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Ways of the World: A Brief Global History, Volume 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 just might be the book youve been waiting for.

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 Chancellors 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-Hills 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

VOLUME 2: From 1500
Prologue: Considering World History
            Why World History?
            Comparison, Connection, and Change: The Three Cs
              of World History

Chapter 13 The Worlds of the Fifteenth Century
                  Snapshot: Around the World in the Fifteenth Century
      The Shapes of Human Communities
            Paleolithic Persistence
            Agricultural Village Societies
            Herding Peoples
      Civilizations of the Fifteenth Century: Comparing
        China and Europe
            Ming Dynasty China
            European Comparisons: State-Building and
              Cultural Renewal
            European Comparisons: Maritime Voyaging
                  Snapshot: Key Moments in European Oceanic Voyaging
      Civilizations of the Fifteenth Century: The Islamic World
            In the Islamic Heartland: The Ottoman and Safavid Empires
            On the Frontiers of Islam: The Songhay and
              Mughal Empires
      Civilizations of the Fifteenth Century: The "Americas"
            The Aztec Empire
            The Inca Empire
      Webs of Connection
      A Preview of Coming Attractions: Looking Ahead to the Modern
        Era, 1500-2000
                   Snapshot: World Population Growth, 1000-2000
      Reflections: What If? Chance and Contingency in
        World History
      Second Thoughts
            What's the Significance?
            Big Picture Questions
            Next Steps: For Further Study
      The Big Picture: Debating the Character of an Era
            An Early Modern Era?
            A Late Agrarian Era?
            Landmarks of the Early Modern Era, 1450-1750

Chapter 14 Empires and Encounters, 1450-1750
      European Empires in the Americas
            The European Advantage
            The Great Dying
            The Columbian Exchange
      Comparing Colonial Societies in the Americas
            In the Lands of the Aztecs and Incas
            Colonies of Sugar
                  Snapshot: Comparing Colonial Societies in
                    Latin America
            Settler Colonies in North America
      Steppe Lands and Siberia: The Making of a Russian Empire
            Experiencing the Russian Empire
            Russians and Empire
                  Snapshot: Demographics of the Russian Empire
      Asian Empires
            Making China an Empire
            Muslims and Hindus in the Mughal Empire
            Muslims, Christians, and the Ottoman Empire
      Reflections: Countering Eurocentrism…or Reflecting It?
      Second Thoughts
            What's the Significance?
            Big Picture Questions
            Next Steps: For Further Study

Chapter 15 Global Commerce, 1450-1750
      Europeans and Asian Commerce
            A Portuguese Empire of Commerce
                  Snapshot: Key Moments in the European Encounter
                    with Asia
            Spain and the Philippines
            The East India Companies
            Asian Commerce
      Silver and Global Commerce
      The "World Hunt": Fur in Global Commerce
      Commerce in People: The Atlantic Slave Trade
            The Slave Trade in Context
            The Slave Trade in Practice
                  Snapshot: The Slave Trade in Numbers
            Comparing Consequences: The Impact of the Slave Trade
              in Africa
      Reflections: Economic Globalization — Then and Now
      Second Thoughts
            What's the Significance?
            Big Picture Questions
            Next Steps: For Further Study

Chapter 16 Religion and Science, 1450-1750
      The Globalization of Christianity
            Western Christendom Fragmented: The
               Protestant Reformation
                  Snapshot: Catholic/Protestant Differences in the
                    Sixteenth Century
            Christianity Outward Bound
            Conversion and Adaptation in Spanish America
            An Asian Comparison: China and the Jesuits
      Persistence and Change in Afro-Asian Cultural Traditions
            Expansion and Renewal in the Islamic World
            China: New Directions in an Old Tradition
            India: Bridging the Hindu/Muslim Divide
      A New Way of Thinking: The Birth of Modern Science
            The Question of Origins: Why Europe?
            Science as Cultural Revolution
                  Snapshot: Major Thinkers and Achievements of the
                    Scientific Revolution
            Science and Enlightenment
            Looking Ahead: Science in the Nineteenth Century
            European Science Beyond the West
      Reflections: Cultural Borrowing and Its Hazards
      Second Thoughts
            What's the Significance?
            Big Picture Questions
            Next Steps: For further Study
      The Big Picture: European Centrality and the Problem
        of Eurocentrism
            Euro-centric Geography and History
            Countering Eurocentrism
            Landmarks of the European Moment in World
              History, 1750-1914

Chapter 17 Atlantic Revolutions and Their Echoes, 1775-1914
      Comparing Atlantic Revolutions
                  Snapshot: Key Moments in the History of
                    Atlantic Revolutions
            The North American Revolution, 1775-1787
            The French Revolution, 1789-1815
            The Haitian Revolution, 1791-1804
            Spanish American Revolutions, 1810-1826
      Echoes of Revolution
            The Abolition of Slavery
            Nations and Nationalism
                   Snapshot: Key Moments in the Growth of Nationalism
            Feminist Beginnings
       Reflections: Revolutions Pro and Con
       Second Thoughts
            What's the Significance?
             Big Picture Questions
            Next Steps: For further Study

Chapter 18 Revolutions of Industrialization, 1750-1914
      Explaining the Industrial Revolution
            Why Europe?
            Why Britain?
      The First Industrial Society
                  Snapshot: Measuring the Industrial Revolution
            The British Aristocracy
            The Middle Classes
            The Laboring Classes
            Social Protest Among the Laboring Classes
      Variations on a Theme: Comparing the United States
         and Russia
            The United States: Industrialization without Socialism
            Russia: Industrialization and Revolution
      The Industrial Revolution and Latin American in the
        Nineteenth Century
                  Snapshot: The Industrial Revolution and the
                    Global Divide
            After Independence in Latin America
             Facing the World Economy
             Becoming Like Europe?
      Reflections: History and Horse-races
      Second Thoughts
            What's the Significance?
            Big Picture Questions
            Next Steps: For further Study

Chapter 19 Internal Troubles, External Threats: China,
  The Ottoman Empire, and Japan, 1800-1914
      The External Challenge: European Industry and Empire
            New Motives, New Means
            New Perceptions of the "Other"
      Reversal of Fortunes: Chinas Century of Crisis
            The Crisis Within
            Western Pressures
                   Snapshot: Chinese/British Trade at Canton, 1835-1836
            The Failure of Conservative Modernization
      The Ottoman Empire and the West in the Nineteenth Century
            "The Sick Man of Europe"
            Outcomes: Comparing China and the Ottoman Empire
      The Japanese Difference: The Rise of a New East
        Asian Power
            The Tokugawa Background
            American Intrusion and the Meiji Restoration
            Modernization Japanese Style
                  Snapshot: Tracking the Rise of Japan in the
                    Nineteenth Century
            Japan and the World
      Reflections: Success and Failure in History
       Second Thoughts
            What's the Significance?
            Big Picture Questions
            Next Steps: For further Study

Chapter 20 Colonial Encounters, 1750-1914
      A Second Wave of European Conquests
      Under European Rule
            Cooperation and Rebellion
            Colonial Empires with a Difference
      Ways of Working: Comparing Colonial Economies
            Economies of Coercion: Forced Labor and the Power
              of the State
            Economies of Cash-Crop Agriculture: The Pull of the Market
            Economies of Wage Labor: Working for Europeans
            Women and the Colonial Economy: An African Case Study
            Assessing Colonial Development
                    Snapshot: Long Distance Migration in an Age of
                      Empire, 1846-1940
      Believing and Belonging: Cultural Change in the Colonial Era
            "Race" and "Tribe"
      Reflections: Who Makes History?
      Second Thoughts
            What's the Significance?
            Big Picture Questions 
            Next Steps: For further Study
      The Big Picture: The Twentieth Century: A New Period in
        World History?
            Old and New in the Twentieth Century
            Three Regions — One World
            Landmarks of the Most Recent Century, 1914-2007

Chapter 21 The Collapse and Recovery of Europe, 1914-1970s
      The First World War: European Civilization in Crisis,
              An Accident Waiting to Happen
            Legacies of the "Great War"
      Capitalism Unraveling: The Great Depression
                  Snapshot: Comparing the Impact of the Depression
      Democracy Denied: Comparing Italy, Germany, and Japan
             The Fascist Alternative in Europe
             Hitler and the Nazis
             Japanese Authoritarianism
      A Second World War
            The Road to War in Asia
            The Road to War in Europe
                  Snapshot: Key Moments in the History of World War II
            World War II: The Outcomes of Global Conflict
      The Recovery of Europe
      Reflections: War and Remembrance: Learning from History
      Second Thoughts
            What's the Significance?
            Big Picture Questions
            Next Steps: For further Study

Chapter 22 The Rise and Fall of World Communism,
      Global Communism
      Comparing Revolutions as a Path to Communism
            Russia: Revolution in a Single Year
            China: A Prolonged Revolutionary Struggle
      Building Socialism in Two Countries
            Communist Feminism
            Socialism in the Countryside
            Communism and Industrial Development
                  Snapshot: China Under Mao, 1949-1976
            The Search for Enemies
      East Versus West: A Global Divide and a Cold War
            Military Conflict and the Cold War
            Nuclear Stand-Off and Third World Rivalry
            The United States: Superpower of the West, 1945-1975
            The Communist World, 1950s-1970s
      Comparing Paths to the End of Communism
            China: Abandoning Communism and Maintaining the Party
             The Soviet Union: The Collapse of Communism
               and Country
      Reflections: To Judge or Not to Judge: The Ambiguous Legacy
        of Communism
      Second Thoughts
            What's the Significance?
             Big Picture Questions
            Next Steps: For further Study

Chapter 23 Independence and Development in the Global
  South, 1914-Present
      Toward Freedom: Struggles for Independence
            The End of Empire in World History
            Explaining African and Asian Independence
      Comparing Freedom Struggles
            The Case of India: Ending British Rule
            The Case of South Africa: Ending Apartheid
                  Snapshot: Key Moments in South African History
      Experiments with Freedom
            Experiments in Political Order: Comparing African Nations
              and India
            Experiments in Economic Development: Changing
              Priorities, Varying Outcomes
                  Snapshot: Economic Development in the Global South
                    by the Early 21st Century
            Experiments with Culture: The Role of Islam in Turkey
              and Iran
      Reflections: History in the Middle of the Stream
      Second Thoughts
            What's the Significance?
            Big Picture Questions
            Next Steps: For further Study

Chapter 24 Accelerating Global Interaction Since 1945
      Global Interaction and the Transformation of the
        World Economy
                  Snapshot: Indicators of "Re-Globalization"
            Disparities and Resistance
            Globalization and an American Empire
      The Globalization of Liberation: Comparing
        Feminist Movements
            Feminism in the West
            Feminism in the Global South
            International Feminism
      Religion and Global Modernity
            Fundamentalism on a Global Scale
            Creating Islamic Societies: Resistance and Renewal in the
              World of Islam
             Religious Alternatives to Fundamentalism
      The Worlds Environment and the Globalization
        of Environmentalism
            The Global Environment Transformed
                  Snapshot: World Population Growth 1950-2005
            Green and Global
      Final Reflections: Pondering the Uses of History
      Second Thoughts
            What's the Significance?
            Big Picture Questions
            Next Steps: For further Study

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