Panorama: A World History Volume 1: To 1500
Panorama: A World History Volume 1: To 1500

Panorama: A World History Volume 1: To 1500

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By Ross Dunn and Laura Mitchell
ISBN10: 0077482328
ISBN13: 9780077482329
Copyright: 2015
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Beginnings to the First Millennium B.C.E.

Chapter 1

The Peopling of the World: 7,000,000-10,000 B.C.E.

Human Ancestors in Africa and Beyond

Early Hominin Evolution

Well-Traveled Hominins

INDIVIDUALS MATTER The Turkana Boy: A Distant Ancestor

Other Traveling Hominins

Modern Humans in Africa: The First 100,000 Years

The Debut of Homo Sapiens

The Power of Language

Colonizing the World

The Roads from Africa

South to Australia

Colonizers of Europe

The American Frontier

WEIGHING THE EVIDENCE The Kennewick Man Controversy

Why Did Homo Sapiens People the Earth?

Homo Sapiens: The Last Surviving Hominin

Why People Look Different

Global Culture of the Upper Paleolithic

Dawn of a Multicultural World

Social and Economic Life

Technical Wonders

A World of Symbols

Chapter 2

Farms, Cities, and the New Agrarian Age: 10,000-2000 B.C.E.

The Coming of Farmers: A Peculiar Event

Early Farming and the Big Thaw

The Drift toward Domestication

Neolithic Innovations

The Spread of Agrarian Societies

Sunrise over the Village

Super Villages

INDIVIDUALS MATTER Ötzi: A Neolithic Traveler

Early Complex Societies

Irrigation and Complex Society in Mesopotamia

Complex Society on the Nile

WEIGHING THE EVIDENCE A Pharaoh's Warning in Stone

Harappan Society in the Indus Valley

Interregional Communication and Commerce

Complex Societies and the Environment

Chapter 3

Afroeurasia’s Moving Frontiers: Farmers, Herders, and Charioteers: 3000-1000 B.C.E.

Across Afroeurasia: More Farmers, More Cities

The Cavalcade of Inventions

Complex Society and Commerce in the Mediterranean Basin

Developments in Western Europe

The Oxus Civilization of Central Asia

Complex Society in East Asia

Pastoral Peoples Ride into History

Horses, Riders, and Wagons

Pastoral Nomadic Society

Encounters between Agrarian Societies and Migrating Peoples

Indo-European-Speakers in Southwest Asia: The Hittite Empire

States of Mesopotamia and Syria

From Middle Kingdom to New Kingdom in the Nile Valley

Rivalry and Diplomacy among Militarized Kingdoms

WEIGHING THE EVIDENCE “Here Is the Situation”: The King of Alashiya Writes to the Pharaoh of Egypt

Early Greeks

Indo-Europeans in Iran and South Asia

Indo-Europeans and Chariots from the Far West to the Far East

INDIVIDUALS MATTER The Beauty of Xiaohe: A Woman of the Steppes

Developments in the Tropical Belt

Herders and Farmers South of the Sahara Desert

Austronesian Farmers in Southeast Asia

Chapter 4

Early Odysseys in the Americas, Australia, and Oceania: 8000 – 500 B.C.E.

Farmers and Platform-Builders in the Americas

American Farmer Power

Platform-Builders of Norte Chico

Andean Societies in the Second Millennium B.C.E.

The Mesoamerican Zone of Intercommunication


INDIVIDUALS MATTER Harvester Mountain Lord: A Mesoamerican King

North of Mexico

Change in Australia

Change over the Long Term

A Continent without Farmers

Pioneers on the Pacific Frontier

Colonizers of Near Oceania

Into Remote Oceania


Chapter 5

Afroeurasia: Centers of Power, Trade, and New Ideas:

1200-600 B.C.E.

The Clang of Iron

The Spread of Iron: The Southwest Asian Epicenter

The Spread of Iron: The Tropical African Epicenter

Iron’s Benefits and Costs

Warfare, Empire-Building, and Trade in Southwest Asia and the Mediterranean Lands

Twelfth Century Troubles

The Neo-Assyrian Empire

INDIVIDUALS MATTER Adad-Guppi: Babylonian Priestess and Queen Mother

The Hebrews and the Origins of Judaism

Phoenicians and Greeks: Trade and Migration

Woodland Europe and the Mediterranean World

Nubia on the Nile Corridor

South Asia: A New Era of City-Building

New Cities and Kingdoms

The Development of the South Asian Class System

Brahmins and Brahmanism

The East Asian Sphere

The Era of the Western and Eastern Zhou

Destruction and Innovation during the Later Zhou Period


Chapter 6

Empire-Building and Cultural Exchange from India to the Mediterranean: 600-200 B.C.E.

Persia Ascending

Empire-Building on a New Scale

The Achaemenids as “Universal” Rulers

The Persian Empire as Communications Hub

The Achaemenids and the Teachings of Zoroaster

Achaemenid Multiculturalism

Inventive Greeks

Government and Society in the Greek City-States

The Flowering of Athens

Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic Era

Alexander’s Short, Brilliant Career

Foundations of the Hellenistic World

INDIVIDUALS MATTER Queen Arsinoe II, Ruler of Ptolemaic Egypt

Cultural Trends

Buddhism and the Maurya Empire in India

Foundations of Buddhism

The Reign of Ashoka Maurya

WEIGHING THE EVIDENCE Rock Edicts of the Emperor Ashoka

Cavalry and Caravans in Inner Eurasia

Nomad Power

Early Times on the Silk Roads

Chapter 7

An Age of Giant Empires: 300 B.C.E. - 300 C.E.

Rome and Mediterranean Unification

Rome the Republic

Rome the Empire

INDIVIDUALS MATTER Boudicca, British Rebel Leader

The Era of the Han Empire in East Asia

The Qin Dynasty and the First Emperor

The Han State and the Ascendance of Confucianism

States between Rome and China

The Xiongnu and Their Relations with Han China

The Parthian and Kushana Empires

The African Kingdoms of Kush and Axum

WEIGHING THE EVIDENCE Trade in the African Port of Adulis

Bridges across Afroeurasia

East-West Interregional Trade

The First Missionary Religions

Chapter 8

American Complexities: 900 B.C.E – 900 C.E.

The Spread of Complex Societies in North America

Empire Builders of Teotihuacán

Zapotec Civilization in the Oaxaca Valley

The Innovative Maya

INDIVIDUALS MATTER Lady Xoc, An Aristocrat Woman in Maya Politics

WEIGHING THE EVIDENCE A Maya Bible: An Account of Creation in the Popol Vuh

Developments in Upper North America

South America: Complex Societies along the Andean Spine

Andes Urbanization: The Example of Chavín de Huantar

Back to the Coast: The Moche Society

The Nazca

Troubles in the Sixth Century


Chapter 9

Turbulent Centuries: 200-600 C.E.

The Shifting Map of Empires

Turbulence in Inner Eurasia

China after the Han Empire: Growth without Unity

The Sasanids: A New Power in Persia

Crisis and Recovery in the Roman Empire

The Huns and the Collapse of the Western Empire

The Mediterranean Fractured

A New Empire in South Asia

Religions for Troubled Times

The Buddhist Web

The Christian Web

INDIVIDUALS MATTER St. Augustine of Hippo: Christian Theologian

The Manichean Way

Tropical Africa: Farmers, Towns, and Iron

The Nok Culture

WEIGHING THE EVIDENCE The Sculpture of Nok: What Might It Tell Us?

The African East and South

Southeast Asian Contributions to African Society

Chapter 10

Afroeurasia in the Era of Arab Empire: 500-800 C.E.

New Empires of Steppe and Desert

Empires along the Silk Roads

The Arab State and the Emergence of Islam

The Arab Muslim Empire

Christian Societies in Europe and Africa

The Byzantine Empire Holds Its Own

Christian Society in Europe

WEIGHING THE EVIDENCE Two Views of the Battle of Tours

Dwindling Christian Society in North Africa

East Asia: Return to Unity in China

The Tang State

Migrations to the South

Cultural Integration

INDIVIDUALS MATTER The Empress Wu: Patron of Buddhism

Chapter 11

State Power and Expanding Networks of Exchange: 750-1000 C.E.

Muslim Power and Prosperity

From Damascus to Baghdad: The Abbasid Empire

Rival Centers of Muslim Power

The Byzantine Resurgence

Islam on New Frontiers

A "Green Revolution" in Muslim Lands

Muslim Urban Society

The Stream of Ideas

INDIVIDUALS MATTER Abu Bakr al-Razi, Muslim Physician

Cities, Merchants, and Kingdoms along the Chain of Seas

Trade of the Arabian Sea

The Maritime Empire of Srivijaya

Chinese Trade and the Fate of the Tang Dynasty

Japan and Korea at the Eastern End of the Chain of Seas

The Sahara Rim: A New Zone of Intercommunication

Gold and Slaves, Copper and Salt

The Empire of Ghana

Europe’s Struggle for Stability

Muslims and Magyars

The Viking Adventure

WEIGHING THE EVIDENCE Bjarni Herjolfsson and the Viking Discovery of America

The Changing Shape of Western Europe


Chapter 12

Dynamic Centuries across Afroeurasia: 1000-1250

The East Asian Powerhouse in the Song Era

The Elements of China's Prosperity

WEIGHING THE EVIDENCE Dining Out in Hangzhou

Governing China in an Era of Change

China and Its Near Neighbors

Japan within and without the Chinese Sphere

China in the Hemisphere

Conquerors and Migrants in the Muslim Lands

Turkic Horse Power

Muslim Ships on the Mediterranean

New Empires in the Western Mediterranean

Cultural Trends in the Muslim Lands

Foundations of Urban Civilization in Europe

Warm Weather, Better Plows

New Order in Political Life

INDIVIDUALS MATTER King Philip II: phrase to come

The Expansion of Western Christendom

European commercial power in the Mediterranean

Western Europe’s Cultural Style

Chapter 13

Afroeurasia in the Era of Mongol Power: 1200-1350

The Ascendance of the Mongol Empires

Chingis Khan’s Path of Conquest

Explaining Mongol Power

Mongol Expansion after Chingis

INDIVIDUALS MATTER Sorghaghtani Beki: Descriptive TK

Mongol Murderers: A Deserved Reputation?

The Ambiguous Mongol Peace

Silk Road Traffic

Slaves, Diplomats, and Career-Seekers

Cross-Fertilization in Science and Technology

The Changing Religious Map

Profit and Power in the Southern Seas

Trade and State-Building in Southeast Asia

The South Asian Pivot

East and Southern Africa in the Indian Ocean World

Urban Society in Europe

Many Governments and Languages

Private Groups and Charters

The Flow of Ideas

Trans-Saharan Connections

North Africa between the Mediterranean and the Sahara

The Mali Empire

WEIGHING THE EVIDENCE Ibn Battuta Assesses the Mali Empire

Other West African Kingdoms

Chapter 14

Cities and Empires in the Americas: 900-1500

American Societies in an Age of Environmental Change

The Mound Builders of Cahokia

Ancestral Puebloans on the Colorado Plateau

Maya, Mixtec, and Toltec

The Coming of the Nahuas

The Caribbean and Amazonia

States of the Andes

American Empires in the Fifteenth Century

The Aztec Empire

INDIVIDUALS MATTER Nezahualcoyotl: Political Strategist, Survivor, and Poet

The Incas

WEIGHING THE EVIDENCE Chastity and Marriage in Inca Society

Chapter 15

Calamities and Recoveries across Afroeurasia: 1300-1500

Environmental Crises of the Fourteenth Century

Downpour and Drought

The Great Pestilence

WEIGHING THE EVIDENCE Perspectives on the Black Death

Crises in the Political and Social Realms

China: The Collapse of Mongol Rule

Political and Economic Troubles in the Central Muslim Lands

The Conquests of Timur

INDIVIDUALS MATTER Ibn Khaldun: A Thinker for Modern Times

Europe in the Aftermath of the Black Death

Fifteenth-Century Recuperation

Technologies for the Future

Ming China: New Prosperity and a Maritime Thrust

South Asia: A Steadier Course of Change

Astronomy and Empire-Building in the Central Muslim Lands

The Meaning of Recovery in Europe