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World History Since 1500: An Open and Free Textbook

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John Rankin, East Tennessee State University

Constanze Weise, East Tennessee State University

Copyright Year: 2023

Publisher: East Tennessee State University

Language: English

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Reviewed by Mark Norris, Professor of History, Grace College on 12/21/23

"World History Since 1500: An Open and Free Textbook," by John Rankin and Constanze Weise is an ideal textbook for those who want a very concise work of the important aspects of modern world history but want to include links to additional primary... read more

Table of Contents

  • Author Biographies
  • Acknowledgement
  • Table of Contents
  • Chapter 1: The World in 1500
  • Chapter 2: Expanding Empires, Europe and the Americas 1500-1700
  • Chapter 3: Cultural Encounters and Expanding Empires in Asia and Eurasia 1500-1700
  • Chapter 4: Islamic Empires - Mughals, Ottomans and Safavids 1500-1700
  • Chapter 5: Age of Reason - The Scientific Revolution, Enlightened Thought and its Impact
  • Chapter 6: Challenging the Old Order - The Age of Revolutions
  • Chapter 7: Remaking the World - The Industrial Revolution, Workers and a New Economic Order
  • Chapter 8: Nation Building and Reform 1700-1900
  • Chapter 9: Managing Modernity in Asia 1700-1900
  • Chapter 10: The Second Wave of Imperialism 1700-1900
  • Chapter 11: World in Crisis, Conflict, and the Struggle for Independence - World War I, the Indian Independence Movement and the Russian Revolution
  • Chapter 12: Interwar Years and the Rise of Fascism
  • Chapter 13: World War II
  • Chapter 14: Cold War and Decolonization of the World from 1950
  • Chapter 15: The Modern World

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About the Book

World History Since 1500: An Open and Free Textbook is designed to cover world history from 1500 to the present in 15 chapters. The OER-supported textbook can be downloaded as a pdf or viewed online. The textbook serves to weave insights from many perspectives into stories and narratives that will help students develop a framework to organize and connect ideas, geographical locations, and timelines allowing them to think critically and broadly about the world around them. In addition to helping students master the sequence and scope of world history from 1500, the textbook helps develop empathy for people who live and lived in different parts of the world and during different historical times leading to the creation of empathic and knowledgeable global citizens who are aware of and concerned about the world around them.

About the Contributors


John Rankin is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at East Tennessee State University.  His interests lie in the overlapping themes of imperialism, transnational and global studies, issues of race and racism and the social history of medicine. His monograph, Healing the African Body (University of Missouri Press, 2015) examines the intersection of health, race, and empire in British West Africa, 1800-1860. His research interests also include the Atlantic World, British history, public health, the press and the history of epidemic disease. He teaches courses in the history of medicine as well as English, Scottish, Caribbean and World history.

Constanze Weise is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at East Tennessee State University. Her interests lie in the History of Africa and the African Diaspora pertaining to issues of politics, religion, ritual and urbanization. Her work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes such as African Arts, The Canadian Journal of African Studies, the Oxford Handbook of Nigerian History and the Oxford Encyclopedia of African Historiography: Methods and Sources. In 2010 she participated in the internationally touring exhibition curated by the UCLA Fowler Museum and the Musée du quai Branly, Paris, titled “Central Nigeria Unmasked: Arts of the Benue River Valley”. She contributed to this exhibition with original video footage and images of ancestral masquerades from her field research in central Nigeria. At ETSU she teaches courses in the history of Africa, the African Diaspora and World History.

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