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Title:
A brief history of the world
ISBN:
9781598033267
Publication Information:
Chantilly, VA : Teaching Co., c2007.
Physical Description:
6 videodiscs (ca. 1080 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 guidebook (vi, 245 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.)
General Note:
Course guidebook includes lecture outlines and notes, a time line, glossary, biographical notes, and bibliography.
Contents:
pt. 1. [disc 1]. What and why is world history? -- The Neolithic revolution -- What is a civilization? -- The classical period in world history -- Cultural change in the classical period -- Social inequalities in classical societies -- [disc 2]. The Roman Empire and Han China -- The silk road; classical period contacts -- The decline of the classical civilizations -- The postclassical period, 500-1450 -- World religions and their consequences -- The impact of Islam.

pt. 2. [disc 3]. Post classical trade and contacts -- Post classical patterns of imitation -- Western civilization in world context -- The Mongol years -- Civilizations in the Americas and in Africa -- The world in 1450 -- [disc 4]. The early modern period, 1450-1750 -- The world economy, 1450-1750 -- Transformations in Western Europe -- The rise of Russia -- Asian Empires and a Shogunate -- The long 19th century.

pt. 3. [disc 5]. Abolition of slavery and serfdom -- Modernization and nationalisms -- Formation of Latin American civilization -- China and Japan: 19th century pressures -- The 20th and 21st centuries as a new period -- The world economy: change and continuity -- [disc 6]. An age of revolutions -- The United States in world history -- Contemporary democracy -- Contemporary cultural change -- Gender in contemporary world history -- Globalization and world history.
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This course provides a survey of the expanse of human development and civilization across the globe. It begins with the invention of agriculture in the Neolithic era and ends with the urbanized, technologically sophisticated world of the 21st century.
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Think of the construction of the great pyramids of Egypt, or the development of democratic rule in ancient Greece. Recall the innovations of the European Renaissance and Enlightenment¿the remarkable flowering of drama and the arts, and revolutionary breakthroughs in science and philosophy. These are intriguing and important episodes, familiar to students of history. But haven't you also wondered: What else was going on in the world? Consider the enthralling tales of Venetian trader Marco Polo. He introduced the Western world to mysterious and exotic Asian cultures never before imagined. Those alien civilizations he visited had existed for centuries, even millennia. And in the Dark Ages that came after the fall of the Roman Empire, we know that the era following Rome's glory days brought great political and social turmoil to the peoples of Europe. But at that time the Muslims of the Middle East and North Africa were experiencing remarkable cultural flourishing that produced innovations in art, medicine, philosophy, and technology¿a true golden age for the civilization. If you have wondered about these other histories¿of China and Japan, of Russia, India, and the remote territories of Sub-Saharan Africa and South America¿you can now discover how these stories fit in with commonly known accounts of Western traditions.


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Professor Peter N. Stearns presents 'the big picture' of world history from the invention of agriculture in the Neolithic era to the urbanized, technological world of the 21st century.