Explore the origins of major civilizations, preindustrial empires, modern revolutions, and recent power struggles. Current scholarship has led to a rethinking of established views, reflecting greater sensitivity to variations in cultures, social systems, and political economies. Several essays in this series first appeared in a volume published in 1993 by Temple University Press entitled Islamic and European Expansion: The Forging of a Global Order. With additional pamphlets now available, the series treats more than 20 topics in world history by prominent scholars. These essays are especially useful to college and secondary school teachers who are engaged in teaching world history in a comparative format.

Michael Adas is Abraham Voorhees Professor of History at Rutgers University at New Brunswick. In addition to being the editor of this series, he is coeditor of the Cambridge University Press series, Studies in Comparative World History .

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