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

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Chapter One: Prehistory

Chapter Two: River Valleys, Cities, and First States

Chapter Three: The Earliest Empires and Territorial States

Chapter Four: Growing Empires and States in Afro-Eurasia

Chapter Five: The Classical Age

Chapter Six: Connecting East and West (8th Century BCE-3rd Century CE)

Chapter Seven: Imperial Anchors–The Roman Empire and Han Dynasty China (300 BCE-300)

Chapter Eight: Religious and Political Transformations (300-600)

Chapter Nine: New Faiths and New States (600-1000)

Chapter Ten: Emerging Spheres of Influence (1000-1300)

Chapter Eleven: Famine, Plague, War, and Rebirth (1300-1500)

Authors

Eugene Berger

Georgia Gwinnett College, eberger@ggc.edu

George Israel

Middle Georgia State University, larry.israel@mga.edu

Charlotte Miller

Middle Georgia State University, charlotte.miller@mga.edu

Brian Parkinson

Georgia Southwestern State University, brian.parkinson@gsw.edu

Andrew Reeves

Middle Georgia State University, andrew.reeves1@mga.edu

With

Nadejda Williams

and additional material by

Aaron Gulyas

Mott Community College, aaron.gulyas@mcc.edu

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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

Work on this adaption was generously sponsored by a grant from Michigan Colleges Online, a project of the Michigan Community College Association.

Aaron Gulyas

Mott Community College