A World History

Paperback | October 1, 1998

byWilliam H. McNeill

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Global in scope, William McNeill's widely acclaimed one-volume history emphasizes the four Old World civilizations of the Middle East, India, China, and Europe, paying particular attention to their interaction across time as well as the impact on historical scholarship in light of the mostrecent archaeological discoveries. The engaging and informative narrative touches on all aspects of civilization, including geography, communication, and technological and artistic developments, and provides extensive coverage of the modern era. This new edition includes a thoroughly updatedbibliographic essay and a new discussion of the most significant events in world history and civilization since 1976.

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Global in scope, William McNeill's widely acclaimed one-volume history emphasizes the four Old World civilizations of the Middle East, India, China, and Europe, paying particular attention to their interaction across time as well as the impact on historical scholarship in light of the mostrecent archaeological discoveries. The engaging...

William H. McNeill is at University of Chicago.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:656 pages, 5.91 × 8.9 × 1.3 inPublished:October 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I. Emergence and Definition of the Major Old World Civilizations to 500 B.C.1. In the Beginning2. Diffusion of Civilizations: First Phase to 1700 B.C.3. Cosmopolitanism in the Middle East 1700-500 B.C.4. The Definition of Indian Civilization to 500 B.C.5. The Definition of Greek Civilization to 500 B.C.6. The Definition of Chinese Civilization to 500 B.C.7. Changes in the Barbarian World 1700 to 500 B.C.Bibliographical Essay, Part 1Part II. Equilibrium Among the Civilizations 500 B.C. to A.D. 15008. The Flowering of Greek Civilization 500-336 B.C.9. The Spread of Hellenisitc Civilization 500 B.C. to A.D. 20010. Asia 500 B.C. - A.D. 20011. The Flowering and Expansion of Indian Civilization A.D. 200-60012. Barbarian Invasions and Civlized Response A.D. 200-60013. The Rise of Islam14. China, India, and Europe A.D. 600-100015. The Impact of Turkish and Mondol Conquests 1000-150016. Medieval Europe and Japan 1000-150017. The Fringes of the Civilized World to 1500Bibliographical Essay, Part IIPart III. The Dominance of the West18. The Great Discoveries and Their World-Wide Consequences19. Europe's Self-Transformation 1500-164820. Europe's Outliers: Russia and the American 1500-164821. The Realm of Islam, with Its Hindu and Christian Subject Communities 1500-170022. The Far East 1500-170023. The Old Regime in Europe 1648-178924. The Americas and Russia 1648-178925. Asian Reactions to Europe's Old Regime 1700-1850Bibliographical Essay, Part IIIPart IV. The Onset of Global Cosmopolitanism26. The Transformation of Western Civilzation by the Industrial and Democratic Revolutions 1789-191427. Asian Reactions to Industrialism and Democracy 1850-194528. Africa and Oceania 1850-194529. The Western World 1914-194530. Global Rivalries and Cosmopolitanism Since 1945Bibliographical Essay, Part IVIndex

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"This work reveals anew the breadth of vision and gift for synthesis that distinguished Professor McNeills The Rise of the West. He has a special talent for relating in meaningful ways the patterns of the great civilizations, their borrowings, their conflicts, and their contributions to globalhistory."--Geoffrey Bruun