The hallmark focus on social history and clear regional organization works in the classroom. Social history captures students’ interest in the everyday life of the past and makes the reading engaging and memorable, while the regional organization is both teachable and accessible because it grounds students in a particular culture before making connections across societies.
Engaging special features teach historical analysis. Listening to the Past and Viewpoints documents introduce students to primary-source analysis; Individuals in Society essays engage students with the fascinating stories of people from around the world; and Global Trade essays on commodities from silk to arms illustrate the ways in which trade connects and influences.
Showcases visual sources, making the past tangible for students. Over 530 contemporaneous images, including artifacts, paintings, and photographs, highlight the richness of the global past.