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About this Version of the Text
For this version of World History: Culture, States, and Societies to 1500, I have reorganized the text in order to provide a more globally integrated narrative. Each chapter invites students to compare and contrast developments across regions during a period of time.
This version of the book retains the text of the original but with updated references to chapters. I verified and, if necessary, updated links to online resources. In cases where the exact illustration used in the original version was not available, I have substituted equivalent ones. I also created and edited segues and other “connective tissue” as well to (hopefully) ensure that this version of the book reads as smoothly as the original.
Additional changes include:
- More concise lists of “key terms” in each chapter
- Expanded coverage of the Persian Empire
- Expanded coverage of the end of the Yuan Dynasty
- Added brief overview of the early Ming Dynasty including the voyages of Zheng He
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