Places of Encounter, Volume 1: Time, Place, and Connectivity in World History, Volume One: To 1600 by Aran MacKinnonPlaces of Encounter, Volume 1: Time, Place, and Connectivity in World History, Volume One: To 1600 by Aran MacKinnon

Places of Encounter, Volume 1: Time, Place, and Connectivity in World History, Volume One: To 1600

byAran MacKinnon, Elaine McClarnand MacKinnon

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Places of Encounter provides a place-based approach to world history, focusing on specific locations at critical moments when human history was transformed as a result of encounters—physical, political, cultural, intellectual, and religious. Original, contributed essays by leading academics in the field explore places from Hadar to Xi'an, Salvador to New York, and numerous other locations that have produced historical shockwaves and significant global impact throughout history. With a chronologically organized table of contents, each chapter dissects a particular moment in history, with personal commentary from each contributor, a narrative of the location's historical significance at the time, and a section on significant global connections. Primary sources and discussion questions at the end of each chapter allow students a view into the lives of individuals of the time. Students will experience the narrative of historic individuals as well as modern scholars looking back over documentation to offer their own views of the past, providing students with the perfect opportunity to see how scholars form their own views about history.

This text can be purchased as two volumes, providing a breadth of information for survey courses in world history.
Aran MacKinnon is professor of history at the University of West Georgia. He is the author of An Introduction to Global Studies and The Making of South Africa: Culture and Politics.Elaine McClarnand MacKinnon is professor of history at the University of West Georgia. She is the editor and translator of Mass Uprisings in the USSR.
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Title:Places of Encounter, Volume 1: Time, Place, and Connectivity in World History, Volume One: To 1600Format:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.68 inPublished:March 20, 2012Publisher:Avalon PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0813347378

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Table of Contents

VOLUME I
List of Features
Maps
Primary Documents’ Credits
About the Contributors
Preface
Note to the Student
Note to the Instructor
Thematic Table of Contents
Regional Table of Contents

1. HADAR: The Legacy of Human Ancestors
(4,000,000–100,000 BCE)

CHRISTOPHER HOWELL, RED ROCKS COLLEGE

Hadar and the World: The Center of Humanity
Global Encounters and Connections: Adaption, Evolution, and Migration
Encounters as Told: Primary Sources
Lucy’s Legacy, by Donald Johanson and Katy Wong
Further Reading
Web Resources

2. MAKAPANSGAT AND PINNACLE POINT: Three Million Years of Human Evolution in South Africa
(3,000,000–2,000 BCE)

ANDY I. R. HERRIES, LA TROBE UNIVERSITY, MELBOURNE, VIC, AUSTRALIA

Makapansgat and the World: Hominin Origins and the Evolution of the Human Lineage
Global Encounters and Connections: The Spread of Humans Out of Africa
Encounters as Told: Primary Sources
Letter to the Editor, by Raymond A. Dart and Sir Arthur Keith
“The Taungs Ape,” by Aleš Hrdli?cka
“Reminiscences of Makapansgat Limeworks and Its Bone-Breccial Layers,” by Wilfred I. Eitzman
Further Reading
Web Resources
Bibliographic Note

3. BABYLON: Rise of a Complex Urban Civilization
(ca. 3700–539 BCE)

MELANIE SUE BYRD, VALDOSTA STATE UNIVERSITY

Babylon and the World: A City of Many Historical Firsts
Global Encounters and Connections: Babylonia as a Nexus Point for Civilization and Empire
Encounters as Told: Primary Sources
The Valdosta Tablet
Code of Hammurabi
The Epic of Gilgamesh
Further Reading
Web Resources

4. ATHENS: The Cradle of Western Civilization
(900 BCE–324 CE)

NADEJDA POPOV, UNIVERSITY OF WEST GEORGIA

Athens and the World: A Model of Culture and Politics
Global Encounters and Connections: The Ancient Roots of Modern Foundations
Encounters as Told: Primary Sources
“On the Killing of Eratosthenes,” by Lysias
The Funeral Oration of Pericles
The Constitution of the Athenians, by the Old Oligarch
Further Reading
Web Resources

5. XIAN: Eastern Gateway and Strategic Citadel
(1049 BCE–907 CE)

KEITH N. KNAPP, THE CITADEL, THE MILITARY COLLEGE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

Xian and the World: A Strategic Location for Commerce and Empire
Global Encounters and Connections: Cultural Convergence Creates an Ancient Melting Pot
Encounters as Told: Primary Sources
“Two Capitals Rhapsody,” by Ban Gu
Nubian Geography, by Abu Zayd Hasanibn Yazid Sirafi
and al-Tajir Sulayman
Miss Ren, by Shen Jiji
Further Reading
Web Resources

6. CARTHAGE: Gateway to the World Beyond the Mediterranean
(800 BCE–700 CE)

JULIA CLANCY-SMITH, UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

Carthage and the World: A Nexus for Travelers, Traders, and Empires
Global Encounters and Connections: Carthage as a Convergence
Point for Civilizations
Encounters as Told: Primary Sources
The Politics, by Aristotle
History of Rome: The Punic Wars, by Appian
Further Reading
Web Resources

7. CONSTANTINOPLE/ISTANBUL: A Vortex of Peoples and Cultures
(324 CE–1500)

NINA ERGIN, KOÇ UNIVERSITY, TURKEY

Constantinople and the World: The Lure of an Imperial Capital
Global Encounters and Connections: Istanbul’s Enduring Global Network and Community
Encounters as Told: Primary Sources
Letter on Constantinople, by Benjamin of Tudela
Descriptio S. Sophiae, by Paul the Silentiary
Tarih-i Ebü’l-Feth, by Tursun Beg
Further Reading
Web Resources

8. MECCA: Pilgrimage and the Making of the Islamic World
(400–1500)

MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER LOW, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

Mecca and the World: From the Age of Ignorance to the Dawn of Islam
Global Encounters and Connections: A Coveted City in the Colonial Crossfire
Encounters as Told: Primary Sources
The Travels of Ibn Battuta
“Interview with an Indian Muslim Doctor, the English Vice-Consul,” from Dr. M. ¸ Sakir Bey’s Memoirs of the Hijaz
Further Reading
Web Resources

9. KILWA: A Commercial City in the Economic and Cultural
Cross-Currents (1000–1500)

ERIK GILBERT, ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY

Kilwa and the World: A City in the Cross-Currents of Indian Ocean Trade
Global Encounters and Connections: Kilwa’s Place within the Indian Ocean Trading Network
Encounters as Told: Primary Sources
“A Visit to Zeila, Mogadishu, Mombasa, and Kilwa Kisiwani,” by Ibn Battuta
Further Reading
Web Resources

10. VARANASI: The Microcosm of India and Exemplar of Balance
(ca. 1200–1600 CE)

NITA KUMAR, CLAREMONT MCKENNA COLLEGE

Varanasi and the World: A Vital City of Learning and Religion
Global Encounters and Connections: A Synthesis of Cultures
Encounters as Told: Primary Sources
Kashikhanda of Mahrshi Vyasa
Poems of Kabir and Tulsi
Further Reading
Web Resources
A Sampling of the Music of Banaras

11. SAMARKAND: Political and Economic Hub Connecting East
and West (1220–1660)

REUEL R. HANKS, OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY

Samarkand and the World: A Magnet for Merchants and Conquerors
Global Encounters and Connections: Samarkand’s Confluence of Cultures
Encounters as Told: Primary Sources
Narrative of the Embassy of Ruy González de Clavijo to the Court of Timour, at Samarcand, A.D. 1403–6,
Ruy González de Clavijo
Further Reading
Web Resources

Editorial Reviews

“This book presents world history accessibly and succinctly through key sites and cities, from Xi'an to Carthage to Potosi. It will work well together with the current textbooks that emphasize interaction and connections in world history. The authors draw students in to their subjects with accounts of their own personal engagement with their chosen site or city, an especially welcome feature.”—J.R. McNeill, Georgetown University“Places of Encounter is an ideal text for an increasingly mobile college student body. Yet beyond giving students an appreciation for the diversity of places in human experience, the authors of Places of Encounter impress upon its readers the uniqueness of human experience across time and space. It is a valuable tool for stressing the singularity of human experience across the globe and throughout millennia.”—Dr. Evan R. Ward, Brigham Young University