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World Civilizations: The Global Experience : AP Edition/DBQ Update 4 Pck Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0131345027
ISBN-10: 0131345028
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The primary goal of World Civilizations: The Global Experience, Third Edition is to present a truly global history--one that both discusses the development of the world's leading civilizations and also emphasizes the major stages in the interactions among different peoples and societies. The book examines all the world's civilizations, including those in the Western tradition but also those civilizations sometimes neglected in world history texts--for example, the nomadic societies of Asia, Latin America, and the nations and states of the Pacific Rim. World Civilizations balances this discussion of independent developments in all the world's major civilizations with comparative analysis of the results of international contact. MARKET Appropriate for anyone interested in World History. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 925 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 4 Pck edition (May 6, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131345028
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131345027
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 8.2 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,238,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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39 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Bevan Lewis on July 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I've been reading and comparing a few global history texts, and this one is in another class. If you're wanting a chronological narrative treading the traditional origins, greek, egyptian, indus valley . . . pattern then this text will not please you. If you're after a well written and presented text combining a good synthesis of fact with thought provoking analysis then this IS for you! I can see perhaps why lecturers might go for other more factual texts if they want to look at the global past in different terms to this one, however I think they can't go wrong with the themes Stearns and co. explore. Its got that perfect balance of fact and analysis. The boxed features and lengthy document extracts fit in well, and the lists of sources are well worthwhile.
So yes, you WILL learn a lot from this book because instead of just providing a series of events, people, terms and dates to rote learn it will get you thinking about the themes of global history, and encourage you to compare, contrast and evaluate. Its also one of the few "World History" texts that isn't a Western Civilization history with a few extra chapters thrown in. It really looks at the whole world with a fresh view, including a variety of cultures and experiences. In the Classical era you'll recieve valuable insights into nomadic peoples, providing the opportunity to understand differing means of organising society and allowing worthwhile comparisons that actually enhance understanding the more well trodden ground of Greece, Rome etc. Other fascinating coverage in this vein includes chapters about migration and the spread of peoples (Africans, Slavs and Polynesians), a whole chapter on the Mongol empire and the independence and nationhood movements of Latin America.
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42 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Águila on September 13, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I have this book for AP World history, and I have read Michael Adas' (one of the authors of the book) essay on the "new" world history. The "new" world history emphasizes analysis and comparison between different civilizations, unlike the "old" history which emphasizes comprehensiveness and rote. This book does indeed teach along the lines of the "new" history, and I appreciate that it does not tread into the Euro-centrism or exceptionalism of America that most World History books diverge into.

However, I have some serious problems with this book. While the authors analyze many aspects of each civilization, I find them to be excessively politically correct. And while I find the political correctness irritating, that is not my biggest problem with this book.

My biggest problem is that this textbook is laden with factual errors. After reading just two chapters, I found dozens of errors, especially in the chapter on the Aztecs. Therefore, I do not know whether I can rely on this book as a source of information.

I hope Stearns et al. fix their mistakes. It is important to look at history in an analytical way, but one cannot analyze incorrect facts.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By RH on September 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am a World History AP teacher (10th grade) that is forced to use this book. I teach sophomore's and this book makes a lot of assumptions that students should know certain things, which sometimes they do- but not all of them. And it's a very confusing read. We've just finished Ch 4 over Greece & Rome. And in one chapter he covers Greece, Persia, Hellenistic culture and Rome and of course it's not in order he writes it by theme and flips between cultures. It's been very confusing for my students to read all on one page about the Roman Republic, Greece, Persia, Roman Empire, Persia, Greece, etc. It's rotten!! After reading it some of my kids (even the smart ones) weren't sure which was first historically the Roman Republic or Roman Empire. This book is a difficult read, I have to supplement a lot of the reading with other resources because they don't understand what Stearns is talking about. I would not recommend anyone willingly read this on their own- only if you're forced to in class, and then pray that you can have someone explain the main ideas! Maybe later versions are easier, but version 3 is NOT good.
Good Luck!!
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24 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 15, 2002
Format: Hardcover
While some may at first find this book to be daughting, or even uninformative, they would be surprised to learn that what the book presents is one of the most unbiased accounts of World History. As a student who was taught AP World History, I found the book to be incredible. Along with incredibly factual passages, the book also includes primary sources to aid learning. In additon, the book is completely unbiased; spending as much time if not more on African, Asian, and Western roots as it does on Rome, Egypt, or the Greeks. Also, the book spends extraordinay amounts of time discussing ALL of the civilizations of the world, not just the cut and dry topics that were explored in the years before. Despite what the other reviewer has said, this book is the most incredible source of history I have ever read, and should be standard in schools around the country. Regarding the expense, with a source as good as this, the cost is minimal. I found the book so helpful I actually purchased my own copy after I finished the cource.
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