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



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

Steven Wallech, Touraj Daryaee, Craig Hendricks, Anne Lynne Negus, Peter P. Wan, Gordon Morris Bakken

ISBN: 978-1-118-53277-5 April 2013 Wiley-Blackwell 397 Pages


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

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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

Suggested Reading

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

Suggested Reading

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

Suggested Reading

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

Suggested Reading

Chapter 29: The Inheritors of Power

The United States and Japan 642

The United States 642

Japan 647

Suggested Reading

Chapter 30: Decolonization

Phase One 656

China's Republican Revolution 656

India 663

The Middle East 665

Latin America 670

Suggested Reading

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

Suggested Reading

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