THE ESSENTIAL WORLD HISTORY presents a balanced picture of world history that pays respect to the richness and diversity of the tapestry of the human experience. Based on the Fourth Edition of Duiker and Spielvogel's comprehensive WORLD HISTORY, this critically and popularly acclaimed text balances a thorough global approach with attention to the unique character and development of civilization in divergent parts of the world. The text covers individual civilizations such as China, India, and Europe, with due attention paid to the rise of the West, and provides points of comparison between and among these civilizations. A wealth of primary documents, maps, and supplements enhance students' experience with the material. THE ESSENTIAL WORLD HISTORY is available in the following volume options: THE ESSENTIAL WORLD HISTORY, Second Edition (Chapters 1-29) ISBN: 0534627129 THE ESSENTIAL WORLD HISTORY, Volume I: To 1800, Second Edition (Contains Chapters 1-17) ISBN: 0534627137 THE ESSENTIAL WORLD HISTORY, Volume II: Since 1400, Second Edition (Contains Chapters 13-29) ISBN: 0534627145 THE ESSENTIAL WORLD HISTORY TO 1400, Second Edition (Contains Chapters 1-12) ISBN: 0534627455.