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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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Animals in World History

Animals in World History

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Helen Louise Cowie
December 18, 2024

This volume provides a concise synthesis of human-animal relations over time, charting shifting attitudes towards animals from domestication to the present day. It asks how non-human species have shaped human history, and how humans have reconfigured the animal world. Humans have had a long and ...

Water in World History

Water in World History

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Ellen F. Arnold
October 16, 2024

This book takes a thematic approach to the global history of water, covering a wide range of human interactions with water and the ways in which it carries both life and death. Water is one of the most common and valuable natural resources for the survival of individual people and civilizations. As...

Disasters in World History

Disasters in World History

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Benjamin Reilly
August 27, 2024

Disasters in World History surveys the development of disaster studies as a discipline as well as the historical case studies and theories used by historians to understand disasters. Disasters, here defined as the complex interaction between natural hazards and specific human vulnerabilities, have ...

The Atlantic Slave Trade in World History

The Atlantic Slave Trade in World History

2nd Edition

By Jeremy Black
February 05, 2024

Now in its second edition, The Atlantic Slave Trade in World History has been updated to include recent scholarship, and an analysis of how debates have changed in light of recent key events such as the Black Lives Matter movement.Primarily focused on the Atlantic Slave Trade, this study places ...

Globalization in World History

Globalization in World History

4th Edition

By Peter N. Stearns
November 03, 2023

In this fully revised fourth edition, this book treats globalization from several vantage points, showing how these help grasp the nature of globalization both in the past and today. The revisions include greater attention to the complications of racism (after 1500) and nationalism (after 1850); ...

The Environment in World History

The Environment in World History

2nd Edition

By Stephen Mosley
November 03, 2023

Now in its second edition and refreshed by a decade of new research, The Environment in World History uncovers the deep-rooted causes of interconnected climate, biodiversity, and ecological crises that have brought the environment to the top of the global political agenda in the twenty-first ...

Punishment in World History

Punishment in World History

1st Edition

By Peter N. Stearns
October 02, 2023

This book focuses on major changes in punishment patterns during the principal phases of world history, tracing continuities, reforms, and regional differences. Punishment in World History studies the official penalties enacted by governments throughout time, chronicling the limited courses of ...

The Turkic Peoples in World History

The Turkic Peoples in World History

1st Edition

By Joo-Yup Lee
July 31, 2023

The Turkic Peoples in World History is a thorough and rare introduction to the Turkic world and its role in world history, providing a concise history of the Turkic peoples as well as a critical discussion of their identities and origins. The "Turks" stepped on to the stage of history by ...

Food in World History

Food in World History

3rd Edition

By Jeffrey M. Pilcher
June 15, 2023

Now in its third edition, Food in World History explores culinary cultures and food politics throughout the world, from ancient times to the present day, with expanded discussions of industrialization, indigeneity, colonialism, gender, environment, and food and power. It examines the long history ...

Human Rights in World History

Human Rights in World History

2nd Edition

By Peter N. Stearns
December 30, 2022

This book takes a global historical perspective to trace the rise of human rights and their global impact from the 18th century to the present. This fully updated volume examines the complex relationships between Western concepts of human rights and developments in other world regions. After ...

Education in World History

Education in World History

1st Edition

By Mark S. Johnson, Peter N. Stearns
September 01, 2022

Education in World History shows how broad currents in transnational history have interacted with trends in educational organization and teaching practices over time. From antiquity and early classical societies to present day, this book highlights the ways in which changes in religious and ...

Modern Travel in World History

Modern Travel in World History

1st Edition

By Tom Taylor
June 28, 2022

Modern Travel in World History uses three themes–technology, mass movements and travelers–to examine the history of the modern world from the fifteenth-century transatlantic explorations to the impact of the global COVID pandemic of the twenty-first century. This book focuses on both the evolving ...

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