The Thinking Past: Questions and Problems in World History to 1750 by Adrian ColeThe Thinking Past: Questions and Problems in World History to 1750 by Adrian Cole

The Thinking Past: Questions and Problems in World History to 1750

byAdrian Cole, Stephen Ortega

Paperback | September 9, 2014

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Changes in the 21st century classroom and recent shifts in academic pedagogy suggest that information for information sake's in the process of being phased out for a problem/case based approach to learning. Students now are being asked to learn material outside of the class so they can engagein active classroom discussion and participate in different group activities. Not only content, therefore, but style in the classroom is changing fast; the "flipped classroom" being ever more popular. Part of the challenge for the world historian is figuring out how this type of pedagogy can be applied in a setting where the "sage on the stage" approach is being replaced by more interactive forms of learning. Asked to regularly participate, students are being asked not to memorize but how tothink and how to evaluate the reliability of different sources of information.Looking to build on interactive learning, The Thinking Past is based on the premise that asking questions and evaluating sources represents a new and an insightful way of presenting material on world history. While content on states such as the Songhay, the Ming, and the Aztecs and on nomadic peopleremains an important part of the work, we believe that the classroom experience of debating different issues such as the origins of war and the nature of empire serves as a solid foundation for actually thinking about world history.
Adrian Cole graduated from Exeter University in the UK with a BA in Arabic, and from Harvard with an MA in Middle Eastern Studies (SO). He has an MA from Harvard University in Middle Eastern Studies and a PhD from the University of Manchester (UK) in European and Middle Eastern history. In the next year, Ashgate Press will publish his...
Title:The Thinking Past: Questions and Problems in World History to 1750Format:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 9.25 × 6.5 × 0.68 inPublished:September 9, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199794626

ISBN - 13:9780199794621


Table of Contents

Brief Table of ContentsDetailed Table of ContentsPrefaceIntroductionAbout the Authors1. Why are humans dominant? EARLIEST ORGINS TO 10,000 BCE2. What were the consequences of settling down? 10,000 BCE TO 5,000 BCE3. How did the development of cities affect the human experience? 5,000 BCE TO 1,000 BCE4. War (!) What is it good for? FROM EARLIEST BEGINNINGS TO 200 BCE5. Was Greece the first democracy? FROM 1000 BCE TO 300 CE6. What is an empire? 550 BCE - 400 CE7. How can we explain the similarities and differences between religions? 12,000 BCE to 600 CE8. What does trade do? 3000 BCE to 1000 CE9. What role did technology play in cultural exchange and expansion? 800 CE - 1300 CE10. What types of conflicts existed between core areas and peripheries? 900 CE -1400 CE11. How did the environment limit human endeavors, and how did it produce unpredictable consequences? 1300-1400 CE12. Was the European Renaissance unique? 1350 CE - 1650 CE13. What Changed in Global Interactions between 1450 and 1750?Epilogue: History and the FutureGlossaryPhoto CreditsIndex