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Volume I, Many Worlds: A Global History to 1500 Introduction: Venture into History.
1. The World Before History: Stone Age People.
I. ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS (3500 - 200 BCE).2. Pyramid Tombs and Ziggurat Temples: Egypt and Mesopotamia.
II. THE CLASSIC AGE (500 BCE - CE 500).6. From Persepolis to the Palatine: The Roman and Persian Empires.
III. EXPANDING CULTURAL ZONES (500 - 1500 CE).9. Cathedral Spires: The Growth of Christendom.
Volume II, One World? A Global History Since 1500 Introduction: The Convergence of History.
IV. THE WORLD IN BALANCE (1350 - 1600).15. The West Reborn: Europe in the Renaissance and Reformation.
V. THE WORLD OF INTERCONTINENTAL EMPIRES (1500 - 1900).19. Caravels and Cannon: The Rise of Western Imperialism.
VI. STRUGGLES FOR THE GLOBAL FUTURE (1900 - 2000).24. A World Order Comes Unstuck: World War I and the Great Depression.
VII. NEW AGE DAWNING?30. The American Predominance: America, Globalization, and Terror.
Anthony Esher has taught history at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, for most of his sixty-odd years. But he has also lived in many parts of the United States, accumulated several years of living and travel in Europe, and visited every inhabited continent several times. He spends a minimum of three months overseas each year, sampling the wine, exploring the streets and the ruins, and checking to see if the rainforests are still there. Esler's books reflect his enthusiasms. These include a fascination with generational conflict nurtured in the streets of the sixties, a passion for story-telling, and a preference for panoramic "big picture" history?like The Human Venture.