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Table Of Contents

Globalization and Continental Variety
Neolithic Continuity and Change
Conclusion
From 3000 BCE
The Epic of Gilgamesh
The First Cities
Pasture and Empire
Empires and Collapse
Iron Age Eurasia
Iron versus Bronze
Imperial Size and Reach
The Legacy of Gilgamesh’s Wall
The Promise of Pharaoh’s Dream
The Great Divergence
The Ways of India and Greece
India
Greece
The Worlds of Rome and China
Rome
China
200 CE–1000 CE
Cultural Encounters and Integration
The Silk Road
The Spread of Salvation Religions
Classical Collapse and Hard Times
Southernization
Southern Sanctuaries
Iran: Between Two Worlds
India and Southeast Asia
Hellenization
Conversion of the Roman Empire
The Prophet: Trade and Religion
Islam beyond Arabia
The First World Civilization
1000 CE–1450 CE
Industry and Invention
Commerce and Capitalism
State and Bureaucracy
The Mongols
New Muslims from the Steppe
Muslims, Merchants, and Markets
Law and Science
The Formation of the Modern Network
Death and Rebirth
The Classical and the Novel
Japan and Korea
Imitators and Innovators
Conclusion: The Virtues of Variety
Before 1450
The World of Inner Africa
Geography, Race, and Language
The Bantu Migrations
West Africa
East and South Africa
Inner Africa and the World
The World of the Americas
Americas and the World
The World of the Pacific
Islands and Settlers
Language and Culture
Ecology and Colonization
The Advantages of Parallel Worlds
The Lessons of Parallel Worlds
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The Human Journey: A Concise Introduction to World History: Volume 1, Prehistory to 1450

The Human Journey: A Concise Introduction to World History: Volume 1, Prehistory to 1450

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The Human Journey offers a truly concise yet satisfyingly full history of the world from ancient times to the present. The book’s scope, as the title implies, is the whole story of humanity, in planetary context. Its themes include not only the great questions of the humanities—nature versus nurture, the history and meaning of human variation, the sources of wealth and causes of revolution—but also the major transformations in human history: agriculture, cities, iron, writing, universal religions, global trade, industrialization, popular government, justice, and equality. In each conceptually rich chapter, leading historian Kevin Reilly concentrates on a single important period and theme, sustaining a focused narrative and analytical perspective. Chapter 2, for example, discusses the significance of bronze-age urbanization and the advent of the Iron Age. Chapter 3 examines the meaning and significance of the age of “classical” civilizations. Chapter 4 explains the spread of universal religions and new technologies in the postclassical age of Eurasian integration. But these examples also reveal a range of approaches to world history. The first chapter is an example of current “Big History,” the second of history as technological transformations, the third of comparative history, the fourth the history of connections that dominates, and thus narrows, so many texts. Free of either a confined, limiting focus or a mandatory laundry list of topics, this book begins with our most important questions and searches all of our past for answers. Well-grounded in the latest scholarship, this is not a fill-in-the-blanks text, but world history in a grand humanistic tradition.
The Human Journey offers a truly concise yet satisfyingly full history of the world from ancient times to the present. The book’s scope, as the title implies, is the whole story of humanity, in planetary context. Its themes include not only the great questions of the humanities—nature versus nurture, the history and meaning of human variation, the sources of wealth and causes of revolution—but also the major transformations in human history: agriculture, cities, iron, writing, universal religions, global trade, industrialization, popular government, justice, and equality. In each conceptually rich chapter, leading historian Kevin Reilly concentrates on a single important period and theme, sustaining a focused narrative and analytical perspective. Chapter 2, for example, discusses the significance of bronze-age urbanization and the advent of the Iron Age. Chapter 3 examines the meaning and significance of the age of “classical” civilizations. Chapter 4 explains the spread of universal religions and new technologies in the postclassical age of Eurasian integration. But these examples also reveal a range of approaches to world history. The first chapter is an example of current “Big History,” the second of history as technological transformations, the third of comparative history, the fourth the history of connections that dominates, and thus narrows, so many texts. Free of either a confined, limiting focus or a mandatory laundry list of topics, this book begins with our most important questions and searches all of our past for answers. Well-grounded in the latest scholarship, this is not a fill-in-the-blanks text, but world history in a grand humanistic tradition.

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