World Civilizations,
8th Edition

Philip J. Adler, Randall L. Pouwels

ISBN-13: 9781305959873 | ISBN-10: 1305959876

Copyright 2018

| Published 2017

| 752 pages

List Price USD $159.95


Short chapters, great stories, and study tools! Adler and Pouwels's WORLD CIVILIZATIONS is a vibrant introduction to world history structured to meet the demands of your study schedule. It's clearly written, packed with charts and illustrations, and loaded with review features so you'll be up to date in class and ready for tests. And, because WORLD CIVILIZATIONS offers extensive coverage of Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, you'll have timely historical insights into the issues that make today's news. Get this book and discover how manageable and interesting history can be.

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Meet the Authors

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Philip J. Adler taught college courses in world history to undergraduates for almost thirty years prior to his recent retirement. Dr. Adler earned his Ph.D. at the University of Vienna following military service overseas in the 1950s. His dissertation was on the activity of the South Slav émigrés during World War I, and his academic specialty was the modern history of Eastern Europe and the Austro-Hungarian empire. His research has been supported by Fulbright and the National Endowment for the Humanities grants. Dr. Adler has published widely in the historical journals of the U.S. and German-speaking Europe. He is currently professor emeritus at East Carolina University, where he spent most of his teaching career.

Randall L. Pouwels earned his B.A. in history at the University of Wisconsin and his Ph.D. in history at UCLA. His Ph.D. dissertation was on the history of Islam in East Africa. His book, HORN AND CRESCENT: CULTURAL CHANGE AND TRADITIONAL ISLAM ON THE EAST AFRICAN COAST, 800-1900 (Cambridge, 1987), has become a standard work in African history. THE HISTORY OF ISLAM IN AFRICA (Athens, Oxford, and Cape Town, 2000) was jointly edited with Nehemia Levtzion of Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Widely praised in reviews, it was selected by Choice as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2001 and was made a selection of the History Book Club. In addition, he has written numerous articles and reviews on East African history, the history of Islam in Africa, and historical methodologies. Dr. Pouwels's other research interests include the history of the Middle East, the Indian Ocean, and the history and archaeology of Native Americans. Over the years, his work has been supported by grants and fellowships from Fulbright-Hays, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Social Studies Research Council, the National Geographic Society, and the American Philosophical Society. He taught African history for over twenty years at LaTrobe University in Melbourne, Australia, and at UCLA. He has been the Professor of African and Middle Eastern History at the University of Central Arkansas since 1984.

  • Each chapter now opens with a thought-provoking image and caption that is intended to provide students with an immediate insight into the chapter's contents and to raise questions in their minds as they begin their reading.
  • The Historian's Craft, a favorite feature of instructors and students alike, makes a more frequent appearance in the new edition. The variety of new topics includes the use of genomics to reconstruct human global migrations, problems of translation and interpretation of foreign-language evidence, and the role of historical theory.
  • Many new "framing history" features cover a wide range of themes, including Society and Economy, Law and Government, Patterns of Belief, Science and Technology, and Arts and Culture. For example, three new Society and Economy features -- on Women's Power Behind the Throne: The Example of Roxelana, Witchcraft, and Women's Voices in Nineteenth-Century Latin America -- reflect this edition's sharper focus on the importance of women in history. Two of the new Science and Technology features discuss Albert Einstein and Science in the Service of Intelligence.
  • For the first time, WORLD CIVILIZATIONS is available in MindTap®, an online learning experience that guides students through the course by combining the complete textbook with interactive multimedia, a variety of new chapter and unit activities, and study tools that assist instructors in keeping students engaged with the material.
  • Thematic "framing history" features are keyed to five broad text themes: Society and Economy, Law and Government, Patterns of Belief, Science and Technology, and Arts and Culture. All chapters have one or more boxes based on these themes; some are based on biography while others are based on primary sources.
  • Color illustrations, many of them new, and abundant maps throughout the text provide a rich visual context for the narrative discussions.
  • Historian's Craft boxes describe some of the methods and sources on which professional historians rely to illuminate the past. These include historical linguistics, archaeology, oral traditions, and written documents. Four new topics have been added in the eighth edition, covering problems of translation and interpretation of foreign-language evidence as well as the uses of critical textual analysis, genomic evidence, and historical theory.
  • Two additional features, Evidence of the Past and Images of History, spotlight artifacts and material culture. These and all other text features include a set of critical thinking questions.
  • Fifty-three concise chapters cover key points in manageable "chunks." This organization is ideal for professors who wish to augment lectures with outside material.
  • Unit introductions and unit-opening Worldview maps highlight the major civilizations discussed in each part of the text. The end of each unit features rich pedagogical material including a Putting It All Together review section, a Cross-Cultural Connections feature, and a comprehensive Worldview chart that compares important themes and events across civilizations, encouraging students to think beyond regional borders.

Table of Contents

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1. The Earliest Human Societies.
2. Mesopotamia.
3. Early Africa and Egypt.
4. Central Asia and India's Beginnings.
5. Ancient China to 221 B.C.E.
6. Settlement of the Americas and the Pacific Island.
Worldview I: From Human Origins to Agrarian Communities, 100,000–500 B.C.E.
7. New Civilizations and Empires in Western and Central Asia.
8. The Greek Adventure.
9. Greek Humanism, 800–100 B.C.E.
10. Rome: From City-State to Empire.
11. The Roman Empire and the Rise of Christianity in the West, 31 B.C.E.–800 C.E.
12. Iran, India, and "Global" Trade.
13. Imperial China in Its Golden Age.
Worldview II: Classical Civilizations of the World, 500 B.C.E.–800 C.E.
Unit III: THE POST-CLASSICAL ERA, c. 650–1500 C.E.
14. The Americas to the Fifteenth Century.
15. Islam.
16. Mature Islamic Civilization and the First Global Civilization.
17. Africa from Axum to 1400.
18. The Mongols Unify Eurasia.
19. Japan and Southeast Asia.
20. The European Middle Ages, c. 800–1500.
21. The Late European Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
Worldview III: The Post-Classical Era, 800–1400 C.E.
22. A Larger World Opens.
23. Religious Division and Political Consolidation in Europe.
24. The Gunpowder Empires of Western and Southern Asia.
25. Africa in the Era of Expansion.
26. China from the Ming Through the Early Qing Dynasty.
27. Japan and Southeast Asia in the Era of European Expansion.
28. From Conquest to Colonies in Hispanic America.
Worldview IV: Expanding Webs of Interaction, 1400–1700 C.E.
29. The Scientific Revolution and Its Enlightened Aftermath.
30. Liberalism and the Challenge to Absolute Monarchy.
31. The Early Industrial Revolution.
32. Europe: New Ideas and New Nations.
33. Advanced Industrial Society.
34. The Islamic World, 1600–1917.
35. India and Southeast Asia Under Colonial Rule.
36. European Imperialism and Africa During the Age of Industry.
37. China in the Age of Imperialism.
38. Latin America from Independence to Dependent States.
39. Modern Science and Its Implications.
Worldview V: Revolutions and the Age of Empire, 1600–1914.
40. World War I and Its Disputed Settlement.
41. A Fragile Balance: Europe in the Twenties.
42. The Soviet Experiment to World War II.
43. Totalitarianism Refined: The Nazi State.
44. East Asia in a Century of Change.
45. World War II.
46. The Cold World War.
47. Decolonization of the Non-Western World.
48. The New Asia.
49. Africa's Decolonization and Independence.
50. Latin America in the Twentieth Century.
51. The Reemergence of the Muslim World.
52. Collapse and Reemergence in Communist Europe.
53. A New Millennium.

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