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An accessible VangoBook™ that focuses on theconnections within and between societies.
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Ed Judge and John Langdon
Spring 2008 Dear Colleague: We are two professors who love teaching world history. For the past sixteen years, at our middle-sized college, we have team-taught a two-semester world history course that first-year students take to fulfill a college-wide requirement. Our students have very diverse backgrounds and interests. Most take world history only because it is required, and many of them find it very challenging. Helping them understand world history and getting them to share our enthusiasm for it are our main purposes and passions. To help our students prepare better for class and enhance their enjoyment of history, we decided to write a world history text that was tailored specifically to meet their needs. Knowing that they often see history as a bewildering array of details, dates, and developments, we chose a unifying theme— connections—and grouped our chapters to reflect the expansion of connections from regional to global levels. To help make our text more accessible, we wrote concise chapters in a simple yet engaging narrative, divided into short topical subsections, with pronunciations after difficult names and marginal notes highlighting our theme. Having seen many students struggle because they lack a good sense of geography, we included numerous maps—more than twice as many as most other texts—and worked hard to make them clear and consistent, with captions that help the students read the maps and connect them with surrounding text. We also provided compelling vignettes to introduce the themes of each chapter, concise excerpts from relevant primary sources, colorful illustrations, “perspective” summaries and chronologies, reflection questions, and useful lists of key concepts, key people, and additional sources. We sought to supply both a regional and global perspective, so students can appreciate both the diversity and connected for example, discusses the T Mongols, showing how the and connected numerous di spreading commerce, ideas, and diseases. For several years, we a colleagues have used a draft text, with highly encouragi chapters are concise and en that students actually read t coming to class and thus ar to understand and discuss k who completed questionnai reviews of our chapters said clear and compelling. By po they found dry or confusin lengths to create a text that reasons we wrote this book.
Best regards,
“The maps are vivid. They show connections and trace “The authors answered WHY societiesroutes in a direct contextual connected, needed to connect, orline with the text. They serve wanted to connect, rather than justas an ancillary for the text, demonstrate that they did. Answeringnot as a distraction.” why is important to adult learners.”~ John H. Frederick, ~ Joel McMahon,Georgia Perimeter CollegeSouth Louisiana Community College
Connections: A World Historyfocuses on the connections within and between societies, combining a uniquely comprehensive and consistent map program with a strong pedagogical program and a narrative that students will actually read. This new survey text presents both a global and regional perspective, so students can appreciate both the diversity and connectedness of human societies. Concise chapters in an engaging narrative make the text accessible to a range of students. Because many students struggle with geography, the book includes significantly more maps than other texts—in most cases, twice as many—and great care was taken to make the maps consistent and exceptionally clear. In each caption, the authors have provided guidance for reading the map and for connecting it to the surrounding text. To further help students succeed, marginal notes highlight major connections for easy review, and pronunciation guides appear after difficult names. Compelling vignettes introduce the themes of each chapter, and concise excerpts from relevant primary sources allow students to hear the voices of the past. An extensive chapter review section is designed to help students test themselves and succeed in this difficult course.
Coming August 2008! CONNECTIONS A WORLD HISTORY Edward H. Judge / John W. Langdon both of Le Moyne College Combined Volume:©2009 • 998 pages • Hardcover ISBN-13: 9780321107824 / ISBN-10: 0321107829 Volume One:©2009 • 500 pages • Paperback ISBN-13: 9780321107961 / ISBN-10: 0321107969 Volume Two:©2009 • 500 pages • Paperback ISBN-13: 9780321107978 / ISBN-10: 0321107977
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Provides captions that direct“I particularly like the student attention to importantna dno sanitpxalepam he tins ontiesqu elementtso.are onsd aptiaanpd cle ph entesntrtwstdiuMcaptions. They can help not only un erststudents to examine the what they are looking at but to guidemaps more closely and their attention to the most importantgain meaning from elements as well.them ” . Lisa M. Edwards, ~ University of Massachusetts– Lowell
Recognizing that many students struggle with geography, the authors have created a map program that is exceptional in its clarity and consistency. With twice as many maps as most competitors, the map program inConnections:
Clearly positions chapter events in a global context.chapter opener contains a global mapEach that highlights the parts of the world under discussion in the chapter so students can more easily situate events, especially across chapters. “I think this map program is unique. The progression of maps within the chapter is incredibly well thought out and integrated. The maps are beautifully and carefully done and the number of maps included in each chapter is far more than in a typical World History textbook.” ~ Linda Scherr,Mercer Community College
Treats geographical areas consistently throughout each chapter.The first map in every chapter sets the stage for all of the others in the chapter so that students will always be able to situate themselves in any map by referring to the first one. “Perfect maps! Every map is professionally done and confirms the arguments in each section.” ~ Joseph Tse-Hei Lee,Pace University