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World Civilizations: The Global Experience

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Examines all the world's civilizations, including those in the Western tradition but also those civilizations sometimes neglected in world history texts. Maintaining a focus on social history explores gender, class, economic, and intellectual issues, while examining patterns of inequality and human agency throughout world history. Instructors of World Civilization surveys ...more
Hardcover, Combined Fourth Edition
Published 2004 by Longman Publishing Group (first published January 1st 1992)
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Apr 26, 2009 K-Boy rated it did not like it
Oct 05, 2014 Raena rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, history
This was my textbook in sophomore year for AP World History. I loved it! Everything was so interesting and easily understood and the graphics were nice too :D I didn't even mind outlining every chapter. Having a great teacher helped too.
Jun 22, 2012 Jenni rated it really liked it
I was forced to read this book in Freshman year, and I did so--complete with Advil to ward off the migraines and eye drops for my red eyes after all-nighters before tests. Suffice to say that it was miserable, in the process of learning the material.

Afterwards, though, I gained a great apprecation for this book. I just graduated from High School and went back to a Freshman classroom and bought the book off some grateful kid for ten bucks. I've begun to read it again, this time with a much more l
Nov 06, 2011 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one for *fun*, unless you're a great nerd
Recommended to Sarah by: Required for AP World History
It was very informative, but so. long. That in addition to its (sometimes needlessly) advanced vocabulary and small script made it hell to slog through, even though it was an interesting hell. I read the entire thing, did a review book and got a 5 on the AP exam, so mission accomplished, I suppose.

For what it's intended to be, it deserves 4-5 stars. But it IS a textbook. Don't expect it to be fun, especially since it's one of the major reasons I don't read as much for fun anymore.
Hannah Lee
Apr 14, 2015 Hannah Lee rated it really liked it
I had to read this for my world history advanced placement class this year to prepare us for the exam. Sterns is very thorough with each civilization, and has more information than most textbooks on this subject have. Although it is very fun to read in some places, most chapters are extremely difficult to read as they are so dry and 'boring'. The topic of the paragraphs seem to jump around without cause, leaving the reader wondering if Sterns is still taking about the original subject in the par ...more
Apr 19, 2015 Maaya rated it did not like it
I absolutely loathe how long-winded this textbook is. The paragraphs are most definitely not succinct and a few pages could be edited out of each chapter. The entire book focuses more on certain civilizations than others, producing quite an unbalanced view of world history (I mean, how could ANYONE combine the civilizations of Persia, Greece, and Rome into ONE chapter, while dedicating three consecutive chapters to Islam) The only aspects that were helpful in the least were the timelines and voc ...more
What did I think? Well, everyone out there probably doesn't want to read everything I have thought about this book. But now that I am finished I am ecstatic and want to have a party and will never take another AP history class again. Through this book I have discovered that history is definitely not my calling. I just don't enjoy it. Props to people who do; its just not for me. CONGRATULATIONS to anyone who has ever read this textbook, I am glad to join your rankings.
Oct 05, 2014 Logan rated it really liked it
My AP World History textbook taught me that being ignorant is very easy if you don't truly understand what has happened before us. The class definitely enlightened me (lol curriculum joke), and I believe that in order to be a civilized representative of planet Earth, you need to know all of the history in this textbook.
May 02, 2011 Allysia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I took World History in my freshman year of High-School and I absolutely loved it. Sometimes outlining this book seemed tedious but after I was done with the course, I'd really grown to love this book.
Holly (Holly's Reading Hollow)
I'm adding this to my "read" list because after taking notes from every page in this book for my A.P. World History class this year, I think of it as an accomplishment :) Haha.
Barbara Sun
May 14, 2013 Barbara Sun rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was the death of me, I never want to see it again. BURN PARTY WOOHOO
Cassandrah Zenk
Have to admit to falling asleep while reading.
I hate this Fugging book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
John Tosin
Nov 21, 2012 John Tosin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An interesting book and very easy to read.
Feb 06, 2016 Anika rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Nope. Nopenopenopenopenoooope.
Sep 14, 2011 Ivory rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NOBODY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Recommended to Ivory by: My history teacher (ugh!)
Shelves: boring
It sucked MAJORLY! Sorry Snips!
May 17, 2013 Zoha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Awfully boring.
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Peter N. Stearns is a professor at George Mason University, where he was provost, from January 1, 2000 to July 2014.

Stearns was Chair of the Department of History at Carnegie Mellon University and also served as the Dean of the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences. In addition, he founded and edited the Journal of Social History. While at Carnegie Mellon he developed a pioneering app
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