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Based on Bentley and Ziegler's best-selling, comprehensive survey program, Traditions & Encounters: A Brief Global History provides a streamlined account of the cultures and interactions that have shaped world history. A focus on the human experience helps frame the broad scope of world history into a clear and concise learning experience for students.
Bentley’s engaging narrative is available as a digital SmartBook™, a personalized eBook that enhances understanding by asking students to demonstrate comprehension as they read. It is also supported by engaging digital tools, such as interactive maps, that encourage critical thinking and retention of key course concepts.
PART I THE EARLY COMPLEX SOCIETIES, 3500 TO 500 B.C.E.1 The Foundations of Complex Societies
2 Early African Societies and the Bantu Migrations
3 Early Societies in South and East Asia
4 Early Societies in the Americas and Oceania
PART II THE FORMATION OF CLASSICAL SOCIETIES, 500 B.C.E. TO 500 C.E.5 The Empires of Persia
6 The Unification of China
7 State, Society, and the Quest for Salvation in India
8 Mediterranean Society under the Greeks and the Romans
9 Cross-Cultural Exchanges on the Silk Roads
PART III THE POSTCLASSICAL ERA, 500 TO 1000 C.E.10 The Christian Commonwealth of Byzantium
11 The Expansive Realm of Islam
12 The Resurgence of Empire in East Asia
13 India and the Indian Ocean Basin
PART IV AN AGE OF CROSS-CULTURAL INTERACTION, 1000 TO 1500 C.E.14 Nomadic Empires and Eurasian Integration
15 States and Societies of Sub-Saharan Africa
16 Christian Western Europe during the Middle Ages
17 Worlds Apart: The Americas and Oceania
18 Reaching Out: Cross-Cultural Interactions