World History: Cultures, States, and Societies to 1500
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World History: Cultures, States, and Societies to 1500

By Eugene Berger, Ph.D., George L. Israel, Charlotte Miller, Brian Parkinson, Andrew Reeves, Nadejda Williams
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Table of Contents
  • Table of Contents
  • Chapter One: Prehistory
    • 1.1 Chronology
    • 1.2 Introduction
    • 1.3 Questions to Guide your Reading
    • 1.4 Key Terms
    • 1.5 Human Beginnings in Africa
    • 1.6 Agriculture and the “Neolithic Revolution”
    • 1.7 Summary
    • 1.8 Works Consulted and Further Reading
    • 1.9 Links to Primary Sources
  • Chapter Two: Early Middle Eastern and Northeast African Civilizations
    • 2.1 Chronology
    • 2.2 Introduction: Defining Civilization
    • 2.3 Questions to Guide Your Reading
    • 2.4 Key Terms
    • 2.5 Ancient Mesopotamia
    • 2.6 Sumerian City-States
    • 2.7 Mesopotamian Empires
    • 2.8 The Significance of Mesopotamia for World History
    • 2.9 The Israelites and Ancient Israel
    • 2.10 Early Israelites
    • 2.11 The United Kingdom of Israel
    • 2.12 The Importance of the Israelites and Ancient Israel
    • 2.13 Ancient Egypt
    • 2.14 Dynastic Egypt
    • 2.15 Nubia: the Kingdoms of Kerma and Kush
    • 2.16 Summary
    • 2.17 Works Consulted and Further Reading
    • 2.18 Links to Primary Sources
  • Chapter Three: Ancient and Early Medieval India
    • 3.1 Chronology
    • 3.2 Introduction: A Political Overview
    • 3.3 Questions to Guide Your Reading
    • 3.4 Key Terms
    • 3.5 What is India? The Geography of South Asia
    • 3.6 India’s First Major Civilization: The Indus Valley Civilization (2600 BCE – 1700 BCE)
    • 3.7 The Long Vedic Age (1700 – 600 BCE)
    • 3.8 Transition to Empire: States, Cities, and New Religions (600 to 321 BCE)
    • 3.9 The Mauryan Empire (321 – 184 BCE)
    • 3.10 Regional States, Trade, and Devotional Religion: India 200 BCE – 300 CE
    • 3.11 The Gupta Empire and India’s Classical Age (300 – 600 CE)
    • 3.12 India’s Early Medieval Age and the Development of Islamic States in India, 600 – 1300
    • 3.13 Conclusion
    • 3.14 Works Consulted and Further Reading
    • 3.15 Links to Primary Sources
  • Chapter Four: China and East Asia to the Ming Dynasty
    • 4.1 Chronology
    • 4.2 Introduction
    • 4.3 Questions to Guide Your Reading
    • 4.4 Key Terms
    • 4.5 Geography of East Asia
    • 4.16 Links to Primary Sources
    • 4.6 China from Neolithic Village Settlements to the Shang Kingdom
    • 4.7 The Long Zhou Dynasty (1046 – 256 BCE)
    • 4.8 The Qin Dynasty and the Transition from Ancient to Imperial China
    • 4.9 The Han Dynasty, 202 BCE – 220 CE
    • 4.10 The Period of Division, 220 – 589 CE
    • 4.11 The Tang Dynasty and the Emergence of East Asia
    • 4.12 The Song Dynasty
    • 4.13 The Yuan Dynasty
    • 4.14 Conclusion
    • 4.15 Works Consulted and Further Reading
  • Chapter Five: The Greek World from the Bronze Age to the Roman Conquest
    • 5.1 Chronology
    • 5.2 Introduction
    • 5.3 Questions to Guide Your Reading
    • 5.4 Key Terms
    • 5.5 Geography and Topography
    • 5.6 Periods of Greek History
    • 5.7 Methodology: Sources and problem
    • 5.8 From Mythology to History
    • 5.9 Archaic Greece
    • 5.10 The Classical Period
    • 5.11 Hellenistic Period
    • 5.12 Conclusion
    • 5.13 Works Consulted and Further Reading
    • 5.14 Links to Primary Sources
  • Chapter Six: The Roman World from 753 BCE to 500 CE
    • 6.1 Chronology
    • 6.2 Introduction
    • 6.3 Questions to Guide your Reading
    • 6.4 Key Terms
    • 6.5 Geography and Topography of Rome and the Roman Empire
    • 6.6 Basic Chronology and Periods of Roman History
    • 6.7 Sources and Problems
    • 6.8 Early and Middle Republic
    • 6.9 Fall of the Roman Republic
    • 6.10 The Early Empire
    • 6.11 The Third-Century Crisis, and Late Antiquity
    • 6.12 Conclusion: From Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages
    • 6.13 Works Consulted and Further Reading
    • 6.14 Links to Primary Sources
  • Chapter Seven: Western Europe and Byzantium circa 500-1500 CE
    • 7.1 Chronology
    • 7.2 Introduction
    • 7.3 Questions to Guide your Reading
    • 7.4 Key Terms
    • 7.5 Successor Kingdoms to the Western Roman Empire
    • 7.6 Byzantium: the Age of Justinian
    • 7.7 Perspectives: Post-Roman East and West
    • 7.8 The British Isles: Europe’s Periphery
    • 7.9 Byzantium: Crisis and recovery
    • 7.10 Western Europe: the Rise of the Franks
    • 7.11 Global Context
    • 7.12 Daily Life in Western Europe and the Byzantine Empires
    • 7.13 Carolingian Collapse
    • 7.14 The Tenth-Century Church
    • 7.15 Byzantine Apogee: The Macedonian Emperors
    • 7.16 Conclusion and Global Perspectives
    • 7.17 Works Cited and Further Reading
    • 7.18 Links to Primary Sources
  • Chapter Eight: Islam to the Mamluks
    • 8.1 Chronology
    • 8.2 Introduction
    • 8.3 Questions to Guide Your Reading
    • 8.4 Key Terms
    • 8.5 Geography of the Middle East
    • 8.6 Rise of Islam
    • 8.7 The Expansion of Islam
    • 8.8 The Rashidun Caliphs
    • 8.9 The Umayyad Caliphate
    • 8.10 The ‘Abbasid Caliphate
    • 8.11 The Fatimid Caliphate
    • 8.12 The Crusades
    • 8.13 The Mamluk Sultanate
    • 8.14 Conclusion
    • 8.15 Works Consulted and Further Reading
    • 8.16 Links to Primary Sources
  • Chapter Nine: African History to 1500
    • 9.1 Chronology
    • 9.2 Introduction
    • 9.3 Questions to Guide Your Reading
    • 9.4 Key Terms
    • 9.5 Writing the History of Ancient and Medieval Africa
    • 9.6 Aksum and Ethiopia
    • 9.7 The Western Sudanic States
    • 9.8 The Spread of Agriculture and Great Zimbabwe
    • 9.9 The Swahili City-States (East Africa)
    • 9.10 Conclusion
    • 9.11 Works Consulted & Further Reading
  • Chapter Ten: The Americas
    • 10.1 Chronology
    • 10.2 Introduction
    • 10.3 Questions to Guide Your Reading
    • 10.4 Key Terms
    • 10.5 Mesoamerica
    • 10.6 The Maya
    • 10.7 The Aztec
    • 10.8 Early Andes
    • 10.9 North America
    • 10.10 Conclusion
    • 10.11 Works Consulted and Further Reading
    • 10.12 Links to Primary Sources
  • Chapter Eleven: Central Asia
    • 11.1 Chronology
    • 11.2 Introduction
    • 11.3 Questions to Guide Your Reading
    • 11.4 Key Terms
    • 11.5 Geography of Central Asia
    • 11.6 Turkic Migrations
    • 11.7 Islam
    • 11.8 The Mongol Era
    • 11.9 The Khanate of Chagatai
    • 11.10 The Khanate of the Ilkhans (1265 – 1335)
    • 11.11 Timur
    • 11.12 Conclusion
    • 11.13 Works Consulted and Further Reading
    • 11.14 Links to Primary Sources
  • Chapter Twelve: Western Europe and Byzantium circa 1000-1500 CE
    • 12.1 Chronology
    • 12.2 Introduction
    • 12.3 Questions to Guide Your Reading
    • 12.4 Key Terms
    • 12.5 The Emergence of a Feudal Order in Western Europe
    • 12.6 Growth of Towns and Trade
    • 12.7 Growth in Agriculture
    • 12.8 A Roman Empire?
    • 12.9 The Holy Roman Empire’s Peripheries: Secondary State Formation
    • 12.10 Expansion of Christendom
    • 12.11 Church Reform in the Eleventh Century
    • 12.12 The Crusades
    • 12.13 The Twelfth Century in Western Europe
    • 12.14 Empires: Recovery and Collapse
    • 12.15 The Twelfth-Century Renaissance
    • 12.16 The Third Crusade
    • 12.17 The Fourth Crusade
    • 12.18 The states of Thirteenth-Century Europe
    • 12.19 Later Crusades and Crusading’s Ultimate Failure
    • 12.20 Scholasticism
    • 12.21 Daily Life at the Medieval Zenith
    • 12.22 Fourteenth Century Crises
    • 12.23 War
    • 12.24 Southeastern Europe in the Late Middle Ages
    • 12.25 The Late Medieval Papacy
    • 12.26 The European Renaissance
    • 12.27 States in the Late Middle Ages and Renaissance
    • 12.28 Iberia and the Atlantic: New Worlds
    • 12.29 Conclusion
    • 12.30 Works Consulted and Further Reading
    • 12.31 Links to Primary Sources
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