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The World: A History, Combined Volume, CourseSmart eTextbook

By Felipe Fernandez-Armesto

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Nov 30, 2010

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For an undergraduate course in World History.


This text, based on the bestselling The World: A History, is presented in a highly affordable Penguin Academic format.


The World: A History interweaves two stories: the story of our interactions with nature and the story of our interactions with each other. The environment-centered story is about humans distancing themselves from the rest of nature and searching for a relationship that strikes a balance between constructive and destructive exploitation. The culture-centered story is about how human cultures have become mutually influential and yet mutually differentiating. Both stories have been going on for thousands of years.


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Table of Contents

Brief Contents



Special Features

Getting the Most Out of the Maps in The World

About Felipe Fernández-Armesto

From the Author to the Reader

Introducing The World


A Note on Dates and Spelling


Part 1: Foragers and Farmers, to 5000 B.C.E.


Chapter 1: Out of the Ice: Peopling the Earth


Chapter 2: Out of the Mud: Farming and Herding after the Ice Age



Part 2: Farmers and Builders, 5000 to 500 B.C.E.


Chapter 3: The Great River Valleys: Accelerating Change and Developing States


Chapter 4: A Succession of Civilizations: Ambition and Instability


Chapter 5: Rebuilding the World: Recoveries, New Initiatives, and Their Limits



Part 3: The Axial Age, from 500 B.C.E. to 100 C.E.


Chapter 6: The Great Schools


Chapter 7: The Great Empires



Part 4: Fitful Transitions, from the Third Century to the Tenth Century


Chapter 8: Postimperial Worlds: Problems of Empires in Eurasia and Africa, ca. 200 C.E. to ca. 700 C.E.


Chapter 9: The Rise of World Religions: Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism


Chapter 10: Remaking the World: Innovation and Renewal on Environmental Frontiers in the Late First Millennium



Part 5: Contacts and Conflicts, 1000 C.E. to 1200 C.E.


Chapter 11: Contending with Isolation: ca. 1000–1200


Chapter 12: The Nomadic Frontiers: The Islamic World, Byzantium, and China ca. 1000–1200



Part 6: The Crucible: The Eurasian Crises of the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries


Chapter 13: The World the Mongols Made


Chapter 14: The Revenge of Nature: Plague, Cold, and the Limits of Disaster in the Fourteenth Century


Chapter 15: Expanding Worlds: Recovery in the Late Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries



Part 7: Convergence and Divergence, to ca. 1700


Chapter 16: Imperial Arenas: New Empires in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries


Chapter 17: The Ecological Revolution of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries


Chapter 18: Mental Revolutions: Religion and Science in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries


Chapter 19: States and Societies: Political and Social Change in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries



Part 8: Global Enlightenments, 1700–1800


Chapter 20: Driven by Growth: The Global Economy in the Eighteenth Century


Chapter 21: The Age of Global Interaction: Expansion and Intersection of Eighteenth-Century Empires


Chapter 22:The Exchange of Enlightenments: Eighteenth-Century Thought



Part 9: The Frustrations of Progress, to ca. 1900


Chapter 23: Replacing Muscle: The Energy Revolutions


Chapter 24: The Social Mold: Work and Society in the Nineteenth Century


Chapter 25: Western Dominance in the Nineteenth Century: The Westward Shift of Power and the Rise of Global Empires


Chapter 26: The Changing State: Political Developments in the Nineteenth Century



Part 10: Chaos and Complexity: The World in the Twentieth Century


Chapter 27: The Twentieth-Century Mind: Western Science and the World


Chapter 28: World Order and Disorder: Global Politics in the Twentieth


Chapter 29: The Pursuit of Utopia: Civil Society in the Twentieth Century


Chapter 30: The Embattled Biosphere: The Twentieth-Century Environment







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