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World History: The Basics

By Peter N. Stearns

© 2011 – Routledge

202 pages

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About the Book

World History has rapidly grown to become one of the most popular and talked about approaches to the study of history. World History: The Basics introduces this fast-growing field and addresses key questions such as:

  • What is world history?
  • How do we study a subject with such a broad geographic and chronological range?
  • Why has world history been controversial?

Written by one of the founders of the field and addressing all of the major issues including time, place, civilizations, contact, themes and more, this book is both an ideal introduction to world history and an important statement about the past, present and future of the field.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: what and why is world history? 2. A World History Skeleton 3. Habits of Mind in World History 4. Managing Time: Choosing and Evaluating World History Periods 5. Managing Space: Choosing and Evaluating World History Regions 6. Managing Space and Time: Civilizations 7. Contacts and the Structure of World History 8. Topics in World History 9. Disputes in World History 10. World History in the Contemporary Era. Glossary

About the Author

Peter N. Stearns is Provost and Professor of History at George Mason University. He is Series Editor for Routledge's Themes in World History and founder and editor of the Journal of Social History.

About the Series

The Basics

The Basics is a highly successful series of accessible guidebooks which provide an overview of the fundamental principles of a subject area in a jargon-free and undaunting format.

Intended for students approaching a subject for the first time, the books both introduce the essentials of a subject and provide an ideal springboard for further study. With over 50 titles spanning subjects from Artificial Intelligence to Women’s Studies, The Basics are an ideal starting point for students seeking to understand a subject area.

Each text comes with recommendations for further study and gradually introduces the complexities and nuances within a subject.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General