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First Edition   ©2013

Understanding World Societies, Combined Volume

A Brief History

John P. McKay (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) , Patricia Buckley Ebrey (University of Washington) , Roger B. Beck (Eastern Illinois University) , Clare Haru Crowston (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) , Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)

  • ISBN-10: 1-4576-1867-2
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-4576-1867-3
  • Paper Text , 1056 pages

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A streamlined narrative focuses on significant developments. 25% shorter than its parent text, this thoughtful abridgement retains A History of World Societies' hallmark focus on social history and clear regional organization while focusing on key cross-cultural developments. The result is a book that helps students grasp important issues so that they can come to class ready for lecture or discussion.

Strong and coherent chapter pedagogy fosters students' understanding of what's important. Designed to pique students' interest and guide them as they read and review, each major section poses a pointed question, includes key terms in the margins to emphasize major points, and ends with a review question. All images and maps are tied to the chapter narrative and strengthen student understanding.

Innovative three-step chapter review sections go beyond textbook conventions to teach historical thinking. In step one, students not only identify key terms but also explain their significance. In step two, they work on understanding the connections — cause and effect, change over time, and comparison and contrast — among the chapter's major ideas. And in step three, students pull it all together with analytical and synthesis questions that treat the whole chapter.

Engaging primary source and special features teach historical analysis. Listening to the Past 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.

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