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Themes in World History


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The Themes in World History series provides exciting, new and wide-ranging surveys of the important themes of world history. Each theme is examined over a broad period of time allowing analysis of continuities and change, and introduces students to historians' methods and debates in their context.

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Peasants in World History

Peasants in World History

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Eric Vanhaute
March 23, 2021

Peasants in World History analyzes the multiple transformations of peasant life through history by focusing on three primary areas: the organization of peasant societies, their integration within wider societal structures, and the changing connections between local, regional, and global processes. ...

Happiness in World History

Happiness in World History

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Peter N. Stearns
December 30, 2020

Happiness in World History traces ideas and experiences of happiness from early stages in human history, to the maturation of agricultural societies and their religious and philosophical systems, to the changes and diversities in the approach to happiness in the modern societies that began to ...

Agriculture in World History

Agriculture in World History

2nd Edition

By Mark B. Tauger
November 23, 2020

Now in its second edition, Agriculture in World History presents a unique exploration of farmers and farming, and their relationships to non-farmers and urban societies from the ancient world to the 21st century. From its origins, civilization has depended on the food, fiber, and other goods ...

Migration in World History

Migration in World History

3rd Edition

By Patrick Manning, Tiffany Trimmer
May 20, 2020

In this third edition of Migration in World History, Patrick Manning presents an expanded and newly coherent view of migratory processes, conveying new research and interpretation. The engaging narrative shows the continuity of migratory processes from the time of foragers who settled the earth to ...

Time in World History

Time in World History

1st Edition

By Peter Stearns
December 12, 2019

In this book, Peter Stearns presents the fascinating concept of time through a global historical lens. Covering both calendrical time and clock time, the volume shows how significant changes in conceptions of time are in world history, as they translate many key historical developments from ...

Globalization in World History

Globalization in World History

3rd Edition

By Peter N. Stearns
August 29, 2019

In this third edition of Globalization in World History, Peter Stearns explores the roots of contemporary globalization, examining shifts in the global flow of people, goods, and ideas as early as 1000 CE. Exploring how four moments in history have accelerated the process of globalization, Stearns’...

Neutrality in World History

Neutrality in World History

1st Edition

By Leos Müller
January 25, 2019

Neutrality in World History provides a cogent synthesis of five hundred years of neutrality in global history. Author Leos Müller argues that neutrality and neutral states, such as Switzerland, Sweden and Belgium, have played an important historical role in implementing the free trade paradigm, ...

Tolerance in World History

Tolerance in World History

1st Edition

By Peter Stearns
June 27, 2017

This volume draws together the many discrete studies of tolerance to create a global and comprehensive synthesis. In a concise text, author Peter Stearns makes connections across time periods and key regions, to help clarify the record and the relationship between current tolerance patterns and ...

Food in World History

Food in World History

2nd Edition

By Jeffrey M. Pilcher
June 05, 2017

The second edition of this concise survey offers a comparative and comprehensive study of culinary cultures and food politics throughout the world, from ancient times to the present day. It examines the long history of globalization of foods as well as the political, social, and environmental ...

Sexuality in World History

Sexuality in World History

2nd Edition

By Peter N. Stearns
February 15, 2017

This book examines sexuality in the past, and explores how it helps explain sexuality in the present. The subject of sexuality is often a controversial one, and exploring it through a world history perspective emphasizes the extent to which societies, including our own, are still reacting to ...

The Industrial Turn in World History

The Industrial Turn in World History

1st Edition

By Peter Stearns
September 20, 2016

In The Industrial Turn in World History, Peter N. Stearns presents a concise yet far reaching overview of the worldwide shift from agricultural societies to industrial societies over the past two centuries. Putting the implications for individuals and societies in global context while ...

Childhood in World History

Childhood in World History

3rd Edition

By Peter N Stearns
July 19, 2016

Taking a global look at what the category of childhood has meant from agricultural societies to the present day, Childhood in World History offers a vital overview of this topical field. Through comparative analysis, Peter Stearns facilitates a cross-cultural and transnational understanding of ...

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