Ideas in the Making
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The book begins in the Early Bronze Age, when literature first appeared, and ends with the Postclassical Period, the time when a new international framework produced a synthesis of ideas. Students will become exposed not only to works by writers of traditional repute, such as Homer, Plato, Virgil, Confucius, Zoroaster, Jesus, Muhammad, and the Buddha, but a host of other seminal thinkers, who deserve no less attention.
Several features serve to place primary sources in context and to enhance comprehension and retention. Each reading begins with an introduction that identifies where, when, and by whom the source material was composed to the best of our knowledge. Questions that historians might pose about the source demonstrate methodology. Analysis questions at the end of the chapters encourage critical thinking, and can be used in class or for homework.
Ideas in the Making is designed as a companion reader to any standard world history textbook used in introductory courses.
Professor William H. C. Propp, University of California, San Diego