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World, The: A History, Volume 1: To 1500, Penguin Academics, CourseSmart eTextbook

By Felipe Fernandez-Armesto

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Dec 13, 2010

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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. We do not know whether they will end in triumph or disaster.

 

There is no prospect of covering all of world history in one book. Rather, the fabric of this book is woven from selected strands. Readers will see these at every turn, twisted together into yarn, stretched into stories. Human-focused historical ecology–the environmental theme–will drive readers back, again and again, to the same concepts: sustenance, shelter, disease, energy, technology, art. (The last is a vital category for historians, not only because it is part of our interface with the rest of the world, but also because it forms a record of how we see reality and of the way we see its changes.) In the global story of human interactions–the cultural theme–we return constantly to the ways people make contact with each another: migration, trade, war, imperialism, pilgrimage, gift exchange, diplomacy, travel–and to their social frameworks: the economic and political arenas, the human groups and groupings, the states and civilizations, the sexes and generations, the classes and clusters of identity.

 

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Table of Contents

Brief Contents

Contents

Maps

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

Acknowledgments

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

 

Glossary

Credits

Notes

Index

 

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