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World Civilizations: Volume I: To 1700 7th Edition

Philip J. Adler, Randall L. Pouwels

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2012, 2008, 2006
  • 464 Pages

Overview

For an accessible, comprehensive global survey of the world's major civilizations, Adler and Pouwels's WORLD CIVILIZATIONS offers a great balance between detail and brevity. This unique student-oriented text offers 53 short chapters accompanied by strong pedagogy and critical thinking tools, giving instructors the flexibility to assign a wide range of major topics in world history in a variety of different ways, while making learning more manageable for students. The focused treatment of topics throughout history covers every major epoch and follows broad patterns and processes, while illuminating history through specific examples and a particular emphasis on social and cultural topics. Available in the following split options: WORLD CIVILIZATIONS, Seventh Edition (Chapters 1-54), ISBN: 978-1-285-44257-0; Volume I: To 1700 (Chapters 1-28), ISBN: 978-1-285-44279-2; Volume II: Since 1500 (Chapters 22-53), ISBN: 978-1-285-44282-2.

Philip J. Adler, Professor Emeritus, East Carolina University

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 émigrés 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. Dr. 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, Professor Emeritus, University of Central Arkansas

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. Dr. Pouwels's 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 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.
  • Three overarching changes are reflected throughout the seventh edition. It provides additional coverage illustrating how the world has become increasingly globalized and interdependent; includes more material on the non-Western world and the important initiatives of non-Western peoples, even through the West's recent expansionary age; and places a greater and sharper focus on the importance of women in history.
  • New Historians Craft boxes describe some of the methods and sources on which professional historians rely to illuminate the past. These include historical linguistics, archaeology, oral traditions, and written documents.
  • A global icon has been added throughout the chapters to highlight discussions of global developments and movements.
  • Parenthetical pronunciation guides of unfamiliar names appear throughout the text, facilitating reading and learning. An end-of-book glossary also provides pronunciation guidance for the more difficult terms.
  • End-of-chapter materials include a summary that encapsulates the significance of the chapter's concepts, a Test Your Knowledge section that allows students to gauge their grasp of the material and prepare for quizzes, and a For Further Reflection section that contains essay-type questions to encourage critical thinking.
  • A part introduction and a Worldview map highlight the major civilizations discussed in each part of the text. At the end of each part, a Putting It All Together section includes a Worldview chart that compares the civilizations, reviewing their accomplishments with respect to the text's five major themes. A Cross-Cultural Connections feature also encourages thinking beyond regional borders.
  • Color illustrations, many of them new, and abundant maps throughout the text provide a rich visual context for the narrative discussions.
  • Thematic features and photographs are keyed to five broad text themes: Society and Economy, Law and Government, Patterns of Belief, Science and Technology, and Arts and Culture. All chapters have one or more boxes based on these themes; some are based on biography while others are based on primary sources.
  • Two boxed features retained from the previous edition, Evidence of the Past and Images of History, spotlight artifacts and material culture.
  • To encourage active engagement and allow comparison across chapters, each boxed feature concludes with Analyze and Interpret questions.
  • A chapter outline and a brief chapter chronology help students focus on the key concepts in the material they are about to encounter.
  • Key terms appear in boldface type and are repeated in an Identification Terms section at the end of the chapter, aiding study and review.
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. Central Asia and India's Beginnings.
5. New Civilizations and Empires in Western and Central Asia.
6. Ancient China to 221 BCE.
7. The Settlement of the Americas and the Pacific Islands.
WORLDVIEW I: FROM HUMAN ORIGINS TO AGRARIAN COMMUNITIES, 100,000–500 BCE.
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 –800 CE.
12. Iran, India, and “Global” Trade.
13. Imperial China in Its Golden Age.
WORLDVIEW II: CLASSICAL CIVILIZATIONS OF THE WORLD, 500 BCE–800 CE.
Part III: THE POST-CLASSICAL ERA, 800–1500 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, c. 800-1500.
21. The Late European Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
WORLDVIEW III: THE POST-CLASSICAL ERA, 800–1500 CE.
Part IV: EXPANDING WEBS OF INTERACTION, 1400–1700 CE.
22. A Larger World Opens.
23. Religious Divisions and Political Consolidation in Europe.
24. The Gunpowder Empires of Western and Southern Asia.
25. Africa in the Era of Expansion.
26. China from the Ming Through the Early Qing Dynasty.
27. Japan and Southeast Asia in the Era of European Expansion.
28. From Conquest to Colonies in Hispanic America.
WORLDVIEW IV: EXPANDING WEBS OF INTERACTION, 1400–1700 CE.

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FOR INSTRUCTORS

World Civilizations: Volume I: To 1700

ISBN: 9781305959903
For an accessible, comprehensive global survey of the world's major civilizations, Adler and Pouwels's WORLD CIVILIZATIONS offers a great balance between detail and brevity. This unique student-oriented text offers 53 short chapters accompanied by strong pedagogy and critical thinking tools, giving instructors the flexibility to assign a wide range of major topics in world history in a variety of different ways, while making learning more manageable for students. The focused treatment of topics throughout history covers every major epoch and follows broad patterns and processes, while illuminating history through specific examples and a particular emphasis on social and cultural topics. This edition is available in MindTap®, an online learning experience that guides students through the course by combining the complete textbook with interactive multimedia, new chapter and unit activities, and study tools that assist instructors in keeping students engaged with the material.

World Civilizations: Volume II: Since 1500

ISBN: 9781305959989
For an accessible, comprehensive global survey of the world's major civilizations, Adler and Pouwels's WORLD CIVILIZATIONS offers a great balance between detail and brevity. This unique student-oriented text offers 53 short chapters accompanied by strong pedagogy and critical thinking tools, giving instructors the flexibility to assign a wide range of major topics in world history in a variety of different ways, while making learning more manageable for students. The focused treatment of topics throughout history covers every major epoch and follows broad patterns and processes, while illuminating history through specific examples and a particular emphasis on social and cultural topics. This edition is available in MindTap®, an online learning experience that guides students through the course by combining the complete textbook with interactive multimedia, new chapter and unit activities, and study tools that assist instructors in keeping students engaged with the material.

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ISBN: 9781305960022
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FOR STUDENTS

World Civilizations: Volume I: To 1700

ISBN: 9781305959903
Short chapters, great stories, and 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 tests. 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 this book and discover how manageable and interesting history can be.

World Civilizations: Volume II: Since 1500

ISBN: 9781305959989
Short chapters, great stories, and 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 tests. 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 this book and discover how manageable and interesting history can be.