Eleventh Edition   ©2018

A History of World Societies, Concise, 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: 1-319-07011-6; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-07011-3; Format: Paper Text, 1024 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 studentsA 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.

Rich pedagogical support keeps students focused. Section focus questions help students keep the main ideas in mind as they read 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 companion reader offers students practice with primary source analysis. FREE when packaged, the companion reader, Sources of World Societies, offers 165 written and visual primary sources. Each chapter is organized around a specific topic and presents the perspectives of both well-known figures and ordinary individuals.

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 with additional special features from the comprehensive edition, 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 standard bound textbook, this edition is also available convenient discount-priced 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.

The option to customize your text with primary sources and skill tutorials make A History of World Societies the perfect fit for any course. The Bedford Document Collections for World History, found in the LaunchPad for A History of World Societies in “More Resources” and available to customize the print text, provides a flexible repository of discovery-oriented primary source projects ready to assign. Each curated project—written by a historian about a favorite topic—poses a historical question and guides students through analysis of the sources. Examples include “The Silk Road: Travel and Trade in Pre-Modern Inner Asia;” “The Spread of Christianity in the Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Centuries;” “The Singapore Mutiny of 1915: Understanding World War I from a Global Perspective;” and “Living through Perestroika: The Soviet Union in Upheaval, 1985-1991.” The Bedford Tutorials for History is a collection of brief units, each 16 pages long and loaded with examples, that guide students through basic skills needed for success in their world history courses, freeing instructors to spend class time focusing on content and interpretation. Addressing topics such as avoiding plagiarism, taking effective notes, and preparing writing assignments, these tutorials, or any of The Bedford Document Collection projects, can be used to customize your text. Up to two tutorials or modules can be added to the textbook at no additional cost. For more information about the tutorials, visit macmillanlearning.com/historytutorials