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World History 6th Edition

William J. Duiker, Jackson J. Spielvogel

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2007, 2004, 2001
  • 1056 Pages


From the dawn of civilization to the modern dilemmas of nation building in Africa and the Middle East, WORLD HISTORY takes a fascinating look at the common challenges and experiences that unite the human past and inform the future. Authors William J. Duiker and Jackson J. Spielvogel's best-selling text uses colorful visuals, clarifying maps, and dramatic first-hand historical accounts to give you powerful perspective on the human experience over time. Their easy-to-read narrative is organized around seven major themes, important to all cultures from all time periods, to further help you understand the course of world history and to make connections across chapters. WORLD HISTORY includes timely and comprehensive coverage of Islam, as well as learning aides to help you study more effectively and efficiently.

William J. Duiker, The Pennsylvania State University

William J. Duiker is liberal arts Professor Emeritus of East Asian studies at The Pennsylvania State University. A former U.S. diplomat with service in Taiwan, South Vietnam, and Washington, D.C., he received his doctorate in Far Eastern history from Georgetown University in 1968, where his dissertation dealt with the Chinese educator and reformer Cai Yuanpei. At Penn State, he served as Chairman of the East Asian Studies Committee and as Chairman of International Programs in the College of Liberal Arts. He has written extensively on the history of Vietnam and modern China, including the highly acclaimed COMMUNIST ROAD TO POWER IN VIETNAM (revised edition, Westview Press, 1996), which was selected for a Choice Outstanding Academic Book Award in 1982–1983 and 1996–1997. Other books are CHINA AND VIETNAM: THE ROOTS OF CONFLICT (Berkeley, 1987), U.S. CONTAINMENT POLICY AND THE CONFLICT IN INDOCHINA (Stanford, 1995), SACRED WAR: NATIONALISM AND REVOLUTION IN A DIVIDED VIETNAM (McGraw-Hill, 1995), and HO CHI MINH (Hyperion, 2000), which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. While Dr. Duiker's research specialization is in the field of nationalism and Asian revolutions, his intellectual interests are more diverse. He has traveled widely in the pursuance of his interests and has taught courses on the history of communism and non-Western civilizations at Penn State, where he was awarded a Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement in 1996. In 2002, the College of Liberal Arts honored him with an Emeritus Distinction Award.

Jackson J. Spielvogel, The Pennsylvania State University

Jackson J. Spielvogel is Associate Professor Emeritus of History at The Pennsylvania State University. He received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, where he specialized in Reformation history under Harold J. Grimm. His articles and reviews have appeared in journals such as Moreana, Journal of General Education, Catholic Historical Review, Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte, and American Historical Review. He also has contributed chapters or articles to The Social History of Reformation, THE HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE: A DICTIONARY HANDBOOK, Simon Wiesenthal Center Annual of Holocaust Studies, and Utopian Studies. His work has been supported by fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation and the Foundation for Reformation Research. At Penn State, he helped inaugurate the Western civilization course, as well as a popular course on Nazi Germany. He is the author of HITLER AND NAZI GERMANY (7th Edition, 2013) and WESTERN CIVILIZATION, first published in 1991 (9th Edition, 2015). Professor Spielvogel has won five major university-wide teaching awards. During the year 1988–1989, he held the Penn State Teaching Fellowship, the university's most prestigious teaching award. In 1996, he won the Dean Arthur Ray Warnock Award for Outstanding Faculty member, and in 2000 received the Schreyer Honors College Excellence in Teaching Award.
  • New "Film & History" features analyze the plot and historical significance of popular films using a historian's perspective to show students how movies represent, and sometimes misrepresent, the past. Features shine the spotlight on films such as: Alexander (2004),The Message (1976), The Adventures of Marco Polo (1938), The Lion in Winter (1968), The Mission (1986), Khartoum (1966) and Gandhi (1982).
  • New "Opposing Viewpoints" features present two or more primary source documents representing differing perspectives on the same or related topics. These features provide students an opportunity for hands-on experience analyzing the types of materials historians use on a regular basis. The accompanying critical thinking questions can be assigned for individual or collaborative study. Examples: "Akhenaten's Hymn to Aten and Psalm 104 of the Hebrew Bible" (Ch. 1), "The Siege of Jerusalem: Christian and Muslim Perspectives" (Ch. 7), "Action or Inaction: An Ideological Dispute in Medieval China" (Ch. 10), "Response to Revolution: Two Perspectives" (Ch. 19),"Advice to Women: Two Views" (Ch. 20), "Three Voices of Peacemaking" (Ch. 23), "Peaceful Existence or Peoples' War?" (Ch. 26), "Africa: Dark or Radiant Continent?" (Ch. 29).
  • Focus Questions now appear in two places: at the opening of the chapter (as in previous edition) and accompanying related A-headings throughout the chapter to help students maintain focus on the major themes and make connections while reading.
  • With more comparisons between and among cultures, this edition clearly indicates the cross-cultural interactions and the broad interrelatedness of the world's peoples. All comparisons reveal the importance and uniqueness of each individual civilization. Examples include early Chinese religion compared with Mesopotamia and Greece; comparisons of the building techniques of the Inka and Great Zimbabwe; the School of Mind compared with Greek philosophy. A complete chapter-by-chapter list appears in the book's Preface.
  • HistoryFinder, a searchable online database for instructors, allows you to quickly and easily download thousands of assets, including art, photographs, maps, primary sources, and audio/video clips. Each asset downloads directly into a Microsoft® PowerPoint® slide, allowing you to quickly and easily create exciting PowerPoint presentations for your classrooms.
  • Comparative Illustrations enable students to see cross-cultural comparisons of rituals, art, war and other topics. Examples include "The Afterlife and Prized Possessions," in Ch. 3, "The Stele," in Ch. 8, "The Taj Mahal: Symbol of the Exotic East," in Ch. 16, and "The Bombing of Civilians—East and West" in Ch. 25. The Comparative Illustrations are specifically keyed to one of the seven themes, thus helping students further identify connections. Critical thinking questions have been added to these features.
  • A chapter-opening Outline, Focus Questions, and Critical Thinking questions appear at the beginning of every chapter. Each chapter starts with a high-interest vignette to draw students into the material. Throughout, glossary terms are boldfaced within the text. Frequent subheads help students "chunk" the information more effectively. End-of-chapter and end-of-part timelines include thumbnail photos to bring events to life and reinforce the material covered. Each part concludes with a timeline to recap the era.
  • Seven central themes make the narrative more cohesive while helping students make connections and comparisons across chapters. These themes are: Science and Technology; Arts and Ideas; Family and Society; Politics and Government; Earth and the Environment; Religion and Philosophy; and, Interaction and Exchange. Comparative Essays, Comparative Illustrations, and Documents are each keyed to one of these themes.
  • The book contains over 150 four-color maps and 400 pieces of artwork throughout. Between 1 and 4 "spot maps" appear in each chapter, providing critical details on smaller areas not apparent in the larger maps. Expanded map captions encourage readers to think beyond the mere appearance of each map and to make connections across chapters, regions, and concepts. A special insert at the front of the book features a world map and a guide to "How to Use Maps in WORLD HISTORY, SIXTH EDITION."
  • Comparative Essays highlight similarities and differences between and among cultures. Examples include "History and the Environment," "Trade and Civilization," and "Cities in the Medieval World." The Comparative Essays are specifically keyed to one of the seven themes, thus helping students further identify connections.
[VOLUME I: TO 1800 contains Chapters 1-18; VOLUME II: SINCE 1500 contains Chapters 14-30; ALTERNATE VOLUME: TO 1500 contains Chapters 1-13].
1. The First Civilizations: The Peoples of Western Asia and North Africa.
2. Ancient India.
3. China in Antiquity.
4. The Civilization of the Greeks.
5. The First World Civilization: Rome, China, and the Emergence of the Silk Road.
6. The Americas.
7. Ferment in the Middle East: The Rise of Islam.
8. Early Civilizations in Africa.
9. The Expansion of Civilization in Southern Asia.
10. The Flowering of Traditional China.
11. The East Asian Rimlands: Early Japan, Korea, and Vietnam.
12. The Making of Europe.
13. Crisis and Recovery: The Byzantine Empire and Cross-Cultural Encounters.
14. New Encounters: The Creation of a World Market.
15. Europe Transformed: Reform and State Building.
16. The Muslim Empires.
17. The East Asian World.
18. The West on the Eve of a New World Order.
19. The Beginnings of Modernization: Industrialization and Nationalism, 1800-1870.
20. The Emergence of Mass Society in the Western World.
21. The High Tide of Imperialism.
22. Shadows over the Pacific: East Asia Under Challenge.
23. The Beginning of the Twentieth-Century Crisis: War and Revolution.
24. Nationalism, Revolution, and Dictatorship: Africa, Asia, and Latin America from 1919 to 1939.
25. The Crisis Deepens: World War II.
26. East and West in the Grip of the Cold War.
27. Brave New World: Communism on Trial.
28. Europe and the Western Hemisphere Since 1945.
29. Challenges of Nation Building in Africa and the Middle East.
30. Toward the Pacific Century.

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"This is a well organized text that offers an integrated global perspective. I recommend it because of its concise summations, readability, useful sidebars, and enticing visuals."

"[Duiker/Spielvogel] does an excellent job in discussing China, India, the Middle East, Africa, and the Americas. The degree of specificity and factual nuance is admirable…."

"The book functions more as a comprehensive World History resource than just a textbook. Both organizationally and through its various print, electronic, and other ancillary materials it offers instructors the flexibility to construct various courses and to assume a wide range of different perspectives, priorities, and focuses based on their own needs."

"The treatment of civilizations and societies in Africa and the Americas is much more comprehensive than that provided in competing textbooks."

"A comprehensive and thorough world history text complete with comparative history, documents, graphics—a one-stop world history curriculum."

"The Duiker/Spielvogel book is a wonderful chronological survey of world history that employs a comparative approach to help students see across time and space to better understand world cultures. The book is well written and it has a set of resources within the text that allows it to stand alone without many ancillaries."

"This is one of the best World History textbooks ever published…."

"Duiker & Spielvogel is a very engaging, accessible, complete and up-to-date text. Students will take away from this book the idea that history does not consist of facts to be memorized but interpretations to be discussed and debated."

"Duiker and Spielvogel's book contains the best narrative of historic events among current textbooks…written in a style which students find accessible and memorable."

"Duiker and Spielvogel's World History is an exceptionally well organized and informative text. If you only want to assign one text for your survey class, this is the way to do it."

"World History is truly global in its vision, giving the student a true world history that is not Eurocentric."

"This is an excellent textbook for the classroom. It provides a solid foundation…which allows the instructor the freedom to supplement it to emphasize areas he feels are more important, making the course more flexible than many world civilization textbooks allow."

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Instructor's Web Site

ISBN: 9781305408906

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Accessible through with your faculty account, this website for instructors features all of the free student assets, plus an Instructor's Resource Manual (instructional objectives, chapter outlines, lecture suggestions, discussion topics, primary source analysis, and suggested writing assignments) and PowerPoint® presentations that are ready-to-use, visual outlines of each chapter. There are presentations of only lecture or only images, as well as combined lecture and image presentations. Also available is a per chapter JPEG library of images and maps. Additionally, the following test bank format types are available for download from Instructor Companion Site: Blackboard, Angel, Moodle, Canvas, Desire2Learn, and PDF.