Journals Higher Education



Published: 20 October 2021

304 Pages | 75

ISBN: 9780190642587

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A History of the World in Seven Themes

Volume One: to 1600

Author Stewart Gordon

  • The narrative focuses on seven problems that every society - historical or contemporary - must face, regardless of religion, political structure, ethnicity, language, or geographical location.
  • Thematic approach helps the reader to discern common rituals, problems, and patterns that do not stop at a territorial boundary.
  • Encourages the reader to consider big questions that matter across the whole of human experience--including loyalty, slavery, technology, and trade.
  • Presents broad societal problems through the experiences of guides, that is, actual historical figures who were deeply affected by the chapter's theme.
  • Each chapter features a different way of understanding the past, modeling for students the process of historical inquiry and showing them that history is not simply something one reads about but something one does.
  • Each chapter opens with The Big Picture, a section that connects the theme's context across broad historical periods and brings the theme into wide geographic regions. The Bigger Picture ends the chapter with the important implications and questions of the theme for our world today.