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The World interweaves two stories—of our interactions with nature and with each other. The environment-centered story is about humans distancing themselves from the rest of nature and searching for a relationship that strikes a balance between constructive and destructive exploitation. The culture-centered story is of how human cultures have become mutually influential and yet mutually differentiating. Both stories have been going on for thousands of years. We do not know whether they will end in triumph or disaster.


There is no prospect of covering all of world history in one book. Rather, the fabric of this book is woven from selected strands. Readers will see these at every turn, twisted together into yarn, stretched into stories. Human-focused historical ecology—the environmental theme—will drive readers back, again and again, to the same concepts: sustenance, shelter, disease, energy, technology, art. (The last is a vital category for historians, not only because it is part of our interface with the rest of the world, but also because it forms a record of how we see reality and of how the way we see it changes.) In the global story of human interactions—the cultural theme—we return constantly to the ways people make contact with each another: migration, trade, war, imperialism, pilgrimage, gift exchange, diplomacy, travel—and to their social frameworks: the economic and political arenas, the human groups and groupings, the states and civilizations, the sexes and generations, the classes and clusters of identity.


This package contains the following components:

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About the Author

Felipe Fernández-Armesto holds the William P. Reynolds Chair of History at the University of Notre Dame. He has master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Oxford, where he spent most of his teaching career, before taking up the Chair of Global Environmental History at Queen Mary College, University of London in 2000, and the Prince of Asturias Chair at Tufts University (2005-9). He is on editorial boards for the History of Cartography for the University of Chicago Press, Studies in Overseas History (Leiden University), Comparative Studies in Society and History, Journeys, and Journal of Global History.  Recent awards include the World History Association Book Prize (2007), Spain’s Premio Nacional de GastronomIa (2005, for his work on the history of food), the Premio Nacional de Investigación (Sociedad Geográfica Española, 2004). He has had many distinguished visiting appointments, including a Fellowship of the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences, and a Union Pacific Visiting Professorship at the University of Minnesota. He won the Caird Medal of the National Maritime Museum in 1995 and the John Carter Brown Medal in 1999 and has honorary doctorates from La Trobe University and the Universidad de los Andes.  He has served on the Council of the Hakluyt Society, on the Committee of English PEN, and as Chairman of the PEN Literary Foundation. His work in journalism includes regular columns in the British and Spanish press, and, among many contributions to broadcasting, he is the longest-serving presenter of BBC radio’s flagship current affairs program, Analysis. He has been short-listed for the most valuable literary prize in the U.K. 

Table of Contents

Volume 1: Chapters 1-15

Volume 2: Chapters 13-30

Volume A: Chapters 1-10

Volume B: Chapters 11-20

Volume C: Chapters 20-30



In Perspective: Cains and Abels


PART 6: the crucible: the eurasian crises of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries



Chapter 13

The World the Mongols Made


The Mongols: Reshaping Eurasia

  • Genghis Khan
  • The Mongol Steppe

The Mongol World Beyond the Steppes: The Silk Roads, China, Persia, and Russia

  • China
  • Persia
  • Russia

The Limits of Conquest: Mamluk Egypt and Muslim India

  • Mamluk Egypt
  • Muslim India: The Delhi Sultanate



In Perspective: The Uniqueness of the Mongols



Chapter 14

The Revenge of Nature:  Plague, Cold, and the Limits of Disaster in the Fourteenth Century


Climate Change


The Coming of the Age of Plague

  • The Course and Impact of Plague
  • Medicine and Morals
  • The Jews
  • Distribution of Wealth
  • Peasant Millenarianism

The Limits of Disaster: Beyond the Plague Zone

  • India
  • Southeast Asia
  • Japan
  • Mali

The Pacific: Societies of Isolation

  • Easter Island
  • New Zealand
  • Ozette
  • Chan Chan

In Perspective: The Aftershock


Chapter 15

Expanding Worlds: Recovery in the Late Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries


Fragile Empires in Africa

  • East Africa
  • West Africa

Ecological Imperialism in the Americas

  • The Inca Empire
  • The Aztec Empire

New Eurasian Empires

  • The Russia Empire
  • Timurids and the Ottoman Empire

The Limitations of Chinese Imperialism


The Beginnings of Oceanic Imperialism


The European Outlook: Problems and Promise


In Perspective: Beyond Empires


Part 7: Convergence and Divergence to ca. 1700


Chapter 16

Imperial Arenas: New Empires in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries


Maritime Empires: Portugal, Japan, and the Dutch

  • The Portuguese Example
  • Asian Examples
  • The Dutch Connection

Land Empires: Russia, China, Mughal India, and the Ottomans

  • China
  • The Mughal Example in India
  • The Ottomans

New Land Empires in the Americas

  • Making the New Empires Work

In Perspective: The Global Balance of Trade


Chapter 17

The Ecological Revolution of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries


The Ecological Exchange: Plants and Animals

  • Maize, Sweet Potatoes, and Potatoes
  • Weeds, Grasses, and Livestock
  • Cane Sugar
  • Coffee, Tea, and Chocolate
  • Patterns of Ecological Exchange

The Microbial Exchange

  • Demographic Collapse in the New World
  • Plague and New Diseases in Eurasia

Labor: Human Transplantations


Wild Frontiers: Encroaching Settlement

  • Northern and Central Asia: The Waning of Steppeland Imperialism
  • Pastoral Imperialism in Africa and the Americas

Imperialism and Settlement in Europe and Asia

  • China
  • India

New Exploitation in the Americas

  • The Spanish Empire
  • Brazil
  • British North America

Home Fronts in Europe and Asia

  • New Energy Sources
  • Land Reclamation

Frontiers of the Hunt


In Perspective: Evolution Redirected


Chapter 18

Mental Revolutions: Religion and Science in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries


Christianity in Christendom


Christianity Beyond Christendom: The Limits of Success


The Missionary Worlds of Buddhism and Islam

  • China and Japan
  • The Mongols
  • Islam

The Resulting Mix: Global Religious Diversity—American and Indian Examples

  • Black America
  • White America
  • India

The Renaissance “Discovery of the World”


The Rise of Western Science


Western Science in the East


In Perspective: The Scales of Thought


Chapter 19

States and Societies: Political and Social Change in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries


Political Change in Europe


Western Political Thought


Western Society


The Ottomans


Mughal India and Safavid Persia



  • Chinese Politics
  • Chinese Society

Tokugawa Japan


The New World of the Americas




In Perspective: Centuries of Upheaval


Part 8: Global Enlightenments, 1700-1800


Chapter 20

Driven by Growth: The Global Economy in the Eighteenth Century


Population Trends

  • Urbanization
  • Explanations
  • Medicine
  • The Ecology of Disease

Economic Trends: China, India, and the Ottoman Empire

  • China
  • India
  • The Ottoman Empire and Its Environs

The West’s Productivity Leap

  • The Scientific Background
  • The British Example

The Expansion of Resources

  • The Global Gardening

In Perspective: New Europes, New Departures



Chapter 21

The Age of Global Interaction: Expansion and Intersection of Eighteenth-Century Empires


Asian Imperialism in Arrest or Decline: China, Persia, and the Ottomans

  • China
  • The Asian Context
  • Persia and the Ottoman Empire

Imperial Reversal in India: Mughal Eclipse and British Rise to Power


The Dutch East Indies


The Black Atlantic: Africa, the Americas, and the Slave Trade


Land Empires of the New World

  • The Araucanos and the Sioux
  • Portugal in Brazil
  • Spanish America
  • Creole Mentalities
  • Toward Independence

In Perspective: The Rims of Empires


Chapter 22

The Exchange of Enlightenments: Eighteenth-Century Thought


The Character of the Enlightenment


The Enlightenment in Global Context

  • The Chinese Example
  • Japan
  • India
  • The Islamic World

The Enlightenment’s Effects in Asia

  • The Enlightenment and China
  • Western Science in Japan
  • Korea and Southeast Asia
  • The Ottomans
  • The Enlightenment in Europe
  • The Belief in Progress
  • New Economic Thought
  • Social Equality
  • Anticlericalism

The Crisis of the Enlightenment: Religion and Romanticism

  • Religious Revival
  • The Cult of Nature and Romanticism
  • Rousseau and the General Will
  • Pacific Discoveries
  • Wild Children
  • The Huron and Noble Savage

The French Revolution and Napoleon

  • Background to the Revolution
  • Revolutionary Radicalism
  • Napoleon

In Perspective: The Afterglow of Enlightenment


Part 9: The Frustrations to Progress to ca. 1900

Chapter 23

Replacing Muscle: The Energy Revolutions


Global Demographics: The World’s Population Rises


Food: Transition to Abundance


Energy for Power: Militarization and Industrialization

  • Militarization
  • Industrialization

Industrializing Europe


Industry in the Americas


Japan Industrializes


China and Industrialization


India and Egypt


In Perspective: Why the West?


Chapter 24

The Social Mold: Work and Society in the Nineteenth Century


The Industrialized Environment

  • Palaces of Work: The Rise of Factories
  • Critics of Industrialization: Gold from the Sewers



Beyond Industry: Agriculture and Mining


Changing Labor Regimes

  • Slavery and the Slave Trade
  • Female and Child Labor
  • Free Migrants

Hunters and Pastoralists


Elites Transformed


In Perspective: Cultural Exchange—Enhanced Pace, New Directions


Chapter 25

Western Dominance in the Nineteenth Century: The Westward Shift of Power and the Rise of Global Empires


The Opium Wars


The White Empires: Rise and Resistance


Methods of Imperial Rule

Business Imperialism


Imperialism in “New Europes”


Empires Elsewhere: Japan, Russia, and the United States

  • Japan
  • Russia
  • The United States

Rationales of Empire

  • Doctrines of Superiority
  • The Civilizing Mission

In Perspective: The Reach of Empires



Chapter 26

The Changing State: Political Developments in the Nineteenth Century



  • Nationalism in Europe
  • The Case of the Jews
  • Nationalism Beyond Europe



Centralization, Militarization, and Bureaucratization

  • In and Around the Industrializing World
  • Beyond the Industrializing World

Religion and Politics


New Forms of Political Radicalism

  • Steps Toward Democracy
  • The Expansion of the Public Sphere

Western Social Thought


In Perspective: Global State-Building


Part 10: Chaos and Complexity: The World in the Twentieth Century


Chapter 27

The Twentieth Century Mind: Western Science and the World


Western Science Ascendant

  • China
  • India
  • The Wider World

Transformation of Western Science

  • Physics
  • Human Sciences
  • Anthropology and Psychology
  • Philosophy and Linguistics

The Mirror of Science: Art


The Turn of the World


In Perspective: Science, Challenging and Challenged


Chapter 28

World Order and Disorder: Global Politics in the Twentieth Century


The World War Era, 1914-1945

  • The First World War
  • Postwar Disillusionment
  • The Shift to Ideological Conflicts
  • The Second World War

The Cold War Era, 1945-1991

  • Super-Power Confrontation



The New World Order

  • The European Union

In Perspective: The Anvil of War


Chapter 29

The Persuit of Utopia: Civil Society in the Twentieth Century


The Context of Atrocities


The Encroaching State


Unplanning Utopia: The Turn Toward Individualism


Counter-Colonization and Social Change


Globalization and the World Economy


Culture and Globalization


Secularism and Religious Revival


In Perspective: The Century of Paradox


Chapter 30

The Embattled Biosphere: The Twentieth-Century Environment


Fuel Resources


Food Output




The Crisis of Conservation


The Unmanageable Environment: Climate and Disease


In Perspective: The Environmental Dilemma




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