World History

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Noted teachers and scholars William J. Duiker and Jackson J. Spielvogel present a balanced, highly readable overview of world history that explores common challenges and experiences that unite the human past and that identify key global patterns over time. Thorough coverage of political, economic, social, religious, intellectual, cultural, and military history has been integrated into a chronologically ordered synthesis to help students gain an appreciation and understanding of the distinctive character and development of individual cultures in society. This edition of WORLD HISTORY continues to take a global approach to world history, with an emphasis on analytical comparisons between and among cultures throughout history. This approach helps students link events together in a broad comparative and global framework, thereby placing the contemporary world in a more meaningful historical context. WORLD HISTORY is available in the following volume options: WORLD HISTORY, FIFTH EDITION (Chapters 1-29) ISBN: 0495050121; WORLD HISTORY, VOLUME I: TO 1800, FIFTH EDITION (Contains Chapters 1-17) ISBN: 0495050539; WORLD HISTORY, VOLUME II: SINCE 1500, FIFTH EDITION (Contains Chapters 13-29) ISBN: 0495050547; WORLD HISTORY TO 1500, FIFTH EDITION (Contains Chapters 1-12) ISBN: 0495050601.

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William J. Duiker is liberal arts Professor Emeritus of East Asian studies at The Pennsylvania State University. A former U.S. diplomat with service in Taiwan, South Vietnam, and Washington, D.C., he received his doctorate in Far Eastern history from Georgetown University in 1968, where his dissertation dealt with the Chinese educator and reformer Cai Yuanpei. At Penn State, he has written extensively on the history of Vietnam and modern China, including the highly acclaimed COMMUNIST ROAD TO POWER IN VIETNAM (revised edition, Westview Press, 1996), which was selected for a Choice Outstanding Academic Book Award in 1982--1983 and 1996-1997. Other recent books are CHINA AND VIETNAM: THE ROOTS OF CONFLICT (Berkeley, 1987), U.S. CONTAINMENT POLICY AND THE CONFLICT IN INDOCHINA (Stanford, 1995), SACRED WAR: NATIONALISM AND REVOLUTION IN A DIVIDED VIETNAM (McGraw-Hill, 1995), and HO CHI MINH (Hyperion, 2000), which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 2001. While his research specialization is in the field of nationalism and Asian revolutions, his intellectual interests are considerably more diverse. He has traveled widely and has taught courses on the history of communism and non-Western civilizations at Penn State, where he was awarded a Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the spring of 1996. In 2002, the College of Liberal Arts honored him with an Emeritus Distinction Award.

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"I think the key strength of the Duiker/Spielvogel text these days is its strong organization, a very helpful characteristic to students. Its pictures and timelines are quite helpful as well. The Duiker volume is very thorough, too ... academics appreciate this far more than students ever do. ... Again, Duiker and Spielvogel continue to provide a strong product year after year. Its hallmarks include superior organization and design."

"Why do we stick with D & S year after year? D & S has a good full narrative of historic events and key figures much of the time. ... D & S is still ... the best of the lot in this respect. D & S is written in a straightforward style, very accessible to our undergraduates. There is also a good balance of Western and non-Western material most of the time. The color prints and other art work are of good quality and illustrate cultures and periods effectively."

"Duiker/Spielvogel is concise, well-balanced, and includes an even treatment of many non-Western cultures. ... This text's commitment to presenting world history in a truly global framework is its most singular quality."

"Duiker and Spielvogel have done a superlative job of balancing Western and non-Western history and intermixing political, economic, intellectual, and social history. Effective graphics and student learning features augment a well-written, polished text. ... Perhaps the single best thing about this volume: it's global enough in focus, especially so regarding Asia, for all but the most idiosyncratic professor's tastes. Instructors who emphasize Western, non-Western, or a truly global model should find this text appropriate to their purposes."

"It seems pretty readable without being too simplistic. I also like the primary text inserts, those are nice and convenient. I use a separate reader, but these sub-sections are very accessible to the students."

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