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World History, 6th Edition

  • William J. Duiker The Pennsylvania State University
  • Jackson J. Spielvogel The Pennsylvania State University
  • ISBN-10: 0495569011  |  ISBN-13: 9780495569015
  • 1056 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2007, 2004, 2001
  • © 2010 | Published
  • List Price = $ 309.95
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About

Overview

Noted teachers and scholars William J. Duiker and Jackson J. Spielvogel present a balanced, highly readable overview of world history that explores common challenges and experiences that unite the human past and identify key global patterns over time. Thorough coverage of political, economic, social, religious, intellectual, cultural, and military history is integrated into a chronological framework to help students gain an appreciation and understanding of the distinctive character and development of individual cultures in society. This edition of WORLD HISTORY continues to take a global approach to world history, with an emphasis on analytical comparisons between and among cultures throughout history. This approach helps students link events together in a broad comparative and global framework, thereby placing the contemporary world in a more meaningful historical context.

Features and Benefits

  • 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.
  • 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.

Table of Contents

[VOLUME I: TO 1800 contains Chapters 1-18; VOLUME II: SINCE 1500 contains Chapters 14-30; ALTERNATE VOLUME: TO 1500 contains Chapters 1-13].
Part I: THE FIRST CIVILIZATIONS AND THE RISE OF EMPIRES (PREHISTORY TO 500 C.E.).
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.
Part II: NEW PATTERNS OF CIVILIZATION (500-1500 C.E.).
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.
Part III: THE EMERGENCE OF NEW WORLD PATTERNS (1500-1800).
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.
Part IV: MODERN PATTERNS OF WORLD HISTORY (1800-1945).
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.
Part V: TOWARD A GLOBAL CIVILIZATION? THE WORLD SINCE 1945.
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.
Epilogue.

What's New

  • 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.

Learning Resource Bundles

Choose the textbook packaged with the resources that best meet your course and student needs. Contact your Learning Consultant for more information.

Bundle: World History, 6th + The History Handbook

ISBN-10: 111118786X  | ISBN-13: 9781111187866

List Price = $348.95


Bundle: Text + WebTutor™ on WebCT™ 2-Semester Printed Access Card

ISBN-10:  0538785756  | ISBN-13:  9780538785754

List Price = $302.95


Bundle: World History, 6th + Writing for College History: A Short Handbook

ISBN-10:  1111187967  | ISBN-13:  9781111187965

List Price = $323.95


Bundle: Text + Resource Center 2-Semester Printed Access Card

ISBN-10:  053877990X | ISBN-13:  9780538779906

List Price = $289.95


Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"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."

— Deena McKinney, East Georgia College

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

— Eric Mayer, Victor Valley College

"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."

— Laura Matysek Wood, Tarrant County College

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

— Patrick Shan, Grand Valley State University

"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."

— Linda Scherr, Mercer County Community College

"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."

— Henry Myers, James Madison University

"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."

— Matthew Maher, Metropolitan State College of Denver

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

— Harry Carpenter, Western Piedmont Community College

"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."

— Robert McMichael, Wayland Baptist University

"[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…."

— Peter Von Sivers, University of Utah

"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."

— Brian Bonhomme, Youngstown State University

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

— Jason P. Coy, College of Charleston

Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

Instructor Supplements

WebTutor™ on WebCT™ 2-Semester Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0495833738 | ISBN-13: 9780495833734)

WebTutor offers real-time access to a full array of study tools, including animations and videos that bring the book's topics to life, plus chapter outlines, summaries, learning objectives, glossary flashcards (with audio), practice quizzes and weblinks.

List Price = $59.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $59.00

WebTutor™ on Blackboard® 2-Semester Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 049583372X | ISBN-13: 9780495833727)

WebTutor offers real-time access to a full array of study tools, including animations and videos that bring the book's topics to life, plus chapter outlines, summaries, learning objectives, glossary flashcards (with audio), practice quizzes and weblinks.

List Price = $59.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $59.00

Resource Center 2-Semester Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0495797472 | ISBN-13: 9780495797470)

Wadsworth's World History Resource Center gives your students access to a "virtual reader" with hundreds of primary sources such as speeches, letters, legal documents and transcripts, poems plus maps, simulations, timelines and additional images that bring history to life, along with interactive assignable exercises. A map feature including Google Earth™ coordinates and exercises will aid in student comprehension of geography and use of maps. Students can compare the traditional textbook map with an aerial view of the location today. It's an ideal resource for study, review, and research.

List Price = $29.00  | CengageBrain Price = $29.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $29.00

Writing for College History: A Short Handbook  (ISBN-10: 061830603X | ISBN-13: 9780618306039)

Prepared by Robert M. Frakes, Clarion University. This brief handbook for survey courses in American history, Western Civilization/European history, and world civilization guides students through the various types of writing assignments they encounter in a history class. Providing examples of student writing and candid assessments of student work, this text focuses on the rules and conventions of writing for the college history course.

List Price = $37.95  | CengageBrain Price = $37.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $28.50

Map Exercise Workbook, Volume II  (ISBN-10: 0534571808 | ISBN-13: 9780534571801)

Prepared by Cynthia Kosso of Northern Arizona University, this workbook features approximately 30 map exercises. It is designed to help students feel comfortable with maps by having them work with different kinds of maps to identify places and improve their geographic understanding of world history. Also includes critical thinking questions for each unit.

List Price = $57.95  | CengageBrain Price = $57.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $43.25

Map Exercise Workbook, Volume I  (ISBN-10: 0534571794 | ISBN-13: 9780534571795)

Prepared by Cynthia Kosso of Northern Arizona University, this workbook features approximately 30 map exercises. It is designed to help students feel comfortable with maps by having them work with different kinds of maps to identify places and improve their geographic understanding of world history. Also includes critical-thinking questions for each unit.

List Price = $57.95  | CengageBrain Price = $57.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $43.25

Student Supplements

WebTutor™ on WebCT™ 2-Semester Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0495833738 | ISBN-13: 9780495833734)

WebTutor offers real-time access to a full array of study tools, including animations and videos that bring the book's topics to life, plus chapter outlines, summaries, learning objectives, glossary flashcards (with audio), practice quizzes and weblinks.

List Price = $59.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $59.00

WebTutor™ on Blackboard® 2-Semester Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 049583372X | ISBN-13: 9780495833727)

WebTutor offers real-time access to a full array of study tools, including animations and videos that bring the book's topics to life, plus chapter outlines, summaries, learning objectives, glossary flashcards (with audio), practice quizzes and weblinks.

List Price = $59.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $59.00

Resource Center 2-Semester Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0495797472 | ISBN-13: 9780495797470)

Wadsworth's World History Resource Center gives your students access to a "virtual reader" with hundreds of primary sources such as speeches, letters, legal documents and transcripts, poems plus maps, simulations, timelines and additional images that bring history to life, along with interactive assignable exercises. A map feature including Google Earth™ coordinates and exercises will aid in student comprehension of geography and use of maps. Students can compare the traditional textbook map with an aerial view of the location today. It's an ideal resource for study, review, and research.

List Price = $29.00  | CengageBrain Price = $29.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $29.00

Writing for College History: A Short Handbook  (ISBN-10: 061830603X | ISBN-13: 9780618306039)

Prepared by Robert M. Frakes, Clarion University. This brief handbook for survey courses in American history, Western Civilization/European history, and world civilization guides students through the various types of writing assignments they encounter in a history class. Providing examples of student writing and candid assessments of student work, this text focuses on the rules and conventions of writing for the college history course.

List Price = $37.95  | CengageBrain Price = $37.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $28.50

Map Exercise Workbook, Volume II  (ISBN-10: 0534571808 | ISBN-13: 9780534571801)

Prepared by Cynthia Kosso of Northern Arizona University, this workbook features approximately 30 map exercises. It is designed to help students feel comfortable with maps by having them work with different kinds of maps to identify places and improve their geographic understanding of world history. Also includes critical thinking questions for each unit.

List Price = $57.95  | CengageBrain Price = $57.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $43.25

Map Exercise Workbook, Volume I  (ISBN-10: 0534571794 | ISBN-13: 9780534571795)

Prepared by Cynthia Kosso of Northern Arizona University, this workbook features approximately 30 map exercises. It is designed to help students feel comfortable with maps by having them work with different kinds of maps to identify places and improve their geographic understanding of world history. Also includes critical-thinking questions for each unit.

List Price = $57.95  | CengageBrain Price = $57.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $43.25

Meet the Author

Author Bio

William J. Duiker

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 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 recent 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 in 2001. While his research specialization is in the field of nationalism and Asian revolutions, his intellectual interests are considerably more diverse. He has traveled widely 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 the spring of 1996. In 2002, the College of Liberal Arts honored him with an Emeritus Distinction Award.

Jackson J. Spielvogel

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. His book HITLER AND NAZI GERMANY was published in 1987 (Seventh Edition, 2013). He is the author of WESTERN CIVILIZATION, first published in 1991 (Ninth 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.