Cultural Encounters from Antiquity to the Present
Edited by David W. Del Testa, Florence Lemoine, and John Strickland
Includes: Topic Finder, A-Z entries and overviews, maps, chronologies, glossary, bibliography
“The articles are clearly written and engaging enough to hold the attention of most readers from high school up. Global History's cross-cultural approach differentiates it from standard world history reference sources, and it is recommended for high-school, public, and college libraries.” Booklist
“A good source of information for reports. Primary-source documents are excerpted extensively. Each volume has a comprehensive index and up-to-date bibliography. Uncluttered and easy-to-understand maps and many graphs, photographs, and reproductions enhance the set.” School Library Journal
“In terms of content, this encyclopedia is excellent. The entries are balanced and informative. ... This set is highly recommended for high school and undergraduate collections.” American Reference Books Annual
Description: Written in a lively, engaging style and designed to complement the high school social studies curriculum as well as programs in the social sciences and humanities, this reference vividly recreates and analyzes pivotal encounters, exchanges, and conflicts between cultures and civilizations that profoundly influenced the course of human history. It covers all regions of the globe—Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, the Americas, and the Pacific -- and all time periods—from the early trade networks of the Fertile Crescent in 10,000 B.C.E. to the spread of monotheism in late antiquity and the early Middle Ages, through Columbus's arrival in the Americas in 1492, up to the expansion of the World Wide Web. Each article details one encounter, highlighting the historical background of the civilizations or cultures involved, describing the exchange, and analyzing its social, political, economic, and cultural significance.
Introduction: The Emergence of Global History as an Area of Study
Antiquity (5,000 B.C.E. to 400s C.E.)
Eurasian Trade and Migration, 5000—500 B.C.E.
Phoenician Trading Empire and Spread of the Alphabet, 2500—800 B.C.E.
Greek Bronze Age: Minoan and Mycenaean Influence and Exchange, 1700—1200 B.C.E.
Indo-European Migration to the Indus Valley, 1500—500 B.C.E.
Olmec Influence in Mesoamerica, 1250 B.C.E.—300 C.E.
Jerusalem and the Rise of Monotheistic Civilizations, ca. 950 B.C.E.—700 C.E.
Chavin Culture in Pre-Columbian Peru, 900—200 B.C.E.
Persian Empire of Darius, 521—486 B.C.E.
Nok Culture and Spread of the Bantu Peoples, 500 B.C.E.—500 C.E.
India's Cultural Expansion to Southeast Asia, 500 B.C.E.—900 C.E
Silk Roads, 400 B.C.E.—900 C.E.
Greek Empire: Creation of the Hellenistic World, 327 B.C.E.—600 C.E.
Barbarians in China, 206 B.C.E. —907 C.E.
Chinese Writing System: Spread in East Asia, 200 B.C.E.—1200s C.E.
China's Contact with Southeast Asia, 200 B.C.E.—1433 C.E.
Roman Empire and the Mediterranean World, 46 B.C.E.—330 C.E.
Barbarians in the Roman Empire, ca. 300—700 C.E.
Spread of Religions and Empires (400s to 1400s)
Spread of Religions and Empires: Introduction
Buddhism in China, 400s—845
Nestorian Christianity and the Civilizations of Asia, 424—1395
Celts and the Civilizations of Western Europe, 461—1169
Islam: Establishment and Spread, 570—1050
Chinese and Islamic Empires in Central Asia, 651—1279
Islam in Spain, 700—1000
Great Zimbabwe Trading Empire, 800—1500
Zheng He and the Treasure Fleet: Chinese Naval Expeditions, 907—1435
Byzantine Empire and the Slavs, 980—1453
Vietnam's Southward Expansion, 1009—1692
Seljuk Turks and Islamic Civilization, 1055—1308
Islam: Spread to Sub-Saharan Africa, 1055—1543
Frankish Crusades and the Civilizations of the Eastern Mediterranean, 1095—1291
Mongols and the Civilizations of Eurasia, 1210—1380
Marco Polo in Asia, 1271—1295
Ibn Battuta and the Spread of Islam in Asia and Africa, 1325—1355
Black Death Spreads to Europe, 1345—1352
Ottoman Empire and European Civilization, 1453—1923
Age of Discovery and Colonial Expansion (1400s to 1900s)
Age of Discovery and Colonial Expansion: Introduction
Chinese Migration to Southeast Asia and the Pacific Rim, 1405—1960s
Portuguese in Kongo, 1480s—1975
Christopher Columbus and the Columbian Exchange, 1492—1542
European Colonialism and the Civilizations of Asia, 1498—1900
Atlantic Slave Economy, ca. 1500—1888
Spanish Empire and the Civilizations of Mexico, 1521—1823
Jesuits and the Civilizations of Europe and Asia, 1541—1723
Russian Empire and the Civilizations of Asia and America, 1552—1876
Jamestown: Colonial Diversity, 1561—1705
Spanish New Mexico: Borderlands Exchange, 1598—ca. 1700
England's East India Company, 1600—1873
French Fur Trade in Canada, 1603—1763
Russian Empire and Western Europe, 1682—1917
Germany and Nineteenth-Century Europe, 1789—1918
British Empire and Chinese Civilization, 1793—1912
Napoleon's Occupation of Egypt and the Reforms of Muhammad Ali, 1798—1882
French Colonization of West Africa, 1828—1960
Asian Thought in American Culture, 1836—1925
Opium Wars, 1839—1860
Japan Opens to the West, 1853—1889
Railroads in India, 1853—1947
Italians in Ethiopia, 1896—1942
Contemporary World (1900s to the Present)
Contemporary World: Introduction
African, Asian, and Pacific Islander Influences on European Art and Culture, 1891—1920s
Asian Religions and the New Age in the United States, 1893—Present
American Empire in the Philippines, 1898—1945
Tejano Music, 1910—1995
Ecumenical Movement: The Promotion of Christian Unity, 1910—2000
African Colonial Independence and Global Warfare, 1914—1960s
ANZAC Troops in World War I, 1914—1945
Soviet Union and Twentieth-Century Europe, 1917—1991
Soviet Union and the Communist International, 1919—1943
Hollywood and the Global Film Community, 1920s—Present
Commercial Air Travel, 1925—Present
Turkey: Modernization, 1922—1938
Muslim Brotherhood and its Influence, 1928—Present
Palestinian Arabs: The Great Revolt, 1936—1939
World War II and World Institutions, 1936—1939
International Monetary System, 1944—Present
Cold War, 1945—1991
Americanization of Popular and Consumer Culture, 1945—Present
Rock and Roll and Youth Culture, 1954—Present
Environmental Movement: From Localism to Globalism, 1962—Present
Satellite Broadcasting, 1962—Present
Global Human Rights, 1975—Present
AIDS Pandemic, 1977—Present
Internet Revolution, 1977—Present