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Bentley, Traditions & Encounters: A Global Perspective on the Past, AP Edition, ©2023, 7e

Grades: 9 - 12

Traditions & Encounters fully aligns to the AP World History: Modern Framework. AP features are integrated throughout both the text and digital resources to support teachers and students as they prepare for the AP Exam.

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The 7th edition of Traditions & Encounters: A Global Perspective on the Past fully aligns with the AP World History: Modern Framework and supports mastery of knowledge and skills students require for success in the course and on the AP Exam. Accessible to students at all levels, the narrative is brought to life through compelling features, rich visuals, images, and graphics.

Retaining the text's thematic perspective and informed by the most recent scholarship, Traditions & Encounters has been organized to reflect the chronological time periods, historical thinking skills, and reasoning processes in the AP Framework.
  • A new introductory chapter presents a thematic overview of world history before 1200 to provide>
  • Connections are presented to illustrate continuities and changes across time periods.
  • Students are led to analyze historical sources and evidence as they interpret, draw inferences from, and evaluate a variety of primary and secondary sources, and gain an understanding of the context and connections among events.
  • End of Part document-based questions presents 7 text and visual sources from the Part time frame that represent multiple contexts and perspectives for students to analyze and synthesize.
  • AP-style practice and AP test prep match the question type, style, and rigor of the Exam.
  • The AP Teacher Manual, available in print and online, supports teaching the themes and skills within the Modern time span.

    Powerful Digital Resources and AP-Aligned Instruction
    Online study tools engage students and personalize the learning for AP success. The dynamic digital resources include:
  • An eBook and SmartBook® with instruction and assessments that reflect the Framework’s timespan and themes.
  • Targeted recommendations that focus students on concepts and content that require additional study.
  • Coverage and activities that focus on pre-1200 time periods to prepare students for the start date of the World History: Modern curriculum.
  • A Primary Source Library, organized by chapter, for in-depth analysis and interpretation.
  • AP-style test practice that reflects the actual Exam and real-time progress reports to help students monitor their own progress.

    5 Steps to a 5
    5 Steps to a 5: AP World History guides students through an effective 5-step study plan to help them build skills, knowledge, and test-taking confidence for AP Exam success. Includes 5 MINUTES TO A 5 Section with Daily activities to reinforce key AP topics!

  • Part 1: The Global Tapestry and Networks of Exchange (1200-1450)

    Chapter 1: The Resurgence of Empire in East Asia
    Chapter 2: The Expansive Realm of Islam
    Chapter 3: India and the Indian Ocean Basin
    Chapter 4: Eastern and Western Europe in the Early Medieval Period
    Chapter 5: Nomadic Empires and Eurasian Integration
    Chapter 6: States and Societies of Sub-Saharan Africa
    Chapter 7: The Increasing Integration of Europe with the Wider World
    Chapter 8: Worlds Apart: The Americas and Oceania

    Part 2: Land-Based Empires and Transoceanic Empires (1450-1750)

    Chapter 9: Expanding Horizons of Cross-Cultural Interaction
    Chapter 10: Transoceanic Encounters and Global Connections
    Chapter 11: The Transformation of Europe
    Chapter 12: The Integration of the Americas and Oceania with the Wider World
    Chapter 13: Africa and the Atlantic World
    Chapter 14: Tradition and Change in East Asia
    Chapter 15: Empires in the South and Southwest

    Part 3: Revolutions and Consequences of Industrialization (1750-1900)

    Chapter 16: Revolutions and National States in the Atlantic World
    Chapter 17: The Making of Industrial Society
    Chapter 18: The Americas in the Age of Independence
    Chapter 19: Societies at Crossroads
    Chapter 20: The Apex of Global Empire Building

    Part 4: Global Conflict, Cold War and Decolonization, and Globalization (1900 to present)

    Chapter 21: The Great War: The World in Upheaval
    Chapter 22: Anxieties and Experiments in Postwar Europe and the United States
    Chapter 23: Revolutionaries and Nationalists in the Colonial and Neocolonial World
    Chapter 24: New Conflagrations: World War II and the Cold War
    Chapter 25: The End of Empire in an Era of Cold War
    Chapter 26: Into the Twenty-First Century

    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 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. At present, he is 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.

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