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The World interweaves two stories-of our interactions with nature and with each other. The environment-centered story is about humans distancing themselves from the rest of na...Read more

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The World interweaves two stories-of our interactions with nature and with each other. The environment-centered story is about humans distancing themselves from the rest of nature and searching for a relationship that strikes a balance between constructive and destructive exploitation. The culture-centered story is of how human cultures have become mutually influential and yet mutually differentiating. Both stories have been going on for thousands of years. We do not know whether they will end in triumph or disaster. There is no prospect of covering all of world history in one book. Rather, the fabric of this book is woven from selected strands. Readers will see these at every turn, twisted together into yarn, stretched into stories. Human-focused historical ecology-the environmental theme-will drive readers back, again and again, to the same concepts: sustenance, shelter, disease, energy, technology, art. (The last is a vital category for historians, not only because it is part of our interface with the rest of the world, but also because it forms a record of how we see reality and of how the way we see it changes.) In the global story of human interactions-the cultural theme-we return constantly to the ways people make contact with each another: migration, trade, war, imperialism, pilgrimage, gift exchange, diplomacy, travel-and to their social frameworks: the economic and political arenas, the human groups and groupings, the states and civilizations, the sexes and generations, the classes and clusters of identity.

Key Features
Author(s)Felipe Fernandez-Armesto
PublisherPearson Education (US)
Date of Publication26/01/2009
SubjectHistory: World & General

Publication Data
Country of PublicationUnited States
Content Noteillustrations

Weight1295 g
Width227 mm
Height268 mm
Spine24 mm

Editorial Details
Edition Statement2nd Revised edition

Table Of ContentsVolume 1: Chapters 1-15 <BR>Volume 2: Chapters 13-30<BR>Volume A: Chapters 1-10<BR>Volume B: Chapters 11-20<BR>Volume C: Chapters 20-30<BR><P><B>&nbsp;</B></P><P><B>&nbsp;</B></P><P><B>In Perspective: Cains and Abels</B></P><P>&nbsp;</P><P><B><U>PART 6: the crucible: the eurasian crises of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries</U></B></P><P><B>&nbsp;</B></P><P><B>&nbsp;</B></P><P><B><I>Chapter 13</I></B></P><P><B><I>The World the Mongols Made</I></B></P><P><B>&nbsp;</B></P><P><B>The Mongols: Reshaping Eurasia</B></P><UL><LI>Genghis Khan </LI><LI>The Mongol Steppe</LI></UL><P><B>The Mongol World Beyond the Steppes: The Silk Roads, China, Persia, and Russia</B></P><UL><LI>China </LI><LI>Persia </LI><LI>Russia</LI></UL><P><B>The Limits of Conquest: Mamluk Egypt and Muslim India</B></P><UL><LI>Mamluk Egypt </LI><LI>Muslim India: The Delhi Sultanate</LI></UL><P><B>Europe</B></P><P><B>&nbsp;</B></P><P><B>In Perspective: The Uniqueness of the Mongols</B></P><P><B>&nbsp;</B></P><P><B>&nbsp;</B></P><P><B><I>Chapter 14</I></B></P><P><B><I>The Revenge of Nature:&nbsp; Plague, Cold, and the Limits of Disaster in the Fourteenth Century</I></B></P><P><B>&nbsp;</B></P><P><B>Climate Change</B></P><P><B>&nbsp;</B></P><P><B>The Coming of the Age of Plague</B></P><UL><LI>The Course and Impact of Plague </LI><LI>Medicine and Morals </LI><LI>The Jews </LI><LI>Distribution of Wealth </LI><LI>Peasant Millenarianism</LI></UL><P><B>The Limits of Disaster: Beyond the Plague Zone</B></P><UL><LI>India </LI><LI>Southeast Asia </LI><LI>Japan </LI><LI>Mali</LI></UL><P><B>The Pacific: Societies of Isolation</B></P><UL><LI>Easter Island </LI><LI>New Zealand </LI><LI>Ozette </LI><LI>Chan Chan</LI></UL><P><B>In Perspective: The Aftershock</B></P><P><B>&nbsp;</B></P><P><B><I>Chapter 15</I></B></P><P><B><I>Expanding Worlds: Recovery in the Late Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries</I></B></P><P><B>&nbsp;</B></P><P><B>Fragile Empires in Africa</B></P><UL><LI>East Africa </LI><LI>West Africa</LI></UL><P><B>Ecological Imperialism in the Americas</B></P><UL><LI>The Inca Empire </LI><LI>The Aztec Empire</LI></UL><P><B>New Eurasian Empires</B></P><UL><LI>The Russia Empire </LI><LI>Timurids and the Ottoman Empire</LI></UL><P><B>The Limitations of Chinese Imperialism</B></P><P><B>&nbsp;</B></P><P><B>The Beginnings of Oceanic Imperialism</B></P><P><B>&nbsp;</B></P><P><B>The European Outlook: Problems and Promise</B></P><P><B>&nbsp;</B></P><P><B>In Perspective: Beyond Empires</B></P><P><B>&nbsp;</B></P><P><B><U>Part 7: Convergence and Divergence to ca. 1700</U></B></P><P><B>&nbsp;</B></P><P><B><I>Chapter 16</I></B></P><P><B><I>Imperial Arenas: New Empires in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries</I></B></P><P><B>&nbsp;</B></P><P><B>Maritime Empires: Portugal, Japan, and the Dutch</B></P><UL><LI>The Portuguese Example </LI><LI>Asian Examples </LI><LI>The Dutch Connection</LI></UL><P><B>Land Empires: Russia, China, Mughal India, and the Ottomans</B></P><UL><LI>China </LI><LI>The Mughal Example in India </LI><LI>The Ottomans</LI></UL><P><B>New Land Empires in the Americas</B></P><UL><LI>Making the New Empires Work</LI></UL><P><B>In Perspective: The Global Balance of Trade</B></P><P><B>&nbsp;</B></P><P><B><I>Chapter 17</I></B></P><P><B><I>The Ecological Revolution of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries</I></B></P><P><B>&nbsp;</B></P><P><B>The Ecological Exchange: Plants and Animals</B></P><UL><LI>Maize, Sweet Potatoes, and Potatoes </LI><LI>Weeds, Grasses, and Livestock </LI><LI>Cane Sugar </LI><LI>Coffee, Tea, and Chocolate </LI><LI>Patterns of Ecological Exchange</LI></UL><P><B>The Microbial Exchange</B></P><UL><LI>Demographic Collapse in the New World </LI><LI>Plague and New Diseases in Eurasia</LI></UL><P><B>Labor: Human Transplantations</B></P><P><B>&nbsp;</B></P><P><B>Wild Frontiers: Encroaching Settlement</B></P><UL><LI>Northern and Central Asia: The Waning of Steppeland Imperialism </LI><LI>Pastoral Imperialism in Africa and the Americas</LI></UL><P><B>Imperialis
Author BiographyFelipe Fern�ndez-Armesto holds the William P. Reynolds Chair of History at the University of Notre Dame. He has master� s and doctoral degrees from the University of Oxford, where he spent most of his teaching career, before taking up the Chair of Global Environmental History at Queen Mary College, University of London in 2000, and the Prince of Asturias Chair at Tufts University (2005-9). He is on editorial boards for the History of Cartography for the University of Chicago Press, Studies in Overseas History (Leiden University), <I>Comparative Studies in Society and History, Journeys, </I>and <I>Journal of Global History. </I>&nbsp;Recent awards include the World History Association Book Prize (2007), Spain� s Premio Nacional de GastronomIa (2005, for his work on the history of food), the Premio Nacional de Investigaci�n (Sociedad Geogr�fica Espa�ola, 2004). He has had many distinguished visiting appointments, including a Fellowship of the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences, and a Union Pacific Visiting Professorship at the University of Minnesota. He won the Caird Medal of the National Maritime Museum in 1995 and the John Carter Brown Medal in 1999 and has honorary doctorates from La Trobe University and the Universidad de los Andes. &nbsp;He has served on the Council of the Hakluyt Society, on the Committee of English PEN, and as Chairman of the PEN Literary Foundation. His work in journalism includes regular columns in the British and Spanish press, and, among many contributions to broadcasting, he is the longest-serving presenter of BBC radio� s flagship current affairs program, <I>Analysis. </I>He has been short-listed for the most valuable literary prize in the U.K.&nbsp;

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