia
3 Ancient Egypt
4 Intruders and Invaders
5 The Beginnings of Civilization in South Asia
6 Ancient China
7 The Other Worlds of the Ancient Past
8 Transformations

BOOK THREE
THE CLASSICAL AGE
Introduction
1 Remaking the Old World
2 The Greeks
3 The Hellenistic World
4 Rome
5 Christianity and Western Transition
6 Classical India
7 Classical China

BOOK FOUR
THE AGE OF DIVERGING TRADITIONS
Introduction
1 The Central Eurasian Crossroads
2 Islam and the Arab Empires
3 Byzantium and Its Sphere
4 The New Near East and the Making of Europe
5 India
6 Imperial China
7 Japan
8 Worlds Apart
9 Europe: The Possibility of Change
10 New Limits, New Horizons

BOOK FIVE
THE MAKING OF THE EUROPEAN AGE
Introduction
1 Qing China and Mughal India
2 A New Kind of Society: Early Modern Europe
3 Authority and Its Challengers in Europe
4 The New World of Great Powers
5 Europe's Assault on the World
6 World History's New Shape
7 Ideas Old and New

BOOK SIX
THE GREAT ACCELERATION
Introduction
1 Long-term Change
2 Political Change in an Age of Revolution
3 Political Change: A New Europe
4 Political Change: The Anglo-Saxon World
5 The European World Hegemony
6 Imperialism and Imperial Rule
7 Asian Metamorphoses

BOOK SEVEN
THE END OF THE EUROPEAN AGE
Introduction
1 Strains in the System
2 The Era of the First World War
3 The Making of a New Asia
4 The Ottoman Heritage and the Western Islamic Lands
5 The Second World War
6 Decolonisation and Cold War

BOOK EIGHT
OUR OWN TIME
Introduction
1 Revolutions in Science and Perceptions
2 The Cold War World
3 Crises and Détente
4 The Closing of an Era
5 Openings and Closures
6 Whole World History

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