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Book Details

  • Hardcover
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $115.00
  • December 2010
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-93492-2
  • 843 pages
  • Volume(s): One-Volume
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

Worlds Together, Worlds Apart

A History of the World: From the Beginnings of Humankind to the Present

Third Edition


Volume(s): One-Volume

Jeremy Adelman (Author, Princeton University), Stephen Aron (Author, University of California, Los Angeles), Peter Brown (Author, Princeton University), Benjamin Elman (Author, Princeton University), Stephen Kotkin (Author, Princeton University), Xinru Liu (Author, College of New Jersey), Suzanne Marchand (Author, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge), Holly Pittman (Author, University of Pennsylvania), Gyan Prakash (Author, Princeton University), Brent Shaw (Author, Princeton University), Robert Tignor (Author, Princeton University), Michael Tsin (Author, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)


The most global approach to world history, now more streamlined and accessible.

Worlds Together, Worlds Apart is organized around major world history stories and themes: the emergence of cities, the building of the Silk Road, the spread of major religions, the spread of the Black Death, the Age of Exploration, alternatives to 19th-century capitalism, the rise of modern nation-states and empires, and more. In the Third Edition, the text has been compressed and streamlined to heighten emphasis on world history stories and themes throughout.


Memorable world history stories in every chapter

Each chapter discusses all regions of the globe and highlights a major world history story or concept, such as the formation of the Silk Road or the spread of the Black Death. This thematic approach within a chronological framework helps students to make comparisons and connections across the world, and leaves an imprint that lasts longer than names, places, and dates. The integrated approach also allows students to track trends and patterns across time and place and between societies. 

An interpretive, global history with a non-Eurocentric perspective

Worlds Together, Worlds Apart, Third Edition, highlights the tension between the forces of global integration that drew the world together and the ongoing efforts of each culture to stand as worlds apart by maintaining their own identities and traditions. This struggle is on display in every chapter in the book and is explored through three foundational themes:

• Cultural exchange and interaction between societies
• Changing power relationships between societies and regions of the world
• The struggle to maintain identity while facing ever-increasing globalization

The authors take a non-Eurocentric perspective throughout. For much of the book, they argue that cultures such as the Han, Mongols, and Islamic dynasties were more advanced and dominant than the West, and that 19th- and 20th-century Western imperialism was incomplete and ultimately fell apart.

Streamlined to heighten the focus on stories and themes

The text has been noticeably shortened and new pedagogical features added to increase the appeal to a wide range of instructors and students.

• A full 20% reduction in the narrative heightens world history stories and themes.
New Storyline features appear after the chapter introduction, and are designed to highlight the chapter themes and show how they apply to each region of the world.
• Chapter introductions have been rewritten to highlight chapters themes to help students stay on top of the most important global developments in a given period.

Innovative pedagogy helps students master core material and think critically

In-text features include:

Focus Questions that appear throughout each chapter, keeping students focused on the big picture.
Study Questions at the end of each chapter that ask students to think analytically about the material
Revised end-of-chapter global chronologies that make it easier to see comparative developments.
• An in-text map program with "guiding" questions designed to help students read maps and understand the relationship between history and geography.
• In-text primary sources with critical questions designed to help students learn how to analyze and interpret primary sources.

Electronic media provides the tools students need for research and review

StudySpace, the free student website, features World History Tours powered by Google Maps. These tours trace European and global developments over time, touching down on locations to launch documents and images for analysis. Additionally, StudySpace gives students even more geography help with interactive maps and map worksheets for each textbook map, and includes nearly 100 new primary source documents, for a total of nearly 350 sources. 

    Volume 1: Chapters 1-11
    Volume 2: Chapters 10-Epilogue
    Volume A: Chapters 1-10
    Volume B: Chapters 9-15
    Volume C: Chapters 15-Epilogue
    Chapter 1:  Becoming Human
    Chapter 2:  Rivers, Cities and First States, 4000–2000 BCE
    Chapter 3:  Nomads, Territorial States, and Microsocieties, 2000–1200 BCE
    Chapter 4:  First Empires and Common Cultures in Afro-Eurasia, 1250–325 BCE
    Chapter 5:  Worlds Turned Inside Out, 1000–350 BCE
    Chapter 6:  Shrinking the Afro-Eurasian World, 350 BCE–250 CE
    Chapter 7:  Han Dynasty China and Imperial Rome, 300 BCE–300 CE
    Chapter 8:  The Rise of Universal Religions, 300–600 CE
    Chapter 9:  New Empires and Common Cultures, 600–1000 CE
    Chapter 10:  Becoming “The World,” 1000–1300 CE
    Chapter 11:  Crises and Recovery in Afro-Eurasia, 1300–1500
    Chapter 12:  Contact, Commerce, and Colonization, 1450–1600
    Chapter 13:  Worlds Entangled, 1600–1750
    Chapter 14:  Cultures of Splendor and Power, 1500–1780
    Chapter 15:  Reordering the World, 1750–1850
    Chapter 16:  Alternative Visions of the Nineteenth Century
    Chapter 17:  Nations and Empires, 1850–1914
    Chapter 18:  An Unsettled World, 1890–1914
    Chapter 19:  Of Masses and Visions of the Modern, 1910–1939
    Chapter 20:  The Three-World Order, 1940–1975
    Chapter 21:  Globalization, 1970–2000
    Epilogue:  2001–The Present