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The World History Workbook


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List of Projects Introduction Chapter 1: What is History? Chapter 2: The Grand Narrative: Universals in History Chapter 3: Contrasting Concepts in Religious Traditions Chapter 4: Confucianism and Humanism Chapter 5: Humanism Comes to Define the "Western" Identity, 1500-1900 Chapter 6: The Individual and the Institution in History Chapter 7: Modernization Chapter 8: Globalization Chapter 9: Conclusion: The Silk Road Appendix of Primary Resources 1. Socrates: A Socratic Dialogue between Meno and Socrates, Recorded by Plato, 380 B.C.E. 2. An Anglo-Saxon Blessing for the Fields (Late Ancient Europe) 3. Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) 4. Oklahoma Allopathic Medical and Surgical Licensure and Supervision Act (Enacted and Revised from 1994-2013) 5. The Sermon on the Mount (circa, 28 C.E.) 6. Life among the Zulu: Three Texts (1870) 7. Rudyard Kipling, "The White Man's Burden" (1897) 8. Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen (Approved by the National Assembly of France, August 26, 1789) 9. An American Scientist in Early Meiji Japan (1868-1912) 10. The Kingdom of God is Within You (1894) Leo Tolstoy 11. Confucius (circa 551-479 B.C.E.) 12. Bill Clinton on Globalization (2004) 13. We are not Monkeys, We are Human Beings (June, 2002) 14. Documents on the Expulsion of the Germans from Eastern-Central Europe (1945-1950) 15. Documents of Humanity (1945-1950) 16. Pilgrims on Fu-Ji (1879) 17. Industrial Manchester, 1844 and the Conditions of Women Working in the English Mines (1842) 18. Report of the National Intelligence Council's 2020 Project 19. Two Articles on the Discoveries at Blombos Cave (2002) 20. Hymn to the Nile, A Prayer from Ancient Egypt (Middle Egypt, or New Kingdom, Date Uncertain) 21. Code of Hammurabi (Selected Laws) (circa 1780 B.C.E.) 22. The Mahabharata (before 1000 B.C.E.) 23. From the Hymns of Homer (circa700 B.C.E.) Glossary About the Author

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David Hertzel is professor of history at Southwestern Oklahoma State University.


In this effective and clear introduction to the work of a historian, David Hertzel explains how to identify and analyze primary sources to render critical interpretations of the past. The workbook guides students through the process of interpretation while simultaneously raising their awareness of the complexity of context. Now updated to maintain relevance for students, this new edition is an invaluable addition to the history classroom. -- Senya Lubisich, Citrus College
David Hertzel addresses World History with common sense and intelligence. Instead of another large, unruly text, The World History Workbook offers us a manageable approach to the subject featuring critical historiographical topics, straightforward comments on methodology, an impressive set of primary sources, and a selection of relevant exercises that bring students face to face with the study of history. -- John Hayden, Southwestern Oklahoma State University

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