The Webs of Humankind

A World History

Second Edition

Volume:Combined Volume

1 July 2024

J. R. McNeill (Author)


Give your students a bird’s-eye view of world history

McNeill’s The Webs of Humankind offers a refreshingly clear view of world history through the lens of connective “webs” of interaction—along which trade, religious beliefs, technologies, pathogens, and much else traveled. Instructors have hailed McNeill’s approach as “integrative” and “accessible,” and students call the book “easy-to-absorb” and “fun to read.” In response to helpful instructor feedback, McNeill has made the Second Edition easier to fit into the standard two-term sequence, with more emphasis on the kinds of connections and comparisons that world history instructors want students to make. He also dramatically expanded primary source offerings and strengthened coverage of Indigenous peoples throughout. Students have flocked to the affordable ebook—and with the Second Edition, this format will provide increased support through embedded assessment and engaging author videos.

The bestselling Full Edition offers a large trim size with extensive pedagogy and visuals

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239 x 284 mm • 1152 pages



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