Global History

Global History

Cultural Encounters From Antiquity to the Present

Book - 2004
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Baker & Taylor
Explores the historic changes that occurred following cross-cultural contact, including shifts in religious beliefs, political alliances, and cultural developments.

& Francis Publishing

Written in a lively, engaging style and designed to complement the high school social studies curriculum, this reference vividly recreates and analyzes pivotal encounters, exchanges, and conflicts between cultures and civilizations that profoundly influenced the course of human history. It covers all regions of the globe - Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, the Americas, and the Pacific - and all time periods and forms of encounters - from the early trade networks of the Fertile Crescent in 5,000 B.C.E to the spread of monotheism in late antiquity and the early Middle Ages, through Columbus's arrival in the Americas, and up to the expansion of the World Wide Web. Each article details one encounter, highlighting the historical background of the civilizations or cultures involved; describing the exchange; and analyzing its social, political, economic, and cultural significance. Each entry includes a timeline; a map; primary source documents related to the exchange; a sidebar summarizing the proliferation of goods, practices, and ideas; bibliographic citations; black-and-white and four-color illustrations; and cross-references. Other features include a general introduction, glossary, and special indexes in each volume.

Book News
This well-conceived new reference presents the historic changes that occurred following cross-cultural contact, including new alliances, religious beliefs, political beliefs, and cultural development of all kinds. Appropriate for undergraduate students as well as general readers, the four volumes divide the material chronologically and cover, respectively, antiquity, the expansion of religions and empires, the age of discovery and colonial expansion, and the contemporary world. Each volume contains its own timeline, glossary, and bibliography; and maps, bibliographies, and excerpts from primary documents are included with each chapter. A sampling of topics in the contemporary world volume: Asian religions and the New Age in the US, American empire in the Philippines, Tejano music, the Cold War, global human rights, and the AIDS pandemic. Other topics include Olmec influence in Mesoamerica, the Persian empire of Darius, barbarians in China, Buddhism in China, Islam in Spain, Chinese migration to Southeast Asia and the Pacific Rim, and the Russian empire and the civilizations of Asia and America. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Armonk, N.Y. : Sharpe Reference, c2004
ISBN: 9780765680433
Characteristics: 4 v. (xvii, 734 p.) : col. ill., col. maps ; 29 cm


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