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[Ebook PDF] Patterns of World History: Brief Third Edition, Volume One to 1600, 3rd Edition
Patterns of World History, Brief Third Edition, offers a distinct framework for understanding the global past through the study of origins, interactions, and adaptations. Authors Peter von Sivers, Charles A. Desnoyers, and George B. Stow examine the full range of human ingenuity over time and space in a comprehensive, even-handed, and critical fashion.
Approximately twenty-five percent shorter than the highly acclaimed comprehensive text, this Brief Third Edition features a streamlined and tightened narrative. With prices starting at $24.95 per split volume, the Brief Third Edition is one of the least expensive full-color world history textbooks available. It is also available as an embedded eBook with OUP’s online learning and assessment platform, Oxford Learning Cloud.
The response to the first two editions of Patterns of World History has been extraordinarily gratifying to those of us involved in its development. The diversity of schools that have adopted the book-co1nn1unity colleges as well as state universities; s1nall liberal arts schools as well as large private universities-suggests to us that its central pren1ise of exploring patterns in ,world history is both adaptable to a variety of pedagogical environments and congenial to a wide body of instructors. Indeed, from the responses to the book we have received thus far, we expect that the level of writing, tin1eliness and con1pleteness of the n1aterial, and analytical approach will serve it well as the discipline of world history continues to, nature. These key strengths are enhanced in the third edition of Patterns by constructive, dyna1nic suggestions fron1 the broad range of students and instructors, who are using the book. It is widely agreed that world history is 1nore than sin1ply the sun1 of all national histories. Like, vise, Patterns of World History, Third Edition, is n1ore than an unbroken sequence of dates, battles, rulers, and their activities, and it is n1ore than the study of isolated stories of change over tin1e. Rather, in this textbook we endeavor to present in a clear and engaging way how world history “works.” Instead of 1nerely offering a narrative history of the appearance of this or that innovation, we present an analysis of the process by which an innovation in one pa rt of the world is diffused and carried to the rest of the globe. Instead of focusing on the 1nen1orization of people, places, and events, we strive to present in1portant facts in context and dram 1neaningful connections, analyzing whatever patterns we find and drawing conclusions, where we can. In short, ,Ve seek to examine the interlocking n1echanisms and anin1ating forces of world history, without neglecting the human agency behind them.