Achieve Read & Practice for Ways of the World: A Brief Global History, Value Edition (Six-Months Access)
Fourth Edition   ©2019

Achieve Read & Practice for Ways of the World: A Brief Global History, Value Edition (Six-Months Access)

Robert W. Strayer , Eric W. Nelson

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-21683-8; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-21683-2; Format: Read and Practice

The Value Edition provides a high-quality text at an affordable price. For an enjoyable reading experience in print, the Value Edition provides a two-color, trade-size text featuring the unabridged narrative and select images and maps. And online in LaunchPad it includes much more—the abundant full-color maps, images, and features from the full-sized text enrich the narrative and a wealth of assignment and assessment tools allow instructors to foster and measure the learning outcomes they wish to emphasize in their courses. With the Value Edition, students and instructors will get all of the history they need at a price they can afford.

The thematic, comparative, and genuinely global narrative focuses on the big pictures of World History. Brief by design, the narrative avoids the overwhelming detail of many textbooks and emphasizes major developments and the larger contexts in which these developments took place. Broad themes include global commerce, the emergence of major religious traditions, industrialization, the rise and fall of totalitarian systems, technological innovations, and human impact on the environment. Part-opening essays set the stage for the chapters that follow and encourage students to make connections among the world's cultures.

A variety of learning tools help students focus.

  • Part-opening Big Picture essays preview the major developments that are covered in subsequent chapters.
  • Seeking the Main Point questions help students focus on the main themes.
  • Practicing Historical Thinking questions invite students to reflect on what they have learned to that point in the chapter.
  • Guided Reading Questions in the margins emphasize "comparison," "connection," and "change."
  • Chapter-ending Big Picture questions encourage student synthesis of the material.

A thoughtful and reflective approach to the global past challenges the idea that history is static and the textbook is a definitive account. Robert W. Strayer, a pioneer in the field of world history, and Eric W. Nelson, an innovative teacher, muse on the multiple meanings of history and the historian's craft. Students experience first-hand the process of reading historical evidence and making historical arguments.

  • At the end of each chapter, a short Reflections section raises provocative, sometimes speculative, questions about the craft of the historian and the unfolding of the human story.
  • New Controversies sections highlight debates about key historical issues: the beginnings of history, the origins of major religious traditions, the nature of empires, the idea of the Atlantic World, the Industrial Revolution, and the concept of globalization.

An affordable text that’s easy to supplement. Ways of the World offers a host of attractive packaging options. Achieve Read & Practice, LaunchPad, and the companion reader can be packaged for FREE and titles from the Bedford Series in History and Culture can be packaged at a significant discount.

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Achieve Read & Practice helps your students succeed. Free when packaged with the book, Achieve Read & Practice is the marriage of our LearningCurve adaptive quizzing and our mobile, accessible e-book, in one easy-to-use and affordable product. Read & Practice is easy for students and instructors to use and the LearningCurve quizzing within gives students a fun way to test their understanding of the reading. When Read & Practice is assigned, students come to class having read the materials and their course performance improves.

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