The Global Experience, Volume I: Readings in World History to 1550 (4th Edition)

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9780130195685: The Global Experience, Volume I: Readings in World History to 1550 (4th Edition)
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New selections in the Fourth Edition of
The Global Experience: Readings in World History, Volume I

  • The Egyptian Creation Story: "The Creation According to Ra"
  • The Babylonian Code of Hammurabi
  • Homer, The Iliad
  • Pure Land Scripture, Sukhavativyuha
  • Thucydied on Peloponnesian War and the Plague
  • Plutarch, "Lycurgus," on the Spartan Way of Life
  • St. Augustine of Hippo, The Just War
  • Paulus Orosius, History Against the Pagans
  • Law Codes of the Salian Franks
  • Idn Fadlan's Accounts of Vikings in Early Russia
  • Michael Psellus, Chronographia, "Empress Zoe"
  • Murasaki Skikibu, The Tale of Genji
  • Charles Borromeo, Instructions to Confessors
  • Bernardino de Sahagun, Aztec Festival and the Conquest
  • An Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico: The Broken Spears
  • Pope Paul III, "Indians are Men," 1537

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Preface

This anthology is a brief, balanced collection of primary materials organized chronologically and focused on global themes.

In preparing this collection, we had three concerns in mind. First, any informed understanding of the world at the opening of the third millennium when the world is rapidly becoming one must begin with history. We believe the most useful mode of historical study—particularly for college students—is world history. Because men and women make history, the documents we include depict the variety of their experiences over time on a global scale. To help students study and appreciate these experiences, we have included excerpts from both classic texts and less familiar but equally illustrative material. The resulting selection of readings illustrates patterns of global change and exchange, as well as the distinct achievements of the major civilizations.

Second, to encourage the comparative study of world history and to reinforce the underlying links between civilizations, we have organized the readings into chronological sections. By doing so, we hope to underscore global patterns of development and, at the same time, give our readers access to documents of special interest.

Third, to help with the understanding and retention of our reading selections, particularly those likely to be unfamiliar to students, we have included introductory comments as well as questions to consider. We hope this material will help students gain a better understanding of the text and connect their historical study to contemporary problems and issues.

Our students, particularly in their questions and criticisms, have shaped our work from the outset more than they know. Many of our colleagues at James Madison University have also helped immeasurably. They provided insights and suggestions to make this a better book. Michael J. Galgano, Head, Department of History, has assisted us at every turn; he enthusiastically found for us the means and time to complete this project. Mary Louise Loe not only contributed the selections on Russian and Soviet history but helped us throughout our work. Nicholas Miller of Boise State University; John A. Murphy of University College, Cork, Republic of Ireland; and John O. Hunwick of Northwestern University kindly advised us on Serbian, Irish, and African selections.

The fourth edition of The Global Experience: Readings in World History contains new sections, new selections, and new translations, as well as some changes in the selections published in our third edition. In Volume 1, approximately twenty percent of the selections are new. Among the new selections in Volume I are The Egyptian Creation Story: "The Creation According to Ra"; The Babylonian Code of Hammurabi; Homer, The Iliad; Pure Land Scripture, Sukhavativyuha; Thurydides on the Plague and Peloponnesian War; Plutarch, "Lycurgus," on the Spartan Way of Life; St. Augustine of Hippo, The Just War; Paulus Orosius, History Against the Pagans; Procopius, History of the Wars and The Secret History; Law Codes of the Salian Franks; Ibn Fadlan's Account of Vikings in Early Russia; Michael Psellus, Chronographia, "Empress Zoe"; Murasaki Shikibu, The Tale of Genji; Charles Borromeo, Instructions to Confessors; Bernardino de Sahagun, Aztec Festival and the Conquest; An Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico: The Broken Spears; Pope Paul III, "Indians Are Men," 1537; Sepulveda, Just War Against Barbarians, 1550.

Among the new additions to Volume II are An Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico: The Broken Spears; James Harrington, "The Commonwealth of Oceana"; Sir William Petty, Political Arithmetic; Enfumades in French Algeria: Three Reports; Arthur de Gobineau, The Inequality of Human Races; U.S. Congress, The Chinese Exclusion Acts, 1882, 1892; Russo-Japanese War, 19041905, Imperial Rescript; John Rabe, The Good Man of Nanking, Roupen of Sassoun, Eyewitness to Armenia's Genocide; Marie Claude Valliant-Couturier, Testimony on the Gassing at Auschwitz; Chong K. Yoon, The Korean War: A Personal Account; Henry A. Myers, "East Berliners Rise Up Against Soviet Oppression"; Gen. Douglas MacArthur, Report to Congress, April 19, 1951, "Old Soldiers Never Die"; Fidel Castro, Second Declaration of Havana; Teeda Butt Main, Worms from Our Skin; Theresa Andrews, Letters from a 1990s Bush Doctor (revised and updated with the coup in Sierra Leone); Keith B. Richburg, A Black Man Confronts Africa; Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso), Nobel Peace Prize Lecture; Japan: The Post-Postwar Generation; and Henry A. Myers, Now, in the Twenty-first Century. In this volume, we have expanded sections on Early Modern Political Economy; Nationalism and Romanticism; Racism; World War 1; World War 11: Asia and Europe; Patterns of Genocide; The Cold War; Decolonization: Africa, Latin America, and India; America and the Second Indochina War; Human Rights and International Relations; and Enduring Problems. Under the section The Cold War, we have added two personal accounts, one on Berlin and the other on Korea.

In making these revisions, we were guided by the advice and criticism of our colleagues, Chris Arndt, Jack Butt, Steven W Guerrier, Raymond M. Hyser, and Michael Galgano. Sheila Riley helped with the final editing of the first three editions; Bradley Arnold and Beth Poplin worked on copyright permission requests; and Jae Kim and Jae Yang provided efficient clerical assistance. Gordon Miller, reference librarian, and the James Madison University's Inter-library Loan staff tirelessly and skillfully assisted us in obtaining materials.

We continue to welcome comments and criticism, which we appreciate in connection with our ongoing project of updating and improving this work. Please send your comments and suggestions to Philip E Riley or Chong K. Yoon or any of the coeditors, Department of History, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA 22807.

Philip E Riley
Chong K. Yoon

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