Agricultural and Pastoral Societies in Ancient and Classical History

9781566398312: Hardback
Release Date: 15th January 2001

9781566398329: Paperback
Release Date: 15th January 2001

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 356

Series Critical Perspectives On The P

Temple University Press

Agricultural and Pastoral Societies in Ancient and Classical History

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.
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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.

Contents


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 A. Mears
  3. Nomads and Sedentary Societies in Eurasia
                  Peter B. 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 N. Shaffer
 
9. Southernization
                 Lynda N. Shaffer
 
10. Finding Buddhists in Global History
                Jonathan S. Walters

        About the Contributors

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

"Viewed as a whole, this volume forms a major contribution to the current 'global discourse' in historical scholarship."
Ancient East & West

"...indispensable for the study of world history.... Each of the chapters can be a guiding light for those interested in researching and writing world history."
---Journal of World History