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Short chapters, great stories, and tons of study tools! Adler and Pouwels's WORLD CIVILIZATIONS VOLUME I 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 VOLUME I 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 VOLUME I 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: ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS, 3500-500 B.C.E. 1. The Earliest Human Societies. 2. Mesopotamia. 3. Egypt. 4. Warriors and Deities in the Near East. 5. India's Beginnings. 6. Ancient China to 500 B.C.E. Worldview I: Ancient Civilizations, 3500-500 B.C.E. PART II CLASSICAL MEDITERRANEAN CIVILIZATIONS, 500 B.C.E.-800 C.E. 7. The Greek Adventure. 8. Greek Humanism, 800-100 B.C.E. 9. Rome: City-State to Empire. 10. Imperial Decline and the Birth of Christian Europe. Worldview II: Classical Mediterranean Civilizations, 500 B.C.E.-800 C.E. PART III: EQUILIBRIUM AMONG POLYCENTRIC CIVILIZATIONS, 500-1500 C.E. 11. The Americas Before Columbus. 12. Africa from Kush to the Fifteenth Century. 13. Islam. 14. Mature Islamic Society and Institutions. 15. Indian Civilization in Its Golden Age. 16. Empire of the Middle: China to the Mongol Conquest. 17. Japan and Southeast Asia. 18. The European Middle Ages. 19. The Mongol Intrusion. 20. Late Medieval Troubles. 21. The European Renaissance. Worldview III: Equilibrium Among Polycentric Civilizations, 500 C.E.-1500 C.E. PART IV: DISEQUILIBRIUM: THE WESTERN ENCOUNTER WITH THE NON-WESTERN WORLD, 1500-1700 C.E. 22. A Larger World Opens. 23. The Protestant Reformation. 24. The Rise and Fall of the Muslim Empires. 25. Foundations of the European States. 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. Worldview IV: Disequilibrium: The Western Encounter with the Non-Western World, 1500-1700 C.E.