Eleventh Edition   ©2018

A History of World Societies, Combined Volume

Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) , Patricia Buckley Ebrey (University of Washington) , Roger B. Beck (Eastern Illinois University) , Jerry Davila (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) , Clare Haru Crowston (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) , John P. McKay (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-05895-7; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-05895-1; Format: Paper Text, 1152 pages

  • Podcast

    Merry Wiesner-Hanks talks about changes to the 11th Edition of A History of World Societies


The signature focus on social and cultural history and a readable, accessible narrative brings history to life for students. A History of World Societies uses vibrant social history to introduce students to the global past. The time-tested regional organization with global reach acquaints students with different parts of the world and helps them understand global connections.

Special features and a wealth of primary sources—more than in any other world history text—introduce students to historical interpretation. Students connect to the past through approximately 300 written and visual primary sources—nearly double the number since the last edition—in the document features "Analyzing the Evidence," "Global Viewpoints," and "Thinking like a Historian." "Individuals in Society" biographical portraits highlight the lives of both elite and common people, and further the book’s attention to social and cultural developments while reflecting growing interest in micro-history. In addition, Sources of World Societies, the companion reader, offers approximately five additional primary documents per chapter. These engaging features and sources are fully assignable and assessable in LaunchPad.

Rich pedagogical support keeps students focused and builds historical thinking skills. Section focus questions and marginal key term definitions help students keep the main ideas and terms in mind as they read, "Mapping the Past" activities promote geographic literacy, and "Connections" concluding essays tie the chapter at hand to related discussions elsewhere in the book and help students take a broad look at continuity and change. A revamped chapter review includes new "Make Connections" questions that encourage students to think comparatively within and across chapters.

The most current scholarship shows students the dynamic and ongoing work of history. Drawing on their own research and that of numerous experts, renowned scholars and veteran teachers Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks, Patricia Buckley Ebrey, Clare Haru Crowston, Roger B. Beck, Jerry Dávila, and John P. McKay, have incorporated the best and latest scholarship throughout.

LaunchPad helps you do more than you can with print alone. Free when packaged with the book, LaunchPad's course space and interactive e-book is ready to use as is, or can be edited and customized with your own material, and assigned right away. Developed with extensive feedback from history instructors and students, LaunchPad includes the complete narrative e-book, as well as abundant primary documents, maps, images, assignments, and activities. The aims of key learning outcomes are addressed via formative and summative assessment, short answer and essay questions, multiple choice quizzing, and LearningCurve, an adaptive learning tool designed to get students to read before they come to class. Available with training and support, LaunchPad can help you take your teaching into a new era.

LearningCurve ensures students come to class prepared. Tired of your students not reading the textbook? Would you like to know what they read and how much they understood—BEFORE they come to class? Assign LearningCurve, the adaptive learning tool created for your survey textbook in LaunchPad and the system’s analytics will show how your students are doing with the reading so that you can adapt your class as needed. Each chapter-based LearningCurve; activity gives students multiple chances to understand key concepts, return to the narrative textbook if they need to reread, and answer questions correctly. Over 90% of students report satisfaction with LearningCurve's fun and accessible game-like interface. LearningCurve appeals to students so that they engage with the textbook, and it helps you to know what they know before class begins.

A range of options offers convenience and value. In addition to the full textbook, this edition is also available for the first time in a conveniently smaller and lower-priced concise version with select features; discount-priced value, loose-leaf, and e-book formats; and in an interactive e-book format in the text’s dedicated version of LaunchPad, with all accompanying study resources fully integrated. LaunchPad is a complete course’s worth of material in a course space that makes everything assignable and assessable—and all for free when packaged with the textbook.