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Short chapters, great stories, and tons of study tools! Adler and Pouwels's WORLD CIVILIZATIONS is a vibrant introduction to world history structured to meet the demands of your study schedule. It's clearly written, packed with charts and illustrations, and loaded with review features so you'll be up to date in class and ready for the test. And, because WORLD CIVILIZATIONS offers extensive coverage of Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, you'll have timely historical insights into the issues that make today's news. Get WORLD CIVILIZATIONS and discover how having all the information you need to know for the test really does equal a better grade.
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About the Author
Philip J. Adler taught college courses in world history to undergraduates for almost thirty years prior to his recent retirement. Dr. Adler earned his Ph.D. at the University of Vienna following military service overseas in the 1950s. His dissertation was on the activity of the South Slav emigres during World War I, and his academic specialty was the modern history of Eastern Europe and the Austro-Hungarian empire. His research has been supported by Fulbright and the National Endowment for the Humanities grants. Adler has published widely in the historical journals of the U.S. and German-speaking Europe. He is currently professor emeritus at East Carolina University, where he spent most of his teaching career. Randall L. Pouwels earned his B.A. in history at the University of Wisconsin and his Ph.D. in history at UCLA. His Ph.D. dissertation was on the history of Islam in East Africa. His book, HORN AND CRESCENT: CULTURAL CHANGE AND TRADITIONAL ISLAM ON THE EAST AFRICAN COAST, 800-1900 (Cambridge, 1987), has become a standard work in African history. THE HISTORY OF ISLAM IN AFRICA (Athens, Oxford, and Cape Town, 2000) was jointly edited with Nehemia Levtzion of Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Widely praised in reviews, it was selected by Choice as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2001 and was made a selection of the History Book Club. In addition, he has written numerous articles and reviews on East African history, the history of Islam in Africa, and historical methodologies. His other research interests include the history of the Middle East, the Indian Ocean, and the history and archaeology of Native Americans. Over the years, his work has been supported by grants and fellowships from Fulbright-Hays, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Social Studies Research Council, the National Geographic Society, and the American Philosophical Society. He has taught African history for over twenty years at LaTrobe University in Melbourne, Australia, and at UCLA. He has been the Professor of African and Middle Eastern History at the University of Central Arkansas since 1984.
Table of Contents
Part I: FROM HUMAN ORIGINS TO AGRARIAN COMMUNITIES, C. 100,000 - 500 BCE 1. The Earliest Human Societies 2. Mesopotamia 3. Early Africa and Egypt 4. India's Beginnings 5. Warriors and Deities in the Near East 6. Ancient China to 221 BCE 7. The Agrarian Revolution in the Americas Part II: CLASSICAL CIVILIZATIONS OF THE WORLD, 500 BCE - 800 CE 8. The Greek Adventure 9. Greek Humanism, 800-100 BCE 10. Rome from City-State to Empire 11. The Roman Empire and the Rise of Christianity in the West, 31 BCE-600 CE 12. Classical India 13. Imperial China in Its Golden Age Part III: THE POST-CLASSICAL ERA, 800-1400 CE 14. The Americas to the Fifteenth Century 15. Islam 16. Mature Islamic Society and the First Global Civilization 17. Africa from Axum, to 1400 18. The Mongols Unify Eurasia 19. Japan and Southeast Asia 20. The European Middle Ages 21. The Late European Middle Ages and the Renaissance Part IV: EXPANDING WEBS OF INTERACTION, 1400 - 1700 CE 22. A Larger World Opens 23. Religious Division and Political Consolidation in Europe 24. Asia in the Era of the Gunpowder Empires 25. Africa in the Era of Expansion 26. China from the Ming Through the Early Qing Dynasty 27. Japan in the Era of European Expansion 28. From Conquest to Colonies in Hispanic America Part V: REVOLUTIONS AND THE AGE OF EMPIRE, 1600 - 1914 29. The Scientific Revolution and Its Enlightened Aftermath 30. Liberalism and the Challenge to Absolute Monarchy 31. The French Revolution and the Empire of Napoleon 32. The Early Industrial Revolution 33. Advanced Industrial Society 34. Europe: New Ideas and New Nations 35. The Islamic World, 1600-1917 36. European Imperialism and Africa During the Age of Industry 37. India and Southeast Asia Under Colonial Rule 38. China in the Age of Imperialism 39. Latin America from Independence to Dependent States 40. Modern Science and its Implications Part VI: TOWARDS A GLOBALIZED WORLD, 1914 - PRESENT 41. World War I and Its Disputed Settlement 42. A Fragile Balance: Europe in the Twenties 43. The Soviet Experiment to World War II 44. Totalitarianism Refined: The Nazi State 45. East Asia in a Century of Change 46. World War II 47. The Cold World War 48. Decolonization of the Non-Western World 49. The New Asia 50. Africa's Decolonization and Independence 51. Latin America in the Twentieth Century 52. The Reemergence of the Muslim World 53. Collapse and Reemergence in Communist Europe 54. A New Millennium