VOYAGES IN WORLD HISTORY, BRIEF EDITION, masterfully uses the theme of movement-the journeys of peoples, ideas, and goods-to help readers make sense of the overwhelming range of people, places, and events throughout history. Each chapter begins with, and is framed around, the story of a person who traveled within the time period and region under discussion. Readers will enjoy the stories and will also learn to critically evaluate the traveler's observations and attitudes. A primary source feature called "Movement of Ideas" helps readers to analyze original sources by providing multiple explanations of significant ideas throughout history.
About the Author
Valerie Hansen received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1987. She is Professor of History at Yale University, where she teaches courses in East Asian history, especially pre-modern China. Her many scholarly publications include CHANGING GODS IN MEDIEVAL CHINA, 1127-1276 (Princeton UP, 1990) and NEGOTIATING DAILY LIFE IN TRADITIONAL CHINA: HOW ORDINARY PEOPLE USED CONTRACTS, 600-1400 (Yale UP, 1995). She is also author of THE OPEN EMPIRE: A HISTORY OF CHINA TO 1600 (WW Norton, 2000) and THE SILK ROAD: A NEW HISTORY (Oxford UP, 2012). As co-author of the Cengage Learning text VOYAGES IN WORLD HISTORY, she contributes Chapters 1-15.
Kenneth R. Curtis received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in African and Comparative World History. His research focuses on colonial to postcolonial transitions in East Africa, with a particular focus on the coffee economy of Tanzania. He is Professor of History at California State University Long Beach, where he has taught world history at the introductory level, in special courses designed for future middle and high school teachers, and in graduate seminars. He has worked to advance the teaching of world history at the collegiate and secondary levels in collaboration with the World History Association, the California History/Social Science Project, and the College Board's Advanced Placement World History course.
Table of Contents
1. The Peopling of the World, to 4000 B.C.E. 2. The First Complex Societies in the Eastern Mediterranean, ca. 4000-550 B.C.E. 3. Ancient India and the Rise of Buddhism, 2600 B.C.E 100 C.E. 4. Blueprint for Empire: China, 1200 B.C.E 220 C.E. 5. The Americas and the Islands of the Pacific, to 1200 C.E. 6. New Empires in Iran and Greece, 2000 B.C.E 651 C.E. 7. The Roman Empire and the Rise of Christianity, 509 B.C.E 476 C.E. 8. Hindu and Buddhist States and Societies in Asia, 100-1000. 9. Islamic Empires of Western Asia and Africa, 600-1258. 10. The Multiple Centers of Europe, 500-1000. 11. Expanding Trade Networks in Africa and India, 1000-1500. 12. China's Commercial Revolution, ca. 900-1276. 13. Europe's Commercial Revolution, 1000-1400. 14. The Mongols and Their Successors, 1200-1500. 15. Maritime Expansion in the Atlantic World, 1400-1600. 16. Maritime Expansion in Afro-Eurasia, 1500-1700. 17. Religion, Politics, and the Balance of Power in Western Eurasia, 1500-1750. 18. Empires, Colonies, and Peoples of the Americas, 1600-1750. 19. The Atlantic System: Africa, the Americas, and Europe, 1550-1807. 20. Empires in Early Modern Asia, 1650-1818. 21. European Science and the Foundations of Modern Imperialism, 1600-1820. 22. Revolutions in the West, 1750-1830. 23. The Industrial Revolution and European Politics, 1765-1880. 24. The Challenge of Modernity in China, Japan, and India, 1800-1910. 25. State Building and Social Change in the Americas, 1830-1895. 26. The New Imperialism in Africa and Southeast Asia, 1830-1914. 27. War, Revolution, and Global Uncertainty, 1905-1928. 28. Responses to Global Crisis, 1920-1939. 29. The Second World War and the Origins of the Cold War, 1939-1949. 30. The Cold War and Decolonization, 1949-1975. 31. Toward a New World Order, 1975-2000. 32. Voyage into the Twenty-First Century.