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Worlds of History: A Comparative Reader, Volume Two: Since 1400 Second Edition Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0312402020
ISBN-10: 0312402023
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 558 pages
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's; Second Edition edition (December 24, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312402023
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312402020
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,039,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D. Maddock on June 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
There are half a dozen or more 'readers,' collections of primary sources and secondary articles, available for world history courses. A few are very good, but most are pretty much just collections of sources with little else to recommend them.

I've used five of these books in my classes over the past six years, and Reilly's "Worlds of History" is the one I prefer. Why?

It offers an excellent selection of useful primary sources from all eras and regions. Some are classics like the Code of Hammurabi. Others are unusual and interesting like descriptions of the court of Genghis Khan or eyewitness accounts of what Tenochtitlan (future Mexico City)looked like when the Spanish first arrived. Many of these accounts are fascinating. Equally importantly, the translations are good, modern translations unlike some sources in other readers which are older and out of date. The secondary accounts are judiciously chosen articles which add immensely useful points of view to the standard textbook story students will be reading.

Each new edition has removed a few readings (Not always poor ones and some I wish had remained), but those added have been excellent.

Reilly avoids the endlessly detailed introductory material of a few other readers which I've found detracts from the sources themselves. Often, a brief (half-page) introduction is all a student needs to a document. Reilly does include brief chapter introductions and chapter-ending thoughts which are useful. But, for the most part, the focus is clearly on the documents and articles themselves and not on the editor (Reilly) constantly "interrupting," which is refreshing, I find.

This two-volume reader is also attractive because it is smaller and more portable than most.
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