World Civilizations

  • AUTHORS: Philip J. Adler; Randall L. Pouwels
  • ISBN-13: 9780495913009 
  • Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
  • 816 Pages  Hardcover 
  • 6th Edition  |  Previous Editions: 2008, 2006, 2003
  • ©2012     Published
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Overview

About The Product

For an accessible, comprehensive global survey of the world's major civilizations, Adler and Pouwels's WORLD CIVILIZATIONS offers a great balance between detail and brevity. This unique student-oriented text offers 54 short chapters accompanied by strong pedagogy and critical thinking tools, giving instructors the flexibility to assign a wide range of major topics in world history in a variety of different ways, plus making learning more manageable for students. Built on the authors' nearly sixty years of combined teaching experience, the Sixth Edition features increased coverage of Asia and Africa, strengthening the global backbone of the text significantly. The focused treatment of topics throughout history covers every major epoch and follows broad patterns and processes, while illuminating history through specific examples and a particular emphasis on social and cultural topics. Available in the following split options: WORLD CIVILIZATIONS, Sixth Edition (Chapters 1-54), ISBN: 978-0-495-91300-9; Volume I: To 1700 (Chapters 1-28), ISBN: 978-0-495-91301-6; Volume II: Since 1500 (Chapters 22-54), ISBN: 978-0-495-91302-3.

Features

  • Fifty-four concise chapters of 10 to 15 pages in length cover key points in manageable "chunks." This organization is ideal for professors who wish to augment lectures with outside material.
  • The document feature, "Evidence of the Past," spotlights artifacts, material culture, and oral traditions as source materials for historical study. Examples include the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamen, Ibn Battuta's visit to East Africa, Ibn Ishaq's biography of Muhammad, and more.
  • Part-opening essays provide context, describing the chapters in each part in terms of the text's overall periodization scheme, which employs a theme of equilibrium (balance among equally powerful civilizations) and disequilibrium (under which the West held sway over the rest of the world). Chapter-opening epigrams, outlines, and chronologies provide an overall preview and context for studying each chapter. With these introductory sections, students have accurate expectations of what they need to know from the chapter.
  • Themes for the text (including Society and Economy, Law and Government, Patterns of Belief, Science and Technology, and Arts and Culture) operate consistently among text references, boxes, figures, and column heads in end-of-part cross-cultural comparison Worldviews.
  • A parenthetical in-text pronunciation guide enables students (and instructors!) to discuss these concepts with confidence. Select maps are accompanied by critical thinking questions that teach students how to read, think about, and work with maps as a historian might. The map captions also indicate exactly where students can locate interactive versions of the maps.

About the Contributor

AUTHORS
  • Philip J. Adler

    Philip J. Adler taught college courses in world history to undergraduates for almost thirty years prior to his recent retirement. Dr. Adler earned his Ph.D. at the University of Vienna following military service overseas in the 1950s. His dissertation was on the activity of the South Slav émigrés during World War I, and his academic specialty was the modern history of Eastern Europe and the Austro-Hungarian empire. His research has been supported by Fulbright and the National Endowment for the Humanities grants. Dr. Adler has published widely in the historical journals of the U.S. and German-speaking Europe. He is currently professor emeritus at East Carolina University, where he spent most of his teaching career.

  • Randall L. Pouwels

    Randall L. Pouwels earned his B.A. in history at the University of Wisconsin and his Ph.D. in history at UCLA. His Ph.D. dissertation was on the history of Islam in East Africa. His book, HORN AND CRESCENT: CULTURAL CHANGE AND TRADITIONAL ISLAM ON THE EAST AFRICAN COAST, 800-1900 (Cambridge, 1987), has become a standard work in African history. THE HISTORY OF ISLAM IN AFRICA (Athens, Oxford, and Cape Town, 2000) was jointly edited with Nehemia Levtzion of Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Widely praised in reviews, it was selected by Choice as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2001 and was made a selection of the History Book Club. In addition, he has written numerous articles and reviews on East African history, the history of Islam in Africa, and historical methodologies. Dr. Pouwels's other research interests include the history of the Middle East, the Indian Ocean, and the history and archaeology of Native Americans. Over the years, his work has been supported by grants and fellowships from Fulbright-Hays, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Social Studies Research Council, the National Geographic Society, and the American Philosophical Society. He taught African history for over twenty years at LaTrobe University in Melbourne, Australia, and at UCLA. He has been the Professor of African and Middle Eastern History at the University of Central Arkansas since 1984.

Table of Contents

Part I: FROM HUMAN ORIGINS TO AGRARIAN COMMUNITIES, C. 100,000 - 500 BCE
1. The Earliest Human Societies
2. Mesopotamia
3. Early Africa and Egypt
4. India’s Beginnings
5. Warriors and Deities in the Near East
6. Ancient China to 221 BCE
7. The Agrarian Revolution in the Americas
Part II: CLASSICAL CIVILIZATIONS OF THE WORLD, 500 BCE - 800 CE
8. The Greek Adventure
9. Greek Humanism, 800-100 BCE
10. Rome from City-State to Empire
11. The Roman Empire and the Rise of Christianity in the West, 31 BCE-600 CE
12. Classical India
13. Imperial China in Its Golden Age
Part III: THE POST-CLASSICAL ERA, 800-1400 CE
14. The Americas to the Fifteenth Century
15. Islam
16. Mature Islamic Society and the First Global Civilization
17. Africa from Axum, to 1400
18. The Mongols Unify Eurasia
19. Japan and Southeast Asia
20. The European Middle Ages
21. The Late European Middle Ages and the Renaissance
Part IV: EXPANDING WEBS OF INTERACTION, 1400 - 1700 CE
22. A Larger World Opens
23. Religious Division and Political Consolidation in Europe
24. Asia in the Era of the Gunpowder Empires
25. Africa in the Era of Expansion
26. China from the Ming Through the Early Qing Dynasty
27. Japan in the Era of European Expansion
28. From Conquest to Colonies in Hispanic America
Part V: REVOLUTIONS AND THE AGE OF EMPIRE, 1600 - 1914
29. The Scientific Revolution and Its Enlightened Aftermath
30. Liberalism and the Challenge to Absolute Monarchy
31. The French Revolution and the Empire of Napoleon
32. The Early Industrial Revolution
33. Advanced Industrial Society
34. Europe: New Ideas and New Nations
35. The Islamic World, 1600-1917
36. European Imperialism and Africa During the Age of Industry
37. India and Southeast Asia Under Colonial Rule
38. China in the Age of Imperialism
39. Latin America from Independence to Dependent States
40. Modern Science and its Implications
Part VI: TOWARDS A GLOBALIZED WORLD, 1914 - PRESENT
41. World War I and Its Disputed Settlement
42. A Fragile Balance: Europe in the Twenties
43. The Soviet Experiment to World War II
44. Totalitarianism Refined: The Nazi State
45. East Asia in a Century of Change
46. World War II
47. The Cold World War
48. Decolonization of the Non-Western World
49. The New Asia
50. Africa’s Decolonization and Independence
51. Latin America in the Twentieth Century
52. The Reemergence of the Muslim World
53. Collapse and Reemergence in Communist Europe
54. A New Millennium

New to this Edition

  • The Sixth Edition contains significantly more material on Native America, Africa, and South Asia. A number of chapters have been significantly revised, notably Chapter 3, Early Africa and Egypt; Chapter 7, The Agrarian Revolution in the Americas; Chapter 14, The Americas to the Fifteenth Century; Chapter 25, Africa in the Era of Expansion; and Chapter 37, India and Southeast Asia under Colonial Rule.
  • A new visual feature, "Images of History," appears in approximately one-third of the chapters as another way to attract students' interest. Most of the images exhibited are artifacts in the form of objects, drawings, posters, engravings, and photographs that date to the period and place covered the text. Specific details of each image are called out to encourage students to interpret or "read" the images and discover the importance of artifacts in illuminating history.
  • New critical thinking questions have been added to the end of each chapter ("For Further Reflection") as well as to the end of each Part ("Putting It All Together") to encourage students to think beyond objective knowledge and basic historical facts. Instructors may choose to assign these as essay or discussion topics. The questions are offered in a variety of difficulty levels to suit a range of students.

Components

Teacher Components

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Student Supplements

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  • Writing for College History: A Short Handbook  (ISBN-10: 061830603X | ISBN-13: 9780618306039)
    Prepared by Robert M. Frakes, Clarion University. This brief handbook for survey courses in American history, Western Civilization/European history, and world civilization guides students through the various types of writing assignments they encounter in a history class. Providing examples of student writing and candid assessments of student work, this text focuses on the rules and conventions of writing for the college history course.
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  • Doing History: Research and Writing in the Digital Age  (ISBN-10: 0534619533 | ISBN-13: 9780534619534)
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