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    World History Volume 1: to 1500

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    Ann Kordas, Johnson & Wales University

    Ryan J Lynch, Columbus State University

    Brooke Nelson, formerly California State University

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    Language: English

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    Reviewed by Ciara Van Velsor, Part-time Faculty, Clatsop Community College on 6/28/24

    This textbook is a clear and concise version of World History that is not intimidating and promotes academic interests throughout the vast content. read more

    Reviewed by Erica Buchberger, Associate Professor, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on 4/19/24

    Each topic and region covered is done thoroughly, but in the ancient period there’s extra weight on Rome and the medieval period is a bit Middle East heavy. There’s also a near complete absence of Oceania and some other societies on the margins of... read more

    Reviewed by Mark Norris, Professor of History, Grace College on 3/27/24

    "World History to 1500," volume 1, by Anna Kordas, Ryan J. Lynch, Brooke Nelson, and Julie Tatlock is an excellent survey that will work well for the first of two semesters of a college introductory course in global history for majors or... read more

    Table of Contents

    • Unit 1  Early Human Societies
      • Chapter 1. Understanding the Past
      • Chapter 2. Early Humans
      • Chapter 3. Early Civilizations and Urban Societies
      • Chapter 4. The Near East
      • Chapter 5. Asia in Ancient Times
    • Unit 2. States and Empires, 1000 BCE-500 CE
      • Chapter 6. Mediterranean Peoples
      • Chapter 7. Experiencing the Roman Empire
      • Chapter 8. The Americas in Ancient Times
      • Chapter 9. Africa in Ancient Times
    • Unit 3. An Age of Religion, 500-1200 CE
      • Chapter 10. Empires of Faith
      • Chapter 11. The Rise of Islam and the Caliphates
      • Chapter 12. India, the Indian Ocean Basin, and East Asia
      • Chapter 13. The Post-Roman West and the Crusading Movement
    • Unit 4. A Global MIddle Ages, 1200-1500 CE
      • Chapter 14. Pax Mongolica: The Steppe Empire of the Mongols
      • Chapter 15. States and Societies in Sub-Saharan Africa
      • Chapter 16. Climate Change and Plague in the Fourteenth Century
      • Chapter 17. The Ottomans, the Mamluks, and the Ming
    • Appendix A. Glossary
    • Appendix B. Worl History, Volume 1, to 1500: Maps and Timelines
    • Appendix C. World Maps
    • Appendix D. Recommended Resources for the Study of Worl History
    • Index

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    • About the Book

      World History, Volume 1: to 1500 is designed to meet the scope and sequence of a world history course to 1500 offered at both two-year and four-year institutions. Suitable for both majors and non majors World History, Volume 1: to 1500 introduces students to a global perspective of history couched in an engaging narrative. Concepts and assessments help students think critically about the issues they encounter so they can broaden their perspective of global history. A special effort has been made to introduce and juxtapose people’s experiences of history for a rich and nuanced discussion. Primary source material represents the cultures being discussed from a firsthand perspective whenever possible. World History, Volume 1: to 1500 also includes the work of diverse and underrepresented scholars to ensure a full range of perspectives.

      About the Contributors


      Ann Kordas holds a PhD in History from Temple University, and a JD from Boston University School of Law. She is a professor in the Humanities Department at Johnson & Wales University, where she teaches courses in U.S. history, world history, the history of the Atlantic World, and the history of the Pacific World. Her research interests lie primarily in the fields of cultural history and gender history

      Dr. Ryan J. Lynch is Associate Professor of the History of the Islamic World and Associate Dean of the Honors College at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. A specialist of pre-modern Islamic history, he completed his DPhil and MPhil in Islamic Studies and History at the University of Oxford, an MLitt in Middle Eastern History and Language at the University of St Andrews, and a BA in History and Religious Studies at Stetson University. Dr. Lynch’s research focuses primarily on the period of the early Islamic conquests, the Islamization of the Middle East, Islamic state formation, and Arabic historiography, while he also has a growing interest in how modern terror groups use an imagined Islamic past to justify their extremist views in the modern period. He is the author of the award-winning book Arab Conquests and Early Islamic Historiography (I.B. Tauris, 2020).

      Brooke Nelson is the Director of Curriculum at Marco Learning, an edtech company focused on making great educational resources available to all students. Previous to this role, she taught at California State University, Dominguez Hills, and Marymount California University. Her favorite courses to teach were World History, Death and Dying, and Introduction to Western Civilization because they allowed her to share her love of history with both non-major and major students. Her research focus is the late Roman world, with a special emphasis on religious conflicts and gender studies. She has a doctorate from Claremont Graduate University and master's degrees from the University of California, Irvine, and the University of Edinburgh

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