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The Decline and Fall of the British Empire – Modern World History Book PDF Free Download

Brendon, Piers
Knopf 2008

A magisterial work of narrative history, hailed in Britain as the best one-volume account of the British Empire and an outstanding book. After the American Revolution, the British Empire appeared to be doomed. But over the next 150 years it grew to become the greatest and most diverse empire the world has ever seen. Within a generation, the mighty structure collapsed, sometimes amid bloodshed. Covering a vast canvas, Brendon fills it with vivid firsthand accounts of life in the colonies and intimate portraits of the sometimes eccentric British officials who administered them.

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed – World History Book PDF Free Download

Diamond, Jared M.
Viking 2005

What caused some of the great civilizations of the past to collapse into ruin, and what can we learn from their fates? Diamond weaves an all-encompassing global thesis through a series of historical-cultural narratives. Moving from the prehistoric Polynesian culture of Easter Island to the formerly flourishing Native American civilizations of the Anasazi and the Maya, the doomed medieval Viking colony on Greenland, and finally to the modern world, Diamond traces a pattern of catastrophe, spelling out what happens when we squander our resources, when we ignore the signals our environment gives us.

Guns, Germs, and Steel – World History Book PDF Free Download

Diamond, Jared
Norton 1999

Pulitzer Prize-winner. Why did Eurasians conquer, displace, or decimate Native Americans, Australians, and Africans, instead of the reverse? In this groundbreaking book, evolutionary biologist Jared Diamond stunningly dismantles racially based theories of human history by revealing the environmental factors actually responsible for history’s broadest patterns. Here, at last, is a world history that really is a history of all the world’s peoples, a unified narrative of human life even more intriguing and important than accounts of dinosaurs and glaciers. A major advance in our understanding of human societies, Guns, Germs, and Steel chronicles the way that the modern world, and its inequalities, came to be.

History of the World in 1,000 Objects – World History PDF

Frances, Peter et al. eds.
DK 2014

This fascinating book shows items ranging from a Viking wooden comb and ivory chessmen to modern phones, refrigerators, and cars. You will see how people through history have lived, clothed, and entertained themselves; how they have cooked, fought, married, and died. Learn about history through iconic documents such as the Magna Carta, or symbols of imperial might such as the Taj Mahal. And appreciate humanity’s extraordinary inventiveness as you enjoy a parade of beautiful objects that includes exquisite Chinese porcelain, Stradivarius musical instruments, and Renaissance art.

The Silk Roads: A New History of the World – World History Book PDF

Frankopan, Peter
Knopf 2016

This provocative history challenges the view of the West as heir to a pure Greco-Roman culture. Frankopan marshals diverse examples to demonstrate the interconnectedness of cultures, showing in vivid detail the economic and social impact of the silk and the slave trades, the Black Death, and the Buddhist influence on Christianity.

History: The Definitive Visual Guide. From the Dawn of Civilization to the Present Day – World History Book PDF Download

Hart-Davis, Adam, ed.
DK 2015

From the origins of mankind to the 21st century, spanning the globe and based on the latest research, the complete story of the people, events, themes, ideas and forces that have shaped human existence. Explore humankind’s legacy from architecture and artefacts to the big ideas that have changed our world. Examine the effect we’ve had on nature and vice versa. And discover how the past has been unlocked- from interpreting ancient documents to analyzing ice cores.

Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire’s Slaves – World History Books PDF Download

Hochschild, Adam
Houghton Mifflin 2005

An account of the first great human rights crusade, which originated in England in the 1780s and resulted in the freeing of hundreds of thousands of slaves around the world. In 1787, twelve men gathered in a London printing shop to pursue a seemingly impossible goal: ending slavery in the largest empire on earth. Along the way, they would pioneer most of the tools citizen activists still rely on today, from wall posters and mass mailings to boycotts and lapel pins. Within five years, more than 300,000 Britons were refusing to eat the chief slave-grown product, sugar; London’s smart set was sporting antislavery badges created by Josiah Wedgwood; and the House of Commons had passed the first law banning the slave trade. The activists brought slavery in the British Empire to an end in the 1830s, long before it died in the United States.

Great Empires: An Illustrated Atlas – World History Books PDF Download

Hyslop, Stephen G. et al, eds.
National Geographic 2013

Organized in chronological order from 2600 B.C. to the 20th century, this comprehensive history weaves together a compelling portrait of more than 30 epic empires using dramatic images, intriguing sidebars, and easy-to-follow time lines. meticulously drawn National Geographic maps show the extent of territory held by each empire, major trade routes, paths of military campaigns, locations of principal traded commodities, significant roads, walls and buildings, and sites of pivotal battles.

A History of the Jews – Modern World History Book PDF Free Download

Johnson, Paul
Harper & Row 1987

A comprehensive survey of Jewish history from the biblical period to the present. Stresses the Jewish contribution to civilization in the great conceptual discoveries of the intellect and their formulation, as well as the Jews’ role as epitomizers of the human condition – the emblem of homeless and vulnerable humanity.

1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created – Modern World History Books PDF Free Download

Mann, Charles C.
Vintage 2012

More than 200 million years ago, geological forces split apart the continents. Isolated from each other, the two halves of the world developed totally different suites of plants and animals. Columbus’s voyages brought them back together–and marked the beginning of an extraordinary exchange of flora and fauna between Eurasia and the Americas. As Charles Mann shows, this global ecological tumult–the “Columbian Exchange”–underlies much of subsequent human history.

The Rise of the West: A History of the Human Community – World History Free Online

McNeill, William
University of Chicago 1963

“‘The Rise of the West’, winner of the National Book Award for history in 1964, is famous for its ambitious scope and intellectual rigor. In it, McNeill challenges the Spengler-Toynbee view that a number of separate civilizations pursued essentially independent careers, and argues instead that human cultures interacted at every stage of their history. The author suggests that from the Neolithic beginnings of grain agriculture to the present major social changes in all parts of the world were triggered by new or newly important foreign stimuli, and he presents a persuasive narrative of world history to support this claim.

Why the West Rules — For Now. The Patterns of History and What They Reveal about the Future – World History Books Online

Morris, Ian
McClelland & Stewart 2010

Why does the West rule? In this magnum opus, eminent Stanford polymath Ian Morris answers this provocative question, drawing on 50,000 years of history, archeology, and the methods of social science, to make sense of when, how, and why the paths of development differed in the East and West — and what this portends for the 21st century.

Atlas of World History – Modern World History PDF Free Download

O’Brien, Patrick, Patrick K., ed.
Oxford University 2010

Oxford’s Atlas of World History is the result of years of intensive work by a specialist team of scholars, editors, and cartographers. It presents the story of humanity in its physical setting, from the emergence of the earliest hominoids to the present day. The Atlas includes sections on the Ancient World, Medieval World, Early Modern World, Age of Revolutions, and the Twentieth Century and Beyond. The Atlas closes with a bibliography that provides a booklist for suggested further reading.

The Times Complete History of the World – World History Books PDF Free Download

Overy, R. J. et al., eds.
Barnes & Noble 2007

From cavemen to the Cold War, from Alexander the Great to global warming, from warfare through the ages to the great voyages of exploration, The Times Complete History of the World is the book that has all the answers, the detail and the authoritative text in one breathtaking single historical source.

Peoples and Empires – World History PDF Free Download

Pagden, Anthony
Modern Library 2001

Written by one of the world’s foremost historians of human migration, Peoples and Empires is the story of the great European empires—the Roman, the Spanish, the French, the British—and their colonies, and the back-and-forth between “us” and “them,” culture and nature, civilization and barbarism, the center and the periphery. It’s the history of how conquerors justified conquest, and how colonists and the colonized changed each other beyond all recognition.

Hearth and Home: A History of Material Culture – Modern World History Book Free PDF Download

Pounds, Norman J.G.
Indiana University 1993

“Hearth and Home is a history of the ways in which human beings in the Western world have satisfied their fundamental needs for food, shelter, and clothing. It is the story of insecure and fearful societies, haunted by the specter of famine and disease, in battle with adverse weather and warring neighbors, and creating against the hazards of life a material culture of substance and strength.” -Publisher.

The New Penguin History of the World – World History PDF Download

Roberts, J. M.
Penguin 2004

A book of extraordinary ambition, scholarship and accessibility. Covers the history of our planet from our origins on the African savannah to the state of the world after September 11, 2001. Tracing the development of different civilizations through the ages, J. M. Roberts examines the periods of turbulence and change, the international shifts in order and power, and the conflicts, divisions, and advances that have shaped the way we live.

The Cambridge Illustrated History of the Islamic World – Islamic World History Book Free

Robinson, Francis
Cambridge University 1996

Islamic peoples account for one fifth of the world’s population and yet there is widespread misunderstanding in the West of what Islam really is. Francis Robinson and his team set out to address this, revealing the complex and sometimes contrary nature of Muslim culture. As well as taking on the issues uppermost in everyone’s minds, such as the role of religious and political fundamentalism, they demonstrate the importance of commerce; literacy and learning; Islamic art; the effects of immigration, exodus, and conquest; and the roots of current crises in the Middle East, Bosnia, and the Gulf.

The Arabs: A History – Global History Books

Rogan, Eugene
Basic 2009

In this groundbreaking and comprehensive account of the Middle East, award-winning historian Eugene Rogan draws extensively on five centuries of Arab sources to place the Arab experience in its crucial historical context. This landmark book covers the Arab world from North Africa through the Arabian Peninsula, exploring every facet of modern Arab history.

The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words 1000BCE – 1492CE – Global History Books

Schama, Simon
HarperCollins 2014

In this magnificently illustrated cultural history—the tie-in to the PBS and BBC series The Story of the Jews—Simon Schama details the story of the Jewish people, tracing their experience across three millennia, from their beginnings as an ancient tribal people to the opening of the new world in 1492. And a great story unfolds. Not—as often imagined—of a culture apart, but of a Jewish world immersed in and imprinted by the peoples among whom they have dwelled, from the Egyptians to the Greeks, from the Arabs to the Christians.

Term Paper Resource Guide to Nineteenth-Century World History – World History Summary

Walker, William T.

Students from high school age to undergraduate can get a jumpstart on assignments with the hundreds of term paper suggestions and research information offered here in an easy-to-use format. Users can quickly choose from the 100 important events, spanning the period from the Haitian Revolution that ended in 1804 to the Boer War of 1899-1902. Coverage includes key wars and revolts, independence movements, and theories that continue to have tremendous impact.

Modern World History Textbook PDF


World History (Vol 1) – Modern World History Textbook PDF

Duiker, William J. and Spielvogel, Jackson J.
Cengage Learning 2016

Vol 1: to 1800, Vol 2: Since 1500.

Ways of the World: A Brief Global History (Vol 1) – World History Textbook PDF

Ways of the World: A Brief Global History (Vol 2) – World History Textbook PDF

Strayer, Robert W. and Nelson, Eric W.
Bedford/St. Martin’s 2016

Vol 1: Through the Fifteenth Century, Vol 2: Since the Fifteenth Century.

Traditions & Encounters: A Brief Global History – Modern World History Textbook PDF

Bentley, Jerry H. et al
McGraw Hill Education 2016

Patterns of World History (Vol 1) – World History Textbook PDF

Patterns of World History (Vol 2) – Modern World History Textbook PDF

von Sivers, Peter et al
Oxford University 2015

Vol 1: To 1600 with Sources, Vol 2: Since 1400 with Sources

A Concise History of the World – World History Textbook PDF

Wiesner-Hanks, Merry E.
Cambridge University 2015

Panorama: A World History – World History Textbook PDF

Dunn, Ross E. and Mitchell, Laura J.
McGraw-Hill Education 2015

Voyages in World History (Vol 1) – Modern World History Textbook PDF

Hansen, Valerie and Curtis, Kenneth R.
Wadsworth, Cengage Learning 2014

Vol 1: to 1600.

Understanding World Societies: A Brief History – Modern World History Textbook PDF

McKay, John P. et al
Bedford/St. Martin’s 2013

World History: Journeys from Past to Present (Vol 1) – Modern World History Textbook PDF

Goucher, Candice and Walton, Linda
Taylor and Francis 2013

Vol 1: From Human Origins to 1600 CE

The Human Journey: A Concise Introduction to World History (Vol 2) – Modern World History Textbook PDF

Reilly, Kevin
Rowman & Littlefield 2012

Vol 2: 1450 to Present

My World History – Modern World History Textbook HMH PDF

Karpiel, Frank and Krull, Kathleen
Pearson Education 2012

Designed for Middle School classes.

World History: Patterns of Interaction – Modern World History Textbook HMH PDF

Beck, Roger B. et al
Holt McDougal 2012

Textbook for High School students.

World History, Part 1 – World History Textbook PDF

Ellis, Elisabeth Gaynor and Esler, Anthony
Pearson Prentice Hall 2011

Designed for High School classes. Part 1 covers to 1800.

Exchanges: A Global History Reader (Vol 1) – World History Textbook PDF

Exchanges: A Global History Reader (Vol 2) – World History Textbook Download

Getz, Trevor R. et al
Pearson Prentice Hall 2009

Vol 1: to 1500, Vol 2: From 1450 to the Present.

World History Book Collections

History of the World – Collection – World History Books Free Download PDF

About 950 world history books pdf from the Internet Archive free online. (This group also contains many books that are much narrower in scope). Some books: Essays on Europe, Islam and World History, Datelines of World History, AP World History, Atlas of Ancient History, Timetables of History, A Sourcebook for Teaching World History, History of the World, Mastering Global History, Patterns of Civilization, Human Heritage, Encyclopedia of World History, The History of Western Civilization, Eyewitness to History from Ancient Times to the Modern Era, World History Factfinder, People in History, World History Book PDF, Essential World History, History of the World in 1,000 Objects, Themes in Global History.

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History 21st Century – Collection – World History Books PDF Download

About 150 books on History in the 21st Century. Some book titles: Bedside Guardian 2015, Five Wars in Ten Years, Taliban Revival, Historic Documents of 2012, India Becoming, 10 Years that Shook the World, History Through Headlines, more.

Modern History, 20th Century – Collection – World History Download

About 900 books on History, 20th Century. Some books: 100 Years of Warfare, Out of Ashes: a new history of Europe in the 20th Century, Armenians and Turks in the Shadow of Genocide, The Age of Catastrophe; a history of the west 1914-1945, History of the 20th Century, Nazis, Islamists, and the Making of the Modern Middle East, many more. Issues in 20th century world history.

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Modern History, 19th Century – Collection – World History Books Free Download PDF

About 140 modern world history books free download pdf, 19th Century. Some books: A Global History of the 19th Century, Everyday Life in Dickens’ London, Foundations of Modernity, Age of Empire, Industrialization and Empire 1783-1914, 19th Century World History, Exploration and Invention in the Age of Daring, Dictionary of 19th Century History, more.

World Politics 1989 to the Present – Collection – World History Book PDF Download

About 500 books on World Politics since 1989. Some books: The Global Race to Reinvent the State, Africa in World Politics, Global Politics, International Relations since 1945, A Brief Intro to World Politics, A Liberal World Order in Crisis, Iran’s Influence, Chinese Foreign Relations, many more. Issues in 20th century world history.

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Modern World History Textbook PDF – Collection – Modern World History Textbook PDF

About 65 world history textbooks. Some textbook titles: Ways of the World, Understanding World Societies, The Human Journey, World History, Exchanges, History of Our World.

Study and Teaching of History – Collection – World History Book PDF Download

About 800 books on the Study and Teaching of History. Some book titles: Teaching Recent Global History, Historians Across Borders, Digital Games and the Simulation of History, Student’s Guide to History, History Wars and the Classroom, Arab Cultural Studies, Primer for Teaching World History, Doing History, Global History and Geography, more. Issues in 20th century world history.

Articles Collection – the History of Ideas

History of Western Civilization – Collection – World History Book PDF

About 1,000 books on The History of Western Civilization. Some book titles: Concise Survey of Western Civilization, What the Rest Think of the West, Collapse of Western Civilization, How Information and Technology Made the Western World, Western Civilizations, Sources of the Western Tradition, Ascent of the West, History of Western Society, The Humanistic Tradition. Includes the history of Western Civilization pdf.

The History of Western Civilization – Collection – Modern World History Textbook PDF

About 60 History of Western Civilization textbooks pdf. Some book titles: Making Europe, Western Civilization: a brief history, The Humanistic Tradition, Understanding Western Society, Making of the West, Civilization in the West, the West in the World, The Western Heritage, more.

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