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.
More primary sources than ever with greater variety in each source project. To enrich inquiry, each Working with Evidence source project now includes 20 percent more primary sources—71 new—and now mixes both visual and written sources in each project. These enriched source projects include new sources such as images of Aboriginal rock art, an account from Chinese historian Sima Qian, graffiti of Pompeii, poetry from the early Islamic world, an excerpt from the Lindisfarne Gospel, Machiavelli on the Turkish state, a document on coffeehouse culture in the Ottoman Empire, a Socialist song, an Ethiopian response to colonialism, a Japanese propaganda poster, documents from Mexican feminists, a photograph of protest against the French ban of the burqa, and more.
New Historians’ Viewpoints features help students consider secondary sources with a critical eye. Offered once at the end of every chapter, each Historians’ Viewpoint includes two short passages from scholarly works that offer different perspectives of the topic covered in the Working with Evidence primary source feature. Designed to be used independently or in conjunction with the related primary sources, students reading Historians’ Viewpoints learn how historians consider evidence and arrive at their conclusions. Through accompanying questions students can engage in their own analysis.
New Controversies features 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.
New part and chapter visual timelines help students see how events relate to each other and emphasize the big picture. New "Landmarks" visual timelines for each part and each chapter allow students to see at a glance what was happening in various regions of the world during the same period of time. These timelines reinforce the book’s emphasis on understanding major processes and the big picture.
New Mapping History questions invite close scrutiny of the role of geography in world history. Many of the maps included in this fourth edition—typically two per chapter—now feature a Mapping History exercise accompanied by two levels of questions. “Reading the Map” requires students to examine the map carefully and “Making Connections” asks them to interpret its implications. 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.
More source-based questions in the test bank and in the LearningCurve adaptive learning tool in LaunchPad give instructors easier ways to test students on their understanding of sources in the book. In this edition, 10 percent of test bank and LearningCurve questions are based on sources, and each primary source in the text and in the reader comes with autograded multiple choice questions, giving instructors easy ways to assess students on more than the narrative.
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