The Heritage of World Civilizations: v. 1

The Heritage of World Civilizations: v. 1 : To 1650

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For courses in World History I (to 1500) and World History II (since 1500). Brief yet detailed, this text provides a thoughtful history of human civilizations while maintaining a balance between the Western world and the rest of global civilization. It covers the general intellectual and material history of human societies and cultures that have left some kind of written and/or archeological record behind. The combined edition is organized in a rough chronological order by cultural/ civilization and/or geographical areas.show more

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  • Paperback | 302 pages
  • 204.2 x 279.9 x 11.4mm | 662.26g
  • Pearson Education Limited
  • Prentice-Hall
  • Harlow, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Brief ed
  • 0130340626
  • 9780130340627

Table of contents

I. THE COMING OF CIVILIZATION. 1. Birth of Civilization. 2. The Four Great Revolutions in Thought and Religion. II. EMPIRES AND CULTURES OF THE ANCIENT WORLD. 3. Greek and Hellenistic Civilization. 4. Iran, India, and Inner Asia to 200 c.e. 5. Republican and Imperial Rome. 6. Africa: Early History to 1000 c.e. 7. China's First Empire (221 b.c.e.-220 c.e.) III. CONSOLIDATION AND INTERACTION OF WORLD CIVILIZATIONS. 8. Imperial China (589-1368). 9. Japan: Early History to 1467. 10. Iran and India Before Islam. 11. The Formation of Islamic Civilization (622-945). 12. The Early Middle Ages in the West to 1000: The Birth of Europe. 13. The High Middle Ages (1000-1300). 14. The Islamic Heartlands and India (1000-1500). 15. Ancient Civilizations of the Americas. IV. THE WORLD IN TRANSITION. 16. The Late Middle Ages and the Renaissance in the West (1300-1527). 17. The Age of Reformation and Religious Wars. 18. Africa (ca. 1000-1800). 19. Conquest and Exploitation: The Development of the Transatlantic Economy.show more

About Albert M. Craig

Albert M. Craig is the Harvard-Yenching Professor of History at Harvard University, where he has taught since 1959. A graduate of Northwestern University, he took his Ph.D. at Harvard University. He has studied at Strasbourg University and at Kyoto, Keio, and Tokyo universities in Japan. He is the author of Choshu in the Meiji Restoration (1961), and, with others, of East Asia, Tradition and Transformation (1978). He is the editor of Japan, A Comparative View (1973) and co-editor of Personality in Japanese History (1970). At present he is engaged in research on the thought of Fukuzawa Yukichi. For eleven years (1976-1987) he was the director of the Harvard-Yenching Institute. He has also been a visiting professor at Kyoto and Tokyo Universities. He has received Guggenheim, Fulbright, and Japan Foundation Fellowships. In 1988 he was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun by the Japanese government. William A. Graham is a Professor of the History of Religion and Islamic Studies, Chairman of the Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and Master of Currier House at Harvard University. From 1990-1996 he directed Harvard's Center for Middle Eastern Studies. He has taught for twenty-six years at Harvard, where he received the A.M. and Ph.D. degrees after graduating with an A.B. in comparative literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also studied in Gottingen, Tubingen, and Lebanon. He is the author of Divine Word and Prophetic Word in Early Islam (1977); awarded the American Council of Learned Societies History of Religions book prize in 1978, and of Beyond the Written Word: Oral Aspects of Scripture in the History of Religion (1987). He has published a variety of articles in both Islamic studies and the general history of religion and is one of the editors of the forthcoming Encyclopedia of the Qur'an. He serves currently on the editorial board of several journals and has held John Simon Guggenheim and Alexander von Humboldt research fellowships. Donald Kagan is Hillhouse Professor of History and Classics at Yale University, where he has taught since 1969. He received the A.B. degree in history from Brooklyn College, the M.A. in classics from Brown University, and the Ph.D. in history from Ohio State University. During 19581959 he studied at the American School of Classical Studies as a Fulbright Scholar. He has received four awards for undergraduate teaching at Cornell and Yale. He is the author of a history of Greek political thought, The Great Dialogue (1965); a four-volume history of the Peloponnesian War, The Origins of the Peloponnesian War (1969), The Archidamian War (1974), The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition (1981), and The Fall of the Athenian Empire (1987); a biography of Pericles, Pericles of Athens and the Birth of Democracy (1991); and On the Origins of War (1995). With Brian Tierney and L. Pearce Williams, he is the editor of Great Issues in Western Civilization, a collection of readings. Steven Ozment is McLean Professor of Ancient and Modern History at Harvard University. He has taught Western Civilization at Yale, Stanford, and Harvard. He is the author of nine books. The Age of Reform, 1250-1550 (1980) won the Schaff Prize and was nominated for the 1981 National Book Award. Four of his books: Magdalena and Balthasar: An Intimate Portrait of Life in Sixteenth Century Europe (1986), Three Behaim Boys: Growing Up in Early Modern Germany (1990), Protestants: The Birth of a Revolution (1992), and The Burgermeister's Daughter: Scandal in a Sixteenth Century German Town (1996) were selections of the History Book Club. His most recent book is Flesh and Spirit: Private Life in Early Modern Germany (1999). Frank M. Turneshow more

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