World Civilizations: The Global Experience, Volume 1, 8th edition

  • Peter N. Stearns, 
  • Michael B. Adas, 
  • Stuart B. Schwartz, 
  • Marc Jason Gilbert

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World Civilizations: The Global Experience will help you make sense of the present and prepare to meet the challenges of the future. The text focuses on the interactions between major societies to present a truly global approach to world history. By emphasizing critical analysis of change and continuity on a world stage, the authors will help you become an active, engaged learner rather than a passive consumer of historical facts.

The 8th Edition has been revised to reflect the latest developments in historical research. Examples of updated topics include a fresh comparison of the Roman and Chinese empires, African actions in the era of emancipation, and the recent rise of populism and authoritarianism.

Published by Pearson (December 6th 2021) - Copyright © 2022

ISBN-13: 9780137589241

Subject: History

Category: World History Survey


Brief Table of Contents


  1. The Neolithic Revolution and the Birth of Civilization
  2. The Rise of Civilization in the Middle East and Africa
  3. Asia's First Civilizations: India and China


  1. Unification and the Consolidation of Civilization in China
  2. Classical Civilizations in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East
  3. Religious Rivalries and India's Golden Age
  4. Rome and Its Empire
  5. The Peoples and Civilizations of the Americas
  6. The Spread of Civilizations and the Movement of Peoples
  7. The End of the Classical Era: World History in Transition, 200-600 c.e.


  1. The First Global Civilization: The Rise and Spread of Islam
  2. Abbasid Decline and the Spread of Islamic Civilization to South and Southeast Asia
  3. African Civilizations and the Spread of Islam
  4. Civilization in Eastern Europe: Byzantium and Orthodox Europe
  5. A New Civilization Emerges in Western Europe
  6. The Americas on the Eve of Invasion
  7. Reunification and Renaissance in Chinese Civilization: The Era of the Tang and Song Dynasties
  8. The Spread of Chinese Civilization: Japan, Korea, and Vietnam
  9. The Last Great Nomadic Challenges: From Chinggis Khan to Timur
  10. The World in 1450: Changing Balance of World Power
  11. The World Economy

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