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World in the Making

A Global History, Volume Two: Since 1300

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

Publication Date - August 2018

ISBN: 9780190849245

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

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Retail Price to Students: $64.99

Balances coverage of global and local histories to show the interactions of the world's peoples over time and space


Featuring a renowned author team and the best recent scholarship, World in the Making: A Global History is the first world history text to explore both the global and local dimensions of world history. Abundant full-color maps and images, along with other special pedagogical features that highlight the lives and voices of the world's peoples, make this new synthesis accessible and memorable for students--all at an affordable low price.


  • Lives and Livelihoods features reinforce the book's superior social and cultural coverage and unique global/local approach
  • Counterpoint sections reveal that alternative histories have always existed alongside "master narratives"
  • Reading the Past and Seeing the Past features provide direct exposure to important voices and ideas of the past through written and visual primary sources
  • Opening vignettes draw students into the atmosphere of the period and introduce the chapter's main themes
  • Backstory sections remind students of where they last encountered the peoples discussed in the chapter
  • Overview Questions frame the main issues to consider while reading, while Focus Questions guide students' comprehension and promote close reading and dynamic class discussion

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.


"World in the Making offers a true 'people's history,' retelling the stories of all of the world's people in a lively and manageable synthesis. While maintaining the important aspects of political and economic history of key civilizations, the text also focuses on the histories of ordinary people--including women and children--bringing its narrative more into line with recent scholarship. This emphasis on people who have been left out of world history is highlighted with extraordinary clarity in the 'Counterpoint' section in each chapter."--Rick Warner, Wabash College, past president of the World History Association

"Often, world history textbooks analyze the past using a top-down approach, emphasizing political and military history, and paying most attention to 'great men' in history. One of the exceptional strengths of World in the Making is its focus on cultural and social history and its analysis of social hierarchies based on gender, race, and class."--Kris Alexanderson, University of the Pacific

"This is a terrific book that is conceptually strong and helps students to understand the world we live in today. It is especially effective in weaving together the stories of men and women of different races and classes throughout the narrative."--Nancy Fitch, California State University at Fullerton

"World in the Making offers a compelling use of major world history themes. Its innovative focus interweaves various peoples and cultures seamlessly throughout the text. The diverse array of peoples embedded within each chapter helps students see larger historical patterns and introduces them to potentially unknown cultures."--Rebecca Hayes, Northern Virginia Community College

Table of Contents

    List of Maps
    Studying with Maps
    Special Features
    Note on Dates and Spelling
    About the Authors

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

    14. Collapse and Revival in Afro-Eurasia 1300-1450
    Fourteenth-Century Crisis and Renewal in Eurasia
    The "Great Mortality": The Black Death of 1347-1350
    Rebuilding Societies in Western Europe 1350-1492
    Ming China and the New Order in East Asia 1368-1500
    Islam's New Frontiers
    Islamic Spiritual Ferment in Central Asia 1350-1500
    Ottoman Expansion and the Fall of Constantinople 1353-1453
    Commerce and Culture in Islamic West Africa
    Advance of Islam Maritime Southeast Asia
    The Global Bazaar
    Economic Prosperity and Maritime Trade in Asia 1350-1450
    China's Overseas Overture: The Voyages of Zheng He 1405-1433
    Commerce and Culture in the Renaissance
    COUNTERPOINT Age of the Samurai in Japan 1185-1450
    "The Low Overturning the High
    The New Warrior Order

    Conclusion | Review

    Special Features
    Reading the Past:
    A Spanish Ambassador's Description of Samarkand
    Lives and Livelihoods:
    Urban Weavers in India
    Seeing the Past:
    Leonardo da Vinci's Virgin on the Rocks

    Part 3: The Early Modern World, 1450-1750

    15. Empires and Alternatives in the Americas 1430-1530
    Many Native Americas
    Tributes of Blood: The Aztec Empire 1325-1521
    Humble Origins, Imperial Ambitions
    Enlarging and Supplying the Capital
    Holy Terror: Aztec Rule, Religion, and Warfare
    Daily Life Under the Aztecs
    The Limits of Holy Terror
    Tributes of Sweat: The Inca Empire 1430-1532
    From Potato Farmers to Empire Builders
    The Great Apparatus: Inca Expansion and Religion
    Daily Life Under the Incas
    The Great Apparatus Breaks Down
    COUNTERPOINT The Peoples of North America's Eastern Woodland s 1450-1530

    Conclusion | Review

    Special Features
    Seeing the Past:
    An Aztec Map of Tenochtitlán
    Lives and Livelihoods:
    The Aztec Midwife
    Reading the Past:
    An Andean Creation Story

    16. The Rise of an Atlantic World 1450-1600
    Guns, Sails, and Compasses: Europeans Venture Abroad
    Motives for Exploration
    Technologies of Exploration
    Portugal Takes the Lead
    New Crossroads, First Encounters: The European Voyages of Discovery 1492-1521
    Christopher Columbus in a New World
    From Independence to Servitude: The Encomienda System
    Columbus's Successors
    The Columbian Exchange
    Spanish Conquests in the Americas 1519-1600
    The Fall of Aztec Mexico
    The Fall of Inca Peru
    The Conquest: Myths and Realities
    A New Empire in the Americas: New Spain and Peru 1535-1600
    American Silver and the Global Economy
    American Silver and Everyday Life
    Brazil by Accident: The Portuguese in the Americas 1500-1600
    Native Encounters and Foreign Competitors
    Bitter Sugar: Slavery and the Plantation Complex in the Early Atlantic World 1530-1600
    COUNTERPOINT The Mapuche of Chile: Native America's Indomitable State
    A Culture of Warfare
    Uprisings Against the Spanish

    Conclusion | Review

    Special Features
    Reading the Past:
    Tlatelolcan Elders Recall the Conquest of Mexico
    Seeing the Past:
    Malintzin and the Meeting Between Moctezuma and Cortés
    Lives and Livelihoods:
    Atlantic Sugar Producers

    17. Western Africa in the Era of the Atlantic Slave Trade 1450-1800
    Many Western Africas
    Landlords and Strangers: Peoples and States in West Africa
    Empire Builders and Traders
    Sculptors and Priest-Kings
    Land of the Blacksmith Kings: West Central Africa
    Farmers and Traders
    Smiths and Kings
    Strangers in Ships: Gold, Slavery, and the Portuguese
    From Voyages of Reconnaissance to Trading Forts 1415-1650
    Portuguese Strategy in the Kingdom of Kongo
    Portuguese Strategy in Angola
    Northern Europeans and the Expansion of the Atlantic Slave Trade 1600-1800
    The Rise and Fall of Monopoly Trading Companies
    How the Mature Slave Trade Functioned
    The Middle Passage
    Volume of the Slave Trade
    COUNTERPOINT The Pygmies of Central Africa
    Life in the Congo Rain Forest
    Pygmy-Bantu Relations

    Conclusion | Review

    Special Features
    Lives and Livelihoods:
    West Africa's Gold Miners
    Seeing the Past:
    Art of the Slave Trade: A Benin Bronze Plaque
    Reading the Past:
    Alonso de Sanoval, "General Points Relating to Slavery"

    18. Trade and Empire in the Indian Ocean and South Asia 1450-1750
    Trading Cities and Inland Networks: East Africa
    Port Towns and Beginnings
    Indian Ocean Connections
    Links to the Interior
    Trade and Empire in South Asia
    Vijayanagara's Rise and Fall 1336-1565
    The Power of the Mughals
    Gunpowder Weapons and Imperial Consolidation 1500-1763
    Everyday Life in the Mughal Empire
    European Interlopers
    Portuguese Conquistadors 1500-1600
    The Dutch and English East India Companies
    COUNTERPOINT Aceh: Fighting Back in Southeast Asia
    The Differing Fortunies of Aceh and Melaka
    Aceh, "the Veranda of Mecca"

    Conclusion | Review

    Special Features
    Reading the Past:
    Portuguese Report of a Vijayanagara Festival
    Seeing the Past:
    Reflections of the Divine in a Mughal Emerald
    Lives and Livelihoods:
    Cinnamon Harvesters in Ceylon

    19. Consolidation and Conflict in Europe and the Greater Mediterranean 1450-1750
    The Power of the Ottoman Empire
    Tools of Empire
    Expansion and Consolidation
    Daily Life in the Ottoman Empire
    Europe Divided 1500-1650
    Everyday Life in Early Modern Europe
    Protestant and Catholic Reformations
    Imperial Spain and Its Challenges
    The Seventeenth-Century Crisis
    European Innovations in Science and Government 1550-1750
    The Scientific Revolution
    The Emergence of Capitalism
    New Political Models: Absolutism and Constitutionalism
    COUNTERPOINT The Barbary Pirates
    Reign of the Sea Bandits
    The Barbary Wars

    Conclusion | Review

    Special Features
    Lives and Livelihoods:
    Ottoman Coffeehouse Owners and Patrons
    Seeing the Past:
    Gift Clocks for the Emperors of China
    Reading the Past:
    An Exiled European Muslim Visits the Netherlands

    20. Expansion and Isolation in Asia 1450-1750
    Straddling Eurasia: Rise of the Russian Empire 1462-1725
    Consolidation in Muscovite Russia
    The Romanovs' New Frontiers
    China from Ming to Qing Rule 1500-1800
    Late Ming Imperial Demands and Private Trade
    Manchu Expansion and the Rise of the Qing Empire
    Everyday Life in Ming and Qing China
    The Flourishing of Art and Culture
    Japan in Transition 1540-1750
    Rise of the Tokugawa Shogunate and the Unification of Japan
    Everyday Life and Culture in Tokugawa Japan
    Emergence of a National Culture
    Korea, a Land in Between 1392-1750
    Capital and Countryside
    Everyday Life in Choson Korea
    Consolidation in Mainland Southeast Asia 1500-1750
    Political Consolidation
    Commercial Trends
    COUNTERPOINT "Spiritual Conquest" in the Philippines
    Arrival of the Spanish
    The Limits of "Spiritual Conquest"

    Conclusion | Review

    Special Features
    Lives and Livelihoods:
    Silk Weavers in China
    Seeing the Past:
    Ming Export Porcelain
    Reading the Past:
    Scenes from the Daily Life of a Korean Queen

    21. Transforming New Worlds: The American Colonies Mature 1600-1750
    The World That Silver Made: Spanish America 1570-1750
    Governing and Profiting from the Colonies
    Everyday Life in Spanish America
    Gold, Diamonds, and the Transformation of Brazil 1695-1800
    Boom Times for Colonial Brazil
    Everyday Life in Golden-Age Brazil
    Bitter Sugar, Part Two: Slavery and Colonialism in the Caribbean 1625-1750
    Pirates and Planters
    The Rise of Caribbean Slave Societies
    Growth and Change in British and French North America 1607-1750
    Experiments in Commercial Colonialism
    Everyday Life in Northern Colonies
    COUNTERPOINT The Maroons of Suriname
    From Persecution to Freedom
    Suriname's Distinctive Maroon Culture

    Conclusion | Review

    Special Features
    Seeing the Past:
    The Gentlemen from Esmeraldas
    Lives and Livelihoods:
    Caribbean Buccaneers
    Reading the Past:
    A Swedish Traveler's Description of Quebec

    Part 4: The World from 1750 to the Present

    22. Atlantic Revolutions and the World 1750-1830
    The Promise of Enlightenment
    A New World of Ideas
    Enlightenment and the Old Order
    Popular Revolts in an Age of Enlightenment
    Revolution in North America
    The British Empire and the Colonial Crisis, 1764-1775
    The Birth of the United States, 1775-1789
    The French Revolution and the Napoleonic Empire
    From Monarchy to Republic, 1789-1792
    War, Terror, and Resistance, 1792-1799
    Napoleon's Reign, 1799-1815
    Muhammad Ali and the Revolutionary Spirit in Egypt
    Revolution Continued in the Western Hemisphere
    Revolution in Haiti, 1791-1804
    Revolutions in Latin America, 1810-1830
    New Ideologies and Revolutionary Legacies
    COUNTERPOINT Religious Revival in a Secular Age
    Christianity's Great Awakening
    Government and Religion Allied

    Special Features
    Seeing the Past:
    Portrait of Catherine the Great
    Lives and Livelihoods:
    The Cowboy Way of Life
    Reading the Past:
    Phillip Wheatley, "On Being Brought from Africa to America"

    Conclusion | Review

    23. Industry and Everyday Life 1750-1900
    The Industrial Revolution Begins 1750-1830
    The Global Roots of Industrialization
    Great Britain: A Culture of Experimentation
    World Trade and the Rise of Industry
    The Technology of Industry
    Industrialization After 1830
    Industrial Innovation Gathers Speed
    Challenges to British Dominance
    Industrialization in Japan
    Economic Crises and Solutions
    The Industrial Revolution and the World
    The Slow Disintegration of Qing China
    Competition in West and South Asia
    A New Course for Africa
    Industry and Society
    The Changing Middle Class
    The New Working Class
    The Sexual Division of Labor
    The Culture of Industry
    Industry and Thought
    Industry and the Arts
    COUNTERPOINT African Women and Slave Agriculture
    Women and Farming in Africa
    Women Slaves in the North American South

    Conclusion | Review

    Special Features
    Lives and Livelihoods:
    Builders of the Trans-Siberian Railroad
    Seeing the Past:
    Japan's Industrious Society
    Reading the Past:
    Mexican Women on Strike

    24. Nation-States and Their Empires 1830-1900
    Modernizing Nations
    What Is a Nation?
    Latin American Nation-Building
    The Russian Empire's New Course
    A Unified Italy and a United Germany
    Expansion and Consolidation of the United States
    Dramatic Change in Japan
    Building Empires
    Imperialism: What Is It?
    Takeover in Asia
    Europeans Scramble for Africa
    Japan's Imperial Agenda
    Technology, Environment, and the Imperial Advantage
    Societies in an Age of Nations and Empires
    Changing Conditions of Everyday Life
    Migrants and Diasporas
    Migrating Cultures
    COUNTERPOINT Outsiders Inside the Nation-State
    Racial and Ethnic Difference
    The Struggle for Citizens' Rights
    Conclusion | Review

    Special Features
    Reading the Past:
    The Russian People Under Serfdom
    Lives and Livelihoods:
    Indentured Servitude
    Seeing the Past:
    The Korean Flag

    25. Wars, Revolutions, and the Birth of Mass Society 1900-1929
    Imperial Contests at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century
    Clashes for Imperial Control
    Growing Resistance to Foreign Domination
    From Revolutions and Local Wars to World War
    Revolutionaries and Warriors: Mexico, China, and the Balkans
    Fighting World War I
    Citizens at War: The Home Front
    Revolution in Russia and the End of World War I
    The Russian Revolution
    Ending the War: 1918
    Postwar Global Politics
    The Paris Peace Conference, 1919-1920
    Struggles for Reform and Independence
    Colonial Protest and Imperial Expansion
    An Age of the Masses
    Mass Society
    Culture for the Masses
    Mobilizing the Masses
    COUNTERPOINT A Golden Age for Argentineans
    A Flourishing Economy and Society
    Golden-Age Culture
    Conclusion | Review

    Special Features
    Seeing the Past:
    Wartime Propaganda
    Reading the Past:
    Léopold Sédar Senghor, To the Senegalese Soldiers Who Died for France
    Lives and Livelihoods:
    The Film Industry

    26. Global Catastrophe: The Great Depression and World War II 1929-1945
    1929: The Great Depression Begins
    Economic Disaster Strikes
    Social Effects of the Great Depression
    Protesting Poverty

    Militarizing the Masses in the 1930s
    The Rise of Stalin
    Japanese Expansionism
    Hitler's Rise to Power
    Democracies Mobilize
    Global War 1937-1945
    Europe's Road to War
    The Early Years of the War, 1937-1943
    War and the World's Civilians
    From Allied Victory to the Cold War 1943-1945
    The Axis Defeated
    Postwar Plans and Uncertainties
    COUNTERPOINT Nonviolence and Pacifism in an Age of War
    Traditional Tactics: The Example of Nigerian Women
    Gandhi and Civil Disobedience

    Conclusion | Review

    Special Features
    Reading the Past:
    "Comfort Women" in World War II
    Lives and Livelihoods:
    Soldiers and Soldiering
    Seeing the Past:
    Technological Warfare: Civilization or Barbarism?

    27. The Emergence of New Nations in a Cold War World 1945-1970
    World Politics and the Cold War
    The New Superpowers
    The Cold War Unfolds 1945-1962
    The People's Republic of China 1949
    Proxy Wars and Cold War Alliances
    Decolonization and the Birth of Nations
    The End of Empire in Asia
    The Struggle for Independence in the Middle East
    New Nations in Africa
    World Recovery in the 1950s and 1960s
    Advances in Technology and Science
    The Space Age
    A New Science Revolution
    Expanding Economic Prosperity
    Building and Rebuilding Communism
    Cultural Dynamism amid Cold War
    Confronting the Heritage of World War
    Cold War Culture
    Liberation Culture
    COUNTERPOINT The Bandung Conference 1955
    Shared Goals
    Divisive Issues

    Conclusion | Review

    Special Features
    Lives and Livelihoods:
    Cosmonauts and Astronauts
    Seeing the Past:
    African Liberation on Cloth
    Reading the Past:
    The Great Leap Forward in China

    28. A New Global Age 1989 to the Present
    Ending the Cold War Order
    A Change of Course in the West
    The Collapse of Communism in the Soviet Bloc
    Regions and Nations in a Globalizing World
    North Versus South
    Advancing Nations in the Global Age
    The Pacific Century?
    Global Livelihoods and Institutions
    Global Networks and Changing Jobs
    Beyond the Nation-State
    Global Culture
    The Promises and Peril of Globalization
    Environmental Challenges
    Population Pressures and Public Health
    Worldwide Migration
    Terrorism Confronts the World
    Global Economic Crisis and the Rise of Authoritarian Politicians
    COUNTERPOINT Defending Local Identity in a Globalizing World
    Ethnic Strife and Political Splintering
    Movements to Protect Tradition

    Conclusion | Review

    Special Features
    Reading the Past:
    Testimony to South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission
    Seeing the Past:
    The Globalization of Urban Space
    Lives and Livelihoods:
    Readers of the Qur'an

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