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Patterns of World History

Volume One: To 1600

Peter von Sivers, Charles A. Desnoyers, and George B. Stow

Publication Date - December 2011

ISBN: 9780195332889

720 pages
7-1/2 x 10 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $62.95

Simplifying the study of world history without over-simplifying the history of the world


Patterns of World History offers a distinct framework for understanding the global past through the study of origins, interactions, and adaptations. Authors Peter von Sivers, Charles A. Desnoyers, and George Stow--each specialists in their respective fields--examine the full range of human ingenuity over time and space in a comprehensive, even-handed, and critical fashion.

The book helps students to see and understand patterns through: ORIGINS - INTERACTIONS - ADAPTATIONS

These key features show the O-I-A framework in action:

* Seeing Patterns, a list of key questions at the beginning of each chapter, focuses students on the 3-5 over-arching patterns, which are revisited, considered, and synthesized at the end of the chapter in Thinking Through Patterns.

* Each chapter includes a Patterns Up Close case study that brings into sharp relief the O-I-A pattern using a specific idea or thing that has developed in human history (and helped, in turn, develop human history), like the innovation of the Chinese writing system or religious syncretism in India. Each case study clearly shows how an innovation originated either in one geographical center or independently in several different centers. It demonstrates how, as people in the centers interacted with their neighbors, the neighbors adapted to--and in many cases were transformed by--the idea, object, or event. Adaptations include the entire spectrum of human responses, ranging from outright rejection to creative borrowing and, at times, forced acceptance.

* Concept Maps at the end of each chapter use compelling graphical representations of ideas and information to help students remember and relate the big patterns of the chapter.

About the Author(s)

Peter von Sivers is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Utah.

Charles A. Desnoyers is an Associate Professor of History at La Salle University

George B. Stow is a Professor of History and the Director of the Graduate Program in History at La Salle University.


"Patterns of World History is an excellent introduction for students into the vast subject of world history. The text's strength is its use of the overlaying theme of 'patterns.' For students, these patterns help them understand global history in a meaningful way. It gives them tools to understand how societies came about, how they interacted and what caused change in them. For instructors, the text provides an effective and flexible framework for engaging students to read, think, and write about world history--students will be 'seeing patterns'in no time."--Robert Bond, San Diego Mesa College

"Patterns of World History has set a new high benchmark for world history textbooks."--Candace Gregory, Sacramento State University

Table of Contents

    Each chapter contains Patterns Up Close, Concept Maps, Putting it All Together, Review and Respond, and Further Resources.

    Part 1: From Human Origins to Early Agricultural Centers, Prehistory-10,000 B.C.E.

    1. The African Origins of Humanity, Prehistory to 10,000 B.C.E.
    The Origins of Humanity
    Hominins: No Longer Apes but not yet Human
    Human Adaptations: From Africa to Eurasia and Australia
    The African Origins of Human Culture
    Migration from South Asia to Australia
    Migration from South Asia to Europe
    The Ice Age Crisis and Human Migration to the Americas
    The Ice Age

    2. Agrarian-Urban Centers of the Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean, 11,500-600 B.C.E
    Agrarian Origins in the Fertile Crescent, c. 11,500-1,500 B.C.E
    Sedentary Foragers and Foraging Farmers
    The Origins of Urban Centers in Mesopotamia and Egypt
    Kingdoms in Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Crete
    Interactions Among Multi-Ethnic and Multi-Religious Empires, c. 1500-600 B.C.E.
    The Hittite and Assyrian Empires, 1600-600 B.C.E.
    Small Kingdoms on the Imperial Margins, 1600-600 B.C.E.
    Religious Experience and Cultural Achievements

    3. Shifting Agrarian Centers in India, 3000-600 B.C.E.
    The Vanished Origins of Harappa 3000 to 1500 B.C.E
    The Region and People
    Adapting to Urban Life in the Indus Valley
    The Collapse of the Cities
    Interactions in Northern India 1500 to 600 B.C.E.
    The Vedic World, 1750 to 800 B.C.E.
    Statecraft and the Ideology of Power, 800 to 600 B.C.E.
    Indian Society, Culture, and Religion 1500 to 600 B.C.E.
    Society and Family in Ancient India
    Cultural Interactions to 600 B.C.E.

    4. Agrarian Patterns and the Mandate of Heaven in Ancient China, 5000-481 B.C.E.
    The Origins of Yellow River Cultures, 5000 to 1766 B.C.E.
    Geography and Climate
    The Origins of Neolithic Cultures
    The Age of Myth and the Xia Dynasty, 2852 to 1766 B.C.E.
    The Interactions of Shang and Zhou History and Politics, 1766 to 481 B.C.E.
    The Shang Dynasty, 1766 to 1122 B.C.E.
    The Mandate of Heaven: The Zhou Dynasty to 481 B.C.E.
    Economy, Society, and Family Adaptation in Ancient China
    Shang Society
    Interactions of Zhou Economy and Society
    Gender and the Family
    Interactions of Religion, Culture, and Intellectual Life in Ancient China
    Oracle Bones and Early Chinese Writing
    Adaptations of Zhou Religion, Technology, and Culture

    5. Origins Apart: The Americas and Oceania, 30,000-600 B.C.E.
    The Americas: Hunters and Foragers 30,000 B.C.E. to 600 B.C.E.
    The Environment
    Human Migrations
    Agriculture, Villages, and Urban Life
    The Neolithic Revolution in the New World
    The Origins of Urban Life
    Foraging and Farming Societies outside the Andes and Mesoamerica
    The Origins of Pacific Island Migrations 6000 to 600 B.C.E.
    Lapita and Cultural Origins
    Creating Polynesia

    Part 2: The Age of Empires and Visionaries, 600 B.C.E. - 600 C.E.

    6. Chiefdoms and Early States in Africa and the Americas, 600 B.C.E.-600 C.E.
    Agriculture and Early African Kingdoms
    Saharan Villages, Towns, and Kingdoms
    The Kingdom of Aksum
    The Spread of Villages in Sub-Saharan Africa
    West African Savanna and Rainforest Agriculture
    The Spread of Village Life to East and South Africa
    Patterns of African History, 600 B.C.E.-600 C.E.
    Early States in Mesoamerica: Maya Kingdoms and Teotihuacán
    The Maya Kingdoms in Southern Mesoamerica
    The Kingdom of Teotihuacán in the Mexican Basin
    The Andes: Moche and Nazca
    The Moche in Northern Peru
    Paracas and the Nazca in Southern Peru

    7. Persia, Greece, and Rome, 550 B.C.E.-600 C.E.
    Interactions between Persia and Greece
    The Origins of the Achaemenid Persian Empire
    Greek City-States in the Persian Shadow
    Alexander's Empire and Its Successor Kingdoms
    Interactions Between the Persian and Roman Empires
    Parthian Persia and Rome
    The Sasanian Persian and Late Roman Empires
    Adaptations to Monotheism in the Middle East
    Challenge to Polytheism: The Origins of Judaism, Zoroastrianism, and Greek Philosophy
    Toward Religious Communities and Philosophical Schools
    The Beginnings of Science and the Cultures of Kings and Citizens
    The Sciences at the Museum of Alexandria
    Royal Persian Culture
    Greek and Roman Civic Culture

    8. Empires and Visionaries in India, 600 B.C.E.-600 C.E.
    Patterns of State Formation in India: Republics, Kingdoms, and Empires
    The Road to Empire: The Mauryas
    The Classical Age: The Gupta Empire
    The Southern Kingdoms, ca. 300 to 600 C.E.
    The Vedic Tradition and Its Visionary Reformers
    Reforming the Vedic Tradition
    The Maturity of Hinduism: From the Abstract to the Devotional
    Stability Amid Disorder: Economics, Family, and Society
    Tax and Spend: Economics and Society
    Caste, Family Life, and Gender
    Strength in Numbers: Art, Literature, and Science

    9. Imperial Unification and Perfecting the Moral Order in China, 722 B.C.E.-618 C.E.
    Visionaries and Empire
    Confucianism, Legalism, and Daoism
    The Qin Dynasty
    The Han Dynasty
    The Domestic Economy: Society, Family, and Gender
    Industry and Commerce
    Gender Roles
    Intellectual Trends, Aesthetics, Science, and Technology
    Confucianism, Education, and History during the Han
    Buddhism in China
    Intellectual Life

    Part 3: From Regional Empires to Religious Civilizations, 600-1450 C.E.

    10. Islamic Civilization and Byzantium, 600-1300
    The Rise of Arab Dominance in the Middle East and Mediterranean
    From Rome and Persia to the Arab Empire
    From the Arab Empire to Islamic Civilization
    Byzantium: Survival and Recovery
    Islamic Civilization in the Commonwealth of Dynastic States, 900-1300
    Islamic and Eastern Christian Civilizations at their Height
    State and Society in Mamluk Egypt
    Commercial Relations from the Atlantic to the South China Sea
    Religion, Sciences, and the Arts in Two Religious Civilizations
    Islamic Culture: Intellectual and Scientific Expressions
    Artistic Expressions in Islamic Civilization

    11. Origins of the Western Christian World, 600-1400 C.E.
    The Formation of Christian Europe: 600-1000 C.E.
    Frankish Gaul and Latin Christianity
    Recovery, Reform, and Innovation: 1000-1300 C.E.
    The Political Recovery of Europe
    The Economic and Social Recovery of Europe
    Religious Reform and Expansion
    Intellectual and Cultural Developments
    Crisis and Creativity: 1300-1415
    The Calamitous Fourteenth Century
    Signs of a New Era in the Fifteenth Century

    12. Contrasting Patterns in India and China, 600-1600
    India: The Clash of Cultures
    India after the Guptas
    Islam in India, 711-1398
    Toward the Mughal Era, 1398-1450
    Interactions and Adaptations: From Buddhism to Neo-Confucian Synthesis in China
    Creating a Religious Civilization under the Tang
    The Song and Yuan Dynasties, 960 to 1368
    The Ming to 1450: The Quest for Stability
    Society, Family and Gender
    Perceptions of Perfection: Intellectual, Scientific and Cultural Life

    13. Religious Civilizations Interacting: Korea, Japan, and Southeast Asia, 100 C.E.-1400 C.E.
    Korea to 1450
    People and Place: The Korean Environment
    Conquest and Competition: History and Politics to 1598
    Economy, Society, and Family
    Religion, Culture, and Intellectual Life
    Japan to 1450
    The Island Refuge
    Adaptation at Arm's Length: History and Politics
    Economy, Society, and Family
    Religion, Culture, and Intellectual Life
    The Setting and Neolithic Cultures
    The "Far South": History and Politics to 1450
    Economy, Society, and Family
    Religion, Culture, and Intellectual Life

    14. Patterns of State Formation in Africa, 600-1450
    Christian Kingdoms in the Northeast
    Nubia in the Middle Nile Valley
    Ethiopia in the Eastern Highlands
    Islamic City-States on the East African Coast and Traditional Kingdoms in South Africa
    The Swahili City-States on the East African Coast
    Traditional Kingdoms in South and Central Africa
    Central African Chiefdoms and Kingdoms
    From Traditional to Islamic Kingdoms in West Africa
    The Kingdom of Ancient Ghana
    The Empire of Mali
    Rainforest Kingdoms

    15. The Rise of Empires in the Americas, 600-1550
    The Legacy of Teotihuacán and the Toltecs in Meso- Militarism in the Mexican Basin
    Late Maya Kingdoms in Yucatán
    The Legacy of Tiwanaku and Wari in the Andes
    The Conquering State of Tiwanaku
    The Expanduing Kingdom of Wari
    American Empires: The Aztecs and Incas
    The Aztec Empire of Meso-America
    The Inca Empire of the Andes
    Imperial Society and Culture
    Imperial Capitals: Tenochtitlán and Cuzco
    Power and Its Cultural Expressions

    Part 4: Interactions across the Globe, 1450-1750

    16. The Ottoman-Hapsburg Struggle and European Overseas Expansion, 1450-1600
    The Muslim-Christian Competition in East and West, 1450-1600
    Iberian-Christian Expansion, 1415-1498
    Rise of the Ottomans and Struggle with the Habsburgs for Dominance, 1300-1609
    The Rise of the Centralized Fiscal-Military State
    State Transformation, Money, and Firearms
    Imperial Courts, Urban Fesivities, and the Arts
    The Spanish Habsburg Empire: Popular Festivities and the Arts
    The Ottoman Empire: Palaces, Festivities, and the Arts

    17. Renaissance, Reformation, and the New Science in Europe, 1450-1700
    Fiscal-Military States and Religious Upheavals
    The Rise of Fiscal-Military Kingdoms
    The Protestant Reformation, State Churches, and Independent Congregations
    Religious Wars and Political Restoration
    Cultural Transformations: Renaissance, New Science, and Early Enlightenment
    The Renaissance and Baroque Arts
    The Pioneers of the New Science
    The New Science and Its Impact
    The Early Enlightenment in Northwestern Europe

    18. New Patterns in New Worlds: Colonialism and Indigenous Responses in the Americas, 1500-1800
    The Colonial Americas: Europe's Warm Weather Extension
    The Conquest of Mexico and Peru
    The Establishment of Colonial Institutions
    The Making of American Societies: Economic and Social Formation
    The Exploitation of the Mineral and Tropical Resources
    Shades of Skin Color: Social Strata, Castes, and Ethnic Groups
    The Adaptation of European Culture to the Americas

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