The Human Journey: A Concise Introduction to World History available in Paperback
In each conceptually rich chapter, leading historian Kevin Reilly concentrates on a single important period and theme, sustaining a focused narrative and analytical perspective. Chapter 2, for example, discusses the significance of bronze-age urbanization and the advent of the Iron Age. Chapter 3 examines the meaning and significance of the age of “classical” civilizations. Chapter 4 explains the spread of universal religions and new technologies in the postclassical age of Eurasian integration. But these examples also reveal a range of approaches to world history. The first chapter is an example of current “Big History,” the second of history as technological transformations, the third of comparative history, the fourth the history of connections that dominates, and thus narrows, so many texts. Free of either a confined, limiting focus or a mandatory laundry list of topics, this book begins with our most important questions and searches all of our past for answers. Well-grounded in the latest scholarship, this is not a fill-in-the-blanks text, but world history in a grand humanistic tradition.
|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.|
|Edition description:||Older Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.00(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Table of ContentsChapter 1: The Long Prologue: From 14 Billion Years Ago
Chapter 2: The Brave New World of City, State, and Pasture: From 3000 BCE
Chapter 3: Eurasian Classical Cultures and Empires: 600 BCE–200 CE
Chapter 4: The Spread of New Ways in Eurasia: 200 CE–1000 CE
Chapter 5: The Making of an Afro-Eurasian Network: 1000 CE–1450 CE
Chapter 6: Inner Africa, the Americas, and Oceania: Before 1450
Chapter 7: Empires and Encounters: The Early Modern Era in World History (1450–1750)
Chapter 8: The Roots of Globalization (1450–1750)
Chapter 9: Breaking Out: The First Modern Societies (1750–1900)
Chapter 10: The Great Disturbance: An Era of Global Empires (1750–1940)
Chapter 11: The Modern World: Global Realignments in the Past Century
Chapter 12: Beneath the Surface: Globalization and Modernity
What People are Saying About This
Up-to-date information and conceptualization take this book to a new level of excellence. As always, Kevin Reilly offers rich social history and narrative.
The Human Journey speaks directly to students, offering a very readable and well-developed narrative about the interactions and connections that have shaped human society—from the first hominids to the contemporary implications of globalization. Kevin Reilly presents stories of humanity's past that are concise while also providing depth and ease of understanding. This is an engaging text where readers travel back in time and are amply rewarded for their journey.
I look forward to using this new world history textbook, which greatly advances our struggle to think world historically and to get this field ‘right.’ This book is among the first to incorporate what Kevin Reilly calls ‘little big history’ and put human history in its place, while never losing sight of the significance of the human presence. It is a wonderfully scholarly book that directly engages the latest debates in the field (with footnotes even!) yet wears its erudition lightly. Reilly expertly weaves together political, economic, social, and LOTS of cultural threads, selecting good—and sometimes surprising—case studies for illustration. The text never loses sight of his view of the grand arc of it all, arguing for a series of successive globalizations over at least the last millennium. This text will make a wonderful companion to Reilly’s two-volume document series, which remains a classic in the field.