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Patterns of World History

Combined Volume with Sources, Second Edition

Peter von Sivers, Charles A. Desnoyers and George B. Stow

Encouraging a broad understanding of continuity, change, and innovation in human history, Patterns in World History presents the global past in a comprehensive, even-handed, and open-ended fashion. Instead of focusing on the memorization of people, places, and events, this text strives to present important facts in context and draw meaningful connections by examining patterns that have emerged throughout global history.

Readership : Undergraduate students in World History survey courses


  • "I really value the broad scope of Patterns of World History, which matches the scope of my World History classes. I also like the 'patterns' between cultures and historical development; they place everything within a wide context. The authors keep their approach consistent throughout the chapters, which supplements my lectures nicely."--AnnaMarie Vallis, California State University, Fresno
  • "The 'Seeing Patterns' questions at the start of each chapter help students look for the larger themes, while the maps, illustrations, and primary source quotes are wonderful. The instructor's supplemental material (both online and in print) is amazingly good."--Michael Johnson, Northwest Arkansas Community College
  • "I have used Patterns of World History for a couple of years now, and it works well with my course. The book elevates the level of discourse, and makes students aware that there are higher levels of understanding facts."--Gilmar Visoni, Queensborough Community College

Volume 1: Chapters 1-18
Volume 2: Chapters 15-31
PART ONE: From Human Origins to Early Agricultural Centers
1. Prehistory-10,000 BCE The African Origins of Humanity
2. 11,500-600 BCE Agrarian-Urban Centers of the Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean
3. 3000-600 BCE Shifting Agrarian Centers in India
4. 5000-481 BCE Agrarian Centers and the Mandate of Heaven in Ancient China
5. 30,000-600 BCE Origins Apart: The Americas and Oceania
PART TWO: The Age of Empires and Visionaries
600 BCE - 600 CE
6. 600 BCE-600 CE Chiefdoms and Early States in Africa and the Americas
7. 550 BCE-600 CE Persia, Greece, and Rome
8. 600 BCE-600 CE Empires and Visionaries in India
9. 722 BCE-618 CE China: Imperial Unification and Perfecting the Moral Order
PART THREE: The Formation of Religious Civilizations
600-1450 CE
10. 600-1300 CE The Formation of Islamic Religious Civilization
11. 600-1450 CE Innovation and Adaptation in the Western Christian World
12. 600-1600 CE Contrasting Patterns in India and China
13. 550-1500 CE Religious Civilizations Interacting: Korea, Japan, and Vietnam
14. 600-1450 CE Patterns of State Formation in Africa
15. 600-1550 CE The Rise of Empires in the Americas
PART FOUR: Interactions Across the Globe
16. 1450-1650 Western European Overseas Expansion and the Ottoman-Habsburg Struggle
17. The Renaissance, New Sciences, and Religious Wars in Europe, 1450-1750
18. 1500-1800 New Patterns in New Worlds: Colonialism and Indigenous Responses in the Americas
19. 1450-1800 African Kingdoms, the Atlantic Slave Trade, and the Origins of Black America
20. 1400-1750 The Mughal Empire: Muslim Rulers and Hindu Subjects
21. 1500-1800 Regulating the "Inner" and "Outer" Domains: China and Japan
PART FIVE: The Origins of Modernity
22. 1750-1871 Patterns of Nation-States and Culture in Europe and North America
23. 1790-1917 Creoles and Caudillos: Latin America and the Caribbean in the Nineteenth Century
24. 1750-1910 The Challenge of Modernity: East Asia
25. 1683-1908 Adaptation and Resistance: The Ottoman and Russian Empires
26. 1750-1914 Industrialization and Its Discontents
27. 1750-1914 The New Imperialism in the Nineteenth Century
PART SIX: From Three Modernities to One
28. 1900-1945 World War and Competing Visions of Modernity
29. 1945-1962 Reconstruction, Cold War, and Decolonization
30. 1963-1991 The End of the Cold War, Western Social Transformation, and the Developing World
31. 1991-2011 A Fragile Capitalist-Democratic World Order

For Instructors:
Ancillary Resource Centre
PowerPoint slides and image files for every map and photo from the text
Lecture outlines
Test bank with over 1500 test questions
- Multiple choice questions
- True-or-false questions
- Essay questions
- Short answer questions
Instructor's manual
PowerPoints of over 400 additional maps from the Oxford Atlas of World History
100 additional PowerPoint slides showing visual sources
Companion Website
Instructor's manual
Additional sources
Links to YouTube videos
For Students:
Companion Website
Vocabulary flashcards
Chapter outlines
Links to additional resources

Peter von Sivers is Associate Professor of History at the University of Utah. Charles A. Desnoyers is Professor of History and Director of Asian Studies at La Salle University. George B. Stow is Professor of History and the Director of the Graduate Program in History at La Salle University.

Writing History - William Kelleher Storey and Towser Jones
Patterns of World History - Peter von Sivers, Charles A. Desnoyers and George B. Stow
Patterns of World History - Peter von Sivers, Charles A. Desnoyers and George B. Stow
Patterns of World History, Brief Edition - Peter von Sivers, Charles A. Desnoyers and George B. Stow
Frameworks of World History - Stephen Morillo and Lynne Morillo
Frameworks of World History - Stephen Morillo and Lynne Morillo
Frameworks of World History - Stephen Morillo

Special Features

  • Focuses on innovation as the engine driving historical change, analyzing the process by which an innovation in one part of the world is diffused and carried to the rest of the globe, and exploring connections among peoples, cultures, and regions.
  • Seeing Patterns questions at the start of every chapter focus students on the 3-5 overarching patterns in the chapter, which are revisited, considered and synthesized at the end of the chapter under the Thinking Through Patterns sections.
  • Patterns up Close case studies highlight a specific idea, object, or event that helped develop human history, like the innovation of the Chinese writing system or religious syncretism in India.
  • Concept Maps at the end of each chapter use compelling visual representation of ideas and information to help students remember and relate the big patterns of the chapter.
  • Voices quotations give voice to the people who lived during the period and provide context and commentary for the main narrative.
New to this Edition
  • Against the Grain essays found in each chapter illustrate how the discernment of patterns allows for an appreciation of alternatives, even contradictions, brought about by creative human agency.
  • Patterns Up Close essays cover topics such as recent discoveries about early human and Neanderthal interaction; Islamic influences on European Gothic architecture; global innovations in cartography; and the Harlem Renaissance and the African diaspora.
  • Revised and expanded coverage of the Atlantic World offers improved coverage of this topic.