Second Edition   ©2015

Understanding World Societies, Volume 2

Since 1450

John P. McKay (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) , Patricia Buckley Ebrey (University of Washington) , Roger B. Beck (Eastern Illinois University) , Clare Haru Crowston (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) , Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) , Jerry Davila (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-00838-0; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-00838-3; Format: Paper Text, 672 pages

New author Jerry Dávila brings an enhanced focus on Latin America. The second edition adds a Latin Americanist to its team of stellar scholars. Dávila has also completely rewritten the chapters on the 20th century raising current questions and tracing globalization throughout the century.
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New assignable online document projects allow students to put interpretation into practice in LaunchPad. Each project, based on the “Individuals in Society” feature, prompts students to explore a key question through analysis of multiple sources. Chapter 22, for example, asks students to analyze documents on the complexities of the Haitian Revolution and the conditions that made Toussaint L'Ouverture’s story possible. Auto-graded multiple-choice questions based on the documents help students analyze the sources.
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