- Series: Available Titles CengageNOW
- Hardcover: 816 pages
- Publisher: Cengage Learning; 4 edition (February 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0534599338
- ISBN-13: 978-0534599331
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.2 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 47 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,478,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Adler's short chapters set the book apart. Virtually all the world civilization and world history textbooks I have reviewed have about 30 pages per chapter and contain a bewildering amount of detail. They are encyclopedic. Adler's book is much better suited to my survey, which meets three days a week for an hour; students read one chapter per meeting. It's easily manageable and the topic of the day is clear. I can supplement as I want and students are still not overwhelmed by a massive amount of material."
"As a geographer as well as a historian, I love the inclusion of maps, especially an introductory 'Worldview' map to orient readers to textual materials. … With each new edition of this text, I have been pleased at the changes made. This demonstrates to me that Adler, and now Pouwels, are committed to continued excellence. They are not satisfied to rest on their laurels, but instead really work on the text revisions. I applaud these efforts. And I look forward to reading the latest version."
"One of my original suggestions for the revision was to include more maps, so I am delighted to see that we are doing that. The 'spot maps' are nice, but the worldview maps are absolutely great, especially if they are accompanied by the interactive icons. My students know absolutely zero about world geography, so the worldview maps will be a very valuable addition. Color-coding the maps to the end-of-part material is a good idea, the sort of thing that students never pay any attention to, but which they notice, even if they don't realize it."
"The three strengths of the Adler text are: a) its emphasis on interpreting the import of history's broad themes; b) its encouragement of the learner to think about the implications of these themes; and c) its brevity and cogency, which appeal to the student who has little interest in the minutiae of history. … Adler offers a better focus on interpreting the import of history's broad themes, and does a better job of encouraging the learner to think about history rather than just recite it."
"Adler is smooth, well-organized, colorful, and readable."
About the Author
Philip J. Adler taught college courses in world history to undergraduates for almost thirty years prior to his recent retirement. Dr. Adler earned his Ph.D. at the University of Vienna following military service overseas in the 1950s. His dissertation was on the activity of the South Slav emigres during World War I, and his academic specialty was the modern history of Eastern Europe and the Austro-Hungarian empire. His research has been supported by Fulbright and the National Endowment for the Humanities grants. Adler has published widely in the historical journals of the U.S. and German-speaking Europe. He is currently professor emeritus at East Carolina University, where he spent most of his teaching career.
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It is simple, concise, and informative. I bought volume 2 for lesiure reading after using volume 1 as a textbook for my history class.
THis book is great! thanks to the author. It is well explained, understandable, and very intresting facts. It never once bore me. I love reading it. It makes me realize how this world started. OR maybe because of my biases, how the Bible seems to be true. The fact that most civilization pertains to a supreme being or after life; from there, is how culture was made from each civlization or country. THanks authors good job.
It took a while, but i got it. Its in good-enough-standing text book for class. It seems very old, and pretty beat up but its fine with me. It came around few days before the last day they assumed it will arrive. Took a while, but I got it thanks.
OVER ALL: GOOD
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