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  • Hardcover
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $123.00
  • October 2013
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-92207-3
  • 1008 pages
  • Volume(s): One-Volume
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

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Worlds Together, Worlds Apart

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

Fourth Edition


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


A truly global approach to world history built around significant world history stories.

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 nineteenth-century capitalism, the rise of modern nation-states and empires, and others. The Fourth Edition of this successful text has been streamlined, shortened, and features a new suite of tools designed to help students think critically, master content and make connections across time and place.


A global-chronological approach

Every chapter is built around significant world history stories following a chronological world history periodization. With this integrative-chronological approach, every region of the world is incorporated into most chapters helping de-center the West, and students can more readily make comparisons and connections and more easily follow global historical processes. This truly global approach views the West as one player among many prominent ones across human history.  

Current scholarship gets students thinking like world historians

New Analyzing Global Development features showcase cutting-edge scholarship and is designed to empower students to do historical analysis using historical data or comparative information the way historians do. New Current Trends in World History features highlight the current scholarship in the field, with brief essays (and analysis questions) on major research topics. In the Fourth Edition, the coverage of South and East Asia in early world history have been completely rewritten, to build more social and cultural material into the narrative, and to make each period of each region’s history more distinctive.  

Streamlined, accessible, and study friendly

A new suite of pedagogical features make it easier for students to understand major historical developments, to make connections and comparisons, to think critically and analytically, and to master core content. “Before You Read This Chapter” pedagogy includes new Global Storylines, and new Focus Questions. “After You Read This Chapter” pedagogy includes new Tracing the Global Storylines, new Global Timelines, and refreshed key terms and Study Questions. The map program has been heavily revised to make the maps easier to read, and to simplify the content so students can identify major developments more readily.  

Abundant primary sources

More than 100 primary sources are integrated into the main text—about 5 or 6 per chapter. Each text has been carefully chosen to highlight the main chapter’s theme in a different region of the world. Even more documents are available on StudySpace, including headnotes and study questions, and in Worlds Together, Worlds Apart: A Companion Reader.  

Norton Coursepacks with assessment and lecture tools

Easily bring high-quality digital media into your classroom, online, or hybrid course. Norton Coursepacks are free and contain exclusive multimedia content, such as new Critical Reading Exercises, keyed to each chapter’s focus questions; new Map Exercises, Chrono-Quizzes, and StoryMaps. Each activity reports back to your school’s learning management system–so there’s no new system to learn.  

    One-Volume: Chapters 1–Epilogue
    Volume 1: Chapters 1–11
    Volume 2: Chapters 10–Epilogue
    Volume A: Chapters 1–8
    Volume B: Chapters 9–15
    Volume C: Chapters 15–Epilogue

    Chapter 1: Becoming Human
    Chapter 2: Rivers, Cities and First States, 4,000–2,000 BCE
    Chapter 3: Nomads, Territorial States, and Micro societies 2,000–1,000 BCE
    Chapter 4: First Empires and Common Cultures in Afro-Eurasia 1200–350 BCE
    Chapter 5: Worlds Turned Inside Out, 1000–350 BCE
    Chapter 6: Shrinking the Afro-Eurasian World, 350 BCE–250 BCE
    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: Death and Recovery in Afro-Eurasia 1350–1600
    Chapter 12: Contact, Commerce, and Colonization (1450’s–1600)
    Chapter 13: Worlds Unsettled (1600–1750)
    Chapter 14: Cultures of Splendor and Power (1600–1780)
    Chapter 15: Reordering the World (1750–1800)
    Chapter 16: Alternative Visions of the Nineteenth Century
    Chapter 17: Nations and Empires (1850–1914)
    Chapter 18: Unsettled World (1800–1914)
    Chapter 19: Of Masses and Visions of the Modern (1910’s–1930’s)
    Chapter 20: The Three World Order (1940–1975)
    Chapter 21: Worlds Together, Worlds Apart: Globalization (1975–1999)
    Epilogue: 2000–2013