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World History, Volume Two, A Concise Thematic Analysis, 2nd Edition

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World History: A Concise Thematic Analysis presents the highly anticipated second edition of the most affordable and accessible survey of world history designed for use at the college level.

  • An engaging narrative that contextualizes history and does not drown students in a sea of facts
  • Offers a comparative analysis of the great civilizations of Eurasia, Africa, and the Americas
  • Addresses themes of population dynamics, food production challenges, disease history, warfare, and other major issues for civilizations
  • Features new interior design and organization to enhance user experience
  • Instructor's test bank available online at www.wiley.com/go/wallech
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Table of Contents

Volume 2

Introduction x

Unit Three: The Modern World 371




The differential of power

Chapter 18: Spontaneous European Modernization: Phase One

The Process of Change Begins 375

Simultaneous Revolutions: Phase I, New Trade Routes 376

Simultaneous Revolutions: Phase II, Biology and Europe 377

Simultaneous Revolutions: Phase III, Warfare, Politics, and Religion 380

Simultaneous Revolutions: Phase IV, Commerce 386

Simultaneous Revolutions: Phase V, the State 402

special topic: The Elizabethan Era 406

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Chapter 19: The Differential of Power: Phase One

The Americas and Africa 415

Ship Technology in 1500 416

Spain's Rapid Success in the Americas after a Slow Start 422

special topic New Spain 422

A Hidden Agent in the Differential of Power: Disease 423

Native American Vulnerability 427

The Aztecs 429

The Incas 432

Brazil 433

Africa's Indigenous Slave Tradition 35

special topic: The Middle Passage: The Transport of Slaves on the Trans-Atlantic Trip 436

The Arrival of Europe 439

The Sale of Slaves 441

Consequences of the Slave Trade 442

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Chapter 20: Spontaneous European Modernization: Phase Two

The Origins of Public Opinion, the Concept of Culture, and the Nation-State 447

Science, Knowledge, and Faith 447

The Scientific Revolution 449

Locke's Philosophy and the Idea of Public Opinion 452

The Enlightenment 458

The Nation-State 470

The Ideology of Revolution 472

The French Revolution 474

Great Britain 478

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Chapter 21: The Nation-State

Diffusion of the French-British Model 484

The Central European Experience 485

Central Europeans and Internal Coherence 487

Suggested Reading 495

Chapter 22: The Differential of Power, Phase Two

Ideology, Medicine, and Technology Redefine Global Power 497

The New Teleology 499

Nation-States and Industry 510

Suggested Reading

Chapter 23: Nation-State Formation outside Europe

The United States and Japan 515

The United States 516

Japan 525

Suggested Reading

Chapter 24: Internal Divisions and Contradictions

Russia and Latin America 534

Russia 534

Latin America 550

Suggested Reading

Chapter 25: In the Crosshairs of Modernity

India and China 557

India 557

Late Imperial China: The Ming and Qing Dynasties 564

Suggested Reading 583

Chapter 26: Targets of Imperialism

Africa and the Middle East 585

Africa 586

The Middle East 596

Suggested Reading

Unit Four: Global Violence and the Postmodern Era 607


Postmodern Era



Chapter 27: World War I

The Consequences of Power 611

The Illusion of Progress 612

The Quest for Empire and the Habits of Violence 613

Danger Signs in the Short-War Phenomenon 615

Misunderstanding the Short-War Phenomenon 617

World War I: Total War, the Geographic Arena of Combat, Victory, and Defeat 618

Suggested Reading 623

Chapter 28: Totalitarianism

The Soviet Union and Nazi Germany 624

Totalitarianism 625

The Soviet Union 625

special topic: Abandoned Marxism 631

special topic: The Versailles Treaty 634

Nazi Germany 634

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Chapter 29: The Inheritors of Power

The United States and Japan 642

The United States 642

Japan 647

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Chapter 30: Decolonization

Phase One 656

China's Republican Revolution 656

India 663

The Middle East 665

Latin America 670

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Chapter 31: World War II and the Beginning of the Cold War

Expanding the Potential of Self-Destruction 676

World War II 676

special topic Mussolini's Italy 681

Mass Murder: A New Dimension to Global Warfare 686

The Cold War: Redefining World Power after 1945 690

Suggested Reading 695

Chapter 32: Global Decolonization

Phase Two 696

China 696

Japan 705

India 711

Africa 714

special topic: AIDS 721

The Middle East 722

Latin America 728

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Chapter 33: The End of the Cold War and the Contemporary World

The Complex Problems Facing a Multicultural Era 739

The End of the Cold War 739

special topic: The Legacy of Vietnam 743

The Contemporary World 745

Status, Freedom, and Equality 751

Population Dynamics 757

Suggested Reading

Credits C-1

Index I-1


The Columbian Exchange and the Slave Trade 374

The World Between World War I and II 610

The Imperial Era (1850–1914) 584

1945 to the Present 740

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Author Information

Steven Wallech is the senior Professor of World History at Long Beach City College. He developed the world history program there, and integrated the world history curriculum with community colleges and universities throughout California.

Craig Hendricks is Emeritus Professor of History at Long Beach City College. He has written on Latin America for history journals and edited four books of American social history readings.

Touraj Daryaee is theHoward C. Baskerville Professor of Iran and the Persianate World and the Associate Director of the Dr. Samuel Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture at the University of California, Irvine. He is editor of the Name-ye-Iran-e Bastan: The International Journal of Ancient Iranian Studies and the creator of Sasanika: The Late Antique Near East Project.

Anne Lynne Negus received her Ph.D. in Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, specializing in Egyptology. Currently she is Professor of History at Fullerton College and Co-Coordinator of the Honors Program.

Peter P. Wan received his B.A. from East China Normal University and taught American literature in China until he came to the United States on a Harvard-Yanching fellowship. He received his Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization from Harvard University. His major interests are American history, East Asian history, and U.S.-China relations.

Gordon Morris Bakken earned his degrees at the University of Wisconsin and joined the faculty of California State University, Fullerton, in 1969. He teaches courses on American legal history, women in American history, westward movement, and American military heritage.

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