The Human Venture

The Human Venture : A World History from Prehistory to the Present

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For one- or two-semester courses in World History, Comparative History, Humanities and Civilization as well as Multicultural Studies programs. From a truly global perspective, this two-volume narrative tells the story of human events on the move-the exciting "event history" of wars and politics, booms and busts, the rise and fall of empires, and more. It also reaches beyond the events that have shaped world history to trace the broader development of human institutions and ideas as they evolve through time. Coverage of both events and broader trends is presented as part of major global movements, through the lives of the people who lived them, and as succinctly and vividly as possible.show more

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  • Hardback | 752 pages
  • 208 x 258 x 34mm | 1,587.57g
  • Pearson Education Limited
  • Prentice-Hall
  • Harlow, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 4th Revised Combined ed
  • 0130142468
  • 9780130142467

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VOLUME I: Introduction: Venture into History. I. ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS: THE CONTINENTAL CROSSROADS (3500-200 B.C.E). 1. Humanity Before History: Stone Age People (5,000,000-3500 B.C.E.). 2. The Walls of Babylon: The Cities of Mesopotamia (3500-500 B.C.E.). 3. The Pyramid Builders: The Kingdom of Egypt (3200-100 B.C.E.). 4. Moses and the Prophets: The Ancient Hebrews and Their World (1500-500 B.C.E.). 5. Athena and the Philosophers: The Greek City-States (1500-200 B.C.E.). II. ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS: THE FARTHER REACHES (2500-200 B.C.E.). 6. Brahman and Lord Buddha: The Rise of Indian Civilization (2500-200 B.C.E.). 7. The Age of the Sages: The Rise of Chinese Civilization (1500-200 B.C.E.). 8. African Traders and Empire Builders: Nubia and Carthage (1500-150 B.C.E.). 9. America's First Civilizations: The Olmecs and Chavin Culture (1500-400 B.C.E.) 10. Whirlwind Has Unseated Zeus: Cultural Evolution in History. III. CLASSICAL CIVILIZATIONS (500 B.C.E.-C.E. 500). 11. The Eternal City: The Roman Empire (500 B.C.E.-C.E. 500). 12. The Pillars of Persepolis: Persia and the Middle East (500 B.C.E.-C.E. 650). 13. Golden Age on the Ganges: The Peoples of India (200 B.C.E.-C.E. 550). 14. The Grandeur of Han China: The Chinese Empire (200 B.C.E.-C.E. 200). 15. The Obelisks of Axum: Africa from the Red Sea to the Sahara (600 B.C.E.-C.E. 600). 16. The Pyramids of Mexico and Peru: The Americas from the Mochica to the Maya (200 B.C.E.-C.E. 900). 17. The Long Voyagers: Cultural Diffusion in History. IV. EXPANDING CULTURE ZONES (500-1500). 18. Cathedral Spires: The Rise of Christendom (500-1500). 19. Domes and Minarets: The Rise of Islam (600-1300). 20. Merchants and Missionaries of the Indies: India and Southeast Asia (600-1500). 21. The First Meritocracy: China and East Asia (600-1250). 22. Lords of the Eurasian Heartland: Mongol Rule from Russia to China (1200-1400). 23. Kings of Inner Africa: From Ghana to Ethiopia (600-1450). 24. Conquering Peoples of the Americas: From the Toltecs to Chimu (900-1400). 25. The Hinge of History: From Pluralism to Globalism. VOLUME II: Introduction: The Convergence of History. V. THE WORLD IN BALANCE (1350-1600). 26. Europe Reborn: Renaissance and Reformation (1300-1600). 27. The Muslim Center: Turkey, Persia, India (1450-1650). 28. Mandarins and Samurai: China and Japan (1350-1650). 29. A Continent on the Move: Africa to Songhai to Great Zimbabwe (1450-1600). 30. The Empires of the Sun: The Americas Under the Aztecs and the Incas (1350-1550). 31. Masters of Most of the Earth: The World's Preurban Peoples. VI. THE WORLD OF INTERCONTINENTAL EMPIRES (1500-1900). 32. Caravels and Cannon: The Rise of Western Imperialism (1500-1800). 33. From Versailles to Voltaire: Europe in the Age of Absolutism and Enlightenment (1600-1800). 34. Fading Empires and Hermit Kingdoms: Decline and Isolation in Asia (1650-1870). 35. The World of Shaka Zulu: Turmoil and Transformation in Africa (1770-1870). 36. Barricades, Ballots, and Steam: Europe's Age of Revolution and Restructuring (1760-1900). 37. Liberators and Robber Barons: The Americas from Colonies to Countries (1770-1900). 38. Maxim Guns and Merchant Bankers: The Climax of Western Imperialism (1870-1900). VII. THE WORLD IN TUMULT (1900-1945). 39. Queen Victoria's Jubilee: Western Global Supremacy (1900-1914). 40. Machine Guns and Barbed Wire: World War I (1914-1919). 41. Flappers and Bread Lines: The West Between the Wars (1919-1939). 42. The World Convulsed by Revolutions: Russia, China, Mexico (1910-1949). 43. The Totalitarian Years: Dictatorships in Many Lands (1917-1945). 44. Blitzkrieg and Burning Cities: World War II (1939-1945). VIII. GLOBAL CONFLICT AND GLOBALIZATION (1945-2000) 45. The Long Twilight Struggle: The Cold War (1945-1990). 46. The Age of Uhuru: The Collapse of the Western Empires (1945-1990). 47. From Skyscrapers to the Internet: The Industrial Nations (1945-2000). 48. From Global Village to Global City: The Developing Nations (1945-2000). 49. From Eliot to Afro-Pop: The Drift Toward Global Culture (1900-2000). 50. The Struggle for the Global Future: Globalization and Its Foes.show more

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