A Concise History of the World, 1st Edition

  • Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, USA
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  • ISBN-10: 1316413128
  • ISBN-13: 9781316413128
  • DDC: 909
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 405 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2015 | Published/Released December 2018
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2015

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This book tells the story of humankind as producers and reproducers from the Paleolithic to the present. A renowned social and cultural historian, the author brings a new perspective to world history by examining social and cultural developments across the globe, including families/kin groups, social and gender hierarchies, sexuality, race/ethnicity, labor, religion, consumption, and material culture. She examines how these structures and activities changed over time through local processes and interactions with other cultures, highlighting key developments that defined particular eras such as the growth of cities or the creation of a global trading network. Incorporating foragers, farmers and factory workers along with shamans, scribes and secretaries, the book widens and lengthens human history. It makes comparisons and generalizations, but also notes diversities and particularities, as it examines social and cultural matters at the heart of big questions in world history today.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
A Concise History of The World.
Cambridge Concise Histories.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Foraging and Farming Families (To 3000 BCE).
2: Cities and Classical Societies (3000 BCE-500 CE).
3: Expanding Networks of Interaction, 500 CE-1500 CE.
4: A New World of Connections, 1500 CE-1800 CE.
5: Industrialization, Imperialism, and Inequality, 1800 CE-2015 CE.

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.