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Cengage Advantage Books: World History, Volume I, 8th Edition

  • William J. Duiker The Pennsylvania State University
  • Jackson J. Spielvogel The Pennsylvania State University
  • ISBN-10: 1305091728  |  ISBN-13: 9781305091726
  • 704 Pages
  • © 2016 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $54.00
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Developed to meet the demand for a low-cost, high-quality history book, this economically priced version of WORLD HISTORY, 8th Edition, offers readers the complete narrative with only the most essential features, photos, and maps. All volumes feature a paperback, two-color format that appeals to those seeking a comprehensive, trade-sized history text. 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 of the human past, and identifies key 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 approach helps students link events together in a broad comparative and global framework, and consequently see the contemporary world in a more meaningful historical context. CENGAGE ADVANTAGE BOOKS: WORLD HISTORY includes over 100 maps and excerpts of over 100 primary sources that enliven the past while introducing students to the source material of historical scholarship. Available in the following split options: CENGAGE ADVANTAGE BOOKS: WORLD HISTORY, 8th Edition (Chapters 1−30); Volume I: To 1800 (Chapters 1−18); Volume II: Since 1500 (Chapters 14−30).

Features and Benefits

  • WORLD HISTORY provides a solid narrative that students can actually read and understand. The authors artfully combine regional and global discussions, and provide a thematic framework to help students make comparisons and connections across cultures and time periods.
  • 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.
  • The book contains over 100 two-color maps and 120 pieces of artwork. Map captions encourage readers to think beyond the mere appearance of each map and to make connections across chapters, regions, and concepts.
  • “Film & History” features analyze popular films using a historian's perspective to show students how movies represent, and sometimes misrepresent, the past. These features shine the spotlight on films such as: Lawrence of Arabia (1962, Ch. 24), Triumph of the Will (1934, Ch. 25), and The Iron Lady (2011, Ch. 28).
  • “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 analysis. The accompanying critical-thinking questions can be assigned for individual or collaborative study. Topics include “The Governing of Empires: Two Approaches” (Ch. 1); “Women in the Roman and Han Empires” (Ch. 5); “Two Views of Trade and Merchants” (Ch. 12); and “Practical Learning or Confucian Essence: A Debate Over Reform” (Ch. 22).
  • Comparative Essays such as “History and the Environment” (Ch. 6), “Trade and Civilization” (Ch. 7), “Cities in the Medieval World” (Ch. 12), “The Rise of Nationalism” (Ch. 20), “Paths to Modernization” (Ch. 25), and “One World, One Environment” (Ch. 30) highlight similarities and differences between and among cultures.
  • Comparative Illustrations (with critical-thinking questions) enable students to see cross-cultural comparisons of rituals, art, war and other topics.
  • An outline appears at the beginning of every chapter, and glossary terms are boldfaced throughout the text. Frequent subheads help students “chunk” the information more effectively.

Table of Contents

1. Early Humans and the First Civilizations.
2. Ancient India.
3. China in Antiquity.
4. The Civilization of the Greeks.
5. The Roman World Empire.
6. The Americas.
7. Ferment in the Middle East: The Rise of Islam.
8. Early Civilizations in Africa.
9. The Expansion of Civilization in South and Southeast Asia.
10. The Flowering of Traditional China.
11. The East Asian Rimlands: Early Japan, Korea, and Vietnam.
12. The Making of Europe.
13. The Byzantine Empire and Crisis and Recovery in the West.
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.

What's New

  • The text has been updated throughout to reflect recent scholarship. New and revised material in the first half of the book includes discussion of early writing and currency in ancient China (Ch. 3); helots and women in Sparta (Ch. 4); Roman children and early Christianity (Ch. 5); Arab science and philosophy, the arrival of the Turks in the Middle East, and early Arab seafaring technology (Ch. 7); Chinese cartography and trade relations (Ch. 10); the role of peasant women (Ch. 12); and women in the Byzantine empire (new section in Ch. 13).
  • New and revised material in the second half of the text includes coverage of the Indian textile industry (Ch. 16); the lower classes and prostitution, mass leisure, and mass consumption (Ch. 20); Nazi culture and totalitarianism (Ch. 25); social and cultural conditions in Eastern Europe, and conditions in contemporary China (Ch. 27); conditions in contemporary Africa, and discussion of Arab Spring (Ch. 29).
  • New selections have been added to the “Opposing Viewpoints” feature. Examples include “The Governing of Empires: Two Approaches” (Ch. 1); “Women in the Roman and Han Empires” (Ch. 5); “Two Views of Trade and Merchants” (Ch. 12); “The Renaissance Prince: The Views of Machiavelli and Erasmus” (Ch. 13); and “Practical Learning or Confucian Essence: A Debate Over Reform” (Ch. 22).
  • Many new document boxes have been added.
  • New films have been added to the popular “Film & History” feature, including Lawrence of Arabia (1962, Ch. 24), Triumph of the Will (1934, Ch. 25), and The Iron Lady (2011, Ch. 28).
  • Material on Han China has been moved from Chapter 5, “The Roman World Empire,” to Chapter 3, “China in Antiquity,” in response to reviewer feedback.
  • New examples of historiographical subsections, which examine how and why historians differ in their interpretation of specific topics, have been added.

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. 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 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 THE REFORMATION, THE HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE: A DICTIONARY HANDBOOK, the 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 (7th Edition, 2014). He is the author of WESTERN CIVILIZATION, first published in 1991 (10th Edition, 2017), and the coauthor (with William Duiker) of WORLD HISTORY, first published in 1994 (8th Edition, 2016). 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.