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Sources for Patterns of World History: Volume One to 1600

Second Edition

Compiled by Jonathan Perry

Publication Date - 13 October 2014

ISBN: 9780199399727

144 pages
7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

In Stock


Designed specifically to accompany Patterns of World History, 2e, Sources for Patterns of World History, 2e provides approximately 150 primary sources that extend and deepen the investigations raised in the text. Numerous bundling options with Patterns of World History, 2e are available.

New to this Edition

  • New edition: Jonathan S. Perry, University of South Florida.
  • Every source in the 2e is new.


  • Wide range of sources: textual, visual, historical, literary.
  • Sources provide firsthand, contemporary reactions to important events.
  • Each source is accompanied by a headnote and discussion questions.
  • Footnotes explicate words students may not have previously encountered.

About the Author(s)

Dr. Jonathan Scott Perry is an Associate Professor of History at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. Dr. Perry earned degrees at Ohio University (double B.A.s in History and Latin) and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (M.A. and Ph.D in History), and he has taught at a number of American and Canadian colleges, including Chapel Hill, Brevard College (N. Carolina), the University of Central Florida (Orlando), York University (Toronto), and USF-SM. He has published a series of articles on, among other topics, classical scholarship in Fascist Italy, Latin epigraphy (the study of inscriptions), sport terminology in the ancient world, and women and Greek athletics. His first book, The Roman Collegia: The Modern Evolution of an Ancient Concept (Leiden, the Netherlands: Brill Academic Publishers, 2006), traces the development of a Roman concept from 1843 through the 20th century and to the present, and it has been nominated for two national book prizes this year.

Table of Contents

    How to Read a Primary Source

    Chapter 1 The African Origins of Humanity, Prehistory-10,000 BCE
    1.1. Shell bead jewelry from the Grotte des Pigeons, Taforalt, Morocco, c. 75,000 - 82,000 BP [Before the Present]
    1.2. Python-shaped, ornamented rock found in the Rhino Cave, Botswana, c. 70,000 BP
    1.3. Paintings in the Cave of Altamira, Santillana del Mar, Spain, c. 22,000 - 14,000 BP
    1.4. Flax fibers found at the Dzudzuana Cave, Republic of Georgia, c. 30,000 BP

    Chapter 2 Agrarian-Urban Centers of the Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean, 11,500-600 BCE
    2.1. Law Code of Hammurabi, c. 1772 BCE
    2.2. Babylonian Poem of the Righteous Sufferer, c. 2000 - 1600 BCE
    2.3. Advice from a royal scribe to his apprentice, Middle Kingdom Egypt, Twelfth Dynasty, c. 1878-1839 BCE
    2.4. Sketch of the palace complex at Knossos, Minoan Crete, c. 1700 - 1400 BCE
    2.5. The Great Hymn to the Aten, c. 1353 - 1336 BCE

    Chapter 3 Shifting Agrarian Centers in India, 3000-600 BCE
    3.1. Hymns to Agni, from the Rig-Veda, Book 2, c. 1400 - 900 BCE
    3.2. The Bhagavad Gita, c. 1750 - 800 BCE, written down in the 200s BCE
    3.3. The Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, c. 600 BCE
    3.4. The Code of Manu, c. 100 - 300 CE
    3.5. Image of Draupadi and the Pandava, from the Dashavatara Temple, Deogarh, India, Late 6th century CE

    Chapter 4 Agrarian Centers and the Mandate of Heaven in Ancient China, 5000-481 BCE
    4.1. The Zuo Commentary (Zuozhuan), c. 4th century BCE
    4.2. Excerpts from The Book of Odes (Shi Jing), Oral folk song tradition, c. 2852 - 481 BCE
    4.3. The Book of Lord Shang (Shang Chün Shu), c. 338 BCE
    4.4. The Canon of Shun, Third millennium BCE?
    4.5. Iron sword with jade handle, earliest cast iron object (Western Zhou), from Henan Museum, Guo state, Sanmenxia city, c. 1046 - 771 BCE

    Chapter 5 Origins Apart: The Americas and Oceania, 30,000-600 BCE
    5.1. Quipú from the Caral-Supé Culture, Peru, 2600 - 2000 BCE
    5.2. Textile fragment from Chavín de Huántar, Peru, c. 500 - 200 BCE
    5.3. Burial Mound at L'Anse Amour, Labrador, Canada, c. 5500 BCE
    5.4. Lapita Pot Shards, found in Vanuatu, Western Pacific, c. 4th millennium BCE

    Chapter 6 Chiefdoms and Early States in Africa and the Americas, 600 BCE-600 CE
    6.1. Relief sculpture from Meroë, Sudan, c. 600 - 300 BCE
    6.2. Cosmas Indicopleustes [Cosmas the India-Voyager], Christian Topography, c. 550 CE
    6.3. The market at Jenné Jeno, Mali, Founded c. 3rd century BCE
    6.4. Limestone panel from a Mayan temple, Palenque, c. 490 CE

    Chapter 7 Persia, Greece, and Rome, 550 BCE-600 CE
    7.1. The "Cyrus Cylinder," c. 538 BCE
    7.2. Herodotus, Histories, c. 420s BCE
    7.3. 1 Maccabees, c. 134 BCE
    7.4.Graffiti from the walls of Pompeii, c. 79 CE
    7.5. The Murder of the Philosopher Hypatia, Alexandria, Egypt, c. 415 CE

    Chapter 8 Empires and Visionaries in India, 600 BCE-600 CE
    8.1. The Seven Pillar Edicts of King Ashoka, c. 247-246 BCE
    8.2. The Questions of King Milinda (The Milindapanha), c. 100 BCE
    8.3. Remains of the Destroyed Bamiyan Buddhas, Afghanistan, 6th century CE
    8.4. Seated Buddha, from the Gandhara culture, Afghanistan-Pakistan, 2nd - 3rd centuries CE
    8.5. K?lid?sa, The Cloud Messenger, c. 4th-5th centuries CE

    Chapter 9 China: Imperial Unification and Perfecting the Moral Order, 722 BCE-618 CE
    9.1. Analects (Lunyu) of Confucius, c. 500 - 479 BCE
    9.2. Book of Mencius (Mengzi), c. 310 - 289 BCE
    9.3. Li Si, Memorial on the Burning of Books, from the Shi ji, c. 100 BCE
    9.4. The Han Shu (History of the Former Han Dynasty), c. 100 CE
    9.5. Ban Zhao, Lessons for Women (Nüjie), c. 80 CE

    Chapter 10 Islamic Civilization and Byzantium, 600-1300 CE
    10.1. Excerpts from the Qur'an, Sura 2 "The Cow," c. 650 CE
    10.2. Documents related to the Iconoclasm Controversy, 7th - 9th centuries CE
    10.3. Memoirs of Us?mah ibn-Munqidh, c. 1180s
    10.4. A Jewish Engagement Contract from Fustat (Old Cairo), 11 November 1146
    10.5. The Alchemy of Happiness, by Ab? H?mid Muhammad al-Ghazz?l?, c. 1095 - 1105

    Chapter 11 Innovation and Adaptation in the Western Christian World, 600-1450 CE
    11.1. Einhard's Life of Charlemagne, c. 830 CE
    11.2. Feudal Contracts and the Swearing of Fealty, 1127 and 1219
    11.3. Peter Abelard, The Story of My Calamities, c. 1132
    11.4. Giovanni Boccaccio, The Decameron, "Putting the Devil Back in Hell," c. 1350
    11.5. Flagellants attempt to ward off the Black Death in Germany and in England, 1348 and 1349

    Chapter 12 Contrasting Patterns in India and China, 600-1600 CE
    12.1. The Chachnama, c. 1200
    12.2. Harsha Vardhana, "The Lady of the Jewel Necklace," c. 640 CE
    12.3. Poetry of the Tang Dynasty, c. 750 CE
    12.4. Marco Polo, Kubilai Khan at war, c. 1290
    12.5. Model of a Ming ship in the Flotilla of Zheng He , c. 1420

    Chapter 13 Religious Civilizations Interacting: Korea, Japan, and Vietnam, 550-1500 CE
    13.1. Murasaki Shikibu, The Tale of Genji, c. 1000
    13.2. The Haedong kos?ng ch?n, on Buddhism in Korea, c. 1215
    13.3. The Nihon Shoki (Chronicles of Japan), c. 720 CE
    13.4. P'i Jih-hsiu, "Three Poems of Shame," c. 865 CE
    13.5. Copper head of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, Vietnam, 8th-9th century CE

    Chapter 14 Patterns of State Formation in Africa, 600-1450 CE
    14.1. The Fetha Nagast, Ethiopia, 15th century
    14.2. The Travels of Ibn Battuta, c. 1353
    14.3. Golden Bracelets from the "Lost City" of Mapungubwe, South Africa, 13th century
    14.4. 'Abd al-'Az?z al-Bakr?, Description of Northern Africa, 1068
    14.5. Walls and Moats at Sungbo's Eredo, Nigeria, c. 1000-1450

    Chapter 15 The Rise of Empires in the Americas, 600-1550 CE
    15.1. The Temple of the Jaguars, Chichén Itzá, c. 850-1000 CE
    15.2. Skeletons in a Wari royal tomb site, El Castillo de Huarmey, Peru, c. 600-1000 CE
    15.3. Bernal Díaz, The Conquest of New Spain, c. 1568
    15.4. Pedro Cieza de León, on Incan roads, 1541-1547
    15.5. Garcilaso de la Vega, The Walls and Gates of Cuzco, 1609-1616

    Chapter 16 The Western European Overseas Expansion and Ottoman-Habsburg Struggle, 1450-1650
    16.1. Christopher Columbus, The Book of Prophecies, 1501-1502
    16.2. Thomas the Eparch and Joshua Diplovatatzes, The Fall of Constantinople, 1453
    16.3. Evliya Çelebi, A Procession of Artisans at Istanbul, c. 1638
    16.4. Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq, The Court of Suleiman the Magnificent, 1581
    16.5. Janissaries' Muskets, c. 1750-1800

    Chapter 17 The Renaissance, New Sciences, and Religious Wars in Europe, 1450-1750
    17.1. Examination of Lady Jane Grey, London, 1554
    17.2. Sebastian Castellio, Concerning Whether Heretics Should be Persecuted, 1554
    17.3. Duc de Saint-Simon, The Daily Habits of Louis XIV at Versailles, c. 1715
    17.4. Giorgio Vasari, The Life of Michelangelo Buonarotti, 1550
    17.5. Galileo Galilei, Letter to the Grand Duchess Christina de' Medici, 1615

    Chapter 18 New Patterns in New Worlds: Colonialism and Indigenous Responses in the Americas, 1500-1800
    18.1. Hernán Cortés, Second Letter from Mexico to Emperor Charles V, 1522
    18.2. Marina de San Miguel's Confessions before the Inquisition, Mexico City, 1598-1599
    18.3. Nahuatl Land Sale Documents, Mexico, c. 1610s
    18.4. The Jesuit Relations, French North America, 1649
    18.5. The Salem Witch Trials, British North America, 1692

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