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Published: 15 October 2014

792 Pages

7-1/2 x 10 inches

ISBN: 9780199399796

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Patterns of World History

Volume One: To 1600 with Sources

Second Edition

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

Encouraging a broad-based understanding of continuity, change, and innovation in human history, Patterns of World History presents the global past in a comprehensive, even-handed, and open-ended fashion

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.

New to this Edition:

  • The narrative has been streamlined by 20% to make the book more accessible
  • "Against the Grain" essays in each chapter illustrate how the discernment of patterns allows for an appreciation of alternatives--even contradictions--brought about by creative human agency
  • New "Patterns Up Close" essays discuss such topics as recent discoveries about early human/Neanderthal interaction; Islamic influences on European Gothic architecture; global innovations in cartography; and the Harlem Renaissance and the African diaspora
  • Part Five's coverage of the Atlantic World has been substantially reorganized and improved
  • Pithy quotes from a diverse array of voices lend both context and commentary to the main narrative
  • A version of the text is available with end-of-chapter sources--both textual and visual--that reflect a wide variety of genres and perspectives

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