Chapter Outline

  1. Commercial Connections
    1. Revolutions at Sea
    2. Commercial Contacts
    3. Global Commercial Hubs
  2. Sub-Saharan Africa Comes Together
    1. West Africa and the Mande-Speaking Peoples
    2. The Empire of Mali
      1. An African Epic
    3. East Africa and the Indian Ocean
    4. The Trans-Saharan and Indian Ocean Slave Trade
  3. Islam in a Time of Political Fragmentation
    1. Becoming the “Middle East”
    2. Afro-Eurasian Merchants
      1. The Merchants of Egypt
    3. Diversity and Uniformity in Islam
    4. Political Integration and Disintegration
    5. What Was Islam?
  4. India as a Cultural Mosaic
    1. Rajas and Sultans
    2. Invasions and Consolidations
    3. What Was India?
  5. Song China: Insiders versus Outsiders
    1. China’s Economic Progress
    2. Money and Inflation
    3. New Elites
    4. Negotiating with Neighbors
    5. What Was China?
  6. China’s Neighbors Adapt to Change
    1. The Rise of Warriors in Japan
    2. Southeast Asia: A Maritime Mosaic
      1. The Tale of Genji
  7. Christian Europe
    1. Western and Northern Europe
    2. Eastern Europe
    3. The Russian Lands
    4. What Was Christian Europe?
      1. The Birch Bark Letters of Novgorod
    5. Christian Europe on the Move: The Crusades and Iberia
  8. The Americas
    1. Andean States
    2. Connections to the North
  9. The Mongol Transformation of Afro-Eurasia
    1. Who Were the Mongols?
    2. Conquest and Empire
    3. Mongols in China
      1. Growth in the World Population to 1340
    4. Mongol Reverberations in Southeast Asia
    5. The Fall of Baghdad
  10. Conclusion
  11. Tracing the Global Storylines