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Essentials, Links, and InfluencesJaeyoon Kim

Essentials, Links, and Influences

Timeless Readings from World Civilizations to 1500 (Revised First Edition)
Edited by Jaeyoon Kim

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-63487-130-3, 322 pages


Essentials, Links, and Influences examines the ideas, customs, and institutions that define a civilization, as well as the links between civilizations and the influence each brings to bear on others.

The book enables students to reconstruct the past by asking questions and then searching for answers by studying primary source documents from every part of the world. It gives much needed attention to the civilizations of Asia and Africa and provides primary source documents with a global perspective.

In addition to Greece and Rome, students learn about ancient West Asia and Egypt, early Indian civilizations, China’s Classical Age, African civilizations through the 15th Century, and early American civilizations. They are exposed to writings ranging from Thucydides to the Analects of Confucius, from the Upanishads of Hinduism to the Letters of Hernando Cortés.

In Essentials, Links, and Influences, students learn that while every civilization has features that set it apart from others, no civilization truly stands alone. The book is designed for lower division courses in early world civilizations and early world history.

Jaeyoon Kim is a professor of history at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California, where he teaches courses in world civilizations, Asian-American history, and modern Japan, Korea, and China. Dr. Kim earned his Ph.D. in history at the University of Oregon and has served as a visiting scholar at Beijing University in the People’s Republic of China. His area of interest is peasant rebellions and the role they played in the formation of ethnic identities in southern China in the 19th and 20th centuries, and his research has taken him to China, Japan, and Korea.