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Designed to accompany McKay et al.s A History of World Societies, each chapter of Sources of World Societies contains approximately six sources that present history from the perspectives of well-known figures and ordinary individuals alike. Now with visual sources and two more documents per chapter, this edition offers breadth and depth. Headnotes and questions supplement each document, while a new “Viewpoints” feature highlights two or three sources per chapter that address a single topic from different perspectives. Comparative questions ask students to make connections between sources and across time.
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About the Author

Walter D. Ward (Ph.D., UCLA) is an assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has published several scholarly articles on the Roman Near East, early Christianity, and trade in the Red Sea, and he is putting the finishing touches on his first book manuscript, Inventing the pre-Islamic Saracen "Other": Monastic and Saracen Identity Formation in the Sinai Peninsula from Constantine to Mohammad.

Denis Gainty (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania) is a professor of history at Georgia State University. He is the author of several pieces on Tokugawa and Meiji social history, including a book chapter on the inclusion of martial arts in the modern Japanese public school curriculum. He is currently writing his first book, Martialing the National Body.

Table of Contents

16 The Acceleration of Global Contact, 1450-1600     
16-1 Zheng He, Stele Inscription, 1431      
     Viewpoints: Exploration and Its Material Advantages
     16-2 Christopher Columbus, Letter from the Third Voyage, 1493
     16-3 King Dom Manuel of Portugal, Grant of Rights of Trade, 1500
     16-4 Bartolomé de Las Casas, From Brief Account of the Devastation of the Indies, 1542   
16-5 Bernal Díaz del Castillo, From The True History of the Conquest of New Spain, 1568

16-6 From The Florentine Codex, ca. 1577-1580

16-7 Matteo Ricci, From China in the Sixteenth Century, ca. 1607

17 European Power and Expansion, 1500-1750 

     Viewpoints: Thoughts on Government

     17-1 Jacques-Benigne Bossuet, On Divine Right, ca. 1675-1680 

     17-2 Thomas Hobbes, From Leviathan: “Of the Natural Condition of Mankind as Concerning Their Felicity and Misery,” 1651

     17-3 John Locke, From Two Treatises of Government: “Of the Ends of Political Society and Government,” 1690

17-4  Duc de Saint-Simon, From Memoirs of Louis XIV: “On the Early Life of Louis XIV,” ca. 1730-1755

17-5 Catherine II of Russia, Two Decrees, 1762, 1765

17-6 Emilian Ivanovich Pugachev, A Decree and a Manifesto, 1773, 1774

Comparative Questions

18 New Worldviews and Ways of Life, 1540-1790 

18-1 Galileo Galilei, From a Letter to the Grand Duchess Christina and “To the Discerning Reader” from Dialog Concerning the Two Chief World-Systems, 1615, 1632 

     Viewpoints: Changing Ideas of Science

     18-2 Francis Bacon, From The Great Restoration: “History of Life and Death,” 1623

     18-3 Peter the Great and Gottfried Leibniz, Items from the Rule of Peter the Great, ca. 1712-1718

18-4 Voltaire, From Dictionnaire Philosophique: “Theist,” 1764

18-5 Immanuel Kant, “What Is Enlightenment?” 1784

18-6 Philip Stanhope, From Letters to His Son, 1748

Comparative Questions

19 Africa and the World, 1400-1800 

19-1 Nzinga Mbemba (Alfonso I), From Letters to the King of Portugal, 1526 

19-2 Osei Bonsu, An Asante King Questions British Motives in Ending the Slave Trade, 1820

19-3 Leo Africanus, A Description of Timbuktu, 1526

     Viewpoints: The Slave Trade

     19-4 Anna Maria Falconbridge, From Narrative of Two Voyages to the River Sierra Leone, 1794

     19-5 Olaudah Equiano, From The Interesting Narrative of Olaudah Equiano, 1789 

19-6 Louis Ohier de Grandpré, From Voyage to the West Coast of Africa, 1801 

Comparative Questions

20 The Islamic World Powers, 1300-1800 

20-1 Sultan Selim I, From a Letter to Shah Ismail of Persia, 1514 

20-2 Antonio Monserrate, From The Commentary of Father Monserrate: On Mughal India, ca. 1580 

20-3 Farid Ud-Din Attar and Habiballah, Excerpt from and Illustration of The Conference of the Birds, 1600

20-4 Nuruddin Salim Jahangir, From the Memoirs of Jahangir, ca. 1580-1600

     Viewpoints: Economics Micro and Macro

     20-5 Halime Hatun, Record of Two Petitions, 1702

     20-6 The Dutch East India Company and Shah Abbas, Correspondences on Persian Trade, 1647, 1648

Comparative Questions


21 Continuity and Change in East Asia, 1400-1800 

21-1 Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Letter to His Wife, 1587

22-2 Huang Zongxi, From Waiting for the Dawn: “On the Prince” and “On Ministership,” 1662

22-3 Engelbert Kaempfer, From History of Japan, 1727

     Viewpoints: Gender in East Asia

     22-4 Kaibara Ekiken and Kaibara To¯ken, Common Sense Teachings for Japanese Children and Greater Learning for Women, ca. 1700

     22-5 A Japanese Sake Brewer's Female Antipollution Pass, ca. 1603-1868

     22-6 Li Ruzhen (Li Ju-Chen), From Flowers in the Mirror (Jing Hua Yuan), 1827 

Comparative Questions

22 Revolutions in the Atlantic World, 1775-1815 

22-1 From The Declaration of Independence of the United States of America, 1776

     Viewpoints: Defining the Citizen

     22-2 The Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen, 1789 

     22-3 Olympe de Gouges, From the Declaration of the Rights of Woman, 1791

22-4 Maximilien Robespierre, Revolutionary Speech, 1794 

22-5 Mary Wollstonecraft, From A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, 1792 

21-6 The Haitian Declaration of Independence, 1804 

Comparative Questions

23 The Revolution in Energy and Industry, ca. 1760-1860 

23-1 Thomas Robert Malthus, From “An Essay on the Principle of Population,” 1798 

     Viewpoints: The Realities of Manufacturing

     23-2  Robert Owen, From Observations of the Effect of the Manufacturing System, 1815

     23-3 Sadler Committee and Ashley Commission, Testimonies Before Parliamentary Committees on Working Conditions in England, 1832, 1842 

23-4 Chartism: The People's Petition, 1838

23-5 The Treaty of Balta-Liman

Comparative Questions

24 Ideologies of Change in Europe, 1815-1914 

24-1 Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, From The Communist Manifesto, 1848 

     Viewpoints: Visions of the Nation

     24-2 Johann Gottlieb Fichte, Address to the German Nation, 1808

     24-3 Max Nordau, On Zionism, 1905

     24-4 Giuseppe Garibaldi, Speech to His Soldiers, 1860

24-5 Munich Bar Kochba Association, 1902

24-6 Beatrice Webb, From My Apprenticeship: “Why I Became a Socialist,” 1926

Comparative Questions

25 Africa, Southwest Asia, and the New Imperialism, 1800-1914 

25-1 Sultan Abdul Mejid, Imperial Rescript, 1856 

25-2 An Ottoman Government Decree on the “Modern” Citizen, 1870 

     Viewpoints: The Colonial Encounter in Africa

     25-3 Cecil Rhodes, From “Confession of Faith,” ca. 1877

     25-4 Ndansi Kumalo, On the British Incursion in Zimbabwe, 1932 

25-5 Roger Casement and David Engohahe, Victims of Belgian Atrocities, ca. 1904-1905

Comparative Questions

26 Asia in the Era of Imperialism, 1800-1914 

     Viewpoints: Reactions to Imperialism and Modernity

     26-1 Lin Zexu, From a Letter to Queen Victoria, 1839

     26-2 Two Proclamations of the Boxer Rebellion, 1898, 1900 

     26-3 Saigo Takamori, Letter on the Korean Question, 1873

26-4 Sir Henry Montgomery Lawrence, Letter to Lieutenant-Governor J. Colvin, June 13, 1857 

26-5 Sun Yat-Sen, On the Three People's Principles and the Future of the Chinese People, 1906 

26-6 Moorfield Storey and Julian Codman, On American Imperialism in the Philippines, 1902

Comparative Questions

27 Nation Building in the Americas and Australia, 1770-1914 

27-1 Simòn Bolivar, Jamaica Letter, 1815

27-2 Alexis de Tocqueville, From Democracy in America, 1840 

     Viewpoints: Federal Dispossession in the United States and Australia

     27-3 Cherokee Nation Versus the State of Georgia, 1831 

     27-4 From Aborigines Protection Act, 1909-1943 

27-5 N.C. Adossides, “Villa, the Bandit General,” 1914

27-6 Advertisement for the Canadian Pacific Railway, 1883 

Comparative Questions

28 World War and Revolution, 1914-1929

28-1 From A War Nurse's Diary, 1918

28-2 Correspondence of Evelyn and Fred Albright, 1917

28-3 Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, “All Power to the Soviets!” 1917 

28-4 The Zionist Organization, Memorandum to the Peace Conference in Versailles: On the Establishment of a Jewish State in Palestine, February 3, 1919

     Viewpoints: Zionist, German, and Japanese Views on the End of WWI

     28-5 German Delegation to the Paris Peace Conference, On the Conditions of Peace, October 1919

     28-6 Konoe Fumimaro, “Against a Pacifism Centered on England and America,” 1918

Comparative Questions

29 Nationalism in Asia, 1914-1939 

29-1 Mary L. Graffam, An Account of Turkish Violence against Armenians, 1915

29-2 Arthur James Balfour, Debating the Balfour Declaration: The British Government Supports a Jewish Homeland in Palestine, 1917

29-3 Sarojini Naidu, From “The Agony and Shame of the Punjab”: An Indian Nationalist Condemns the British Empire, 1920

     Viewpoints: Prescriptions for National Improvement in China and Siam

     29-4 Jiang Jieshi, “The New Life Movement,” 1934

     29-5 King Vajiravudh, On the Siamese Nation, 1914, 1917, 1920

29-6 Claudie Beaucarnot, Vacation Diary, July 1943

Comparative Questions

30 The Great Depression and World War II, 1929-1945 

30-1 Woody Guthrie, “Do Re Mi,” 1937

30-2 Gertrud Scholtz-Klink, Speech to the National Socialist Women's Association, 1935

30-3 The Nuremberg Laws: The Centerpiece of Nazi Racial Legislation, 1935 

30-4 Letters to Izvestiya: On the Issue of Abortion, 1936 

     Viewpoints: Atomic Warfare Realized

     30-5 Harry S. Truman, White House Press Release on Hiroshima, August 6, 1945

     30-6 Toshiko Saeki, Interview with a Survivor of Hiroshima, 1986

Comparative Questions

31 Global Recovery and Division Between Superpowers, 1945 to the Present 

31-1 United Nations General Assembly, Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples, December 14, 1960

     Viewpoints: Clashes and Reforms Among Cold War Superpowers

     31-2 Harry S Truman, The Truman Doctrine, March 12, 1947 

     31-3 Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev, “On the Personality Cult and Its Consequences,” 1956

     31-4 Mikhail Gorbachev, From Perestroika: New Thinking for Our Country and the World, 1986  

31-5 George C. Wallace, “Statement and Proclamation”: School House Door Speech, June 11, 1963

31-6 Male Japanese Citizens, “Ikigai,” 2003

Comparative Questions

32 Independence, Progress, and Conflict in Asia and the Middle East, 1945 to the Present

32-1 Ho Chi Minh, Declaration of the Independence of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, September 1945

32-2 Jawaharlal Nehru, The Partitioning of the Punjab, 1947

     Viewpoints: Transitions in Modern China

     32-3 Former Red Guard, “Away from Madness,” 1996

     32-4 Deng Ziaoping, “Build Socialism with Chinese Characteristics,” June 30, 1984

32-5 Gamal Abdel Nasser, Suez Canal Nationalization Speech, September 15, 1956

32-6 Unya Shavit, Arab and Israeli Soccer Players Discuss Ethnic Relations in Israel, November 3, 2000 

Comparative Questions

33 The Global South: Latin America and Africa, 1945 to the Present

33-1 Pablo Neruda, “Standard Oil Co.” and “United Fruit Co.,” 1950

33-2 Fidel Castro, Interview with Dan Rather, September 30, 1979

33-3 Charles de Gaulle, Comments on Algeria, April 11, 1961

33-4 Kwame Nkrumah, Speech on the Tenth Anniversary of the Convention People's Party, 1960

     Viewpoints: Race and Power in South Africa

     33-5 National Party of South Africa, “The National Party's Colour Policy,” March 29, 1948 

     33-6 Nelson Mandela, The Rivonia Trial Speech to the Court, April 20, 1964

Comparative Questions

34 A New Era in World History 

     Viewpoints: Defining Arabic and Islamic Identities

     34-1 George Tarabishi, A Roundtable Discussion of Globalization and Its Impact on Arab Culture, October 26, 2000 

     34-2 Osama (Usama) bin Laden, A Call on Muslims to Take Up Arms Against America, 1998 

34-3 John Yoo, Memoranda Regarding U.S. Military Interrogations, 2002, 2003

34-4 Carolina Sic, From an Interview with Women United for Worker Justice, 2005

34-5 Al Gore, On Solving the Climate Crisis, September 18, 2006

34-6 Jonas Bendiksen, “New Settlement”: A Slum in Caracas, Venezuela, ca. 2007

Comparative Questions

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