Journeys from Past to Present - VOLUME 1: From Human Origins to 1500 CE, 2nd Edition
Routledge – 2012 – 396 pages
World History: Journeys from Past to Present uses common themes to present an integrated and comprehensive survey of human history from its origins to the present day. By weaving together thematic and regional perspectives in coherent chronological narratives, Goucher and Walton transform the overwhelming sweep of the human past into a truly global story that is relevant to the contemporary issues of our time.
Revised and updated throughout, the second edition of this innovative textbook combines clear chronological progression with thematically focused chapters. In this volume, chapters are divided into three parts as follows:
PART 1. EMERGENCE (Human origins to 500 CE)
PART 2. ORDER (1 CE-1500 CE)
PART 3. CONNECTIONS (500-1600 CE)
The expanded new edition features an impressive full-color design with a host of illustrations, maps and primary source excerpts integrated throughout. Chapter opening timelines supply context for the material ahead, while end of chapter questions and annotated additional resources provide students with the tools for independent study. Each chapter and part boasts introductory and summary essays that guide the reader in comprehending the relevant theme.
In addition, the companion website offers a range of resources including an interactive historical timeline, an indispensable study skills section for students, tips for teaching and learning thematically, and PowerPoint slides, lecture material and discussion questions in a password protected area for instructors. This textbook provides a basic introduction for all students of World History, incorporating thematic perspectives that encourage critical thinking, link to globally relevant contemporary issues, and stimulate further study.
List of Illustrations and Acknowledgements. Preface. PART 1: Emergence. 1. Human Migration: World History in Motion 2. Technology and Environment: Transformations in World History 3. Cities and City Life in World History 4. Ideas and Power: Goddesses, Kings and Sages PART 2: Order 5. The Spread of World Religions, Missionaries, Merchants and Monarchs 6. Making a Living: World Economies 7. Family Matters: Gender, Family and Household 8. Ties that Bind: Lineage, Clientage and Caste 9. Early Empires PART 3. Connections 10. Connections Across Land and Sea 11. Cultural Memory: Transmitting Traditions 12. Commerce and Change: Creating a World Glossary. Index
Candice Goucher is Professor of History at Washington State University, Vancouver. Linda Walton is Professor of History at Portland State University, Oregon.