History: Up Close And Personal; Renowned Scholar Felipe Fernández-Armesto Guides Students Through History's Highlights

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Short Videos Featuring the Author Accompany The World: A History

History is shaped by a series of stories, says Felipe Fernández-Armesto, and in the new edition of The World: A History, the renowned scholar and author acts as a personal tour guide to the places and people of the past.
In ten short videos created to accompany the second edition of the author's bestselling history text, in locations reflecting specific historical periods, Fernández-Armesto conjures up vivid images of bygone eras, and the impact each had on the present day. These videos include:

  •     The Development of Agriculture
  •     The Rise and Fall of Civilizations, 2000 BCE-500 BCE
  •      The Legacy of the Axial Age
  •     Innovation and Renewal, 500 CE-1000 CE
  •     Contacts and Conflicts, 1000 CE- 1200 CE
  •     Climate Change and the Age of the Plague
  •     Converging Worlds, 1500-1700
  •     Global Enlightenments
  •     Industrialization
  •     Chaos and Complexity: The Twentieth Century.

Energetically and persuasively, Fernández-Armesto breaks from the traditional, region-by-region approach of teaching history, helping students with a deep understanding of the fundamental interrelationships - among people and environments - on which the world is built. Instead of memorizing dates and facts, students are encouraged to see historical patterns, and think about the world in a more global way.

Also new to the second edition is "The Big Picture," maps of the world that graphically highlight important developments in global history. Accompanied by text and questions, each Big Picture map provides a visual snapshot of what the world looked like at key intervals in human history.
Interactive versions of the Big Picture maps can be found on MyHistoryLab.

"Those students who read The World with the care it deserves will not only gain a rich appreciation of the astonishing trajectory of our species and the biosphere that nourished us; they will also find themselves thinking deeply about issues likely to dominate the global politics of the next few decades," said David Christian, Professor, Department of History, San Diego State University.

"In the videos Felipe created for The World, he is in fact a guide on the side, as if he's right there in the room with you, working his way through the problems, feeling his way through the sources. That's what historians do," said Charles Cavaliere, Executive Editor, Pearson. "The World sets a new standard for the field of history, and no subsequent first edition can be released without taking in this text's impact."

The videos are available on MyHistoryLab, the online, interactive solution that provides primary sources, images, audio and video clips, and tutorials.

About The Author
Felipe Fernández-Armesto holds the William P. Reynolds Chair of History at the University of Notre Dame. He has master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Oxford, where he spent most of his teaching career, before taking up the Chair of Global Environmental History at Queen Mary College, University of London, in 2000, and the Prince of Asturias Chair at Tufts University (2005-2009). Recent awards include the World History Association Book Prize (2007), Spain's Premio Nacional de Gastronomía (2005, for his work on the history of food), and the Premio Nacional de Investigación (Sociedad Geográfica Española, 2004). He has had many distinguished visiting appointments, including a Fellowship of the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences and a Union Pacific Visiting Professorship at the University of Minnesota. He won the Caird Medal of the National Maritime Museum in 1995 and the John Carter Brown Medal in 1999 and has honorary doctorates from La Trobe University and the Universidad de los Andes. He has served on the Council of the Hakluyt Society, on the Committee of English PEN, and as Chairman of the PEN Literary Foundation. His work in journalism includes regular columns in the British and Spanish press, and, among his many contributions to broadcasting, he is the longest-serving presenter of BBC radio's flagship current affairs program, Analysis. Fernández-Armesto is the author, coauthor, or editor of 30 books and numerous papers and scholarly articles, and his work has been translated into 25 languages.

About Pearson
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Rod Granger
rod.granger (at) pearson (dot) com


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