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Voices of A People's History of the World

since 1400

Jeff Horn

Publication Date - December 2022

ISBN: 9780190640637

352 pages
7 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches

In Stock

Emphasizes the process of change over time from the ground up without losing the essential nature of history as "story."


History is only as good as its sources. Primary sources are a necessary and essential part of global history in part because of students' lack of familiarity with distant places and themes. But primary sources are even more fundamental to history from below. Whenever possible, this book uses the words of individuals who experienced or witnessed the event or issue under discussion.


  • Designed expressly to accompany A People's History of the World by Jeff Horn.
  • Carefully curated by Jeff Horn, the approximately 130 primary sources provide 6-9 documents per chapter.
  • Whenever possible, the sourcebook uses the words of individuals who experienced or witnessed the event or issue under discussion.
  • The selections encourage the comparison or synthesis of people's experiences in different cultures and regions and facilitate analysis of change over time.
  • Each source is accompanied by two discussion questions.

About the Author(s)

Jeff Horn is Professor of History at Manhattan College.

Table of Contents

    About the Editor
    How to Read a Primary Source

    Chapter 1. Isolation, Regionalism, and Exploration: The World in 1400
    1.1 Fei Xin, Description of the Starry Raft (1436)
    1.2 Nicolas V, Romanus Pontifex (1455)
    1.3 Gonzalez, "Journey through Khorassan" (1403)
    1.4 Pegolotti, Merchant Handbook (c. 1340)
    1.5 The Founding of Tenochtitlan
    1.6 Battuta, "On Hajj" (1326)

    Chapter 2. Religious Practice in the Modern World
    2.1 Deliberations of the Council of Constance: Sentence against John Hus (1415)
    2.2 Motoori Norinaga, "Kami" (1798)
    2.3 Rmakrishna, "The World as Seen by a Mystic" (1880s)
    2.4 Qutb, "Jihad in the Cause of God" (1964)
    2.5 Animal Sacrifice in the Book of Bereishit (Genesis)
    2.6 Spain's Efforts to Eliminate Idolatry in New Granada (1595)
    2.7 de la Masa on Santa Rosa of Lima (1617)
    2.8 Tri Hai, "Why We Must Revive Buddhism" (1938)

    Chapter 3. Imperialism and the Evolution of Empire, 1500-1800
    3.1 Capitulations of the Republic of Florence with the Sultan of Egypt (1488)
    3.2 de Champlain Fights for the Huron Against the Iroquois
    3.3 Letter from the Council of Huejotzingo to the King of Spain (1560)
    3.4 Spanish Requerimiento (1510)
    3.5 "Alonzo Ortiz Writes to His Wife, Leonor González" (1574?)
    3.6 Indigenous Rebellion in the Andes Mountains (1781)
    3.7 Tlaxcalan Conspirators

    Chapter 4. The Emergence and Spread of Gunpowder Empires: Political Change, 1500-1650
    4.1 The Sword Collection Edict
    4.2 Babur's Autobiography
    4.3 Emperor Jahangir, Policies Towards the Hindus
    4.4 Letter of Queen Ana Nzinga of Ndongo to the Governor General of Angola
    4.5 Dissension at the Diet of Worms (1521)
    4.6 Massacre of Protestants: Saint-Bartholomew's Day (24 August 1572)
    4.7 The Annals of the Cakchiquels by Francisco Hernández Arana Xajila

    Chapter 5. Life in Common: Community in the Modern World
    5.1 Achebe, Things Fall Apart (1958)
    5.2 Qing China: Sacred Edict
    5.3 Digest of Hindu Law (1797)
    5.4 Kingsley, "On Polygamy" (1894)
    5.5 Diallo, "Marriage in Bundu"
    5.6 A Marriage Annulment in Peru (1618)
    5.7 Shen Fu, Six Records of a Floating Life (1809)
    5.8 Menchú, "Childhood in Guatemala" (1983)
    5.9 Chua, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mom (2011)

    Chapter 6. The Exchange of Goods and Services: Trade
    6.1 Zhang Han, "On Merchants" (c. 1577)
    6.2 Pires, An Account of the East (1515)
    6.3 James Steuart, "An Inquiry into the Principles of Political Economy" (1767)
    6.4 Olivier on the Peoples of the Ottoman Empire
    6.5 The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (1948)
    6.6 Cover Critiques the WTO

    Chapter 7. Humans as Property: Slavery
    7.1 Park on War and Slavery in West Africa (1799)
    7.2 Yu Hyongwon on Abolishing Slavery
    7.3 Ramsey on West Indian Slavery (1784)
    7.4 Georgia Slave Code (1848)
    7.5 A Treaty Proposed by Slaves (1790)
    7.6 Barnet, Biography of a Runaway Slave
    7.7 Heyrick, Boycott Sugar to Free the Slaves (1824)
    7.8 King Osei Bonsu of Ashanti Defends the Slave Trade (1820)

    Chapter 8. Jockeying for Position: Political Change, 1650-1775
    8.1 Treaty of Karlowitz (1699)
    8.2 The Military Revolution and Its Limits in West Africa
    8.3 "To Live as They Had": Pedro Naranjo Explains the Pueblo Revolt (1680)
    8.4 Peace Treaty-the King of Spain and the Sultan of Jolo (1737)
    8.5 Treaty of Nerchinsk (1689)
    8.6 Frederick II, Political Testament (1752)
    8.7 Sévigné, Controlling the Nobility (1671-2)

    Chapter 9. Manufacturing a New World Economy, 1750-1914
    9.1 Conditions in the Mines (1842)
    9.2 Ure, "The Philosophy of Manufactures" (1835)
    9.3 List, "The National System of Political Economy" (1841-44)
    9.4 Alberdi, Proposals for the Economic Development of Argentina (1852)
    9.5 Treatment of Factory Workers in Japan
    9.6 Machine-breaking in Saxony (1848)

    Chapter 10. From Scarcity to Surplus: Modern Agriculture
    10.1 Equiano, Agriculture and Food in Guinea
    10.2 Inkan farming
    10.3 Enclosure and Crop Rotation in Essex (1794)
    10.4 Carson, Silent Spring (1962)
    10.5 Indigo Cultivation in Bengal (1860)
    10.6 Rural Life on the Margins in Japan (1935)
    10.7 Serfdom in Dzikov, Poland
    10.8 Román, A Strategy for Development (1985)

    Chapter 11. Creation and Collapse: Revolutions and Political Change, 1775-1860
    11.1 Voltaire, Treatise on Tolerance
    11.2 Olympe de Gouges, The Declaration of the Rights of Woman (September
    11.3 Mazzini, Manifesto of Young Italy (1831)
    11.4 Carl Schurz, "A Look Back at 1848"
    11.5 Virginia Declaration of Rights (1776)
    11.6 Letter from the Slaves of Martinique, 29 August 1789
    11.7 Simón Bolívar, "Letter from Jamaica" (1815)
    11.8 King Shaka Encounters European Firearms
    11.9 Quang Trung Emperor, Edict on Ascending the Throne (1788)

    Chapter 12. "Haves" and "Have Not's": Power Relations and Imperialism, 1800-Present
    12.1 Steam is Power: Exploring the Niger River (1832-34)
    12.2 De Lesseps, "Report to His Highness the Viceroy of Egypt" (25 March 1856)
    12.3 Russell on Massacres in India (1858)
    12.4 Casement Report on Congo (1903)
    12.5 de Gobineau, The Inequality of Human Races (1855)
    12.6 Kumalo on the British Conquest of the Ndbebele (1893)

    Chapter 13. New Forms of Control: Decolonization and Economic Dominance, 1775-1914
    13.1 Abd y Queipo on the Divisions in Mexican Society
    13.2 Palmerston on the Limitations on Morals in Economic Matters
    13.3 Salomé, "16th of August"
    13.4 Haiti's Rural Code (1826)
    13.5 Martí's Our America (1891)
    13.6 Ypsilantis' Proclamation of Revolt (1821)

    Chapter 14. Privation and Powerlessness in an Age of Plenty: Political Change, 1860-1945
    14.1 Selassie's Speech (1936)
    14.2 Kang Yuwei, "Memorial to the Emperor" (1898)
    14.3 King Prajadhipok's Abdication Statement (1935)
    14.4 "Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?"
    14.5 Palmer, The Case Against the "Reds"
    14.6 Archbishop Mariano Casanova, "God Distributes His Gifts Unequally" (1893)
    14.7 Wilson's 14 Points (1918)
    14.8 Adolf Hitler on Dealing with the Masses
    14.9 Armenian Survivors Bear Witness
    14.10 Primo Levi on Dehumanization

    Chapter 15. "Machines as the Measure of Men"? : The Changing Basis of Industrial Power, 1914-Present
    15.1 Renard on War Profiteering (1917)
    15.2 Scott, Behind the Urals (1942)
    15.3 Ji Yun, "How China Proceeds with the Task of Industrialization" (1953)
    15.4 Galeano, "Open Veins of Latin America" (1973)
    15.5 Ballinger, "The new free-trade heel: Nike's profits jump on the backs of Asian workers" (1992)
    15.6 Hengeveld, Nike's Hypocrisy (2016)

    Chapter 16. Paying for it All: Taxation and the Making of the Modern World
    16.1 Olivier, Ottoman Taxes the Greek Islands (1790s)
    16.2 King Mongkut, "The Establishment of the Kingdom" (1851)
    16.3 Ethiopian Tax Form for Military Requisition (1922)
    16.4 Hull, "Speech on the Income Tax" (1913)
    16.5 "Evidence of Mrs. Taylor in Sierra Leone on the Hut Tax War" (1888)
    16.6 England's "Act for the Relief of the Poor" (1601)
    16.7 Cahier of the Third Estate of Dourdan (1789)
    16.8 Gori, "14 killed in Bolivian riots" (2003)
    16.9 Piketty, Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2014)

    Chapter 17. The Age of the Superpowers: Political Change, 1945-2001
    17.1 A Newspaper Account of The Night of the Barricades (12-13 May 1968)
    17.2 Cerník, Recollections of the Crisis of 1968 (1989)
    17.3 Fanshen: Agrarian Revolution in China
    17.4 Chai Ling Interview during Tiananmen Square Protests (28 May 1989)
    17.5 The Covenant of the Islamic Resistance Movement or Hamas (1988)
    17.6 The Historic Program of the FSLN (Sandinista National Liberation Front) of Nicaragua
    17.7 Nkrumah, Neo-Colonialism: The Last Stage of Imperialism
    17.8 Alice Describes the Rwandan Genocide
    17.9 Universal Declaration of Human Rights

    Chapter 18. Left in the Lurch: Decolonization, 1914-Present
    18.1 Mustafa Kemal Atatürk Recalls the Turkish Revolution
    18.2 Ho Chi Minh, "Appeal Made on the Occasion of the Founding of the Indochinese Communist Party" (1930)
    18.3 Lumumba on Racism and Colonialism
    18.4 Bitter Tea in Mozambique
    18.5 Dirf on the Battle of Algiers
    18.6 Mohammed remembers Partition in the Punjab
    18.7 Kenyatta, "The Fable of the Elephant" (1938)

    Chapter 19. Anxieties and Opportunities in the Twenty-First Century
    19.1 Tarrant, "The Great Replacement" (2019)
    19.2 Public Opinion on Climate Change (2015)
    19.3 Zhou, "Caring for COVID-19 Patients in Wuhan" (2020)
    19.4 Religious Discrimination in Tunisia
    19.5 Morales, "From Coca to Congress" (2002)
    19.6 Preamble of the Platform of the U.S. Republican Party (2016, 2020)
    19.7 United Nations Proposals to Reduce Inequality Within and Among Countries (2014)

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