Robert W. Strayer
Eric W. Nelson
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Chapter 12: The Worlds of the Fifteenth Century
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Eric Nelson discusses updates to the new edition of Ways of the World.
New Controversies sections convey world history as a frequently contested conversation. Provided in one chapter in each of the book’s six parts, these essays 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. These essays help dispel the idea that any account of the past is truly definitive and instead promote the notion of history texts as works in progress that can be challenged.
A thoroughly revised Part 6 provides a global framework for the last century. The four chapters in Part 6 now treat the past century in truly global terms, moving beyond a Cold War framework organized to consider the western capitalist world, the communist world, and the Third World of developing countries. Chapters 20 and 21 examine milestone events such as the world wars, revolutions, the Cold War, decolonization, the demise of communism, and much more, and then Chapters 22 and 23 look at the major processes underlying these milestone events. Chapter 22 examines how the acceleration of technological innovation has been driver of a deeply interconnected world economy and of pervasive social change. Chapter 23 then spotlights the explosive growth of human population, global migration, cultural transformations, and the enormous impact of human activity on the world’s environment. Achieve Read & Practice puts the most affordable and easy-to-use e-book with built-in assessment into student hands, wherever they go. Available for the first time with this edition, Achieve Read & Practice’s interactive e-book, adaptive quizzing, and grade-book is built with an intuitive interface that can be read on mobile devices, and is fully accessible and available at a discounted price so anyone can use it. It comes pre-loaded with LearningCurve adaptive quizzing, which, when assigned, ensures students come to class prepared. Instructors can set due dates for reading assignments and LearningCurve quizzes in just a few clicks, making it an effective option for a simple and affordable way to engage students with the narrative.
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