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2nd Edition

World History
Journeys from Past to Present

ISBN 9780415670005
Published September 4, 2012 by Routledge
768 Pages

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Book Description

World History: Journeys from Past to Present uses common themes to present an integrated and comprehensive survey of human history from its origins to the present day. By weaving together thematic and regional perspectives in coherent chronological narratives, Goucher and Walton transform the overwhelming sweep of the human past into a truly global story that is relevant to the contemporary issues of our time.

Revised and updated throughout, the second edition of this innovative textbook combines clear chronological progression with thematically focused chapters divided into six parts as follows:

PART 1. EMERGENCE (Human origins to 500 CE)

PART 2. ORDER (1 CE-1500 CE)





The expanded new edition features an impressive full-color design with a host of illustrations, maps and primary source excerpts integrated throughout. Chapter opening timelines supply context for the material ahead, while end of chapter questions and annotated additional resources provide students with the tools for independent study. Each chapter and part boasts introductory and summary essays that guide the reader in comprehending the relevant theme.

In addition, the companion website offers a range of resources including an interactive historical timeline, an indispensable study skills section for students, tips for teaching and learning thematically, and PowerPoint slides, lecture material and discussion questions in a password protected area for instructors. This textbook provides a basic introduction for all students of World History, incorporating thematic perspectives that encourage critical thinking, link to globally relevant contemporary issues, and stimulate further study.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Acknowledgements. Preface. PART 1: Emergence. 1. Human Migration: World History in Motion 2. Technology and Environment: Transformations in World History 3. Cities and City Life in World History 4. Ideas and Power: Goddesses, Kings and Sages PART 2: Order 5. The Spread of World Religions, Missionaries, Merchants and Monarchs 6. Making a Living: World Economies 7. Family Matters: Gender, Family and Household 8. Ties that Bind: Lineage, Clientage and Caste 9. Early Empires PART 3. Connections 10. Connections Across Land and Sea 11. Cultural Memory: Transmitting Traditions 12. Commerce and Change: Creating a World PART 4: Bridging Worlds 13. Commerce and Change: Building a World System 14 Traditions and their Transformations 15. Maritime Worlds: The Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Ocean Worlds 16. Landings: Boundaries, Frontiers and Encounters PART 5: Transforming Lives 17. Crucibles of Change: Material Worlds and Social Lives 18. The Nation-State, Nationalism and Revolution 19. The Industrial Revolution and its Global Consequences PART 6. Forging a Global Community 20. Tentacles of Empire: The New Imperialism and New Nationalisms, 1800-1914 21. Global Order and Disorder: War and Peace 22. Resistance and Revolution in the Long Twentieth Century 23. The New Globalization: Technology and the Environment 24. Globalization, World History, and Human Identity PART 7: Summary. Glossary. Index

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Candice Goucher is Professor of History at Washington State University, Vancouver. Linda Walton is Professor of History at Portland State University, Oregon.


"This book dares to imagine world history (and the world) differently. With verve and originality, the authors journey across the enormous landscape of world history. Each thematic foray brilliantly illuminates our human experience from prehistory to the twenty-first century ... a refreshing change of pace [and]must reading for students interested in world history beyond the textbook." - Anand A. Yang, Golub Chair of International Studies, University of Washington, USA

"Truly deserves the term tour de force ... A history of the world fit for today's global citizens, highlighting the connections, interactions, migrations and cross-fertilizations that shape our extremely impressive piece of work."  – Anne Gerritsen, Warwick University, UK

"A cutting edge rethinking of world history that brings out its underlying themes and dynamics with force and clarity.... It deserves a place on every teacher's book shelf and in every high school and college library." - Peter Winn, Tufts University, USA

"Concise and focussed, it is especially appropriate for freshman level because of the coverage and scope, and also useful at the graduate level to demonstrate how a thematic structure compares to a more chronological approach." – Dorothea Martin, Appalachian State University, USA

"An excellent overview of world historical development. The narrative is clear, coherent and persuasive. It should be read by all who are interested in world history." – Joseph M. Fernando, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur