Themes in World History

Series Editor: Peter N. Stearns

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.

  • Aging in World History

    By David G. Troyansky

    In Aging in World History, David G. Troyansky presents the first global history of aging. At a time when demographic aging has become a source of worldwide concern, and more people are reaching an advanced age than ever before, the history of old age helps us understand how we arrived at the…

    Paperback – 2015-10-16 
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  • The Atlantic Slave Trade in World History

    By Jeremy Black

    In The Atlantic Slave Trade in World History, Jeremy Black presents a compact yet comprehensive survey of slavery and its impact on the world, primarily centered on the Atlantic trade. Opening with a clear discussion of the problems of defining slavery, the book goes on to investigate the Atlantic…

    Paperback – 2015-03-17
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  • Gender in World History

    3rd Edition

    By Peter N. Stearns

    Covering societies from classical times to the twenty-first century, Gender in World History is a fascinating exploration of what happens to established ideas about men, women, and gender roles when different cultural systems come into contact. The book breaks new ground to facilitate a consistent…

    Paperback – 2015-03-04
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  • Peace in World History

    By Peter N. Stearns

    In Peace in World History, Peter N. Stearns examines the ideas of peace that have existed throughout history, and how societies have sought to put them into practice. Beginning with the status of peace in early hunter-gatherer and agricultural societies, and continuing through the present day, the…

    Paperback – 2014-03-27
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  • Migration in World History

    2nd Edition

    By Patrick Manning

    This fully revised and updated second edition of Migration in World History traces the connections among regions brought about by the movement of people, diseases, crops, technology and ideas. Drawing on examples from a wide range of geographical regions and thematic areas, noted world historian…

    Paperback – 2012-09-05
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  • Alcohol in World History

    By Gina Hames

    From the origins of drinking to the use and abuse of alcohol in the present day, this global historical study draws on approaches and research from biology, anthropology, sociology and psychology. Topics covered include: the impact of colonialism alcohol before the world economy…

    Paperback – 2012-06-15
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  • Human Rights in World History

    By Peter N. Stearns

    Defended by a host of passionate advocates and organizations, certain standard human rights have come to represent a quintessential component of global citizenship. There are, however, a number of societies who dissent from this orthodoxy, either in general or on particular issues, on the basis of…

    Paperback – 2012-05-03
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  • Science in World History

    By James Trefil

    In Science in World History, James Trefil presents a comprehensive, thematic survey of the history of science from its roots in different cultures around the world through to the present day. He explores crucial milestones in scientific development and at the same time examines the enormous social…

    Paperback – 2011-11-09
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  • Agriculture in World History

    By Mark B. Tauger

    Civilization from its origins has depended on the food, fibre, and other commodities produced by farmers. In this unique exploration of the world history of agriculture, Mark B. Tauger looks at farmers, farming, and their relationships to non-farmers from the classical societies of the…

    Paperback – 2010-11-04
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  • Childhood in World History

    2nd Edition

    By Peter N Stearns

    Praise for the first edition: 'Those seeking a primer on the field... might well begin here' H-Childhood, H-Net Reviews 'a succinct and deft survey... Undoubtedly this book will be a godsend to teachers... In the assured hands of Stearns, with his readily accessible style, readers will come…

    Paperback – 2010-10-27
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  • The Environment in World History

    By Stephen Mosley

    Covering the last five hundred years of global history, The Environment in World History examines the processes that have transformed the Earth and put growing pressure on natural resources. Chapters and case studies explore a wide range of issues, including: the hunting of wildlife and the…

    Paperback – 2010-01-21
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  • Jews and Judaism in World History

    By Howard N. Lupovitch

    This book is a survey of the history of the Jewish people from biblical antiquity to the present, spanning nearly 2,500 years and traversing five continents. Opening with a broad introduction which addresses key questions of terminology and definition, the book’s ten chapters then go on to explore…

    Paperback – 2009-12-02
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  • Globalization in World History

    By Peter N. Stearns

    The idea of globalization is currently inescapable, though the term and the theory attached date back only to the 1990s. History helps clarify where globalization comes from, how it relates to broad processes of change, and why it rouses controversy. In Globalization in World History, Peter N.…

    Paperback – 2009-10-20
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  • Sexuality in World History

    By Peter N. Stearns

    'Expansive and accessible, Peter Stearns' Sexuality in World History offers a much needed introduction to histories of sexuality from a global perspective.' – Mary Spongberg- Head of Department of Modern History, Macquarie University, USA This book examines sexuality in the past, and explores how…

    Paperback – 2009-02-16
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  • Premodern Trade in World History

    By Richard L. Smith

    Trade and commerce are among the oldest, most pervasive, and most important of human activities, serving as engines for change in many other human endeavors. This far-reaching study examines the key theme of trading in world history, from the earliest signs of trade until the long-distance trade…

    Paperback – 2008-07-25
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  • Premodern Travel in World History

    By Stephen Gosch, Peter Stearns

    This book features some of the greatest travellers in human history – people who undertook long journeys to places they knew little or nothing about. From Roman tourists, to the establishment of the Silk Road; an epic trek round China and India in the seventh century, to Marco Polo and&…

    Paperback – 2007-11-14
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  • Poverty in World History

    By Steven M. Beaudoin

    A genuinely global survey of world poverty from 1500 to the present day, Poverty in World History focuses upon the period from around 1500 onwards when poverty became a global issue, and uses the process of globalization as the chief lens through which to study and understand poverty in world…

    Paperback – 2006-10-18
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  • The United States in World History

    By Edward J. Davies, II

    In this concise, accessible introductory survey of the history of the United States from 1790 to the present day, Edward J. Davies examines key themes in the evolution of America from colonial rule to international supremacy. Focusing particularly on those currents within US history that have…

    Paperback – 2006-06-15
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  • Consumerism in World History

    The Global Transformation of Desire, 2nd Edition

    By Peter N. Stearns

    This second edition of Consumerism in World History draws on recent research of the consumer experience in the West and Japan, while also examining societies less renowned for consumerism, such as those in Africa. By relating consumerism to other issues in world history, this book forces…

    Paperback – 2006-02-08
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  • Religion in World History

    The Persistence of Imperial Communion

    By John C. Super, Briane K. Turley

    In Religion and World History, distinguished authors John C. Super and Briane K. Turley examine the value of religion for interpreting the human experience in the past and present. They explore the elements of religion which best connect it to the cultural and political dynamics that have…

    Paperback – 2005-12-08
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  • Childhood in World History

    By Peter N Stearns, Peter N. Stearns

    Filling a gap in a field with very few teaching books available, Childhood in World History provides a much-needed historical overview. Studying childhood historically greatly advances our understanding of what childhood is about, and a world history focus permits broad questions to be asked. Peter…

    Paperback – 2005-11-15
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  • Food in World History

    By Jeffrey M. Pilcher

    Providing a comparative and comprehensive study of culinary cultures and consumption throughout the world from ancient times to present day, this book examines the globalization of food and explores the political, social and environmental implications of our changing relationship with food.…

    Paperback – 2005-10-18
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  • Sports in World History

    By David G. McComb

    This lively and clear survey provides a wide-ranging overview of the history of modern sports, covering such topics as: why human beings are athletes how the major modern sports came about and how they spread throughout the world with the help of enthusiastic individuals, sports organizations, the…

    Paperback – 2004-09-02
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  • Revolutions in World History

    By Michael D. Richards

    This broad comparative survey focuses on five big case studies, starting with the English Revolution in the seventeenth century, and going on to the Mexican, Russian, Vietnamese and Iranian Revolutions. Revolutions in World History traces the origins, developments, and outcomes of these revolutions…

    Paperback – 2004-04-01
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  • Asian Democracy in World History

    By Alan T. Wood

    Taking a comparative approach, Alan T. Wood traces the evolution of democracy from its origins in prehistoric times and describes democratic growth in thirteen Asian countries from Japan in East Asia to Pakistan in South Asia and examines key issues such as: * How does the democratic experience in…

    Paperback – 2003-11-13
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  • The Indian Ocean in World History

    By Milo Kearney

    Throughout history, dominance of the Indian Ocean has been a critical factor in defining a nation's supremacy and power. It is well known that it played a major part in the success of the Portugese nation at the start of the sixteenth century. In this concise survey, Milo Kearney shows how the…

    Paperback – 2003-10-09
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  • Western Civilization in World History

    By Peter N. Stearns

    Western civilization and world history are often seen as different, or even mutually exclusive, routes into historical studies. This volume shows that they can be successfully linked, providing a tool to see each subject in the context of the other, identifying influences and connections. Western…

    Paperback – 2003-08-28
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  • Disease and Medicine in World History

    By Sheldon Watts

    Disease and Medicine in World History is a concise introduction to diverse ideas about diseases and their treatment throughout the world. Drawing on case studies from ancient Egypt to present-day America, Asia and Europe, this survey discusses concepts of sickness and forms of treatment in many…

    Paperback – 2003-06-19
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  • Warfare in World History

    By Michael S. Neiberg

    Despite the catastrophic effects of war, wars have also proved to be instrumental to long-term change in world history This text is the first of its kind to survey how warfare has developed from ancient times to the present day and the role it has played in shaping the world we know. The periods…

    Paperback – 2001-08-30
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