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Traditions and Encounters

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Over a million students at thousands of schools have learned about world history with the best selling book for the course, Traditions and Encounters: A Global Perspective on the Past. Using the twin themes of traditions and encounters, the text emphasizes both the distinctive patterns of historical development within individual societies and the profound results of interactions between different societies. Exploring the historical record of cross-cultural interactions and exchanges, Traditions and Encounters places the world of contemporary globalization in historical context. The book helps students understand the worlds major societies and shows how the interactions of these societies affect history throughout the world. The authors tell a coherent and digestible story of the past that is not weighed down by excessive detail, so instructors are able to incorporate additional readings. This edition provides an updated map program as well as the latest scholarship. It also moves Primary Source Investigator online, improving access for students to work with primary sources.

About the Author

Jerry H. Bentley is professor of history at the University of Hawai`i and editor of the Journal of World History. His research on the religious, moral, and political writings of Renaissance humanists led to the publication of Humanists and Holy Writ: New Testament Scholarship in the Renaissance (Princeton, 1983) and Politics and Culture in Renaissance Naples (Princeton, 1987). More recently, his research has concentrated on global history and particularly on processes of cross-cultural interaction. His book Old World Encounters: Cross-Cultural Contacts and Exchanges in Pre-Modern Times (New York, 1993) examines processes of cultural exchange and religious conversion before the modern era, and his pamphlet Shapes of World History in Twentieth-Century Scholarship (Washington, D.C., 1996) discusses the historiography of world history. His current interests include processes of cross-cultural interaction and cultural exchanges in modern times.

Hebert F. Ziegler is an associate professor of history at the University of Hawai'i. He has taught courses on world history for the last 19 years and is currently the director of the world history program at the University of Hawai'i. For several years, he also served as the book review editor of the 'Journal of World History'. His interest in twentieth-century European social and political history led to the publication of 'Nazi Germany's New Aristocracy (1990)'. He is at present working on a study that explores uncharted aspects of German society, especially the cultural manifestations of humor and satire in the Nazi era. His other current research project focuses on the application of complexity theory to a comparative study of societies and their internal dynamics.

Table of Contents

Part I: The Early Complex Societies, 3500 to 500 B.C.E.

1. Before History

2. Early Societies in Southwest Asia

3. Early African Societies and the Bantu Migrations

4. Early Societies in South Asia

5. Early Societies in East Asia

6. Early Societies in the Americas and Oceania

Part II: The Formation of Classical Societies, 500 B.C.E. to 500 C.E.

7. The Empires of Persia

8. The Unification of China

9. State, Society, and the Quest for Salvation in India

10. Mediterranean Society: The Greek Phase

11. Mediterranean Society: The Roman Phase

12. Cross-Cultural Exchanges on the Silk Roads

Part III: The Postclassical Era, 500-1000 C.E.

13. The Commonwealth of Byzantium

14. The Expansive Realm of Islam

15. The Resurgence of Empire in East Asia

16. India and the Indian Ocean Basin

17. The Foundations of Christian Society in Western Europe

Part IV: An Age of Cross-Cultural Interaction, 1000 to 1500 C.E.

18. Nomadic Empires and Eurasian Integration

19. States and Societies of Sub-Saharan Africa

20. Western Europe During the High Middle Ages

21. Worlds Apart: The Americas and Oceania

22. Reaching Out: Cross-Cultural Interactions

Part V: The Origins of Global Interdependence, 1500-1800

23. Transoceanic Encounters and Global Connections

24. The Transformation of Europe

25. The New Worlds: The Americas and Oceania

26. Africa and the Atlantic World

27. Tradition and change in East Asia

Part VI: An Age of Revolution, Industry, and Empire, 1750-1914

28. The Islamic Empires

29. Revolutions and National States in the Atlantic World

30. The Making of Industrial Society

31. The Americas in the Age of Independence

32. Societies at Crossroads

33. The Building of Global Empires

Part VII: Contemporary Global Realignments, 1914 to the Present

34. The Great War: The World in Upheaval

35. An Age of Anxiety

36. Nationalism and Political Identities in Asia, Africa, and Latin America

37. New Conflagrations: World War II

38. The Bipolar World

39. The End of Empire

40. A World Without Borders

Product Details

McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Langua
Bentley, Jerry H.
Bentley Jerry
Ziegler, Herbert
Cram101 Textbook Reviews
Bentley, Jerry
World history
World - General
Intercultural communication -- History.
World History-General
Publication Date:
October 2007
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
10.32x7.95x1.79 in. 5.28 lbs.

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