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Sources for World in the Making

Volume 2: Since 1300

Bonnie G. Smith, Marc Van De Mieroop, Richard von Glahn, and Kris Lane

Publication Date - 07 August 2018

ISBN: 9780190849344

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

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Includes more than 100 sources that give voice to both notable figures and everyday individuals


Edited by the authors of World in the Making and designed specifically to complement the text, this two-volume sourcebook includes more than 100 sources that give voice to both notable figures and everyday individuals. Every chapter includes an introduction and approximately six sources representing both major works and fresh perspectives. The "Contrasting Views" feature presents sources with divergent perspectives to foster comparative analysis.

About the Author(s)

Bonnie G. Smith is Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of History Emerita at Rutgers University.

Marc Van De Mieroop is Professor of History at Columbia University.

Richard von Glahn is Professor of History at University of California, Los Angeles.

Kris Lane is the France Vinton Scholes Chair in Colonial Latin American History at Tulane University.


"Sources for World in the Making provides the student with a contextualized, informed appreciation of the diversity of human experience over time, as told by many different historical actors. This book is a must for student-centered source-analysis curricula."--Timothy Howe, St. Olaf College

"The readers format is sure to promote student learning and insight. Chapter introductions and document headnotes are laudably concise and helpful for situating the source material. Discussion questions point out fresh interpretive approaches without being so simple as to foreclose thinking and discussion. 'Making Connections' questions offer an opportunity to enhance student understanding of the thematic considerations across each chapter."--Jared Poley, Georgia State University

Table of Contents

    Introduction to Students

    Part 2: Crossroads and Cultures, 500 -1450 C.E.

    Chapter 14: Collapse and Revival in Afro-Eurasia, 1300-1450
    14.1 | The Plague in Florence and Its Economic Effects
    Marchionne di Coppo Buonaiuti, Florentine Chronicle (c. 1370-1380)
    14.2 | The English Peasant Revolt
    Jean Froissart, Chronicles of England, France, Spain, and the Adjoining Countries (1400)
    14.3 | The Ming Emperor's Rules for Village Government
    Emperor Hongwu, The Placard of the People's Instructions (1398)
    14.4 | Religious Allegory in Persian Manuscript Illuminations
    Prince Humay Meets the Lady Humayun in Her Garden by Moonlight (Early Fifteenth Century)
    14.5 | The Fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Turks
    Nestor-Iskander, Tale of the Capture of Constantinople (c. 1500)
    14.6 | The Sultan of Mali
    Ibn Battuta, Rihla (1356)
    14.7 | Glorious Venice
    Marin Sanudo, In Praise of the City of Venice (1493)

    Part 3: The Early Modern World, 1450-1750

    Chapter 15: Empires and Alternatives in the Americas, 1430-1530
    15.1 | Aztec Sacrifice
    Florentine Codex (c. 1540-1560)
    15.2 | Aztec Child Rearing
    Codex Mendoza (c. 1540)
    15.3 | The Inca Huayna Capac's Final Days
    Juan de Betanzos, Narrative of the Incas (1557?)
    15.4 | Andean Religion
    Huarochirí Manuscript (c. 1600)
    15.5 | Jesuit Views on Huron Society
    Jesuit Relations (1632-1637)

    Chapter 16: The Rise of an Atlantic World, 1450-1600
    16.1 | "How They Sailed to the Land of the Blacks"
    Gomes Eannes de Azurara, During the Conquest of Guinea (1453)
    16.2 | Fearing Carib Cannibals
    Michele de Cuneo, News of the Islands of the Herperian Ocean (1495)
    Native Peoples and Conquistadors Narrate the Conquest of Mexico
    16.3 | Nahua Elders of Tlatelolco, Account of the Conquest of Mexico (c. 1540s)
    16.4 | Hernando Cortés, A letter to the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V (Charles 1 of Spain) (1519)
    16.5 | Bernal Díaz del Castillo, A Foot Soldier Recalls the March to Tenochtitlan (c. 1560)
    16.6 | Native Allies with a Grievance
    Nahua Nobles of Xochimilco, Letter to the King of Spain (1563)
    16.7 | A Captive in Brazil
    Hans Staden, True History (1557)

    Chapter 17: Western Africa in the Era of the Atlantic Slave Trade, 1450-1800
    17.1 | The Powerful Mali Dynasty
    Al-Sa'di, Mali and Its Provinces (c. 1655)
    17.2 | The Kebbi Kingdom
    Mulay Ahmad al-Mansur of Morocco, Letter to Kanta Dawud of Kebbi (c. 1591)
    17.3 | The Splendor of Benin
    Pieter de Marees, Description of the Situation and Character of the Great City of Benin (1602)
    17.4 | Thoughts on the Slave Trade
    Tomás de Mercado, On the Trade in the Blacks of Cape Verde (1569)
    17.5 | Observations of the Congo, Loango, and Angolan Kingdoms
    Pieter van den Broecke, Journal of Voyages (c. 1630)
    Alonso de Sandoval, On Restoring Ethiopian Salvation (1627)

    Chapter 18: Trade and Empire in the Indian Ocean and South Asia, 1450-1750
    18.1 | The Portugese Reach Sofala, Mozambique
    Martín Fernández de Figueroa, A Spaniard in the Portuguese Indies (1505)
    18.2 | A Thriving Kingdom in South India
    Duarte Barbosa,Description of Vijayanagara (1518)
    18.3 | The Founder of the Mughal Empire
    Emperor Babur, The Baburnama (1499-1519)
    18.4 | "Scenes from My Life"
    Emperor Jahangir, The Jahangirnama (1612-1621)
    18.5 | Makassar's Kingdom of Talloq: Islam, Guns, and a Golden Age
    Talloq Chronicle (c. 1660)
    18.6 | From London with Love
    English East India Company, Letters to Princes in Sumatra and Borneo (1734, 1740, 1744)

    Chapter 19: Consolidation and Conflict in Europe and the Greater Mediterranean, 1450-1750
    19.1 | Gunpowder and High Stakes: Ottomans Versus Prince Dracula
    Konstantin Mihailovic, Memoirs of a Janissary (1462)
    19.2 | Two Accounts of a Conflagration
    Marcantonio Barbaro, Fire Engulfs Istanbul (1569)
    Rabbi Yitzhaq ben Avraham 'Aqrish, Three Interpretations of Canticum Canticorum (c. 1575)
    19.3 | The Battle of Baghdad
    Iskander Munshi, History of Shah 'Abbas the Great (1625-1626)
    19.4 | The Global Spread of Scientific Knowledge
    Galileo Galilei, The Discovery of Jupiter's Moons (1610)
    Alvaro Alonso Barba, On the Number of Metals, and Places Where They Are Begotten (1640)
    19.5 | Life in an Early Modern German-Jewish Community
    Glücel of Hameln, Memoirs (1690)
    19.6 | Venice on a Ducat a Day
    Peter Tolstoi, Travel Diary (1698)

    Chapter 20: Expansion and Isolation in Asia, 1450-1750
    20.1 | Moscow in the Time of Ivan the Terrible
    Heinrich von Staden, The Land and Government of Muscovy (1578-1579)
    20.2 | Mountain Travels
    Hsü Hsia-k'o, Travel Diaries (1616)
    20.3 | China Under Siege
    Wang Xiuchu, The Qing Attack on Yangzhou (1645)
    20.4 | A German Visitor Describes Japan
    Engelbert Kaempfer, People You Meet on the Road in Japan andThe Prostitutes' Quarter of Nagasaki (1691)
    20.5 | Notes from a Korean Queen's Diary
    Lady Hong, Diary (c. 1750)
    20.6 | Manila: Global Commercial Crossroads
    Antonio de Morga, Account of the Philippine Islands (c. 1600)

    Chapter 21: Transforming New Worlds: The American Colonies Mature, 1600-1750
    21.1 | Arrival of the Japanese Embassy in Mexico City
    Domingo Chimalpahin,Annals (1610)
    21.2 | The Wealth of Spanish America
    María de Carranza and Nicolás de Guevara, Letters from the Spanish Indies (1589-1590)
    21.3 | Life in a Peruvian Convent
    Ursula de Jesús, Visions of the World to Come (c. 1650)
    Exploitation or Opportunity in the Peruvian Andes?
    21.4 | Guaman Poma de Ayala, The First New Chronicle (c. 1610)
    21.5 | Bernardo de Vargas Machuca, Defense of the Western Conquests (1618)
    21.6 | Description of Quebec City and a Christian Huron Village
    Pehr Kalm, Travels into North America (1749)
    21.7 | Runaway Slaves
    John G. Stedman, A Surinam Maroon Described (1790)

    Part 4: The World from 1750 to the Present

    Chapter 22: Atlantic Revolutions and the World, 1750-1830
    22.1 | The Enlightenment Among Artisans
    Jacques-Louis Ménétra, Journal of My Life (1764-1802)
    22.2 | The Spread of Enlightenment
    Sugita Gempaku, A Dutch Anatomy Lesson in Japan (1771)
    22.3 | An Egyptian's View of Napoleon and the French Invasion
    'Abd-al-Rahmân 'al-Jabarti, Diary (1798-1801)
    22.4 | Haiti and the Revolutionary Tradition
    The Haitian Constitution (1801)
    22.5 | Why an Argentine Lawyer Joined the Revolution Against Spain
    Manuel Belgrano, Autobiography (1814)

    Chapter 23: Industry and Everyday Life, 1750-1900
    23.1 | The Experience of Japanese Factory Life
    Song of the Living Corpses (1890s)
    23.2 | The Chinese Case Against Opium
    Edict of Commissioner Lin Zexu (1839)
    23.3 | Cholera Strikes Railway Workers in India
    Official Report to the British Government (c. 1889)
    Debates Over Industrialization
    23.4 | Adam Smith, Of the Division of Labor (1776)\
    23.5 | Friedrich Engels, The Condition of the Working Class in England (1844)
    23.6 | José Manuel Balmaceda, On the Need to Develop National Industry (1880s)
    23.7 | Li Hung-Chang, A Report to the Emperor: Problems of Industrialization (1872)

    Chapter 24: Nation-States and Their Empires, 1830-1900
    24.1 | Nation Building in the United States
    Abraham Lincoln, First Inaugural Address (March 4, 1861)
    24.2 | Imagining the Perfect Nation
    Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain, Sultana's Dream (1905)
    24.3 | A Place in the Sun
    Kaiser William II of Germany, Speech to the North German Regatta Association (1901)
    24.4 | Working for the Imperialists
    Roger Casement, Report on the Administration of the Independent State of the Congo (1903)
    24.5 | Amar Singh, Diary (1898-1901)

    Chapter 25: Wars, Revolutions, and the Birth of Mass Society, 1900-1929
    25.1 | Revolutionary Plans for the Mexican Future
    The Plan de Ayala (1910)
    25.2 | An Australian Soldier Fights for Britain
    E. P. F. Lynch, War Memoir (1916-1919)
    25.3 | Proclaiming the Soviet Alternative to War-Weary Russians
    V. I. Lenin, April Theses (1917)
    The Postwar Middle East
    25.4 | Sykes-Picot Agreement (1916)
    25.5 | The Balfour Declaration (1917)
    25.6 | Resolution of the General Syrian Congress at Damascus (1919)
    25.7 | The Mandate System Under the Covenant of the League of Nations (1919)
    25.8 | An Ally Critiques Atatürk
    Halide Edib Adivar, Dictatorship and Reform in Turkey (1929)

    Chapter 26: Global Catastrophe: The Great Depression and World War II, 1929-1945
    26.1 | Authoritarian Man of the People
    Getulio Vargas, New Year's Address (1938)
    Factory Worker Joana de Masi Zero, Reminiscences (1930s)
    26.2 | The Fate of Ethiopia
    Haile Selassie, Appeal to the League of Nations (1936)
    Kwame Nkrumah, Autobiography (1957)
    26.3 | India's Push for Independence
    Mohandas Gandhi, Quit India Declaration (1942)
    26.4 | The Battle of Stalingrad
    Vera Ivanovna Malakhova, Interview (1990s)
    26.5 | Hope for the Postwar Future
    United Nations, Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948)

    Chapter 27: The Emergence of New Nations in a Cold War World, 1945-1970
    27.1 | Decolonizing the Suez Canal
    Gamal Abdel Nasser, Denouncement of the Proposal for a Canal Users' Association (1956)
    27.2 | A Meeting of Emerging Nations
    President Sukarno of Indonesia, Speech at the Opening of the Bandung Conference (1955)
    Richard Wright, The Color Curtain: A Report on the Bandung Conference (1956)
    27.3 | Consumerism and the Cold War
    British Advertisement (1950s) and Soviet Fashion Spread (1957)
    27.4 | Literature after Empire
    Flora Nwapa Efuru (1966)
    The Cold War and Latin America
    27.5 | Dean Acheson, Waging Peace in the Americas (1949)
    27.6 | Nikita Khrushchev, Speech to the RFSR Teacher's Congress (1960)
    27.7 | John F. Kennedy, The Lesson of Cuba (1961)
    27.8 | Fidel Castro, Second Declaration of Havana (1962)

    Chapter 28: A New Global Age, 1980s to the Present
    28.1 | A New Regime in Iran
    Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, The Uprising of Khurdad 15 (1979)
    28.2 | The Collapse of Communism
    Dirk Philipsen, Interviews with Industrial Workers (1990)
    28.3 | The Toll of AIDS on Africa
    Justice Edwin Cameron, The Deafening Silence of AIDS (2000)
    28.4 | Sweatshop Warriors
    Rojana Cheunchujit, Interview (1990s)
    28.5 | Wangari Maathai and Mary Robinson, Women Can Lead the Way in Tackling Development and Climate Challenges Together