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Ways of the World: A Brief Global History, Combined Version (Volumes I & II)

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Ways of the World offers a genuine alternative for world history survey courses. Designed from the beginning as a brief text, Ways of the World focuses on the "big picture" of significant historical developments and is thoroughly global in its thematic and comparative approach. The accessible voice of a single author, with long experience in the classroom and in the world history movement, delivers to students an insightful new synthesis, thought-provoking questions, and chapter ending sections that invite reflection on the meaning of world history. Available in full color and in combined and split volumes, Ways of the World makes the whole world teachable.

About the Author

ROBERT W. STRAYER comes to the writing of this text with wide experience in the world history enterprise. With a Ph.D. in European and African history from the University of Wisconsin, he has taught world history at many levels, beginning with a two-year stint in high school history instruction in Ethiopia with the Peace Corps. Most of his academic career was spent at SUNY College at Brockport, where he taught world history as well as African and Soviet history for three decades and received both the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and a similar award for Excellence in Scholarship. In 1998, he was a visiting professor of world history at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. Since moving to California in 2002, he has taught world history at the University of California, Santa Cruz; California State University, Monterey Bay; and Cabrillo College. World history has been the primary intellectual focus of his career, during which he has served as a teacher, scholar, textbook author, consultant, and member of the Executive Committee of the World History Association.

Among his publications are works in African history, including Kenya: Focus on Nationalism (1975) and The Making of Mission Communities in East Africa (1978). More recently, he developed a specialty in Soviet history and wrote Why Did the Soviet Union Collapse? (1998) and The Communist Experiment (2007), comparing the experience of the Soviet Union with that of China. He was the senior author of an earlier world history textbook, The Making of the Modern World (1988; 1995), and has co-edited McGraw-Hill’s Explorations in World History series. He has also published in a number of specialized journals, such as the Journal of World History.

Table of Contents

Brief Table of Contents
Prologue: From Cosmic History to Human History

Part One: First Things First: Beginnings in History, to 500 B.C.E
      The Big Picture: Turning Points in Early World History
1. First Peoples: Populating the Planet, to 10,000 B.C.E.
2. First Farmers: The Revolutions of Agriculture,
     10,000 B.C.E.–3,000 B.C.E.
3. First Civilizations: Cities, States, and Unequal Societies,
     3,500 B.C.E.–500 B.C.E.
Part Two: The Classical Era in World History, 500 B.C.E.–500 C.E.
      The Big Picture: After the First Civilizations: What Changed
        and What Didn't?
4. Eurasian Empires, 500 B.C.E.–500 C.E.
5. Eurasian Cultural Traditions, 500 B.C.E.–500 C.E.
6. Eurasian Social Hierarchies, 500 B.C.E.–500 C.E.
7. Classical Era Variations: Africa and the Americas,
     500 B.C.E.–1200 C.E.
Part Three: An Age of Accelerating Connections, 500–1500
      The Big Picture: Defining a Millennium
8. Commerce and Culture, 500–1500
9. East Asian Connections: China and the World, 500–1300
10. The Worlds of European Christendom: Connected and
     Divided, 500–1300
11. Afro-Eurasian Connections: The Worlds of Islam, 600–1500
12. Pastoral Peoples on the Global Stage: The Mongol
     Moment, 1200–1500
13. The Worlds of the Fifteenth Century
Part Four: The Early Modern World, 1450-1750
      The Big Picture: Debating the Character of an Era
14. Empires and Encounters, 1450–1750
15. Global Commerce, 1450–1750
16. Religion and Science, 1450–1750
Part Five: The European Moment in World History, 1750-1914
      The Big Picture: European Centrality and the Problem of Eurocentrism
17. Atlantic Revolutions and Their Echoes, 1750–1914
18. Revolutions of Industrialization, 1750–1914
19. Internal Troubles, External Threats: China, the Ottoman
     Empire, and Japan, 1800–1914
20. Colonial Encounters, 1750-1914
Part Six: The Most Recent Century, 1914-2008
      The Big Picture: The Twentieth Century: A New Period in World History?
21. The Collapse and Recovery of Europe, 1914–1970s
22. The Rise and Fall of World Communism, 1917–Present
23. Independence and Development in the Global South, 1914–Present
24. Accelerating Global Interaction Since 1945

Complete Table of Contents
VOLUME 1: To 1500
Prologue: From Cosmic History to Human History
      The History of the Universe

            Snapshot: A History of the Universe as a Cosmic Calendar

      The History of a Planet
      The History of the Human Species…in a Single Paragraph:
        A Preview
      Why World History?
      Comparison, Connection, and Change: The Three Cs of
        World History

      The Big Picture: Turning Points in Early World History
            The Emergence of Humankind
            The Globalization of Humankind
            The Revolution of Farming
            The Turning Point of Civilization
                  Landmarks of Early World History, to 500 B.C.E.

Chapter 1 First Peoples: Populating the Planet, to 10,000 B.C.E.
      Out of Africa to the Ends of the Earth: First Migrations
                  Snapshot: The Long Road to the Global Presence
                    of Humankind
            Into Eurasia
            Into Australia
            Into the Americas
            Into the Pacific
      The Ways We Were
            The First Human Societies
            Economy and the Environment
            The Realm of the Spirit
                  Snapshot: The Paleolithic Era in Perspective
            Settling Down: "The Great Transition"
      Comparing Paleolithic Societies
            The San of Southern Africa
            The Chumash of Southern California
      Reflections: The Uses of the Paleolithic
      Second Thoughts
            What's the Significance?
            Big Picture Questions
            Next Steps: For Further Study

Chapter 2 First Farmers: The Revolutions of Agriculture,
  ca. 10,000 B.C.E. – 3000 B.C.E.
      The Agricultural Revolution in World History
      Comparing Agricultural Beginnings

Product Details

A Brief Global History
Bedford/St. Martin's
Cram101 Textbook Reviews
Strayer, Robert
Strayer, Robert W.
General History
World - General
World history
World History-General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
Volumes I and II
Publication Date:
9.13 x 7.38 in

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