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Patterns of World History, Brief Edition

Combined Volume

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

Publication Date - October 2012

ISBN: 9780199943746

1008 pages
7-1/2 x 10 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $72.95


Patterns of World History, Brief Edition offers a distinct framework for understanding the global past through the study of origins, interactions, and adaptations in a streamlined format that is 20% shorter than its parent text. Presenting the same core features, organization, and approach of the comprehensive text, authors Peter von Sivers, Charles A. Desnoyers, and George B. Stow examine the full range of human ingenuity over time and space in a comprehensive, even-handed, and critical fashion.


  • 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

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.

Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Chapters 1-18
    Volume 2: Chapters 15-31

    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.
    2. Agrarian-Urban Centers of the Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean, 11,500-600 B.C.E
    3. Shifting Agrarian Centers in India, 3000-600 B.C.E.
    4. Agrarian Patterns and the Mandate of Heaven in Ancient China, 5000-481 B.C.E.
    5. Origins Apart: The Americas and Oceania, 30,000-600 B.C.E.

    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.
    7. Persia, Greece, and Rome, 550 B.C.E.-600 C.E.
    8. Empires and Visionaries in India, 600 B.C.E.-600 C.E.
    9. Imperial Unification and Perfecting the Moral Order in China, 722 B.C.E.-618 C.E.

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

    10. Islamic Civilization and Byzantium, 600-1300
    11. Origins of the Western Christian World, 600-1400 C.E.
    12. Contrasting Patterns in India and China, 600-1600
    13. Religious Civilizations Interacting: Korea, Japan, and Southeast Asia, 100 C.E.-1400 C.E.
    14. Patterns of State Formation in Africa, 600-1450
    15. The Rise of Empires in the Americas, 600-1550

    Part 4: Interactions across the Globe, 1450-1750

    16. The Ottoman-Hapsburg Struggle and European Overseas Expansion, 1450-1600
    17. Renaissance, Reformation, and the New Science in Europe, 1450-1700
    18. New Patterns in New Worlds: Colonialism and Indigenous Responses in the Americas, 1500-1800
    19. African Kingdoms, The Atlantic Slave Trade and the Origins of Black America, 1450-1800
    20. The Mughal Empire: Muslim Rulers and Hindu Subjects, 1400-1750
    21. Regulating the "Inner" and the "Outer" Domains of China and Japan, 1500-1800

    Part 5: The Origins of Modernity, 1750-1900

    22. Nation-States and Patterns of Culture in Europe and North America, 1750-1871
    23. Industrialization and its Discontents
    24. The Challenge of Modernity: East Asia, 1750 - 1900
    25. Adaption and Resistance: The Ottoman and Russian Empires, 1683-1908
    26. The New Imperialism in the Nineteenth Century
    27. Creoles and Caudillos: Latin America in the Nineteenth Century

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

    28. World War and Competing Visions of Modernity to 1945
    29. Reconstruction, the Cold War, and Decolonization 1945-1962
    30. The End of the Cold War, Western Social Transformation, and the Developing World 1963-1991
    31. Globalization and Challenges to Modernity, 1991-Present

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