World Civilizations: Volume I: To 1700 / Edition 5 available in Paperback
Short chapters, great stories, and study tools! Adler and Pouwels's WORLD CIVILIZATIONS is a vibrant introduction to world history structured to meet the demands of your study schedule. It's clearly written, packed with charts and illustrations, and loaded with review features so you'll be up to date in class and ready for tests. And, because WORLD CIVILIZATIONS offers extensive coverage of Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, you'll have timely historical insights into the issues that make today's news. Get this book and discover how manageable and interesting history can be.
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About the Author
Philip J. Adler taught college courses in world history to undergraduates for almost thirty years prior to his recent retirement. Dr. Adler earned his Ph.D. at the University of Vienna following military service overseas in the 1950s. His dissertation was on the activity of the South Slav emigres during World War I, and his academic specialty was the modern history of Eastern Europe and the Austro-Hungarian empire. His research has been supported by Fulbright and the National Endowment for the Humanities grants. Dr. Adler has published widely in the historical journals of the U.S. and German-speaking Europe. He is currently professor emeritus at East Carolina University, where he spent most of his teaching career.
Randall L. Pouwels earned his B.A. in history at the University of Wisconsin and his Ph.D. in history at UCLA. His Ph.D. dissertation was on the history of Islam in East Africa. His book, HORN AND CRESCENT: CULTURAL CHANGE AND TRADITIONAL ISLAM ON THE EAST AFRICAN COAST, 800-1900 (Cambridge, 1987), has become a standard work in African history. THE HISTORY OF ISLAM IN AFRICA (Athens, Oxford, and Cape Town, 2000) was jointly edited with Nehemia Levtzion of Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Widely praised in reviews, it was selected by Choice as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2001 and was made a selection of the History Book Club. In addition, he has written numerous articles and reviews on East African history, the history of Islam in Africa, and historical methodologies. Dr. Pouwels's other research interests include the history of the Middle East, the Indian Ocean, and the history and archaeology of Native Americans. Over the years, his work has been supported by grants and fellowships from Fulbright-Hays, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Social Studies Research Council, the National Geographic Society, and the American Philosophical Society. He taught African history for over twenty years at LaTrobe University in Melbourne, Australia, and at UCLA. He has been the Professor of African and Middle Eastern History at the University of Central Arkansas since 1984.
Table of Contents
Unit 1: FROM HUMAN ORIGINS TO AGRARIAN COMMUNITIES , c. 100,000-500 B.C.E. 1. The Earliest Human Societies. 2. Mesopotamia. 3. Early Africa and Egypt. 4. Central Asia and India's Beginnings. 5. Ancient China to 221 B.C.E. 6. Settlement of the Americas and the Pacific Island. Worldview I: From Human Origins to Agrarian Communities, 100,000-500 B.C.E. Unit II: CLASSICAL CIVILIZATIONS OF THE WORLD, 500 B.C.E.-800 C.E. 7. New Civilizations and Empires in Western and Central Asia. 8. The Greek Adventure. 9. Greek Humanism, 800-100 B.C.E. 10. Rome: From City-State to Empire. 11. The Roman Empire and the Rise of Christianity in the West, 31 B.C.E.-800 C.E. 12. Iran, India, and "Global" Trade. 13. Imperial China in Its Golden Age. Worldview II: Classical Civilizations of the World, 500 B.C.E.-800 C.E. Unit III: THE POST-CLASSICAL ERA, c. 650-1500 C.E. 14. The Americas to the Fifteenth Century. 15. Islam. 16. Mature Islamic Civilization and the First Global Civilization. 17. Africa from Axum to 1400. 18. The Mongols Unify Eurasia. 19. Japan and Southeast Asia. 20. The European Middle Ages, c. 800-1500. 21. The Late European Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Worldview III: The Post-Classical Era, 800-1400 C.E. Unit IV: EXPANDING WEBS OF INTERACTION, c. 1400-1800. 22. A Larger World Opens. 23. Religious Division and Political Consolidation in Europe. 24. The Gunpowder Empires of Western and Southern Asia. 25. Africa in the Era of Expansion. 26. China from the Ming Through the Early Qing Dynasty. 27. Japan and Southeast Asia in the Era of European Expansion. 28. From Conquest to Colonies in Hispanic America. Worldview IV: Expanding Webs of Interaction, 1400-1700 C.E.