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Discovering the Global Past, Volume I, 4th Edition

  • Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, USA
  • William Bruce Wheeler University of Tennessee
  • Franklin M. Doeringer Lawrence University
  • Kenneth R. Curtis California State University, Long Beach
  • ISBN-10: 1111341427  |  ISBN-13: 9781111341428
  • 464 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2007, 2002, 1997
  • © 2012 | Published
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Overview

This successful world history reader in the popular DISCOVERING series contains a six-part pedagogical framework that guides students through the process of historical inquiry and explanation. Each chapter is organized within the same pedagogical framework: The Problem, Background, The Method, The Evidence, Questions to Consider, and Epilogue. The text emphasizes historical study as interpretation rather than memorization of data. The Fourth Edition integrates new documents and revised coverage throughout, while the comparative chapters contribute to a more thorough and balanced examination of global history.

Features and Benefits

  • Each chapter is divided into the following sections: The Problem, Background, The Method, The Evidence, Questions to Consider, and Epilogue.
  • Actual documents and artifacts are used as the sources from which students develop answers to historical questions.
  • An Instructor’s Manual, written by the authors of the text, gives instructors helpful tips on how to use this text in their course.

Table of Contents

1. THE NEED FOR WATER IN ANCIENT SOCIETIES (3100 B.C.E.–100 C.E.).
Aerial Photograph of Pre-Roman City in Italy. Major Ancient Levees Identifiable in LANDSAT Imagery. Early Egyptian King Cutting an Irrigation Ditch, Drawn from Mace-head Carving, 3100 B.C.E. Shaduf. Saqiya. Square-Pallet Chain Pump. Noria. Sections from the Code of Hammurabi Referring to Irrigation, 1750 B.C.E. Sima Qian’s Description of the Building of the Zhengguo Canal, ca. 100 B.C.E. Suetonius’s Description of the Water Projects Undertaken by Emperor Claudius (r. 41–54 C.E.). Activities of Shao Xinchen, Han Dynasty, before 33 B.C.E. Frontinus’s Discussion of Rome’s Water System ca. 100 C.E. Memorial from Jia Rang, 1st century B.C.E.
2. WRITING AND POWER: DEFINING WORLD-VIEWS (1750 B.C.E.–250 C.E.).
Excerpts from Atra-hasis. Excerpts from Book 10 of the Rig Veda. From the First Book of Moses, called Genesis. From Yijing, Commentary on the Appended Judgments. From Popol Vuh, “The Book of the People.” From “The Beginning of the World,” in Kojiki.
3. REPRESENTING THE HUMAN FORM (600 B.C.E.–1500 C.E.).
Anavyssos Kouros, Attica near Athens, ca. 525 B.C.E. Peplos Kore, Athens, ca. 530 B.C.E. Theseus and the Amazons, from an Attic Red-figured Krater,1 ca. 440 B.C.E. Polykleitos, Doryphoros or “The Canon,” ca. 440 B.C.E. (Roman copy). Praxiteles, Aphrodite of Knidos, ca. 340 B.C.E. (Roman copy). Yakshi, from a Pillar at the Great Stupa of Bharhut, ca. 100 B.C.E. Standing Buddha, from Gandhara, ca. 200 C.E. Buddha with Halo, from Sarnath, Gupta Period, 5th Dynasty. Tibetan Sculpture of the Bodhisattva Vajrapani. Head of Pacal the Great, from His Tomb at Palenque, 684 C.E. Door Lintel Showing King Shield Jaguar and Lady Xoc in a Bloodletting Ritual, 709 C.E. Mural at Bonampak Showing King Chaan-muan Judging Defeated Enemies, 792 C.E. Vase Painting Showing God L, Several Goddesses, and Rabbit-Scribe, ca. 600–900 C.E. Terra-cotta Head of a King, Ife, ca. 1000–1200 C.E. Copper Obalufon Mask, Ife, 1000–1200 C.E. Brass Head of Queen Mother, Benin, ca. 1500. Brass Plaque Depicting the Oba Esigie, Benin, ca. 1500.
4. HAN AND ROME: ASSERTING IMPERIAL AUTHORITY (300 B.C.E.–400 C.E.).
From Sima Qian, The Annals of Qin, ca. second century B.C.E. Grave Mound of Qin Shi Huangdi at Mt. Li. Flanking Pit of Excavated Tomb of Qin Shi Huangdi. From Dong Zhongshu (Tung Chung-shu), Essays on Kingship. Han Wendi (Wen-ti), On the Eclipse of the Sun. From Caesar Augustus, The Achievements of the Divine Augustus. From Cassius Dio, Roman History. Roman Coin of the Reign of Emperor Nero (r. 54–68). Trajan’s Column, Rome. Detail from Trajan’s Column. Roman Temple Inscription in Myra, Lycia (Asia Minor). Edict and Speech of Nero to the Greeks.
5. INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES (300 B.C.E.–800 C.E.).
Selections from Ashoka (As´oka), Rock and Pillar Edicts. Ashokan Pillar with a Single-Lion Capital at Vaishali, India. From the Asokavadana. Constantinian Edicts. Selections from Eusebius, Life of Constantine. Two Constantinian Coins. Selections from the Qur’an. Selections from the Hadith. Selections from Ibn Ishaq, The Life of Muhammad, Apostle of Allah. From Abu Yusuf (d. A.H. 182/798 C.E.), Book of Land-tax. Muhammad Addresses Ali and Other Leaders Before the Battle of Badr, from Rashid al-Din, Jami’al-tawarikh.
6. VIKINGS AND POLYNESIANS: EXPLORING NEW WORLDS (300–1100).
From Adam of Bremen, History of the Archbishoprics of Hamburg-Bremen, 11th century. Illuminated French Manuscript on Life of St. Aubin, St. Aubin Abbey, ca. 1100. Memorial Stone, Gotland, Sweden, 8th to 9th century. Oseberg Viking Ship, Norway, 9th to 10th century. Runic Memorial Inscriptions, Germany, Norway, and Sweden. Buried Viking Hoard, Hon, Norway. From Greenlanders’ Saga, 13th Century. Site Plan, L’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland, Canada and House, Stöng, Iceland. from William Ellis, Polynesian Researches, 19th Century. Detail from William Hodges, Tahiti Revisited, 1776. Petroglyphs of Hawaiian Canoes. Reconstructed Double-Hulled Hawaiian Canoe Hokule’a and Route of Its Voyages. From David Malo, Hawaiian Antiquities, early 19th century. Excerpts from the Oral Traditions of Rennell and Bellona. Development Sequence of Polynesian Languages. Plant Species Introduced into Polynesia Before European Contact. Monolithic Statues.
7. TWO FACES OF “HOLY WAR”: CHRISTIANS AND MUSLIMS (1095–1270S).
Muslims on Christians: Usamah ibn-Munqidh Describes the Franks. Ibn al-Athir, The Capture of Jerusalem, 1187. From Imad ad-Din, History of the Fall of Jerusalem. Europeans on Muslims: From Peter Tudebode, History of the Jerusalem Journey. From Fulcher of Chartres, A History of the Expedition to Jerusalem, 1095-1127. From William of Tyre, A History of Deeds Done Beyond the Sea. Geoffrey de Vinsauf, “How Saladin, extolling the law of Mahomet, is reproved by a jester.” Ambrose, “How the Infidels Had Desecrated the Churches of Acre.” de Joinville, “Something Concerning These Bedouins.”
8. FICTION AND THE EMOTIONS IN JAPANESE, ARABIAN, AND IRISH CULTURE (1000–1400 C.E.).
From the Tale of the Genji. From the Arabian Nights. From “The Wooing of Emer.”
9. THE MONGOL CONQUEST: SCOURGE OR STIMULUS? (1206–1360).
From The Secret History of the Mongols. Selections from “A Journey to the West” by Yelü Chucai. Selections from Rashīd al-Dīn Tabib’s The Successors of Genghiz Khan. Selections from Juvaini’s The History of the World Conqueror. Persian Miniature Illustrating a Mongol Attack on a City. Tale of the Destruction of Riazan. The Account of John de Plano Carpini. Selections from the Travel Account of William of Rubruck. From Francis Balducci Pegolotti, Book of Description of Countries.
10. REGIONAL METROPOLISES: CONSTANTINOPLE AND TENOCHTITLÁN (1160–1521).
From Benjamin of Tudela, Travels of Rabbi Benjamin of Tudela, 1160–1173. From Robert of Clari, Conquest of Constantinople, 1203. Nicetas Choniates, “Destruction of Ancient Art in the Latin Sack of Constantinople.” Illustrated Map of Constantinople, 13th century. Interior, Saint Sophia. George Acropolites, “The Byzantine Recovery of Constantinople: Thanksgiving and Celebration,” 1261. Chrysobull Detailing Extraordinary Privileges for the Venetians, 1082. Letter of Hernan Cortés to Charles V, King of Spain. From Bernal Díaz del Castillo, The Discovery and Conquest of Mexico. Spanish Illustrated Map of Tenochtitlán, Printed in Nuremberg, 1524. The Excavated Site of the Great Temple Enclosure. The Great Temple Enclosure at Tenochtitlán, from the Florentine Codex.
11. SACRED JOURNEYS: PILGRIMAGES IN BUDDHISM AND ISLAM (629–1324)
From the Diary of Ennin, 838-847. From Journey to the West, or The Monkey-King, 17th century. Modern Portrait of Xuanzang. From Naser-e Khosraw, Book of Travels. The Travels of Ibn Jubayr. From al-Maqrizi’s Account of Mansa Musa. From al-Umari’s Account of Mansa Musa. From Ibn Khaldun’s Account of Mansa Musa.
12. THE WELL-EDUCATED MAN: STUDENTS AND SCHOLARS IN CHINA, PARIS, AND TIMBUKTU (1180–1600).
Zhu Xi, Articles of the White Deer Grotto Academy, 1180. Zhu Xi, Proposals for Schools and Official Recruitment, 1195. Cheng Duanli, A Schedule for Learning, 1315. Description of Ahmad al-Tinbukti, from Ahmad Baba, al-Dhayl, ca. 1600. Description of Muhammad Baghayogho, from Ahmad Baba, al-Dhayl, ca. 1600. Statutes for the University of Paris Issued by Robert Courçon, 1215. Rules for Licensing a Student to Teach at the University of Paris. Robert de Sorbon’s Regulations for His College, Before 1274.
13. FACING THE BLACK DEATH (1300–1400).
From Ibn Khaldun, The Muqaddimah: An Introduction to History. From Giovanni Boccaccio, The Decameron. From Ibn Battuta, Travels in Asia and Africa, 1325–1354. From Ioannes Cautacuzenos (John VI of Byzantium), Historarum. From the Chronicle of Jean de Venette. Lieferinxe, St. Sebastian Interceding for the Plague-Stricken. A Prayer to St. Sebastian. Citations from the Hadith. An Arab Doctor’s Medical Perspective on the Black Death. Cryptograms. From Ibn al-Wardi, “An Essay on the Report of the Pestilence.” A Fifteenth-Century Treatise on the Pestilence. From Report of the Paris Medical Faculty, October 1348. A Wholesome Medicine Against All Infirmities. From Petrarch, “Letters on Familiar Matters.”
14. CROSS-CULTURAL ENCOUNTERS: TRAVEL, RELIGION, CONQUESTS, AND TRADE (1400–1700).
China: Zheng He’s Inscriptions in Stone, 1431. Zhang Han’s Essay on Merchants. The Biography of Zhu Jiefu. Chang Hsieh’s Advice to Traders (1618). Europe: Christopher Columbus Journal, 1530s. Las Casas, Teaching the True Religion (1530s). Richard Hakluyt (the Younger), Discourse on Western Planting (1584). Sir John Chardin, Travels in Persia. Thomas Mun, England’s Treasure (1664). Muslim Regions: Travels of Ibn Battuta, c. 1353. Evliyá Efendí, Narrative of Travels. Africa: Nzinga Mbemba, King of Kongo, to the King of Portugal, 1526. Pate Chronicle. Statistics: Rates of Population Growth, 1000-1820 (ave. annual compound growth rates). Per Capita Gross Domestic Product (in 1990 international dollars), 1000-1700. Population and Gross Domestic Product Growth, 1500-1700 (in %). Urbanization Ratios in China and Western Europe, 1000-1700 (population in cities 10,000 and over as percentage of total population). Slave Exports from Africa, By Destination (000s), 650-1800. World Gold Output by Region, 1493-1700 (in million fine oz.). Gold and Silver Shipments from the Americas to Europe, 1500-1700 (metric tons). Exports of Gold and Silver from Europe, 1600-1700 (metric tons of silver equivalent). Tobacco Imported to England from Virginia and Maryland Colonies, 1620-1700 (000s pounds). Number of Ships Sailing to Asia by Country, 1500-1700. Sugar Exports from Barbados to London, 1651-1700 (in tons). Sugar Production in Brazil, 1600-1625 (in metric tons). Wealth Distribution in Mughul Empire, c. 1600 (in percentages).

What's New

  • Volume I includes two new chapters: Fiction and the Emotions in Japanese, Arabian, and Irish Culture (Chapter 8) and Cross-Cultural Encounters: Travel, Religion, Conquests, and Trade (Chapter 14; this chapter is also Chapter 1 in Volume II).
  • In Chapter 3, the material on Egypt has been edited, which allows this chapter to focus more on Archaic and Classical Greece, Buddhist India, classic Maya, and western Africa.
  • Chapter 9 has been recast as a chapter on Mongol conquests, focusing on the clash between the beneficial and negative effects of this conquest.
  • In Chapter 11, the material on Christianity has been edited, which allows this chapter to focus more on Buddhism and Islam.

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Discovering the Global Past, Volume II  (ISBN-10: 1111341435 | ISBN-13: 9781111341435)

This successful world history reader in the popular DISCOVERING series contains a six-part pedagogical framework that guides students through the process of historical inquiry and explanation. Each chapter is organized within the same pedagogical framework: The Problem, Background, The Method, The Evidence, Questions to Consider, and Epilogue. The text emphasizes historical study as interpretation rather than memorization of data. The Fourth Edition integrates new documents and revised coverage throughout, while the comparative chapters contribute to a more thorough and balanced examination of global history.

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Instructor's Resource Manual  (ISBN-10: 1111356947 | ISBN-13: 9781111356941)

This manual, prepared by the authors of DISCOVERING THE GLOBAL PAST, includes a brief introduction to the chapter topic, brief explanations of how to use each section of the chapter (The Problem, Background, The Method, The Evidence, Questions to Consider, and Epilogue), and a section with suggestions for further reading.

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In this new edition of THE HISTORY HANDBOOK, success in a history course is within every student’s reach! Carol Berkin (Baruch College, City University of New York) and Betty Anderson (Boston University) have prepared a no-nonsense guide that teaches basic as well as history-specific study skills--how to read primary sources, research historical topics, correctly cite sources, and more. THE HISTORY HANDBOOK also offers tips for Internet research and evaluating online sources.

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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.

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Discovering the Global Past, Volume II  (ISBN-10: 1111341435 | ISBN-13: 9781111341435)

This successful world history reader in the popular DISCOVERING series contains a six-part framework that guides you through the process of historical inquiry and explanation. Each chapter is organized within the same pedagogical framework: The Problem, Background, The Method, The Evidence, Questions to Consider, and Epilogue. The text emphasizes historical study as interpretation rather than memorization of data. The Fourth Edition integrates new documents and revised coverage throughout, while the comparative chapters contribute to a more thorough and balanced examination of global history.

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The History Handbook  (ISBN-10: 049590676X | ISBN-13: 9780495906766)

THE HISTORY HANDBOOK, by Carol Berkin (Baruch College, City University of New York) and Betty Anderson (Boston University), is a no-nonsense guide to the skills you need to succeed in a history course. You’ll learn basic as well as history-specific study skills--how to read primary sources, research historical topics, correctly cite sources, and more. THE HISTORY HANDBOOK also offers tips for Internet research and evaluating online sources.

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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.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks

Merry Wiesner-Hanks (Chair, Department of History, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee) received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1979. She has published WORKING WOMEN IN RENAISSANCE GERMANY (Rutgers, 1986) as well as numerous articles on women and the Reformation and urban social history. She is co-author of DISCOVERING THE GLOBAL PAST (2012), DISCOVERING THE WESTERN PAST (2008), DISCOVERING THE MEDIEVAL PAST (2003), DISCOVERING THE ANCIENT PAST (2005), DISCOVERING THE TWENTIETH-CENTURY WORLD (2005), and BECOMING VISIBLE: WOMEN IN EUROPEAN HISTORY (1998). She is also the General Editor of the PROBLEMS IN EUROPEAN CIVILIZATION series.

William Bruce Wheeler

William Bruce Wheeler received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 1967. He is co-author of DISCOVERING THE GLOBAL PAST (2012), DISCOVERING THE AMERICAN PAST (2012), and DISCOVERING THE WESTERN PAST (2008). He has also written books on Tennessee history and the Tellico Dam.

Franklin M. Doeringer

Frank Doeringer received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1971. He is a professor of history and East Asian studies at Lawrence University. He is a member of the Association for Asian Studies, the International Society for Chinese Philosophy, and the American Historical Association. His most recent award is a 1999 Lawrence Excellence in Teaching Award. In addition to his work on DISCOVERING THE GLOBAL PAST, he has had numerous articles published in various publications, most recently, The Journal of Chinese Philosophy. He has co-authored a school-level text, THE PEOPLES OF EAST ASIA (Wm Sadlier & Co., 1972) and a scholarly text on the Han Dynasty published by the University of Michigan Press.

Kenneth R. Curtis

Kenneth R. Curtis received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in African and Comparative World History. His research focuses on colonial to postcolonial transitions in East Africa, with a particular focus on the coffee economy of Tanzania. He is Professor of History at California State University Long Beach, where he has taught world history at the introductory level, in special courses designed for future middle and high school teachers, and in graduate seminars. He has worked to advance the teaching of world history at the collegiate and secondary levels in collaboration with the World History Association, the California History/Social Science Project, and the College Board‘s Advanced Placement World History course.