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VOLUME I:Introduction: Venture into History. I. ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS: THE CONTINENTAL CROSSROADS (3500-200 B.C.E). 1. Humanity Before History: Stone Age People (5,000,000-3500 B.C.E.). 2. The Walls of Babylon: The Cities of Mesopotamia (3500-500 B.C.E.). 3. The Pyramid Builders: The Kingdom of Egypt (3200-100 B.C.E.). 4. Moses and the Prophets: The Ancient Hebrews and Their World (1500-500 B.C.E.). 5. Athena and the Philosophers: The Greek City-States (1500-200 B.C.E.). II. ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS: THE FARTHER REACHES (2500-200 B.C.E.). 6. Brahman and Lord Buddha: The Rise of Indian Civilization (2500-200 B.C.E.). 7. The Age of the Sages: The Rise of Chinese Civilization (1500-200 B.C.E.). 8. African Traders and Empire Builders: Nubia and Carthage (1500-150 B.C.E.). 9. America's First Civilizations: The Olmecs and Chavin Culture (1500-400 B.C.E.) 10. Whirlwind Has Unseated Zeus: Cultural Evolution in History. III. CLASSICAL CIVILIZATIONS (500 B.C.E.-C.E. 500). 11. The Eternal City: The Roman Empire (500 B.C.E.-C.E. 500). 12. The Pillars of Persepolis: Persia and the Middle East (500 B.C.E.-C.E. 650). 13. Golden Age on the Ganges: The Peoples of India (200 B.C.E.-C.E. 550). 14. The Grandeur of Han China: The Chinese Empire (200 B.C.E.-C.E. 200). 15. The Obelisks of Axum: Africa from the Red Sea to the Sahara (600 B.C.E.-C.E. 600). 16. The Pyramids of Mexico and Peru: The Americas from the Mochica to the Maya (200 B.C.E.-C.E. 900). 17. The Long Voyagers: Cultural Diffusion in History. IV. EXPANDING CULTURE ZONES (500-1500). 18. Cathedral Spires: The Rise of Christendom (500-1500). 19. Domes and Minarets: The Rise of Islam (600-1300). 20. Merchants and Missionaries of the Indies: India and Southeast Asia (600-1500). 21. The First Meritocracy: China and East Asia (600-1250). 22. Lords of the Eurasian Heartland: Mongol Rule from Russia to China (1200-1400). 23. Kings of Inner Africa: From Ghana to Ethiopia (600-1450). 24. Conquering Peoples of the Americas: From the Toltecs to Chimu (900-1400). 25. The Hinge of History: From Pluralism to Globalism. VOLUME II:Introduction: The Convergence of History. V. THE WORLD IN BALANCE (1350-1600). 26. Europe Reborn: Renaissance and Reformation (1300-1600). 27. The Muslim Center: Turkey, Persia, India (1450-1650). 28. Mandarins and Samurai: China and Japan (1350-1650). 29. A Continent on the Move: Africa to Songhai to Great Zimbabwe (1450-1600). 30. The Empires of the Sun: The Americas Under the Aztecs and the Incas (1350-1550). 31. Masters of Most of the Earth: The World's Preurban Peoples. VI. THE WORLD OF INTERCONTINENTAL EMPIRES (1500-1900). 32. Caravels and Cannon: The Rise of Western Imperialism (1500-1800). 33. From Versailles to Voltaire: Europe in the Age of Absolutism and Enlightenment (1600-1800). 34. Fading Empires and Hermit Kingdoms: Decline and Isolation in Asia (1650-1870). 35. The World of Shaka Zulu: Turmoil and Transformation in Africa (1770-1870). 36. Barricades, Ballots, and Steam: Europe's Age of Revolution and Restructuring (1760-1900). 37. Liberators and Robber Barons: The Americas from Colonies to Countries (1770-1900). 38. Maxim Guns and Merchant Bankers: The Climax of Western Imperialism (1870-1900). VII. THE WORLD IN TUMULT (1900-1945). 39. Queen Victoria's Jubilee: Western Global Supremacy (1900-1914). 40. Machine Guns and Barbed Wire: World War I (1914-1919). 41. Flappers and Bread Lines: The West Between the Wars (1919-1939). 42. The World Convulsed by Revolutions: Russia, China, Mexico (1910-1949). 43. The Totalitarian Years: Dictatorships in Many Lands (1917-1945). 44. Blitzkrieg and Burning Cities: World War II (1939-1945). VIII. GLOBAL CONFLICT AND GLOBALIZATION (1945-2000) 45. The Long Twilight Struggle: The Cold War (1945-1990). 46. The Age of Uhuru: The Collapse of the Western Empires (1945-1990). 47. From Skyscrapers to the Internet: The Industrial Nations (1945-2000). 48. From Global Village to Global City: The Developing Nations (1945-2000). 49. From Eliot to Afro-Pop: The Drift Toward Global Culture (1900-2000). 50. The Struggle for the Global Future: Globalization and Its Foes.

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