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The earth and its peoples

a global history — 5th ed.

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The earth and its peoples: a global history
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Table of Contents

pt. I. The emergence of human communities, to 500 BCE
1. Nature, humanity, and history, to 3500 BCE
African genesis
Interpreting the evidence
Human evolution
Migrations from Africa
Technology and culture in the Ice Age
Foodgathering and stonetools
Gender roles and social life
Hearths and cultural expressions
The agricultural revolutions
The transition to plant cultivation
domesticated animals and pastoralism
Agriculture and ecological crisis
Life in Neolithic communities
The triumph of food producers
Cultural expressions
Early towns and specialists
diversity + dominance : Cave art
Environment + technology : the Iceman
2. The first river-valley civilizations, 3500-1500 BCE
Settled agriculture in an unstable landscape
Sumerians and Semites
Cities, kings, and trade
Mesopotamian society
Gods, priests, and temples
Technology and science
The land of Egypt : "gift of the Nile"
Divine kingship
Administration and communication
The people of Egypt
Belief and knowledge
The Indus Valley civilization
Natural environment
Material culture
Transformation of the Indus Valley civilization
Diversity + dominance : violence and order in the Babylonian New Year's Festival
Environment + technology : environmental stress in the Indus Valley
3. New civilizations in the Eastern and Western Hemispheres, 2200-250 BCE
Early China, 2000-221 BCE
Geography and resources
The Shang Period, 1750-1045 BCE
The Zhou Period, 1045-221 BCE
Confucianism, Daoism, and Chinese society
The Warring States Period, 481-221 BCE
Nubia, 3100 BCE-350 CE
Early cultures and Egyptian domination 2300-1100 BCE
The Kingdom of Meroe , 800 BCE-350 CE
Celtic Europe, 1000-50 BCE
The spread of the Celts
Celtic society
Belief and knowledge
First civilizations of the Americas : the Olmec and Chavi n, 1200 -250 BCE
The Mesoamerican Olmec, 1200-400 BCE
Early south American civilization : Chavi n, 900-250 BCE
Environment + technology : divination in ancient societies
Diversity + dominance : human nature and good government in the Analects of Confucius and the legalist writings of Han Fei
4. The Mediterranean and Middle East, 2000-500 BCE
The cosmopolitan Middle East, 1700-1100 BCE
Western Asia
New Kingdom Egypt
Commerce and communication
The Aegean world, 2000-1100 BCE
Minoan Crete
Mycenaean Greece
The fall of late Bronze Age civilizations
The Assyrian Empire, 911-612 BCE
God and king
Conquest and control
Assyrian society and culture
Israel, 2000-500 BCE
Origins, exodus, and settlement
Rise of the monarchy
Fragmentation and dispersal
Phoenicia and the Mediterranean, 1200-500 BCE
The Phoenician city-states
Expansion into the Mediterranean
Carthage's commercial empire
War and religion
Failure and transformation, 750-550 BCE
Diversity + dominance : protests against the ruling class in Israel and Babylonia
Environment + technology : ancient textiles and dyes
Issues in world history : animal domestication
pt. II. The formation of new cultural communities, 1000 BCE-400 CE
5. Greece and Iran, 1000-30 BCE
Ancient Iran, 1000-500 BCE
Geography and resources
The rise of the Persian Empire
Imperial organization
Ideology and religion
The rise of the Greeks, 1000-500 BCE
Geography and resources
The emergence of the polis
New intellectual currents
Athens and Sparta
The struggle of Persia and Greece, 546-323 BCE
Early encounters
The height of Athenian power
Inequality in Classical Greece
Failure of the city-state and triumph of the Macedonians
The Hellenistic synthesis, 323-30 BCE
Diversity + dominance : Persian and Greek perceptions of kingship
Material culture : wine and beer in the ancient world
Environment + technology : ancient astronomy
6. An age of empires : Rome and Han China, 753 BCE-330 CE
Rome's creation of a Mediterranean Empire, 753 BCE-330 CE
A republic of farmers
Expansion in Italy and the Mediterranean
The failure of the Republic
The Roman Principate, 31 BCE-330 CE
An urban empire
The rise of Christianity
Technology and transformation
The origins of Imperial China, 221 BCE-220 CE
the Qin unification of China, 221-206 BCE
The long reign of the Han, 202 BCE-220 CE
Chinese society
New forms of thought and belief
Decline of the Han
Diversity + dominance : the treatment of slaves in Rome and China
Environment + technology : water engineering in Rome and China
7. India and Southeast Asia, 1500 BCE-1025 CE
Foundations of Indian civilization, 1500 BCE-300 CE
The Indian subcontinent
The Vedic Age
Challenges to the old order : Jainism and Buddhism
The evolution of Hinduism
Imperial expansion and collapse, 324 BCE-650 CE
The Mauryan Empire, 324-184 BCE
Commerce and culture in an era of political fragmentation
The Gupta Empire, 320-550 CE
Southeast Asia, 50-1025 CE
Early civilization
The Srivijayan Kingdom
Environment + technology : Indian mathematics
Diversity + dominance : relations between women and men in the Kama Sutra and the Arthashastra
Issues in world history : oral societies and the consequences of literacy
pt. III. Growth and interaction of cultural communities, 300 BCE-1200 CE
8. Networks of communication and exchange, 300 BCE-1100 CE
The Silk Road
Origins and operations
Nomadism in Central and Inner Asia
The impact of the Silk Road
The Indian Ocean Maritime System
Origins of contact and trade
The impact of Indian Ocean trade
Routes across the Sahara
Early Saharan cultures
Trade across the Sahara
Sub-Saharan Africa
A challenging geography
The development of cultural unity
African cultural characteristics
The advent of iron and the Bantu migrations
The spread of ideas
Ideas and material evidence
The spread of Buddhism
The spread of Christianity
Diversity + dominance : travel accounts of Africa and India
Environment + technology : camel saddles
9. The Sasanid Empire and the rise of Islam, 200-1200
The Sasanid Empire, 224-651
Politics and society
Religion and empire
The origins of Islam
The Arabian Peninsula before Muhammad
Muhammad in Mecca and Medina
Formation of the Umma
Succession to Muhammad
The rise and fall of the Caliphate, 632-1258
The Islamic conquests, 634-711
The Umayyad and early Abbasid Caliphates, 661-850
Political fragmentation, 850-1050
Assault from within and without, 1050-1258
Islamic civilization
Law and dogma
Converts and cities
Women and Islam
The recentering of Islam
Diversity + dominance : secretaries, Turks, and beggars
Environment + technology : chemistry
Material culture : head coverings
10. Christian societies emerge in Europe, 600-1200
The Byzantine Empire, 600-1200
Am empire beleaguered
Society and urban life
Cultural achievements
Early Medieval Europe, 600-1000
the time of insecurity
A self-sufficient economy
Early Medieval society in the West
The Western Church
Politics and the Church
Kievan Russia, 900-1200
The rise of the Kievan Empire
Society and culture
Western Europe revives, 1000-1200
The role of technology
Cities and the rebirth of the trade
The Crusades, 1095-1204
The roots of the Crusades
The impact of the Crusades
Environment + technology : iron production
Diversity + dominance : the struggle for Christian morality
11. Inner and East Asia, 400-1200
The Sui and Tang Empires, 581-755
Buddhism and the Tang Empire
To Chang'an by land and sea
Upheavals and repression, 750-879
The end of the Tang Empire, 879-907
The emergence of East Asia, to 1200
The Liao and Jin challenge
Song industries
Economy and society in Song China
New kingdoms in East Asia
Chinese influences
Diversity + dominance : law and society in China and Japan
Environment + technology : writing in East Asia, 400-1200
12. Peoples and civilizations of the Americas, 200-1500
Classic-era culture and society in Mesoamerica, 200-900
The Maya
The Postclassic Period in Mesoamerica, 900-1500
The Toltecs
The Aztecs
Northern peoples
Southwestern Desert Cultures
Mound builders : the Hopewell and Mississippian Cultures
Andean civilizations, 200-1500
Cultural response to environmental challenge
Tiwanaku and Wari
The Inca
Diversity + dominance : burials as historical texts
Environment + technology : Inca roads
Issues in world history : religious conversion
pt. IV. Interregional patterns of culture and contact, 1200-1550
13. Mongol Eurasia and its aftermath, 1200-1500
The rise of the Mongols, 1200-1260
Nomadism in Central and Inner Asia
The Mongol conquests, 1215-1283
Overland trade and disease
The Mongols and Islam, 1260-1500
Mongol rivalry
Islam and the state
Culture and science in Islamic Eurasia
Regional responses in Western Eurasia
Russia and rule from afar
New states in Eastern Europe and Anatolia
Mongol domination in China, 1271-1368
The Yuan Empire, 1271-1368
The fall of the Yuan Empire
The early Ming Empire, 1368-1500
Ming China on a Mongol foundation
Technology and population
The Ming achievement
Centralization and militarism in East Asia, 1200-1500
Korea from the Mongols to the Yi, 1231-1500
Political transformation in Japan, 1274-1500
The emergence of Vietnam, 1200-1500
Diversity + dominance : observations of Mongol life
Environment + technology : from gunpowder to guns
14. Tropical Africa and Asia, 1200-1500
Tropical lands and peoples
The tropical environment
Human ecosystems
Water systems and irrigation
Mineral resources
New Islamic Empires
Mali in the Western Sudan
The Delhi Sultanate in India
India Ocean trade
Monsoon mariners
Africa : the Swahili Coast and Zimbabwe
Arabia : Aden and the Red Sea
India : Gujarat and the Malabar Coast
Southeast Asia
Social and cultural change
Architecture, learning and religion
Social and gender distinctions
Diversity + dominance : personal styles of rule in India and Mali
Environment + technology : the Indian Ocean Dhow
15. The Latin West, 1200-1500
Rural growth and crisis
Peasants, population and plague
Social rebellion
Mills and mines
Urban revival
Trading cities
Civic life
Gothic cathedrals
Learning, literature, and the Renaissance
The Renaissance
Humanists and printers
Renaissance artists
Political and military transformations
Monarchs, nobles, and the Church
The Hundred Years War
New monarchies in France and England
Iberian unification
Diversity + dominance : persecution and protection of Jews, 1272-1349
Environment + technology : the clock
16. The Maritime Revolution, to 1550
Global maritime expansion before 1450
The Pacific Ocean
The Indian Ocean
The Atlantic Ocean
European expansion, 1400-1550
Motives for exploration
Portuguese voyages
Spanish voyages
Encounters with Europe, 1450-1550
Western Africa
Eastern Africa
Indian Ocean States
The Americas
Environment + technology : Vasco da Gama's fleet
Diversity + dominance : Kongo's Christian king
Issues in world history : climate and population to 1500.

Edition Notes

"Advantage edition" --T.p. v. II.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

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