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World Civilizations: Volume II: Since 1500, 7th Edition

  • Philip J. Adler Professor Emeritus, East Carolina University
  • Randall L. Pouwels Professor Emeritus, University of Central Arkansas
  • ISBN-10: 1285442822  |  ISBN-13: 9781285442822
  • 496 Pages
  • © 2015 | Published
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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.

Features and Benefits

  • 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.
  • 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.

Table of Contents

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.
29. The Scientific Revolution and Its Enlightened Aftermath.
30. Liberalism and the Challenge to Absolute Monarchy.
31. The Early Industrial Revolution.
32. Europe: New Ideas and New Nations.
33. Advanced Industrial Society.
34. The Islamic World, 1600–1917.
35. India and Southeast Asia under Colonial Rule.
36. European Imperialism and Africa During the Age of Industry.
37. China in the Age of Imperialism.
38. Latin America from Independence to Dependent States.
39. Modern Science and its Implications.
40. World War I and Its Disputed Settlement.
41. A Fragile Balance: Europe in the Twenties.
42. The Soviet Experiment to World War II.
43. Totalitarianism Refined: The Nazi State.
44. East Asia in a Century of Change.
45. World War II.
46. The Cold World War.
47. Decolonization of the Non-Western World.
48. The New Asia.
49. Africa's Decolonization and Independence.
50. Latin America in the Twentieth Century.
51. The Reemergence of the Muslim World.
52. Collapse and Reemergence in Communist Europe.
53. A New Millennium.
Answers to Test Your Knowledge.

What's New

  • 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.


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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Philip J. Adler

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

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.