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Patterns of World History

Since 1750

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

Publication Date - December 2011

ISBN: 9780195333343

448 pages
7-1/2 x 10 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $55.95

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.

    22. Nation-States and Patterns of Culture in Europe and North America, 1750-1871
    Constitutional Nation-States: 1750-
    The American and French Revolutions
    Enlightenment Culture: Radicalism and Moderation
    Early and Late Enlightenment
    The Other Enlightenment: The Ideology of Ethnic Nationalism
    The Growth of the Nation-State, 1815-1871
    Restoration Monarchies, 1815-1848
    Nation-State Building in Anglo-America, 1783-1865
    Romanticism and Realism: Philosophical and Artistic Expression to 1850

    23. Industrialization and its Discontents
    The Industrialization of Europe and the West: 1760-1914
    Early Industrialism: 1750-1870
    The Spread of Early Industrialism
    Late Industrialism: 1871-1914
    The Social and Economic Impact of Industrialism: 1750-1914
    Demographic Changes
    Industrial Society
    Critics of Industrialization
    Improved Standards of Living
    Improved Urban Living
    Big Business
    Intellectual and Cultural Responses in the Age of Industrialism
    Scientific and Intellectual Developments
    Toward Modernity in Philosophy and Religion
    Toward Modernity in Literature and the Arts

    24. The Challenge of Modernity: East Asia, 1750 - 1900
    China and Japan in the Age of Imperialism
    China and Maritime Trade, 1750-1839
    The Opium Wars and Treaty Port Era
    Toward Revolution: Reform and Reaction to 1900
    In Search of Security Through Empire: Japan in the Meiji Era
    Economics and Society in Late Qing China
    The Seeds of Modernity and the New Economic Order
    Culture, Arts, and Science
    Zaibatsu and Political Parties: Economics and Society in Meiji Japan
    Commerce and Cartels
    "Enlightenment and Progress": Science, Culture, and the Arts

    25. Adaption and Resistance: The Ottoman and Russian Empires, 1683-1908
    Decentralization and Reforms in the Ottoman Empire
    Ottoman Imperialism in the 1600s and 1700s
    The Western Challenge and Ottoman Responses
    Iran's Effort to Cope with the Western Challenge
    Westernization, Reforms, and Industrialization in Russia
    Russia and Westernization
    Russia in the Early Nineteenth Century
    The Great Reforms
    Russian Industrialization
    The Abortive Russian Revolution of 1905

    26. The New Imperialism in the Nineteenth Century
    The British Colonies of India, Australia, and New Zealand
    The British East India Company
    Direct British Rule
    The British Settler Colonies of Australia and New Zealand
    European Imperialism in the Middle East and Africa
    The Rising Appeal of Imperialism in the West
    The Scramble for Africa
    Western Imperialism and Colonialism in Southeast Asia
    The Dutch in Indonesia
    Spain in the Philippines
    The French in Vietnam

    27. Creoles and Caudillos: Latin America in the Nineteenth Century
    Independence, Authoritarianism, and Political Instability
    Independence and Political Development in the North: Haiti and Mexico
    Independence and Development in Northern South America
    Independence and Development in Southern and Western South America
    Brazil: From Kingdom to Republic
    Latin American Society and Economy in the Nineteenth Century
    Rebuilding Societies and Economies
    Export-Led Growth
    Women, Family, and Culture

    Part 6: Adaptations to Modernity across the Globe, 1900-Present

    28. World War and Competing Visions of Modernity to 1945
    The Great War and its Aftermath
    A Savage War and a Flawed Peace
    America First: The Beginnings of a Consumer Culture and the Great Depression
    Great Britain and France: Slow Recovery and Empires
    Latin America: Independent Democracies and Authoritarian Regimes
    New Variations on Modernity: The Soviet Union and Communism
    The Communist Party and Regime in the Soviet Union
    The Collectivization of Agriculture and Industrialization
    New Variations on Modernity: Supremacist Nationalism in Italy, Germany, and Japan
    From Fascism in Italy to Nazism in the Third Reich
    Japan's "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere" and China's Struggle for Unity

    29. Reconstruction, the Cold War, and Decolonization 1945-1962
    Superpower Confrontation: Capitalist Democracy and Communism
    The Cold War Era, 1945-1962
    Society and Culture in Post-War North America, Europe, and Japan
    Populism and Industrialization in Latin America
    Slow Social Change
    Populist Guided Democracy
    The End of Colonialism and the Rise of New Nations
    "China Has Stood Up"
    Decolonization, Israel, and Arab Nationalism in the Middle East
    Decolonization and the Cold War in Asia
    Decolonization and Cold War in Sub-Saharan Africa

    30. The End of the Cold War, Western Social Transformation, and the Developing World 1963-1991
    The Climax of the Cold War
    The Soviet Superpower in Slow Decline
    Transforming the West
    Civil Rights Movements
    From "Underdeveloped" to "Developing" World, 1963-1991
    China: Cultural Revolution to Four Modernizations
    Vietnam: War and Unification
    The Middle East
    Africa: From Independence to Development

    31. Globalization and Challenges to Modernity, 1991-Present
    Capitalist Democracy: The Dominant Pattern of Modernity
    A Decade of Global Expansion: The United States and the World in the 1990s
    The Communist Holdouts: North Korea, Cuba, China, and Vietnam
    A Decade of Global Shifts: Twenty-First Century Currents and Cross-Currents
    The Environmental Limits of Modernity

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