World History: Cultures, States, and Societies to 1500

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Eugene Berger, Georgia Gwinnett College

Pub Date: 2016

ISBN 13: 978-1-9407711-0-6

Publisher: University of North Georgia Press

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Reviewed by Frederic Krome, Professor of History, University of Cincinnati Clermont College, on 3/28/2018.

The book does a nice job of covering the broad meta-themes of World History--for example the Agricultural Revolution, the Origins and spread of world … read more



Reviewed by Martin Johnson, Associate Professor of History, Miami University (Ohio), on 2/2/2018.

Overall, this text provides a brief but solid account that can be a useful foundation for a world history course. Its strengths and weaknesses are … read more



Reviewed by J.M. Bates, Assistant Professor , Winona State University , on 2/2/2018.

This is reasonably comprehensive in covering ideas of the subject. However, as it stands, the book provides an uneven coverage of the materials … read more



Reviewed by Kara Barr, Instructor, Bowling Green State University, on 2/2/2018.

This text covers an impressive amount of ground in relatively short chapters, something which is always a struggle in any survey text of global … read more



Reviewed by Robert Moore, Adjunct, Chemeketa Community College, on 6/21/2017.

Global history is a very difficult topic to tackle in a textbook without becoming far too long to be useful to most students or too brief to provide … read more



Reviewed by Katie Kirakosian, Assistant Professor, Northern Virginia Community College, on 6/21/2017.

Overall, the book covers much of the expected content for a course focused on world history. In some areas, like chapter 1 I was looking for a … read more



Reviewed by James Frusetta, Associate Professor, Hampden-Sydney College, on 6/21/2017.

The book provides an overview of key regional empires across the world. Such an approach, however, inevitably favors larger states and societies at … read more



Reviewed by Pamela Crawley, History Instructor, Tidewater Community College, on 6/21/2017.

For a survey course, the text masterfully delves into early African history and brilliantly reviews the Classical World, Early Islam and Europe. … read more



Reviewed by Chris Thomas, Associate Professor and Program Head, Reynolds Community College, on 2/9/2017.

The text adequately covers all the materials that would be required in a survey World History course. While each chapter had a different author and … read more



Reviewed by Mary Soots, Adjust Professor, Portland State University, on 2/9/2017.

The book is comprehensive and all-encompassing in the development of states and societies throughout the world. It tends to be a bit Eurocentric, … read more



Reviewed by Leigh Ann Craig, Associate Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University, on 2/9/2017.

The test provides relatively even, if brief, coverage of western and central Eurasia, and somewhat more brief coverage of east Asia and the … read more


Table of Contents

  • Chapter One: Prehistory
  • Chapter Two: Early Middle Eastern and Northeast African Civilizations
  • Chapter Three: Ancient and Early Medieval India
  • Chapter Four: China and East Asia to the Ming Dynasty
  • Chapter Five: The Greek World from the Bronze Age to the Roman Conquest
  • Chapter Six: The Roman World from 753 BCE to 500 CE
  • Chapter Seven: Western Europe and Byzantium circa 5 0 0 - 10 0 0 CE
  • Chapter Eight: Islam to the Mamluks
  • Chapter Nine: African History to 1500
  • Chapter Ten: The Americas
  • Chapter Eleven: Central Asia
  • Chapter Twelve: Western Europe and Byzantium circa1000 - 1500 CE

About the Book

World History: Cultures, States, and Societies to 1500 offers a comprehensive introduction to the history of humankind from prehistory to 1500. Authored by six USG faculty members with advance degrees in History, this textbook offers up-to-date original scholarship. It covers such cultures, states, and societies as Ancient Mesopotamia, Ancient Israel, Dynastic Egypt, India’s Classical Age, the Dynasties of China, Archaic Greece, the Roman Empire, Islam, Medieval Africa, the Americas, and the Khanates of Central Asia. It includes 350 high-quality images and maps, chronologies, and learning questions to help guide student learning. Its digital nature allows students to follow links to applicable sources and videos, expanding their educational experience beyond the textbook. It provides a new and free alternative to traditional textbooks, making World History an invaluable resource in our modern age of technology and advancement.

About the Contributors


Eugene Berger is a Professor in the History department at Georgia Gwinnett College, Lawrenceville, GA