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World's History, The, Volume 1

World's History, The, Volume 1

5th Edition

Howard Spodek

Oct 2014, Paperback, 496 pages
ISBN13: 9780205996070
ISBN10: 0205996078
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An Introductory Exploration of the History of the World

The World’s History encourages readers to explore the history of the world and the significance of this unique study. The past is not simply a list of events, rather the records of historic interpretations of those events. Because interpretations differ from historian to historian, the study of history becomes a pool of various narrations told from different perspectives. The World’s History celebrates these differentiating values offering readers a rich, comprehensive, and challenging introduction the the study of world history and the methods and key interpretations of its historians.

The World’s History: Volume 1 covers Parts One through Five(chapters 1-13). The parts move progressively along a timeline from emergence of early humans to the present day encouraging students to analyze historical events and develop a grasp of the chronology of human development. Readers will gain an appreciation of the national and cultural origins of all their diverse fellow citizens.

MyHistoryLab is an integral part of the Spodek program. Key learning applications include, the World History Video Series, MyHistoryLibrary, and the all new Writing Space.

Teaching and Learning Experience

This program will provide a better teaching and learning experience- for you and your students. It:

  • Personalized Learning with MyHistoryLab: The new MyHistoryLab delivers proven results in helping students succeed, and provides engaging experiences that personalize learning.
  • Emphasized Critical Thinking: Learning tools throughout the text help students to focus their learning on key material and becomes more critical thinkers. These features include: Learning Objectives, Key Terms, Turning Point Questions and chapter-ending What Difference Does it Make? discussions.
  • Includes and Engaging Pedagogically-Driven Design: A new, cleaner design of box features and color type offers a more visually pleasing experience for readers. An eight part division of the material allows readers to master on a specific unit before progressing to the next.
  • Provides Primary Source Documents: Readers will gain primary knowledge of historical events though Sources Boxes and Suggested Readings in each chapter.

NOTE: MyHistoryLab does not come automatically packaged with this text. To purchase The World’s History: Volume 1 with MyHistoryLab, order the package ISBN:

013397152X/ 9780133971521The World's History: Volume 1 plus NEW MyHistoryLab with Pearson eText -- Access Card Package, 5/e

Package consists of:

0205206549 / 9780205206544 NEW MyHistoryLab with Pearson eText -- Valuepack Access Card

0205996078/ 9780205996070 The World’s History: Volume 1

To purchase The World’s History: Combined Volume with MyHistoryLab, order the package ISBN:

To purchase The World’s History: Combined Volume with MyHistoryLab, order the package ISBN:

0133969371 / 9780133969375 The World's History: Combined Volume plus NEW MyHistoryLab with Pearson eText -- Access Card Package, 5/e

Package consists of:

0205206549 / 9780205206544 NEW MyHistoryLab with Pearson eText -- Valuepack Access Card

0205996124 / 9780205996124 The World’s History: Combined Volume

In This Section:

I) Brief Table of Contents

II)Detailed Table of Contents

I) Brief Table of Contents

PART ONE - TURNING POINT: HUMAN ORIGINS

Chapter 1:. The Dry Bones Speak

PART TWO - TURNING POINT: SETTLEMENT PATTERNS

Chapter 2: From Village Community to City-state

Chapter 3: River Valley Civilization

Chapter 4: A Polycentric World

PART THREE- TURNING POINT: FROM CITY-STATES TO EMPIRES

Chapter 5: Dawn of the Empires

Chapter 6: Rome and the Barbarians

Chapter 7: China

Chapter 8: Indian Empires

PART FOUR - TURNING POINT: CREATING WORLD RELIGIONS

Chapter 9: Hinduism and Buddhism

Chapter 10: Judaism and Christianity

Chapter 11: Islam

PART FIVE - TURNING POINT: TRADE

Chapter 12: Establishing World Trade Routes

Chapter 13: The Opening of the Atlantic and the Pacific

II) Detailed Table of Contents

PART ONE - TURNING POINT: HUMAN ORIGINS

To 10,000 b.c.e. Humankind Begins

Chapter 1:. The Dry Bones Speak

To 10,000 B.C.E.

PART TWO - TURNING POINT: SETTLEMENT PATTERNS

10,000 B.C.E -1,000 C.E. Settling Down: Villages and Cities

Chapter 2: From Village Community to City-state

Food First: The Agricultural Village 10,000-B.C.E-750 B.C.E

Chapter 3: River Valley Civilization

The Nile and the Indus7000 B.C.E.—750 B.C.E.

Chapter 4: A Polycentric World

Cities and States in East Asia, the Americas, and West Africa 1700 b.c.e.—1000 c.e.

PART THREE- TURNING POINT: FROM CITY-STATES TO EMPIRES

2000 B.C.E —1100 C.E. What are Empires and Why Are They Important?

Chapter 5: Dawn of the Empires

Empire-building in North Africa, West Asia, and the

Mediterranean 2000 B.C.E.—300 B.C.E.

Chapter 6: Rome and the Barbarians

The Rise and Dismemberment of Empire 753 b.c.e.—1453 C.E.

Chapter 7: China

Fracture and Unification: The Qin, Han, Sui, and Tang Dynasties 221 B.C.E.—900 C.E.

Chapter 8: Indian Empires

Cultural Cohesion in a Divided Subcontinent 1500 B.C.E.—1100 C.E.

PART FOUR - TURNING POINT: CREATING WORLD RELIGIONS

2500 B.C.E.—1500 C.E. Religion: Ancient Roots

Chapter 9: Hinduism and Buddhism

The Sacred Subcontinent: The Spread of Religion in India and Beyond 1500 B.C.E.—1200 C.E.

Chapter 10: Judaism and Christianity

Peoples of the Bible: God’s Evolution in West Asia and Europe 1700 B.C.E.—1000 C.E.

Chapter 11: Islam

Submission to Allah: Muslim Civilization Bridges the World 570 C.E.—1500 C.E.

PART FIVE - TURNING POINT: TRADE

1300—1700 Trade Routes Connect the Continents

Chapter 12: Establishing World Trade Routes

The Geography and Philosophies of Early Economic Systems 1300—1500

Chapter 13: The Opening of the Atlantic and the Pacific

Economic Growth, Religion and Renaissance, Global Connections 1300—1500

Personalized Learning with MyHistoryLab

  • NEW! Writing Space. Writing Space provides everything students need to foster better writing, all in one place. It's a single place to create, track, and grade writing assignments, provide writing resources, and exchange meaningful, personalized feedback with students, quickly and easily. And, Writing Space can also check students' work for improper citation or plagiarism by comparing it against the world's most accurate text comparison database available from Turnitin.
  • NEW! MyHistoryLab eText. MyHistoryLibrary eText now with audio offers dozens of the most commonly assigned primary source readings and History Bookshelf has the most commonly assigned history works. Additional primary source documents are also offered.
  • NEW! Key Topic Videos. Newly shot videos from seasoned historians review the pivotal stories of our past in a lively format designed to engage and inform. Additional videos are also available.
  • Closer Looks. Closer Looks offer an in-depth look at key maps, images, and primary sources.

Emphasized Critical Thinking

  • Highlight main ideas. Chapter-opening Learning Objectives appear at the start of each chapter and are repeated in question form under the relevant section headings encouraging students to consider their own reading of the material. Chapter Reviews answer the Learning Objectives essentially highlighting the most important material covered in each main heading.
  • Identify key terms. Key Terms are listed at the end of each chapter for easy reference, and collected in the Glossary at the end of the book for easy reference.
  • Make connections as you read. Turning Point essays visually illustrate the connections between each Part of the narrative. In some cases, the Turning Points tell their own story as well, notably in the bridge into the twenty-first century that uses the modern Olympic Games to illustrate and introduce many of the issues to follow. Turning Point Questions ask students to consider the material that has been presented.
  • Looking forward. Each chapter ends with What Difference Does it Make? discussion of legacies to the future.

Includes and Engaging Pedagogically-Driven Design.

  • Organization and Approach. Broken into eight units, each part of the text emphasizes a single theme (for example, urbanization, religion, or migration) helping students to analyze historical events. The final chapter employes all the themes developed in the first seven Parts and adds an additional one, identity. Each Part covers the entire globe, although specific topics place greater emphasis on specific regions.
  • NEW! Illustrations reinforce chapter material. More than 50 new illustrations, most in color, have been added to the new edition to reinforce the written word.
  • Graphic and Geographical images. To aid students, extensive, clear and informative charts and maps represent information graphically and geographically.
  • NEW! Visual reinforcement. Films, videos, and online assets have been added.

Provides Primary Source Documents

  • Understand how to use evidence. How Do We Know? features help students to understand how historians use evidence, both textual and visual, to interpret the past.
  • NEW! Emphasize primary sources. Original source material is presented in black text with the authors commentary in blue. Most chapters have two or more Source boxes, which have been colored purple in this edition to stand out.
  • Explore further research. The Suggested Readings for each chapter have been thoroughly revised, updated, and expanded to reflect current scholarship. Each item in the bibliography is annotated to direct students with their reading.

Howard Spodek received his B.A. degree from Columbia University (1963), majoring in history and specializing in Columbia’s newly designed program in Asian Studies. He received his M.A. (1966) and Ph.D. (1972) from the University of Chicago, majoring in history and specializing in India. His first trip to India was on a Fulbright Fellowship, 1964–66, and he has spent a total of some twelve years studying and teaching in India. He has also traveled widely throughout the United States, Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Europe. He has been a faculty member at Temple University since 1972, appointed Full Professor in 1984. He was awarded Temple’s Great Teacher designation in 1993.

Spodek’s work in world history began in 1988 when he became Academic Director of a comprehensive, innovative program working with teachers in the School District

of Philadelphia to improve their knowledge base in world history and facilitate a rewriting of the world-history program in the schools. Immediately following this program, he became principal investigator of a program that brought college professors and high-school teachers together to reconsider, revise, and, in many cases, initiate the teaching of world history in several of the colleges and universities in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Those projects led directly to the writing of the first edition of the current text (1997).