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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 1 July 2014
By Frank Reibold - Published on
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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.

Modernization - the era between 1492 and 1914 - is characterized by the differential of power: European countries conquered or weakened other countries. Their power was paramount due to modernization (nation-states, technology, capitalism), which required urban skills (reading, calculating, critical thinking). Countries could try to react in several ways. Most countries were colonized (e. g. Latin America or India), others delayed or barred colonization (China) and some modernized themselves (Japan).

The post-modern era begins with the breakdown of European hegemony; the differential of power now favoured the U.S. and Japan (after World War I) or the U.S. and the Soviet Union (after World War II). The Europeans gradually lost their empires and colonies. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, true globalization is possible. This requires respect and honest discussion between peeoples and countries.


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, especially concerning the role of diseases. As the authors are aware of this, one can hope that future editions will be streamlined. The coverage of Africa, India, China, Japan, and the Americas is better than in most other textbooks. I could find no euro-centric bias. The discussion of the Great Depression is rather conventional and relies on Keynesian voodoo economics. But this is acceptable as the authors are historians and no economists. On the other hand, the insights gained by comparing Marx with the experience of so-called socialist countries like China and the Soviet Union are helpful.
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