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The Earth and Its Peoples: A Global History 6th Edition

Richard W. Bulliet, Pamela Kyle Crossley, Daniel R. Headrick, Steven W. Hirsch, Lyman L. Johnson, David Northrup

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  • 1008 Pages
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Featuring a beautiful new design, THE EARTH AND ITS PEOPLES, Sixth Edition, presents world history in a balanced, global framework, shifting the focus away from political centers of power. This truly global text for the world history survey course employs fundamental themes of “environment and technology” and “diversity and dominance” to explore patterns of humans' interactions with their surroundings and with each other. The authors' approach reveals how humanity continues to shape and be shaped by the environment and how dominant structures and traditions are balanced and challenged by alternate beliefs. Special emphasis is given to technological development and how it underlies all human activity. Highly acclaimed in their fields of study, the authors bring a wide array of expertise to the program. A combination of strong scholarship and detailed pedagogy gives the book its reputation for rigor and student accessibility.

Richard W. Bulliet, Columbia University

Richard W. Bulliet (PhD, Harvard University) is Professor of Middle Eastern History at Columbia University. He has written scholarly works on a number of topics: the social and economic history of medieval Iran (THE PATRICIANS OF NISHAPUR and COTTON, CLIMATE, AND CAMELS IN EARLY ISLAMIC IRAN), the history of human-animal relations (THE CAMEL AND THE WHEEL and HUNTERS, HERDERS, AND HAMBURGERS), the process of conversion to Islam (CONVERSION TO ISLAM IN THE MEDIEVAL PERIOD), and the overall course of Islamic social history (ISLAM: THE VIEW FROM THE EDGE and THE CASE FOR ISLAMO-CHRISTIAN CIVILIZATION). He is the editor of the COLUMBIA HISTORY OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY. He has published four novels, coedited THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST, and hosted an educational television series on the Middle East. He was awarded a fellowship by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and was named a Carnegie Corporation Scholar.

Pamela Kyle Crossley, Dartmouth College

Pamela Kyle Crossley received her Ph.D. in Modern Chinese History from Yale University. She is currently the Robert and Barbara Black Professor of History at Dartmouth College. Her books include THE WOBBLING PIVOT: AN INTERPRETIVE HISTORY OF CHINA SINCE 1800; WHAT IS GLOBAL HISTORY?; A TRANSLUCENT MIRROR: HISTORY AND IDENTITY IN QING IMPERIAL IDEOLOGY; THE MANCHUS; ORPHAN WARRIORS: THREE MANCHU GENERATIONS AND THE END OF THE QING WORLD; and (with Lynn Hollen Lees and John W. Servos) GLOBAL SOCIETY: THE WORLD SINCE 1900.

Daniel R. Headrick, Roosevelt University

Daniel R. Headrick received his Ph.D. in History from Princeton University. Professor of History and Social Science, Emeritus, at Roosevelt University in Chicago, he is the author of several books on the history of technology, imperialism, and international relations, including THE TOOLS OF EMPIRE: TECHNOLOGY AND EUROPEAN IMPERIALISM IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY; THE TENTACLES OF PROGRESS: TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER IN THE AGE OF IMPERIALISM; THE INVISIBLE WEAPON: TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND INTERNATIONAL POLITICS; TECHNOLOGY: A WORLD HISTORY; POWER OVER PEOPLES: TECHNOLOGY, ENVIRONMENTS AND WESTERN IMPERIALISM, 1400 TO THE PRESENT; and WHEN INFORMATION CAME OF AGE: TECHNOLOGIES OF KNOWLEDGE IN THE AGE OF REASON AND REVOLUTION, 1700–1850. His articles have appeared in the JOURNAL OF WORLD HISTORY and the JOURNAL OF MODERN HISTORY, and he has been awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Steven W. Hirsch, Tufts University

Steven W. Hirsch holds a Ph.D. in Classics from Stanford University and is currently Associate Professor of Classics and History at Tufts University. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Massachusetts Foundation for Humanities and Public Policy. His research and publications include THE FRIENDSHIP OF THE BARBARIANS: XENOPHON AND THE PERSIAN EMPIRE, as well as articles and reviews in the CLASSICAL JOURNAL, the AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHILOLOGY, and the JOURNAL OF INTERDISCIPLINARY HISTORY. He is currently working on a comparative study of ancient Mediterranean and Chinese civilizations.

Lyman L. Johnson, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Lyman L. Johnson earned his Ph.D. in Latin American History from the University of Connecticut. A two-time Senior Fulbright-Hays Lecturer, he also has received fellowships from the Tinker Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Philosophical Society. His recent books include DEATH, DISMEMBERMENT, AND MEMORY; THE FACES OF HONOR (with Sonya Lipsett-Rivera); THE PROBLEM OF ORDER IN CHANGING SOCIETIES; ESSAYS ON THE PRICE HISTORY OF EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY LATIN AMERICA (with Enrique Tandeter); and COLONIAL LATIN AMERICA (with Mark A. Burkholder). He also has published in journals, including the HISPANIC AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW, the JOURNAL OF LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES, the INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF SOCIAL HISTORY, SOCIAL HISTORY, and DESARROLLO ECONOMICO. He recently served as president of the Conference on Latin American History.

David Northrup, Boston College

Professor of History at Boston College, David Northrup earned his Ph.D. in African and European History from the University of California at Los Angeles. He earlier taught in Nigeria with the Peace Corps and at Tuskegee Institute. Research supported by the Fulbright-Hays Commission, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Social Science Research Council led to publications concerning pre-colonial Nigeria, the Congo (1870–1940), the Atlantic slave trade, and Asian, African, and Pacific islander indentured labor in the nineteenth century. A contributor to the OXFORD HISTORY OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE and BLACKS IN THE BRITISH EMPIRE, his latest book is AFRICA’S DISCOVERY OF EUROPE, 1450–1850. In 2004 and 2005 he served as president of the World History Association.
  • Part VII has been reorganized and updated to showcase global themes. It also includes a brand new Chapter 29, “Revolutions in Living, 1900-1950,” which discusses technology and lifestyle changes during the period with accounts of political movements in India, Latin America, and Africa. This chapter also includes a new “Diversity and Dominance” feature on Gandhi and the Media.
  • Material has been streamlined throughout the latter half of the book to bring the total number of chapters down from 34 to 33.
  • New topics in the “Material Culture” features-Salt; Four-Wheeled Vehicles; Bells, Gongs, and Drums; and Lamps and Candles-drive home the many ways in which objects and processes of everyday life can play a role in understanding human history on a broad scale.
  • The “Environment and Technology” feature presents such new topics as Ancient Glass (Ch. 4) and the Magnetophone (Ch. 30), illuminating a major theme of the text by demonstrating the shared material bases of all societies across time.
  • “Material Culture” boxed features show students how historians derive meaning from everyday objects and offer comparative perspectives on global topics such as Wine and Beer in the Ancient World and Fast Food.
  • Chapter-opening focus questions are tied to major sections within each chapter.
  • The Sixth Edition features a comprehensive map program, designed for visual impact and clarity, that today's growing number of visual learners will appreciate.
  • Section Reviews summarize the key points of each major section in every chapter and are presented in an easy-to-read bullet point format. Comparative chapter conclusions synthesize the major concepts covered in each chapter.
  • “Environment and Technology” essays in every chapter reinforce the central theme of the text by highlighting and comparing technological developments over time, such as ancient astronomy, camel saddles, and iron production.
  • “Diversity and Dominance” boxes offer primary source excerpts in every chapter, bringing real historical voices to life. Each feature begins with an introduction that connects the topic to the Diversity and Dominance theme. Students are invited to explore the meaning and significance of the passage or images through a series of focus questions found at the end of the excerpt.
  • “Issues in World History” essays focus on the broad themes that global historians study, such as climate change, famine and disease, and politics.
1. Nature, Humanity, and History, to 3500 B.C.E.
2. The First River–Valley Civilizations, 3500–1500 B.C.E.
3. The Mediterranean and Middle East, 2000–500 B.C.E.
4. New Civilizations Outside the West Asian Core Area, 2300–350 B.C.E.
5. Greece and Iran, 1100–30 B.C.E.
6. An Age of Empires: Rome and Han China, 753 B.C.E.–330 C.E.
7. India and Southeast Asia, 1500 B.C.E.–1025 C.E.
8. Peoples and Civilizations of the Americas, 200–1400.
9. Networks of Communication and Exchange, 300 B.C.E.–1100 C.E.
10. The Sasanid Empire and the Rise of Islam, 200–1200.
11. Christian Societies Emerge in Europe, 600–1200.
12. Inner and East Asia, 400–1200.
13. Mongol Eurasia and Its Aftermath, 1200–1500.
14. Latin Europe, 1200–1500.
15. Southern Empires, Southern Seas, 1200–1500.
16. The Maritime Revolution, to 1550.
17. Transformations in Europe, 1500–1750.
18. The Diversity of American Colonial Societies, 1530–1770.
19. The Atlantic System and Africa, 1550–1800.
20. Between Europe and China, 1500–1750.
21. East Asia in Global Perspective, 1500–1800.
22. The Early Industrial Revolution, 1760–1851.
23. Revolutionary Changes in the Atlantic World, 1750–1850.
24. Land Empires in the Age of Imperialism, 1800–1870.
25. Nation Building and Economic Transformation in the Americas, 1810–1890.
26. Varieties of Imperialism in Africa, India, Southeast Asia, and Latin America, 1750–1914.
27. The New Power Balance, 1850–1900.
28. The Crisis of the Imperial Order, 1900–1929.
29. Revolutions in Living, 1900–1950.
30. The Collapse of the Old Order, 1929–1949.
31. The Cold War and Decolonization, 1945–1975.
32. The End of the Cold War and the Challenge of Economic Development and Immigration, 1975–2000.
33. New Challenges in a New Millennium.
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