This innovative textbook demystifies the subject of world history through a diverse range of case studies. Each chapter looks at an event, person, or place commonly included in comprehensive textbooks, from prehistory to the present and from across the globe - from the Kennewick Man to gladiators and modern-day soccer and globalization - and digs deeper, examining why historians disagree on the subject and why their debates remain relevant today.
By taking the approach of 'unwrapping the textbook, ' David Eaton reveals how historians think, making it clear that the past is not nearly as tidy as most textbooks suggest. Provocative questions like whether ancient Greece was shaped by contact with Egypt provide an entry point into how history professors may sharply disagree on even basic narratives, and how historical interpretations can be influenced by contemporary concerns. By illuminating these historiographical debates, and linking them to key skills required by historians, World History through Case Studies
shows how the study of history is relevant to a new generation of students and teachers.