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Developed after years of experience teaching world history, the second, substantially revised edition of this pioneering text deftly guides the student reader through the vast array of details that litters the landscape of humanity s past, breaking down an otherwise unwieldy narrative into meaningful and comprehensive chapters.  The use of central, recurrent themes in the text enables a comparative analysis of the great civilizations that developed in Eurasia, Africa, and the Americas. These themes also address problems of food production, population dynamics, disease history, warfare, the ecological impact of human activity, and the role climate played in the history of civilization.

This new edition of World History: A Concise Thematic Analysis features a newly–designed interior organization to enhance navigation and comprehension of the material. An instructors test bank is available online.

About the Author

Steven Wallech is the senior Professor of World History at Long Beach City College. He developed the world history program there, and integrated the world history curriculum with community colleges and universities throughout California.

Craig Hendricks is Emeritus Professor of History at Long Beach City College. He has written on Latin America for history journals and edited four books of American social history readings.

Touraj Daryaee is theHoward C. Baskerville Professor of Iran and the Persianate World and the Associate Director of the Dr. Samuel Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture at the University of California, Irvine. He is editor of the Name–ye–Iran–e Bastan: The International Journal of Ancient Iranian Studies and the creator of Sasanika: The Late Antique Near East Project.

Anne Lynne Negus received her Ph.D. in Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, specializing in Egyptology. Currently she is Professor of History at Fullerton College and Co–Coordinator of the Honors Program.

Peter P. Wan received his B.A. from East China Normal University and taught American literature in China until he came to the United States on a Harvard–Yanching fellowship. He received his Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization from Harvard University. His major interests are American history, East Asian history, and U.S.–China relations.

Gordon Morris Bakken earned his degrees at the University of Wisconsin and joined the faculty of California State University, Fullerton, in 1969. He teaches courses on American legal history, women in American history, westward movement, and American military heritage.


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fresh design, new ideas 20 Jun. 2014
By Frank Reibold - Published on Amazon.com
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This new world history textbook recognizes that students are often confused by other historical accounts and that books are way to expensive. Therefore, it is printed without colours and uses themes to connect events.

Ancient history is discussed using the concept of NATURE. Nature either encouraged or barred the spread of agriculture and other ideas. As the Americas were isolated by vast oceans, they had to develop their cultures without help from other people. Therefore, they lagged behind the other major continents. In addition to geography and climate, diseases were very important. They were ultimately responsible for the fall of the Roman empire: Epidemics decimated the population -- foreign soldiers were needed -- taxes were increased -- people fled the cities -- alien religions flourished -- the civilization petered out. Diseases formed a barrier between northern and central Africa and in the end prevented the unification of ancient India.

In the Middle Ages, CULTURE was paramount. China had a superb culture, but stagnated in later times. India was in political chaos and fled to Hinduism as a rescue. Europe had a contradictory culture (feudalism against the pope, noblemen against merchant cities), but it changed its culture and laid the foundations for modern society. Add to this the contributions of Islamic culture: stability, commerce, learning, conquest, slave trade, and subjugation of native peoples.

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This book is comprised of rather short chapters which transport a lot of information. The approach appears largely coherent and consistent. Some redundancies are present, but they are used to refresh ideas discussed in earlier chapters. The coverage of ancient Africa (e. g. Ghana, Benin, Mali, Zanzibar), India, and the Americas is better than in most other textbooks. I could find no euro-centric bias.
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Concise is the Key 30 July 2014
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This was purchased for a class, but is actually a good book. Very matter of fact and concise (as the title shows). Helps put history into perspective.
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Five Stars 20 Aug. 2014
By David Carley - Published on Amazon.com
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the book is great and the price is awesome. got my delivery before promised date.
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Five Stars 19 Nov. 2014
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Easy read. Good historic source. Cheap digital.
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