The Earth and Its Peoples: A Global History (Chs.1-35)

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The Earth and Its Peoples is a truly global text that employs a fundamental theme, the interaction of human beings and the environment, as a point of comparison for different times, places, and societies. Special emphasis is given to technology and how technological development underlies all human activity. The text has been rewritten to improve coverage of the early Americas, Russia, the Enlightenment, the Renaissance, and the Industrial Revolution. The Second Edition is full color, which provides more effective maps and a colorful new part opener design. The part opener includes a brief narrative overview with a relief map and timeline that outline major historic events.

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Richard W. Bulliet (PhD, Harvard University) is Professor of Middle Eastern History at Columbia University. He has written scholarly works on a number of topics: the social and economic history of medieval Iran (THE PATRICIANS OF NISHAPUR and COTTON, CLIMATE, AND CAMELS IN EARLY ISLAMIC IRAN), the history of human-animal relations (THE CAMEL AND THE WHEEL and HUNTERS, HERDERS, AND HAMBURGERS), the process of conversion to Islam (CONVERSION TO ISLAM IN THE MEDIEVAL PERIOD), and the overall course of Islamic social history (ISLAM: THE VIEW FROM THE EDGE and THE CASE FOR ISLAMO-CHRISTIAN CIVILIZATION). He is the editor of the COLUMBIA HISTORY OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY. He has published four novels, coedited THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST, and hosted an educational television series on the Middle East. He was awarded a fellowship by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and was named a Carnegie Corporation Scholar.

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"Bulliet et al. is by far the best text I have used in fifteen years of teaching world history. I like its focus, its length, and its features within the text. I like that it is a "true" world history, not simply an expanded western text, and its integrative theme of environment and technology is both appropriate and topical."

"I find the text even more readable than the first edition. Its strengths lie in the integration of its solid foundation in economic and technological change with insightful discussions of social and cultural developments that drove these changes in the West, carried them to other societies in other regions, and generated complex responses to industrial development on a worldwide scale. To my knowledge, no other text for world history gives so much weight so wisely to economic, technological, and environmental changes as significant forces in shaping the modern era."

"When I confer with colleagues outside my school, Bulliet is usually referred to as the best textbook out there. It is truly a world history text--seldom does a chapter focus on one geographic area. Rather it tries to offer a comparative study of different regions at a similar time or ones undergoing similar processes. The book is thoroughly organized and user friendly, with maps, charts, timelines, and illustrations that are appropriate to the material."

"The strength of the narrative is its readability! While making the written text reflect the complexity of themes inherent in a history course, the authors have not overwhelmed the narrative with lists and facts nor have they burdened the reader with technical jargon or 'dumbed down' the vocabulary or ideas. A commendable textbook--thematically clear, crisply written and assuming an intelligent readership."

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