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Published: 17 June 2021

448 Pages | 72

6 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780197580233

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Forging the Modern World

A History

Third Edition

Author James Carter and Richard Warren

  • This is a global history produced with great attention to the potential for what books can do as tools for historical learning. Its themes, qualities, and authorial voice are consistent throughout.
  • The book makes an argument about how the modern world came to be without attempting an encyclopedic overview. It provides a framing narrative against which additional cases can be compared and contrasted, enabling instructors to use their areas of interest/expertise to best effect in the classroom.
  • The authors wish to help students understand the development of the most important structures through which people around the world relate to each other: both the structures and the people who act within them are critical to the story they tell.
  • The authors pull back the curtain on what historical inquiry is, so that their students could better understand the distinction between the past and history, and could learn to analyze historical arguments (including those made by their instructors).
  • The many maps and images were chosen with care to add significant value to the book as a learning tool.

New to this Edition:

  • Improved coverage and analysis focuses on recent decades. Feedback from reviewers and readers encouraged the authors to adjust the book's organization to allow for expanded coverage of key events and trends of the twentieth century, and to provide more depth to analysis of events since the end of the Cold War.
  • Reimagined "historians explore" sections introduce new topics and sources. There are eight new "Historians Explore" sections for the third edition, including "Haiti and the Age of Revolution," "Mass, Media, Propaganda and the Modern State," and "Identities and Protest Movements." At the end of each chapter, the text now includes suggestions for "Exploring the Sources," including primary and secondary sources, web sites, podcasts, and other relevant media.
  • Updated chapter contents reflect new scholarship. The third edition incorporates new scholarship to give students clearer understandings of epidemic disease and its consequences; the construction of identity and its relationship to power; environmental history; and other topics.
  • New images and maps enhance the text. Thirty new images and eleven new maps have been incorporated into this edition.
  • Greatly expanded digital resources increase opportunities for student engagement. The Third Edition makes available to students an enhanced eBook that embeds digital learning tools directly into the narrative, including "Historians Explore" videos that further the historiographical investigations raised in each chapter; notetaking guides that help the student focus on the main concepts in each chapter, quizzes that provide opportunities to check understanding, interactive timeline exercises, and six to seven primary sources per chapter, curated by the authors to deepen historical context. All of these resources are also found in the Oxford Learning Link Direct course cartridge that instructors can integrate into their LMS.

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