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Essential World History : Volume I - With CD - Package - 2nd edition

Essential World History : Volume I - With CD - Package (ISBN10: 0534493904; ISBN13: 9780534493905)
ISBN13: 978-0534493905
ISBN10: 0534493904

Summary: This is Volume I of THE ESSENTIAL WORLD HISTORY, covering up to 1800 (includes chapters 1-17 of the main text). THE ESSENTIAL WORLD HISTORY presents a balanced picture of world history that pays respect to the richness and diversity of the tapestry of the human experience. Based on the Fourth Edition of Duiker and Spielvogel's comprehensive WORLD HISTORY, this critically and popularly acclaimed text balances a thorough global approach with attention to the unique cha moreracter and development of civilization in divergent parts of the world. The text covers individual civilizations such as China, India, and Europe, with due attention paid to the rise of the West, and provides points of comparison between and among these civilizations. A wealth of primary documents, maps, and supplements enhance students' experience with the material.


  • William Duiker and Jackson Spielvogel, two well-regarded teachers and scholars, present a balanced discussion of political, social, economic, cultural, intellectual, and religious events. Duiker brings to the book expertise in world history, particularly in Asian studies, and Spielvogel is author of the market-leading WESTERN CIVILIZATION.
  • NEW! The text is 3 chapters and 150 pages shorter than the previous edition. To match emerging trends in the course, this edition shortens and combines chapters, placing less emphasis on Europe before 1800. Other organizational changes: a new Chapter 7, "The Worlds of Islam and Byzantium," combines material on the Byzantine Empire from Chapters 12 and 13, including the integration of the material with Islam at the appropriate places; a new Chapter 12, "The Making of Europe," condenses the material in Chapters 12 and 13 into one chapter; a new Chapter 13,"Renewal, Reform, and State Building in Europe," combines material on the Renaissance, the Reformation, Absolutism, and the Scientific Revolution in one chapter; a new Chapter 17, "Europe on the Eve of a New World Order," combines material from Chapters 18 and 19; and a new Chapter 29, "Toward the Pacific Century?" combines Chapters 31 and 32 from the third edition into one chapter.
  • NEW! The text now takes a more comparative approach. For example, Islam and Byzantium, formerly separate chapters, appear in one chapter earlier in Part II.
  • NEW! More cross-cultural comparisons, as well as special photo features and timelines, appear within the text. Comparative photo features in each chapter now provide a comparative treatment.
  • NEW! New and expanded topics in this edition include: early civilizations around the world, including the Yellow River in China and Caral in Peru; Persian religion; India and Alexander in India; Chinese trade with the early Roman Empire; martyred Christian women; comparison of the Chinese Han Empire with the Roman Empire; the dispersion of early Buddhism throughout Asia; women's role in early Southeast Asia; Mongols and Black Death; importation of the cannon from the Middle East after invention in China; the effect of the Meiji Reforms on women in Japan; Russia, Eastern Europe, China, Africa, the Middle East, and South and Southeast Asia updated through 2002.
  • NEW! Between 1 and 3 "spot maps" appear in each chapter, providing critical details on smaller areas not apparent in the larger maps. Many of these maps also appear, in interactive form, on the text's Web site ( There are two types of interactive maps: spot maps and timeline maps. "Spot maps" let the user view a specific area of a larger map in finer detail. "Timeline maps" show changes over time within an area, using a fully captioned timeline to describe events occurring at each specific point in time.
  • NEW! Newly expanded map captions have been added, in order to encourage readers to think beyond the mere appearance of each map and to make connections across chapters, regions, and concepts. Many of these maps are also available in an interactive format on the companion Web site.
  • NEW! Each chapter's "Focus" questions conclude with an analytical question to encourage students' critical thinking.
  • NEW! A special insert at the front of the book features a world map and a guide to "How to Use Maps in THE ESSENTIAL WORLD HISTORY, SECOND EDITION."
  • NEW! At least 20 percent of the boxed primary source documents are new to this edition. Additional documents are available on the History Interactive CD-ROM that is packaged free with the text.
  • NEW! New! History Interactive: A Study Tool for Duiker/Spielvogel's WORLD: This valuable CD-ROM for students includes a wealth of primary-source documents; interactive maps and timelines; chapter outlines; chapter summaries; identifications; matching; multiple choice; fill-in-the blank; chronology; questions for critical thought; analysis of primary source documents; map exercises; How to Read a Document; How to Read a Map; the Western Civilization Image Bank; simulations for Western civilization; study tips for the narrative, maps, tables, photographs, and documents; answers to text Focus questions and map questions; a self-test quiz, and a sample iLrn History interactive module. New supplements include: an Instructor's Resource CD-ROM with ExamView (includes Instructor's Manual, Resource Integration Grid, ExamView testing, and PowerPoint slides); Exploring the European Past: Text and Images, a custom reader available through Thomson Custom; music CDs keyed to the text; and videos from the
  • The beginning chapters focus on individual cultures (when the process of global integration was not yet far advanced). Later chapters adopt a more comparative and thematic approach, while the last Part contains a series of chapters that focuses on how individual regions of the world have dealt with common problems related to the Cold War, the rise of globalization and such problems as overproduction and environmental pollution.
  • Over 100 primary documents (3-4 per chapter) give students access to the kind of material historians draw on when doing their research. The primary documents include a wide variety of documents such as letters, memoirs, song lyrics, official documents, diary entries, menus, poetry, plays, and more. All help to bring history alive for students. Examples include "Seeing the Eternal Dao," "Aztec Midwife Ritual Chants," and "A Letter to the Pope."
  • The book contains over 150 four-color maps and over 300 pieces of artwork throughout. These now include comparative images as a special feature in each chapter (such as Chapter 2's Buddhist-Christian comparison in "The Birth of the Buddha," Chapter 5's "Emperors West and East" comparing Hadrian and Gaozu, and Chapter 13's "Sun Kings--East and West.")
  • Selected "contrasting" primary documents present two different viewpoints on the same topic. Examples include "The Siege of Jerusalem: Christian and Muslim Perspectives" and "White Man's Burden, Black Man's Sorrow."
  • Timelines in every chapter list chronologically the dates important to the understanding of a period and place historical people and events in a comparative setting. Timelines are also available on the text's companion Web site with critical thinking questions and direct links to relevant images.
  • Chapter outlines and focus questions appear at the beginning of each chapter. These questions help students to ponder the more important issues discussed in each chapter.
  • Website references and InfoTrac College Edition citations appear after the "Suggestions for Further Reading" section at the end of each chapter.
  • The five part-opening essays give students a global, comparative background. "Reflection" sections, found at the close of the 5 major parts of the book, link events together in a broad comparative and global framework and include two boxed essays, each highlighted with an illustration, to single out issues of particular importance to that period of history. less

Edition/Copyright: 2ND 05
Cover: Paperback
Publisher: Wadsworth, Inc
Published: 01/28/2005
International: No

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