Eleventh Edition   ©2018

A History of World Societies, Value Edition, Volume 2

Since 1450

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: 1-319-05930-9; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-05930-9; Format: Paper Text, 656 pages

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


Narrative updates incorporate the latest scholarship. Updates to the Eleventh Edition include: more about Byzantium, Hungary, the Balkans, and the Ottomans (chapters 14-15); more about technology acquisition and the roll of technology in European exploration and more comparing Portuguese and Spanish colonization (chapter 16); the "Little Ice Age" has been placed in global context and more information has been added on the economic and social crises and the popular revolts that occurred in Europe and Asia partly as a result of the climate change (chapter 18); new coverage on the religious repression of Huguenots under Louis XIII and Cardinal Richelieu (chapter 18); new material on differences among English, Spanish, and French interactions with indigenous people in the Americas as well as more about the Indians who allied with the French (chapter 18); reorganized and expanded coverage of the Enlightenment with two new sections covering major thinkers, currents of Enlightenment thought, key debates, global aspects of Enlightenment thought, and the role of women (chapter 19); new coverage of how colonial contact forged European national identities (Spanish, French, English) as well as "Indian" and "African" identities (chapter 19); revised coverage of Latin American Revolutions with more on the background to the revolutions, the emergence and spread of liberal political ideas, the abolition of slavery, and the events of the revolutions in different parts of Latin America (chapter 22); new material on the Congress of Vienna and the new "neutral" states of some territories, the neglect of small states, subject peoples, and the question of the future of the European territories of the Ottoman Empire (chapter 24); revised and expanded coverage of social and economic conflicts that helped spark the 1848 revolutions (chapter 24); revised discussion of export-led growth in the Americas giving added focus to social movements (chapter 27); a sharpened focus on the Cold War as a global phenomenon, enhanced discussion of U.S. intervention in Guatemala and of the Cuban Revolution, enhanced discussion of the Vietnam War as a conflict with global ramifications, and revised treatment of the post-war reconstruction of Japan (chapter 31); updated discussion of the European Union in the context of the Greek economic crisis, the refugee crisis, and Britain’s vote to exit the European Union (chapter 32); expanded discussion of China’s emergence as a global economic power and updated treatment of the Arab Spring (chapter 32); updated and expanded discussion of nuclear proliferation, global health in the context of the Zika outbreak, the role of the Islamic State (ISIS) in the contemporary Middle East, the refugee crisis in Europe, and smartphone use in developing world (chapter 33).

More source-based questions in the test bank, LaunchPad , and the LearningCurve adaptive learning tool give instructors easier ways to test understanding of sources. In this edition 10 percent of test bank and LearningCurve

A new edition of the companion source reader is now available in print as well as in LaunchPad. Sources for World Societies offers approximately 165 additional written and visual sources related to topics in each chapter of the text, giving instructors more primary source options to engage students. An exceptional value, the reader can be packaged with the text at no additional cost.

New ways 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 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 .

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