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Table of Contents of The Human Drama, Vol. II: From 500 to 1450 C.E.

Setting the Stage

Act One: Complex Societies Develop in the Americas
Setting the Stage
Scene 1: The Olmecs: The Foundation of Mesoamerican Civilization
Scene 2: Cosmopolitan Teotihuacan
Scene 3: Achievements of the Maya
Critics corner

Act Two: The Development and Spread of Universal Religions (200 B.C.E. to 800 C.E.)
Setting the Stage
Scene 1: The World of Mahayana Buddhism
Scene 2: Christianity Becomes Christendom
Scene 3: Muhammad and the Spread of Islam
Critics Corner

Act Three: The Flowering of Empires (300–1200)
Setting the Stage
Scene 1: The Glory of the Guptas
Scene 2: The Splendor of the Byzantine Empire
Scene 3: The Golden Age of the Tang and Song
Critics Corner

Act Four: New States Emerge in Afro-Eurasia (500 to 1450)
Setting the Stage
Scene 1: Extension of Indian, Byzantine, and Chinese Influences
Scene 2: City-States and Empires in Africa
Scene 3: From the Abbasid Caliphate to Dar al-Islam
Scene 4: Europe Under Christendom
Critics Corner

Act Five: Hemispheric Interaction (1100 to 1450)
Setting the Stage
Scene 1: The Mongols
Scene 2: Travelers, Germs, and Ideas on the Move
Scene 3: Seas of Change in the Indian Ocean
Critics Corner

Sources of Illustrations
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