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Crossroads and Cultures: A History of the Worlds Peoples incorporates the best current cultural history into a fresh and original narrative that connects global patterns of development with life on the ground. As the title, “Crossroads,” suggests, this new synthesis highlights the places and times where people exchanged goods and commodities, shared innovations and ideas, waged war and spread disease, and in doing so joined their lives to the broad sweep of global history. Students benefit from a strong pedagogical design, abundant maps and images, and special features that heighten the narratives attention to the lives and voices of the worlds peoples.
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About the Author

Bonnie G. Smith (PhD, University of Rochester) is Board of Governors Professor of History at Rutgers University. She has written numerous works in European and global history, including Ladies of the Leisure Class; Changing Lives: Women in European History since 1700; and Imperialism. She is editor of Global Feminisms since 1945 and Womens History in Global Perspective; coeditor of the New Oxford World History series; and general editor of The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History.  Currently she is studying the globalization of European culture and society since the seventeenth century. 
Marc Van De Mieroop (PhD, Yale University) is Professor of History at Columbia University. His research focuses on the ancient history of the Near East from a long-term perspective and extends across traditionally established disciplinary boundaries. Among his many works are The Ancient Mesopotamian City; Cuneiform Texts and the Writing of History; A History of the Ancient Near East; The Eastern Mediterranean in the Age of Ramesses II; and A History of Ancient Egypt
Richard von Glahn (PhD, Yale University) is Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. A specialist in Chinese economic history, Richard is the author of The Country of Streams and Grottoes: Expansion, Settlement, and the Civilizing of the Sichuan Frontier in Song Times; Fountain of Fortune: Money and Monetary Policy in China, 1000-1700; and The Sinister Way: The Divine and the Demonic in Chinese Religious Culture. He is also coeditor of The Song-Yuan-Ming Transition in Chinese History and Global Connections and Monetary History, 1470-1800. His current research focuses on monetary history on a global scale, from ancient times to the recent past.
Kris Lane (PhD, University of Minnesota) is the France V. Scholes Chair in Colonial Latin American History at Tulane University. Kris specializes in colonial Latin American history and the Atlantic world, and his great hope is to globalize the teaching and study of the early Americas. His publications include Pillaging the Empire: Piracy in the Americas, 1500-1750; Quito 1599: City and Colony in Transition; and Colour of Paradise: The Emerald in the Age of Gunpowder Empires. He also edited Bernardo de Vargas Machucas The Indian Militia and Description of the Indies and Defense and Discourse of the Western Conquest.

Table of Contents

Note: All chapters close with a Conclusion, Resources for Research, and a full-page Review section.
15. Collapse and Revival in Afro-Eurasia, 1300-1450

     Major Global Development: Crisis and recovery in fourteenth- and fifteenth-century Afro-Eurasia.

Fourteenth-Century Crisis and Renewal in Eurasia

Islams New Frontiers

The Global Bazaar

COUNTERPOINT: Age of the Samurai in Japan, 1185-1450

READING THE PAST: A French Theologians View of the Black Death

READING THE PAST: A Spanish Ambassadors Description of Samarqand

LIVES AND LIVELIHOODS: Urban Weavers in India

SEEING THE PAST: Leonardo da Vinci's Madonna of the Rocks

PART 3: The Early Modern World, 1450-1750
16. Empires and Alternatives in the Americas, 1430-1530

     Major Global Development: The diversity of societies and states in the Americas prior to European invasion.

Many Native Americas

Tributes of Blood: The Aztec Empire, 1325-1521

Tributes of Sweat: The Inca Empire, 1430-1532

COUNTERPOINT: The Peoples of North America's Eastern Woodlands, 1450-1530

SEEING THE PAST: An Aztec Map of Tenochtitlán

SEEING THE PAST: The Coyolxauhqui Stone


READING THE PAST: An Andean Creation Story

17. The Fall of Native American Empires and the Rise of an Atlantic World, 1450-1600

     Major Global Development: European expansion across the Atlantic and its profound consequences for societies and cultures worldwide. 

Guns, Sails, and Compasses: Europeans Venture Abroad

New Crossroads, First Encounters: The European Voyages of Discovery, 1492-1521

Spanish Conquests in the Americas, 1519-1600

A New Empire in the Americas: New Spain and Peru, 1535-1600

Brazil by Accident: The Portuguese in the Americas, 1500-1600

COUNTERPOINT: The Mapuche of Chile: Native Americas Indomitable State

READING THE PAST: Tlatelolcan Elders Recall the Conquest of Mexico

SEEING THE PAST: Malintzin and the Meeting between Moctezuma and Cortés

READING THE PAST: First Encounter in Brazil: Cabrals Report to King Manoel of Portugal

LIVES AND LIVELIHOODS: Atlantic Sugar Producers

18. Western Africa in the Era of the Atlantic Slave Trade, 1450-1800

     Major Global Development: The rise of the Atlantic slave trade and its impact on early modern African peoples and cultures.

Many Western Africas

Landlords and Strangers: Peoples and States in West Africa

Land of the Blacksmith Kings: West Central Africa 

Strangers in Ships: Gold, Slavery, and the Portuguese

Northern Europeans and the Expansion of the Atlantic Slave Trade, 1600-1800

COUNTERPOINT: The Pygmies of Central Africa

LIVES AND LIVELIHOODS: West Africas Gold Miners

READING THE PAST: Al-Sadi, “Jenne and Its History”

SEEING THE PAST: Art of the Slave Trade: A Benin Bronze Plaque

READING THE PAST: Alonso de Sandoval, “General Points Relating to Slavery”

19. Trade and Empire in the Indian Ocean and South Asia, 1450-1750

     Major Global Development: The Indian Ocean trading network and the impact of European intrusion on maritime and mainland South Asia.

Trading Cities and Inland Networks: East Africa

Trade and Empire in South Asia

European Interlopers

COUNTERPOINT: Aceh: Fighting Back in Southeast Asia

READING THE PAST: Portuguese Report of a Vijayanagara Festival

SEEING THE PAST: Reflections of the Divine in a Mughal Emerald

LIVES AND LIVELIHOODS: Cinnamon Harvesters in Ceylon

READING THE PAST: Dutch Merchants Learn How to Act in Aceh

20. Consolidation and Conflict in Europe and the Greater Mediterranean, 1450-1750

     Major Global Development: Early modern Europes increasing competition and division in the face of Ottoman expansion.

The Power of the Ottoman Empire, 1453-1750

Europe Divided, 1500-1650

European Innovations in Science and Government, 1550-1750

COUNTERPOINT: The Barbary Pirates

READING THE PAST: Weapons of Mass Destruction: Ottomans vs. Persians in Baghdad

LIVES AND LIVELIHOODS: Ottoman Coffeehouse Owners and Patrons

SEEING THE PAST: Gift Clocks for the Emperors of China

READING THE PAST: An Exiled European Muslim Visits the Netherlands

21. Expansion and Isolation in Asia, 1450-1750

     Major Global Development: The general trend toward political and cultural consolidation in early modern Asia.

Straddling Eurasia: Rise of the Russian Empire, 1462-1725

China from Ming to Qing Rule, 1500-1800

Japan in Transition, 1540-1750

Korea, a Land in Between, 1392-1750

Consolidation in Mainland Southeast Asia, 1500-1750

COUNTERPOINT: “Spiritual Conquest” in the Philippines

SEEING THE PAST: Blue-on-White: Ming Export Porcelain

LIVES AND LIVELIHOODS: Silk Weavers in China

READING THE PAST: Selections from the Hidden Christians Sacred Book

READING THE PAST: Scenes from the Daily Life of a Korean Queen

22. Transforming New Worlds: The American Colonies Mature, 1600-1750

     Major Global Development: The profound social, cultural, and environmental changes in the Americas under colonial rule.

The World that Silver Made: Spanish America, 1570-1750

Gold, Diamonds, and the Transformation of Brazil, 1695-1800

Bitter Sugar, Part Two: Slavery and Colonialism in the Caribbean, 1625-1750

Growth and Change in British and French North America, 1607-1750

COUNTERPOINT: The Maroons of Suriname

READING THE PAST: An Iraqi Travelers Impressions of Potosí

SEEING THE PAST: The Gentlemen from Esmeraldas

LIVES AND LIVELIHOODS: Caribbean Buccaneers

READING THE PAST: A Swedish Travelers Description of Quebec

PART 4: The World from 1750 to the Present
23. Atlantic Revolutions and the World, 1750-1830
     Major Global Development: The Atlantic revolutions and their short- and long-term significance.

The Promise of Enlightenment

Revolution in North America

The French Revolution and the Napoleonic Empire

Revolution Continued in the Western Hemisphere

COUNTERPOINT: Religious Revival in a Secular Age

SEEING THE PAST: Portrait of Catherine the Great

LIVES AND LIVELIHOODS: Arrival of the Cowboy

READING THE PAST: Simon Bolivar on Latin American Independence

READING THE PAST: Phillis Wheatley, “On Being Brought from Africa to America”

24. Industry and Everyday Life, 1750-1900

     Major Global Development: The Industrial Revolution and its impact on societies and cultures throughout the world.

The Industrial Revolution Begins, 1750-1830

Industrialization After 1830

The Industrial Revolution and the World

Industry and Society

The Culture of Industry

COUNTERPOINT: African Women and Slave Agriculture

READING THE PAST: Industry Comes to the British Countryside

LIVES AND LIVELIHOODS: Builders of the Trans-Siberian Railroad

SEEING THE PAST: Japans Industrious Society 

READING THE PAST: Mexican Women on Strike

25. The Rise of Modern Nation-States, 1850-1900

     Major Global Development: The causes and consequences of nation building in the nineteenth century.

Modernizing Nations

Emerging Powers: The United States and Japan

The Culture of Nations

COUNTERPOINT: Outsiders Inside the Nation-State

READING THE PAST: The Russian People Under Serfdom

SEEING THE PAST: The Korean Flag

LIVES AND LIVELIHOODS: Historians of the Nation-State

READING THE PAST: Good Wives, Wise Mothers Build Japan

26. Imperial Order and Disorder, 1850-1914

     Major Global Development: The accelerated competition among nineteenth-century nation-states for empire.

Building Empires

Imperial Society

Culture in an Imperial Age

Imperial Contests at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century

COUNTERPOINT: The West Copies from the World

READING THE PAST: Rubber Workers in Congo

SEEING THE PAST: Colonial Architecture in Saigon

LIVES AND LIVELIHOODS: Indentured Laborers

READING THE PAST: The United States Overthrows the Hawaiian Queen

27. Wars, Revolutions, and the Birth of Mass Society, 1910-1929

     Major Global Development: The wars of the decade 1910 to 1920 and their role in the creation of mass culture and society.

Revolutions, Local Wars, and World War

Revolution in Russia and the End of World War I

Postwar Global Politics

An Age of the Masses

COUNTERPOINT  A Golden Age for Argentinians

SEEING THE PAST: Wartime Propaganda

READING THE PAST: Communism Spreads in China

READING THE PAST: Léopold Sédar Senghor, “To the Senegalese Sharpshooters Dead for France”


28. Global Catastrophe: The Great Depression and World War II 1929-1945
     Major Global Development: The causes and outcomes of the Great Depression and World War II.

1929: The Great Depression Begins

Militarizing the Masses in the 1930s

Global War, 1937-1945

From Allied Victory to the Cold War, 1943-1945

COUNTERPOINT  Nonviolence and Pacifism in an Age of War

READING THE PAST: Promoting Business in the Great Depression

READING THE PAST: “Comfort Women” in World War II

LIVES AND LIVELIHOODS: Soldiers and Soldiering

SEEING THE PAST: Technological Warfare: Civilization or Barbarism?

29. The Emergence of New Nations in a Cold War World, 1945-1970

    Major Global Development: The political transformations of the postwar world and their social and cultural consequences.

World Politics and the Cold War

Decolonization and the Birth of Nations

World Recovery in the 1950s and 1960s

Cultural Dynamism Amid Cold War

COUNTERPOINT  The Bandung Conference, 1955

LIVES AND LIVELIHOODS: Cosmonauts and Astronauts

READING THE PAST: Singing Against Imperialism

SEEING THE PAST: African Liberation on Cloth

READING THE PAST: The Great Leap Forward in China

30. Technological Transformation and the End of the Cold War, 1960-1992

     Major Global Development. The technological revolution of the late twentieth century and its impact on societies and political developments around the world.

Advances in Technology and Science

Changes in the World Economy

Politics and Protest in an Age of Cold War

The End of the Cold War Order

COUNTERPOINT: Agrarian Peoples in a Technological Age

READING THE PAST: Japan Transforms Business Practices


READING THE PAST: Terror and Resistance in El Salvador

SEEING THE PAST: The Iranian Revolution as Visual News

31. A New Global Age, 1989 to the Present

    Major Global Development: The causes and consequences of intensified globalization.

The Impact of Global Events on Regions and Nations

Global Livelihoods and Institutions

The Promises and Perils of Globalization

Cultures without Borders

COUNTERPOINT: Who Am I? Local Identity in a Globalizing World

READING THE PAST: Testimony to South Africas Truth and Reconciliation Commission

READING THE PAST: Assessing Livelihoods for Women in a Global Economy

SEEING THE PAST: The Globalization of Urban Space

LIVES AND LIVELIHOODS: Readers of the Quran

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Bedford Books
Smith, Bonnie G.
Van De Mieroop, Marc
Mieroop, Marc Van De
Lane, Kris
Von Glahn, Richard
Glahn, Richard Von
General History
World History-General
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