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THE HUMAN RECORD is the leading primary source reader for the World History course, providing balanced coverage of the global past. Each volume contains a blend of visual and textual sources that are often paired or grouped together for comparison, as in the Multiple Voices feature. A prologue entitled “Primary Sources and How to Read Them” appears in each volume and serves as a valuable pedagogical tool. Approximately one-third of the sources in the Eighth Edition are new, and these documents continue to reflect the myriad experiences of the peoples of the world.
- Updated throughout to reflect current scholarship, the Eighth Edition of this leading primary source reader for world history features a number of new visual sources and continues to ensure adequate coverage of global empires.
- The final chapter of Volume II has been split into two chapters to allow for greater focus on the voices of women and minorities.
- This number one world history reader is known for the selection of unique sources, the quality of its source introductions, the Prologue on how to read primary sources, and the Multiple Voices feature that employs the use of comparative documents.
- The authors are well known in their field, in part through participation in the World History Association, for which Al Andrea has served on the Executive Committee.
- A Multiple Voices feature in each part illustrates one of the following: multiple viewpoints on a common event or phenomenon, multiple sources that demonstrate changes over time, or multiple perspectives from different cultures on a common issue.
- The prologue, “Primary Sources and How to Read Them,” outlines a process for the reading and analysis of the sources in the text.
- Part, chapter, section, and individual source introductions help students place primary sources within a historical context.
- Questions for Analysis precede each source and are presented in a three-tiered format that resembles a historian's approach to source analysis.
- Each volume opens with useful topical and geographical Tables of Contents for flexible instruction.
Part I: THE ANCIENT WORLD.
1. The First Civilizations.
2. Newcomers: From Nomads to Settlers.
3. Transcendental Reality: Developing the Spiritual Traditions of India and and Southwest Asia: 800–200 B.C.E.
4. The Secular Made Sacred: Developing the Humanistic Traditions of China and Hellas: 600–200 B.C.E.
5. Regional Empires and Afro-Eurasian Interchange, 300 B.C.E.–500 C.E.
Part II: FAITH, DEVOTION, AND SALVATION: WORLD RELIGIONS TO 1500.
6. Universal Religions of Salvation in an Uncertain World: 1–600 C.E.
7. Islam: Universal Submission to God.
Part III: CONTINUITY, CHANGE, AND INTERCHANGE: 500–1500.
8. Asia: Change in the Context of Tradition.
9. Two Christian Civilizations: Byzantium and Western Europe.
10. Africa and the Americas.
11. Adventurers, Merchants, Diplomats, Pilgrims, and Missionaries: A Half Millennium of Travel and Encounter: 1000–1500.