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Summary: This is Volume II of WORLD HISTORY, Fourth Edition. Noted teachers and scholars William J. Duiker and Jackson J. Spielvogel present a balanced picture of world history, with all respect for the richness and diversity of the tapestry of the human experience. Critically and popularly acclaimed, their comprehensive text balances a global approach with attention to the unique character and development of civilization in divergent parts of the world. The text covers indiv ...show moreidual 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-source documents, maps, and supplements enhance students' experience with the material. WORLD HISTORY is available in the following volume splits: WORLD HISTORY, Fourth Edition (Chapters 1-29) ISBN: 0534603637; WORLD HISTORY, Volume I: To 1800, Fourth Edition (Contains Chapters 1-17) ISBN: 0534603645; WORLD HISTORY, Volume II: Since 1400, Fourth Edition (Contains Chapters 13-29) ISBN: 0534603653; WORLD HISTORY, To 1400, Fourth Edition (Contains Chapters 1-12) ISBN: 0534603661.Edition/Copyright: 4TH 04
- NEW!-The text is 3 chapters and 100 pages shorter than the previous edition. Through the combination and shortening of chapters, there is now less emphasis on Europe before 1800. Other organizational changes include: 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.
- The beginning chapters focus on individual cultures (when the process of global integration was not yet far advanced), the later chapters adopt a more comparative and thematic approach, and the last Part covers a series of chapters that center on individual regions of the world focusing on common problems related to the Cold War and the rise of global problems such as overproduction and environmental pollution.
- Over 250 primary documents (8-9 per chapter; 20 percent new to this edition) 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 "In the Beginning," "Draupadi's Humiliation," "Aztec Midwife Ritual Chants," "Women and Islam in North Africa," "A Letter to the Pope," "A Sample of Linked Verse," "Keeping the Camel out of the Tent."
- The book contains over 150 four-color maps and over 300 pieces of artwork throughout. These now include comparative images (such as Chapter 5's "Emperors West and East" comparing Hadrian and Gaozu) and captions (such as the Buddhist-Christian comparison in Chapter 2's "The Birth of the Buddha").
- Selected "contrasting" primary documents present two different viewpoints on the same topic. Examples include "Alexander Meets an Indian King," "An Exchange of Royal Correspondence," "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.
- 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.
- InfoTrac College Edition citations appear in the "Suggestions for Further Reading" section at the end of each chapter.
- The five part-opening and part-closing 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.
- NEW!-The text now takes a more comparative approach (for example, Islam and Byzantium, formerly separate chapters, have been integrated in one chapter earlier in Part II).
- NEW!-More cross-cultural comparisons, as well as photos/captions and timelines, have been incorporated within the text. Over 60 photos and captions now provide a comparative treatment.
- NEW!-Between 1 and 3 "spot maps" appear in each chapter, providing critical details on smaller areas not apparent in the larger maps.
- 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.
- NEW!-Each chapter's "Focus" questions conclude with an analytical question to encourage students' critical thinking.
- NEW!-At least 20 boxed documents are new to this edition.
- 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.
- Duiker and Spielvogel, two well-regarded teachers and scholars, present a balanced discussion of political, social, economic, cultural, intellectual, and religious events in every chapter.
Publisher: Wadsworth, Inc
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