The second volume in the American Historical Association's global history series introduces readers to the cross-cultural study of ancient and classical civilizations. The opening essay by Jerry Bentley surveys methodologies and critical interpretations that have been essential to the development of comparative historical analysis. These include contributions from the fields of sociology, archaeology, linguistics, and anthropology, and recent investigative practices that honor previously neglected groups and validate testimony passed down through oral traditions. The first set of essays highlight predominant themes in global history by examining the ongoing interactions between ancient agrarian and nomadic societies as well as the impact of these exchanges on economic development and cross-cultural adaptation. The essays in the second section focus on regional patterns in the dissemination of ideas, institutions, and material culture.
By highlighting key historical transitions and recurring cultural patterns, this book provides an engaging introduction to the complexities of human development. Written by leading scholars in the field, the historiographic essays in Agricultural and Pastoral Societies in Ancient and Classical History offer students and teachers a comprehensive overview of the arguments, applications, and resources that inform comparative global history.
Michael Adas is Abraham Voorhees Professor of History, Rutgers University.
CONTRIBUTORS: Introduction - MICHAEL ADAS, Series Editor; JERRY H. BENTLEY, Shapes of World History in Twentieth-Century Scholarship; JOHN MEARS, Agricultural Origins in Global Perspective; PETER GOLDEN, Nomads and Sedentary Societies in Eurasia; SARAH SHAVER HUGHES AND BRADY HUGHES, Women in Ancient Civilizations; XINRU LIU, The Silk Road: Overland Trade and Cultural Interactions in Eurasia; JOHN E. KICZA, The Peoples and Civilizations of the Americas Before Contact; CHRISTOPHER EHRET, Sudanic Civilization; STANLEY BURSTEIN, The Hellenistic Period in World History; LYNDA SHAFFER, Southernization; JONATHAN S. WALTERS, Finding Buddhists in Global History
Introduction --Michael Adas Part I: General Themes 1. Shapes of World History in Twentieth-Century Scholarship --Jerry H. Bentley 2. Agricultural Origins in Global Perspective --John Mears 3. Nomads and Sedentary Societies in Eurasia --Peter Golden 4. Women in Ancient Civilizations --Sarah Shaver Hughes and Brady Hughes 5. The Silk Road: Overland Trade and Cultural Interactions in Eurasia --Xinru Liu Part II: Cross-Cultural Themes in Key Global Regions 6. The Peoples and Civilizations of the Americas Before Contact --John E. Kicza 7. Sudanic Civilization --Christopher Ehret 8. The Hellenistic Period in World History --Stanley Burstein 9. Southernization --Lynda Shaffer 10. Finding Buddhists in Global History --Jonathan S. Walters About the Contributors
"Viewed as a whole, this volume forms a major contribution to the current 'global discourse' in historical scholarship." --Ancient East & West