Societies, Networks, and Transitions: A Global History, Volume I:,
4th Edition

Craig A. Lockard

ISBN-13: 9780357365311
Copyright 2021 | Published
400 pages | List Price: USD $140.95

Introducing world history in a truly global framework, Lockard's SOCIETIES, NETWORKS, AND TRANSITIONS, VOLUME l: TO 1500: A GLOBAL HISTORY, Fourth Edition, explores the regions of the world with a strong focus on culture, social change, economic patterns, science, religion and gender issues. The author incorporates profiles of diverse individuals from throughout history as well as interesting notes about cultural artifacts in areas such as music, art and popular culture. Discussions of various historical controversies offer insight into how historians work and debate. Chapter outlines with focus questions -- some of them relating history to today's world -- section summaries, pronunciation guides and marginal key term definitions support you as you examine the interconnectedness of different people, places and periods in the global past. Also available: MindTap digital learning solution.


1. The Origins of Human Societies, to ca. 2000 B.C.E.
2. Ancient Societies in Mesopotamia, India, and Central Asia, 5000–600 B.C.E.
3. Ancient Societies in Africa and the Mediterranean, 5000–600 B.C.E.
4. Around the Pacific Rim: Eastern Eurasia and the Americas, 5000–600 B.C.E.
5. Classical Societies in Southern and Central Asia, 600 B.C.E.–600 C.E. 
6. Eurasian Connections and New Traditions in East Asia, 600 B.C.E.–600 C.E.
7. Western Asia, the Eastern Mediterranean, and Regional Systems, 600–200 B.C.E.
8. Empires, Networks, and the Remaking of Europe, North Africa, and Western Asia, 500 B.C.E.–600 C.E.
9. Classical Societies and Regional Networks in Africa, the Americas, and Oceania, 600 B.C.E.–600 C.E.
10. The Rise, Power, and Connections of the Islamic World, 600–1500.
11. East Asian Traditions, Transformations, and Eurasian Encounters, 600–1500.
12. Expanding Horizons in Africa and the Americas, 600–1500.
13. South Asia, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, and Afro-Eurasian Connections, 600–1500.
14. Christian Societies in Medieval Europe, Byzantium, and Russia, 600–1500.

  • Craig A. Lockard

    Craig A. Lockard is Ben and Joyce Rosenberg Professor of History Emeritus in the Social Change and Development Department at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where from 1975 to 2010 he taught undergraduate courses on Asian, African, comparative and world history as well as popular culture. He has taught at SUNY-Buffalo, SUNY-Stony Brook and the University of Bridgeport, and he twice served as a Fulbright-Hays Professor of History at the University of Malaya in Malaysia. After undergraduate studies at the University of Redlands in California, including study abroad experiences in Austria and Hong Kong, he earned an M.A. in Asian Studies at the University of Hawaii (1967) and a Ph.D. in Comparative World and Southeast Asian History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1973). Dr. Lockard's many published books, articles, essays and reviews cover a wide spectrum of topics, including world and comparative history; Southeast Asian history, politics and society; Asian emigration and diasporas; the Vietnam War; and folk, rock, popular and world music. Among his major books are SOUTHEAST ASIA IN WORLD HISTORY (2009); DANCE OF LIFE: POPULAR MUSIC AND POLITICS IN MODERN SOUTHEAST ASIA (1998); FROM KAMPUNG TO CITY: A SOCIAL HISTORY OF KUCHING, MALAYSIA, 1820-1970 (1987); and CHINESE SOCIETY AND POLITICS IN SARAWAK: HISTORICAL ESSAYS (2009). He served on the task force that prepared revisions to the U.S. National Standards in World History (1996) and was a grader for AP World History exams. Dr. Lockard has served on various editorial advisory boards -- including the JOURNAL OF WORLD HISTORY, WORLD HISTORY CONNECTED and THE HISTORY TEACHER -- and as book review editor for the JOURNAL OF ASIAN STUDIES and the WORLD HISTORY BULLETIN. One of the founders of the World History Association, he served as its first secretary and as a member of the Executive Committee. Over the years he has lived and traveled widely in Asia, Africa and Europe.

  • Insightful new questions have been added for each feature, chapter section, map and image to help students engage more deeply with text material and see how it relates to their own lives.

  • From prehistory to contemporary developments, every chapter has been thoroughly updated with information that reflects the latest scholarship. In addition, brief new human interest stories and other intriguing information bring chapter concepts to life.

  • The text's long-standing emphasis on gender issues is even stronger with the addition of new material on women in history from many cultures as well as added coverage of science and technology.

  • Meticulously revised line by line, the Fourth Edition features a sharper narrative, incorporates recent scholarship and truly engages readers.

  • For the first time, the text is available with MindTap, a robust online learning solution that provides practice quizzes, interactive maps, primary source related activities, flashcards and much more.

  • Comparative mini-chapters called "Societies, Networks, and Transitions" begin each part. Linking the different regions of the world, these essays present a global overview as they examine main themes in the world during that era. The organization by theme helps students easily grasp the major parallels and changes that take place over the time frame of the entire part -- as well as understand the interconnectedness of people, places and periods.

  • Bringing concepts to life, "People in History" boxes in every chapter spotlight the experiences or accomplishments of an individual to illustrate the flavor of life of the period, enrich the chapter narrative with interesting personalities and integrate gender into the historical account. The people profiled come from many cultures and all walks of life, including monarchs, presidents, rebels, writers, musicians, artists, scientists, philosophers, engineers, travelers, activists, film stars, architects, coal miners and slaves.

  • "Witness to the Past" primary sources in each chapter include a wide selection of document excerpts to illustrate how historians work with original documents. Extremely student friendly, the excerpts use up-to-date translations and address a wide range of topics.

  • End-of-part "Historical Controversy" boxes examine scholarly debates, such as Afrocentricity, the "Rise of the West" and globalization, among others. As they unpack the process of history for students, these features also illustrate that historians can come to different, evidence-based conclusions.

  • A founding member of the World History Association and a university professor for 40 years, Dr. Lockard draws from his extensive experience teaching this challenging course to deliver a text that is inviting, accessible in its approach and packed with strong pedagogical features.

  • Carefully crafted and tested for optimal student learning, the pedagogical program encourages active review and promotes mastery of the material. Learning devices include chapter-opening outlines with focus questions, comprehensive chapter chronologies, key terms, pronunciation guides and summaries of sections and chapters. In addition, focus questions for each section, feature, map and photo help students understand how the material reflects historical change as well as relates to their lives today.

  • Helping students grasp the overall chronological picture of the chapter, timelines highlight key dates and events for each of the major regions discussed.

  • The text's open, student-friendly design features dynamic maps that are beautiful to look at and learn with.

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