Bentley, Traditions & Encounters: A Global Perspective on the Past UPDATED 6e, AP Edition ©2017

Traditions & Encounters new Advanced Placement Updated Edition text and supplemental materials have been revised to support teachers and students as they transition into the new AP World History course and exam beginning in 2016. Integrated AP features and hundreds of primary documents and images enhance the learning experience and prepare students for the new AP World History Redesigned Exam.

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The Updated AP Edition engages AP teachers and students through:

  • NEW AP-style Test Practice multiple choice, short answer, and long essay questions at the end of each chapter help students prepare for these new test items.
  • NEW AP Test Banks match the question type, style, and rigor of the newly redesigned AP Exam.
  • NEW AP Teacher Manual helps teachers transition seamlessly into teaching the new course with extended subthemes and new exam style and format.
  • NEW Primary Source Library is organized by Historical Time Period. Each Time Period includes a variety of primary sources and historical arguments, and a set of focused documents and images to analyze and interpret one topic in depth.
  • AP Themes-based Part Openers illustrate themes and new thematic learning objectives in context and help students connect themes across time.
  • AP Chapter Focus features in Chapter Opener spreads highlight the vital content for AP Exam success.

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PART 1 The Early Complex Societies, 3500 to 500 B.C.E.

  • CHAPTER 1 Before History
  • CHAPTER 2 Early Societies in Southwest Asia and the Indo-European Migrations
  • CHAPTER 3 Early African Societies and the Bantu Migrations
  • CHAPTER 4 Early Societies in South Asia
  • CHAPTER 5 Early Society in Mainland East Asia
  • CHAPTER 6 Early Societies in the Americas and Oceania

PART 2 The Formation of Classical Societies, ca. 500 B.C.E. to ca. 500 C.E.

  • CHAPTER 7 The Empires of Persia
  • CHAPTER 8 The Unification of China
  • CHAPTER 9 State, Society, and the Quest for Salvation in India
  • CHAPTER 10 Mediterranean Society: The Greek Phase
  • CHAPTER 11 Mediterranean Society: The Roman Phase
  • CHAPTER 12 Cross-Cultural Exchanges on the Silk Roads: During the Late Classical Era

PART 3 The Postclassical Era, 500 to 1000 C.E.

  • CHAPTER 13 The Resurgence of Empire in East Asia
  • CHAPTER 14 The Expansive Realm of Islam
  • CHAPTER 15 India and the Indian Ocean Basin
  • CHAPTER 16 The Two Worlds of Christendom

PART 4 The Acceleration of Cross-Cultural Interaction, 1000 to 1500 C.E.

  • CHAPTER 17 Nomadic Empires and Eurasian Integration
  • CHAPTER 18 States and Societies of Sub-Saharan Africa
  • CHAPTER 19 The Increasing Influence of Europe
  • CHAPTER 20 Worlds Apart: The Americas and Oceania
  • CHAPTER 21 Expanding Horizons of Cross-Cultural Interaction

PART 5 The Origins of Global Interdependence, 1500 to 1800

  • CHAPTER 22 Transoceanic Encounters and Global Connections
  • CHAPTER 23 The Transformation of Europe
  • CHAPTER 24 New Worlds: The Americas and Oceania
  • CHAPTER 25 Africa and the Atlantic World
  • CHAPTER 26 Tradition and Change in East Asia
  • CHAPTER 27 The Islamic Empires

PART 6 An Age of Revolution, Industry, and Empire, 1750 to 1914

  • CHAPTER 28 Revolutions and National States in the Atlantic World
  • CHAPTER 29 The Making of Industrial Society
  • CHAPTER 30 The Americas in the Age of Independence
  • CHAPTER 31 Societies at Crossroads
  • CHAPTER 32 The Building of Global Empires

PART 7 Contemporary Global Realignments, 1914 to the Present

  • CHAPTER 33 The Great War: The World in Upheaval
  • CHAPTER 34 An Age of Anxiety
  • CHAPTER 35 Nationalism and Political Identities in Asia, Africa, and Latin America
  • CHAPTER 36 New Conflagrations: World War II and the Cold War
  • CHAPTER 37 The End of Empire
  • CHAPTER 38 A World without Borders

Jerry H. Bentley was professor of history at the University of Hawai`i and editor of the Journal of World History. His research on the religious, moral, and political writings of the Renaissance led to the publication of Humanists and Holy Writ: New Testament Scholarship in the Renaissance (Princeton, 1983) and Politics and Culture in Renaissance Naples (Princeton, 1987). More recently, his research was concentrated on global history and particularly on processes of cross-cultural interaction. His book Old World Encounters: Cross-Cultural Contacts and Exchanges in Pre-Modern Times (New York, 1993) examines processes of cultural exchange and religious conversion before the modern era, and his pamphlet Shapes of World History in Twentieth-Century Scholarship (1996) discusses the historiography of world history. His most recent publication is The Oxford Handbook of World History (Oxford, 2011), and he served as a member of the editorial team preparing the forthcoming Cambridge History of the World. Jerry Bentley passed away in July 2012, although his legacy lives on through his significant contributions to the study of world history. The World History Association recently named an annual prize in his honor for outstanding publications in the field.

Herbert F. Ziegler is an associate professor of history at the University of Hawai`i. He has taught world history since 1980; he has previously served as director of the world history program at the University of Hawai`i as well as book review editor of the Journal of World History. His interest in twentieth-century European social and political history led to the publication of Nazi Germany’s New Aristocracy: The SS Leadership, 1925–1939 (Princeton, 1990) and to his participation in new educational endeavors in the history of the Holocaust, including the development of an upper-division course for undergraduates. He is at present working on a study that explores from a global point of view the demographic trends of the past ten thousand years, along with their concomitant technological, economic, and social developments. His other current research project focuses on the application of complexity theory to a comparative study of societies and their internal dynamics.

Heather E. Streets-Salter is an associate professor of history at Northeastern University, where she is the director of world history programs. She is the author of Martial Races: The Military, Martial Races, and Masculinity in British Imperial Culture, 1857–1914 (2004) and Modern Imperialism and Colonialism: A Global Perspective (2010) with Trevor Getz. Her current research explores imperialism and colonialism as global phenomena through a focus on the administrative, political, and ideological networks that existed among French Indochina, the Dutch East Indies, and British Malaya between 1890 and 1940.

Contributor Craig Benjamin (PhD, Macquarie University) is an associate professor of history in the Meijer Honors College at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. Benjamin is a frequent presenter of lectures at conferences worldwide and is the author of numerous publications, including books, chapters, and essays on ancient Central Asian history, big history, and world history. In addition, Benjamin has presented and recorded lectures for the History Channel, The Teaching Company, Scientific American, and the Big History Project. He is currently a co-chair of the Advanced Placement World History Test Development Committee, president of the World History Association (2014–2015), and has been treasurer of the International Big History Association since its inception in January 2011.