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Worlds Together, Worlds Apart: A History of the World, Volume Two: From 1000 CE to the Present

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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 nat ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published December 6th 2010 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published January 1st 2002)
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Loving this book! I'm currently taking a Coursea free online World History class through Princeton University. This is the text book for the class. Much fun for history lovers like me. BTW, there are currently 70,000 people enrolled in the class.
I don't usually read textbooks in my free time, or count them as part of my reading total, but I read this one as part of a Coursera course. I found it to be surprisingly good, and well above average in terms of quality. I've always been interested in history, and am happy to say I learned quite a bit from this book. For casual use, I wouldn't recommend it, but if you're taking a class that requires or even just recommends it, then you can be glad to have one of the better choices out there, in ...more
Unsatisfying. To me it read much more like an A-Level textbook that one suitable for undergraduate study. Perhaps it's the broad sweeping nature of the coverage. The lack of inline citations and counter arguments also left me exasperated. It was only useful as an end in itself, not as a jumping off point, which is what I would expect of an academic core text.
It's a good book, it follows the major societies - the Safavids, the Mughals, the ottomans, the quing and Ming empires, the Mongols, and the Muslims and Europeans. It doesn't represent Latin America well. It gives a good overview of shifting powers in the past, but does a pretty abysmal job after 1970. so up until chapter 20 it seems ok, but then it gets sketchy.
This is the first textbook for a class that I've read in its entirety. To be fair, for most of my schooling we were given chapters to read.
This is an excellent world history book, written in an engaging style. There are lots of illustrations, photos and maps. It was worth the $75 used I had to pay for it.
Surprisingly good for a high school-level textbook.
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