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World History

From the renowned six-volume Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History, now in its second edition, to the best-selling This Fleeting World by David Christian, Berkshire’s history titles have been designed to show that the world really is round- and interconnected.

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    A World View: Collected Essays (pre-order paperback)
    A World View: Collected Essays (pre-order paperback)

    Perceptive, inquisitive essays by the author of The Rise of the West, Plagues and Peoples, and The Human WebIncludes the speech “Leaving Western Civ Behind” and a lengthy cover essay from Foreign Affairs on the importance of myth. Pre-order at $29.99 plus shipping. Any discount available will also be applied.

    $0.00$15.99
    Women: A World History
    Women: A World History

    Women: A World History was written for students in world history, women’s history, introductory sociology and anthropology courses, and women’s studies courses. It is also a helpful and engaging guide for the general reader who wants to understand why “women’s history” exists and how it expands traditional thinking about the past. Historian Pamela McVay explores the evolving roles of women in all parts of the world and focuses on issues particularly important in women’s lives such as lineage, family structure, and rules regarding marriage and sexuality. The book supplements core textbooks and monographs and course packs, and includes study questions and suggestions for further reading.

    Available as ePDF here, as a Kindle ebook, and from major academic ebook vendors.

    $9.99$29.99
    This Fleeting World in Farsi Persian cover
    This Fleeting World (Farsi Edition)

    This Fleeting World offers a global, scientific perspective on our shared human story, translated for the Farsi-speaking people of Iran and Afghanistan.

    $2.99
    This Is Islam
    This Is Islam

    his Is Islam: From Muhammad and the Community of Believers to Islam in the Global Community presents a lively introduction to a religion that has a dramatic history and plays a crucial role in the world today. Written by Professor Jamal Elias of the University of Pennsylvania, the book also includes a Teacher’s Preface by Katherine L. Saffle, Heritage Hall Upper School.

    $9.95$29.99
    Story of Utopias: 100th Anniversary Edition
    Story of Utopias: 100th Anniversary Edition

    The Story of Utopias was first published in 1922, in the aftermath of a world war and global pandemic, by a young writer. Berkshire’s 100th anniversary edition is designed for the reader of today. In a preface to the 50th anniversary edition, Lewis Mumford explained that The Story of Utopias began with an awareness “that the impetus of the great nineteenth century, with its fund of buoyant idealism and robust social enterprise, had come to an end. If we were to cope with the new age before us, whose grim outlines had long been visible to sensitive, probing minds, we would have to overcome the massive aberrations that had in fact led to the debacle of the First World War. . . . When I started to explore the historic utopias, I was seeking to discover what was missing, and to define what was still possible.” This book is in some ways the essential Lewis Mumford, an introduction to a man who had worldwide influence, and whose thinking is directly relevant to the challenges we face today.

    $9.95$39.95
    This Is America: A Short History of the United States
    This Is America: A Short History of the United States

    This Is America: A Short History of the United States offers a unique guide to the United States of America, a nation that in recent history has been the most affluent, influential, and powerful on Earth, known for innovation as well as for its belief in its own “exceptionalism.” This book will give US citizens and people elsewhere a more nuanced view of the “beautiful country.”

    $9.99$29.95
    Summers Long Ago: On Grandfather's Farm and in Grandmother's Kitchen
    Summers Long Ago: On Grandfather's Farm and in Grandmother's Kitchen

    Visit beautiful Prince Edward Island in the 1920s in these stories of Summers Long Ago spent by a city boy who grew up to be a famous world historian.

    $25.00
    Big History, Small World
    Big History, Small World

    Big History, Small World: From the Big Bang to You blends history and science in the unique approach called “big history” and is designed for high-school students. Cynthia Stokes Brown takes a humanistic approach to material that includes meteorology, astronomy, chemistry and physics, and cell biology. This provides an ideal introduction for any reader intrigued by this rich blend of history and science. In the first chapter, Brown discusses the scientific method. In the last chapter she discusses the different ways people interpret big history and find meaning in it. The other ten chapters are based on eight major turning points, or thresholds, in the cosmic story.

     

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    This Fleeting World: A Short History of Humanity (AP World History Edition)
    This Fleeting World: A Short History of Humanity (AP World History Edition)

    Prize-winning historian David Christian takes us on a fascinating journey, telling the story of the universe and history of humanity in only 102 pages. We start with the Big Bang, move on to the earliest era of human foragers, then learn about to the invention of agriculture and the spread of humans around the world. We finally arrive in the twenty-first century, the Anthropocene epoch. This popular book, now in its sixth printing, was designed for students and also includes an appendix about AP World History Teacher’s Guide by Bob Bain and Lauren McArthur Harris.. There are numerous “Thought Experiments” guaranteed to spark discussion about the past, present, and future. Welcome to This Fleeting World.

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    $29.95
    Africa in World History: a Berkshire Essential
    Africa in World History: a Berkshire Essential

    Africa in World History, a Berkshire Essential, stresses Africa’s interrelatedness to other regions and cultures, from early trade routes, the arrival of Christianity and Islam, and the ramifications of colonialism to contemporary issues such as HIV/AIDS and apartheid that have thwarted Africa’s efforts to establish unity.

    $39.95
    Big History: a Berkshire Essential
    Big History: a Berkshire Essential

    Big History, a Berkshire Essential, places the history of humanity and the Earth in the largest of contexts – that of the universe. Its interdisciplinary approach draws from diverse fields including archaeology, paleoanthropology, astronomy, and biology, and raises new questions about the future of our species and its relationship to the biosphere.

    $39.95
    Religion and Belief Systems in World History: a Berkshire Essential
    Religion and Belief Systems in World History: a Berkshire Essential

    Religion and Belief Systems in World History, a Berkshire Essential, explores humanity’s desire for spiritual sustenance in prehistory. Based on archaeological evidence of gravesites dating to over 70,000 years ago, many neuroscientists believe humans are hard-wired to seek meaning through rites and ceremonies, myth and symbols, ideas and behaviors.

    $39.95
    World Environmental History: a Berkshire Essential
    World Environmental History: a Berkshire Essential

    World Environmental History, a Berkshire Essential, explores how the biosphere is affected by human interventions such as climate change, deforestation, waste management, water and wind energy, population growth, and urbanization.

    $39.95
    Art in World History: a Berkshire Essential
    Art in World History: a Berkshire Essential

    Art in World History, a Berkshire Essential, put readers in touch with art from the Paleolithic period and the millennium-long heyday of porcelain, to performance art of the postmodernist world.

    $59.95
    World History Teaching in Asia: A Comparative Survey
    World History Teaching in Asia: A Comparative Survey

    World History Teaching in Asia is the first broad survey of the content and approaches used to teach world history in secondary schools and colleges in Asia.

    $59.95$129.95
    Encyclopedia of World Sport [3 volumes, ABC-CLIO first edition]
    Encyclopedia of World Sport [3 volumes, ABC-CLIO first edition]

    Lucid and authoritative, this work – called “the newest sporting bible” by The Times of London – covers every Olympic sport, obscure activities such as buzkashi and jousting, and indigenous games in dozens of nations. This set, the original Encyclopedia of World Sport developed for ABC-CLIO by Berkshire Publishing during its days as a book packager, is packed with everything you could possibly want to know about hundreds of sports. Along with detailed information on how sports are played around the world, the Encyclopedia of World Sport explores emotions and issues surrounding the sporting life and looks at sport as an essential part of the human experience. Readers will find fascinating entries on baseball and badminton, tennis and takraw, as well as on an incredible range of activities played around the globe from ancient times up to the present.

    $399.99
    Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History, First Edition
    Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History, First Edition

    The Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History is the first true encyclopedic reference on world history. It is designed to meet the needs of students, teachers, and scholars who seek to explore and understand the panorama of our shared history of humans. Anyone who loves history – including those who are making history today – will find this work an endless source of fascinating, thought-provoking coverage of events, people, patterns, and processes.

    $575.00
    Dictionary of Chinese Biography: Prehistory to Xi Jiinping
    Dictionary of Chinese Biography: Prehistory to Xi Jiinping

    The Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography uses the life stories of 135 key individuals, to tell the story of China itself over the entire span of its history. This is the 3-volume set; Volume 4 can be purchased separately. For the complete 4 volumes, click here.

    $595.00
    Encyclopedia of World Environmental History
    Encyclopedia of World Environmental History

    The definitive reference source on the human relationship with nature throughout history, the Encyclopedia of World Environmental History provides much-needed explanation of urgent social and environmental issues in articles replete with the stories of human and natural history. Download the flyer. “This is the most ambitious effort yet to offer a comprehensive overview of the long-term history of human interactions with the natural world on a truly planetary scale. Contributors include some of the world’s leading environmental historians and the Encyclopedia of World Environmental History should be a standard reference tool for years to come.” —William Cronon, Frederick Jackson Turner Professor of History, Geography, and Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

    $750.00
    Dictionary of Chinese Biography: Complete 4-Volume Set
    Dictionary of Chinese Biography: Complete 4-Volume Set

    The Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography uses the life stories of key individuals, selected from the earliest dynasties to the present day, to tell the story of China itself over the entire span of its history. Volume 4, available separately, is on contemporary figures. Long-form essays by  many of the world’s leading China scholars introduce key figures who have shaped, influenced, and transformed China over the millennia: emperors, politicians, poets, writers, artists, scientists, explorers and philosophers. This is the first time that such comprehensive collection has been available in English, produced by internationally recognized experts, and designed to satisfy the growing thirst for knowledge about China. “No biographical dictionary of China has successfully replaced Herbert Giles’s [1898] work until the new DCB. It’s about time!” –Benjamin Elman, Princeton University.

    $779.00
    Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History, Second Edition
    Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History, Second Edition

    The renowned Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History, edited by William H. McNeill and an eminent board, provides an integrated view of human and universal history. Environmental and social issues are examined by scholars in 580 articles from the big bang to the 21st century. And all 6 volumes are now in Chinese, available from Sanlian Press.

    $1,050.00

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