The Human Record: Sources of Global History, Volume I: To 1500

  • AUTHORS: Alfred J. Andrea; James H. Overfield
  • ISBN-13: 9781285870236 
  • Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
  • 480 Pages  Paperback 
  • 8th Edition  |  Previous Editions: 2012
  • ©2016     Published
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About The Product

THE HUMAN RECORD is the leading primary source reader for the World History course, providing balanced coverage of the global past. Each volume contains a blend of visual and textual sources that are often paired or grouped together for comparison, as in the Multiple Voices feature. A prologue entitled “Primary Sources and How to Read Them” appears in each volume and serves as a valuable pedagogical tool. Approximately one-third of the sources in the Eighth Edition are new, and these documents continue to reflect the myriad experiences of the peoples of the world.


  • This number one world history reader is known for the selection of unique sources, the quality of its source introductions, the Prologue on how to read primary sources, and the Multiple Voices feature that employs the use of comparative documents.
  • The authors are well known in their field, in part through participation in the World History Association, for which Al Andrea has served on the Executive Committee.
  • A Multiple Voices feature in each part illustrates one of the following: multiple viewpoints on a common event or phenomenon, multiple sources that demonstrate changes over time, or multiple perspectives from different cultures on a common issue.
  • The prologue, “Primary Sources and How to Read Them,” outlines a process for the reading and analysis of the sources in the text.
  • Part, chapter, section, and individual source introductions help students place primary sources within a historical context.
  • Questions for Analysis precede each source and are presented in a three-tiered format that resembles a historian's approach to source analysis.
  • Each volume opens with useful topical and geographical Tables of Contents for flexible instruction.

About the Contributor

  • Alfred J. Andrea

    Alfred Andrea received his Ph.D. from Cornell University. He is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Vermont, where he taught from 1967 through 2001. His initial training concentrated on medieval European history, with an emphasis on Byzantine-Western relations and the Crusades. He has since published four books on the Crusades, as well as numerous articles on a variety of historical issues. For the past thirty years, his teaching, research, and writing have focused increasingly on world history before 1600, with a particular interest in cross-cultural contacts across the Silk Road. In 2002 he was Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at the University of Louisville, and he served as president of the World History Association (WHA) in 2010-2012. In 2014, the WHA recognized him as a Pioneer of World History.

  • James H. Overfield

    James H. Overfield, Professor Emeritus at the University of Vermont, received his BA from Dension University, his MA from the University of Chicago, and his PhD from Princeton University. During his career at Vermont he received the University’s outstanding teacher award, and served many years as Department of History Chair, in which capacity he was a strong advocate for the study and teaching of global history. His publications include Humanism and Scholasticism in Late Medieval Germany (Princeton University Press, 1984), as well as numerous articles on late medieval and early modern European thought. He served as editor for three volumes (1750-1914) of the ABC-CLIO World History Encyclopedia and is author of Sources of Global History since 1900 (Cengage: 2013).

Table of Contents

Prologue: Primary Sources and How to Read Them.
1. The First Civilizations.
2. Newcomers: From Nomads to Settlers.
3. Transcendental Reality: Developing the Spiritual Traditions of India and and Southwest Asia: 800–200 B.C.E.
4. The Secular Made Sacred: Developing the Humanistic Traditions of China and Hellas: 600–200 B.C.E.
5. Regional Empires and Afro-Eurasian Interchange, 300 B.C.E.–500 C.E.
6. Universal Religions of Salvation in an Uncertain World: 1–600 C.E.
7. Islam: Universal Submission to God.
8. Asia: Change in the Context of Tradition.
9. Two Christian Civilizations: Byzantium and Western Europe.
10. Africa and the Americas.
11. Adventurers, Merchants, Diplomats, Pilgrims, and Missionaries: A Half Millennium of Travel and Encounter: 1000–1500.

New to this Edition

  • Updated throughout to reflect current scholarship, the Eighth Edition of this leading primary source reader for world history features a number of new visual sources and continues to ensure adequate coverage of global empires.
  • The final chapter of Volume II has been split into two chapters to allow for greater focus on the voices of women and minorities.