Global Connections presents global history in a manner that is readable and digestible for students. In their comparative approach, the authors avoid merely narrating one event or one civilization after another and, instead, demonstrate how the myriad details of history fall into recognizable patterns that clarify our understanding, and these patterns can be examined comparatively across national borders.
Key Features of Global Connections
- A GENUINE WORLD FOCUS
Sensitive to issues of Eurocentricism, the authors concentrate on transnational issues and uses comparative history more determinedly and consistently than any textbook in the field and mold students’ views of the whole sweep of history.
- TELLS THE STORY OF HISTORY
The authors, providing a common analytical framework, introduce the key concepts of the modern social sciences through a dynamic historical narrative to appeal to the widest possible audience.
- EVERYBODY MAKES HISTORY
The authors demonstrate how ordinary people have creatively shaped not only their own lives, but how the everyday experiences of social life are connected to the great political events and commercial exchanges of an interconnected world.
- ENCOURAGES ANALYTICAL THINKING
Every chapter narrative is linked to the questions social scientists ask, stressing it’s not just what happened, but why that makes world history interesting.
- USE OF BASIC CONCEPTS TO ILLUSTRATE PATTERNS
Principles such as commercialization, militarization, stratification, state formation, industrialization, imperialism, and proletarianization give shape to the narrative to illustrate how the myriad details of history do fall into patterns that clarify our understanding—these patterns are then examined comparatively across borders.
- HISTORY TRANSCENDS WRITTEN RECORDS
The broad-view narrative is oriented toward social and material history, combining textual, material, visual, and quantitative evidence, to glean valuable clues about the social lives of many ordinary people—including groups that did not leave written records—in the past.
- CONNECTING THE PAST TO THE PRESENT
The final chapter, Charles Tilly’s last unpublished piece, provides rich material for the concluding classes in a world history course and also serves as a model of how to use historical material to analyze current events.
- UNEQUIVOCAL SCHOLARSHIP
The authors, renowned specialists in particular region(s) of the world, have collaborated to write an inspired, broad comparative and thematic perspective of global history.
- DELIBERATE FOCUS ON READABILITY AND PRESENTATION
The narrative moves gradually from particular and detailed examples into central issues of world history, enabling students to find a familiar structure to the story of each place and time so they can refer to comparative evidence across different regions.
- ACCOUNTING FOR THE PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT
The authors emphasize the constraints (and misuse) of the physical environment on explaining differences between regions and eras
Global Connections: Politics, Exchange and Social Life in World History
John Coatsworth, Juan Cole, Michael Hanagan, Peter C. Perdue, Charles Tilly, Louisa A. Tilly.
Volume 1 (to 1500)
ISBN: 9780521145183 | 717 pages | 65 maps | 45 illustrations | 18 timelines | $49.99 | £30.00
Volume 2 (1500 to present)
ISBN: 9780521145190 | 750 pages | 75 maps | 66 illustrations | 19 timelines | $49.99 | £30.00