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Worlds Together, Worlds Apart, A History of the World From 1300.
on October 11, 2012
I purchased this textbook because I am taking one of the author's courses on coursera. It is a survey text. The idea is to view history globally, The emphasis is on trade and shows how the development of trade affected various areas of the world. If you want to know the details of daily life in the renaissance, or details of the development of various protestant denominations during the reformation, you won't find them in this text. If you want to know details about how and what Confucian thought influenced daily life in China, you won't find that information in this text. If you are interested in the different ways in which various parts of the world were colonized or not colonized and how that affected commercial development and the slave trade, yes, in a broad brush way subjects like that are covered. If you want a text that covers world history as opposed to European history or Chinese history or intellectual history, then this textbook will fill the bill. It will give you an overall picture of how the world developed and provide a good general knowledge of world history and the development of global connection between various civilizations. As a general survey text it works well. There are plenty of maps and visual aids that assist the reader. I purchased the loose leaf version so that I could add additional materials at the end of each chapter. There are study aids on a site by the publisher that sre quite helpful. I also can print out a transcript of Professor Adelman's lectures and add them in as well. The course this text is used in on coursera is excellent. And the course, like all coursera courses is, free.