This text, which pioneered the brief format for this subject, provides a comprehensive view of the development of Western civilization in half the pages of other texts on this subject. Not simply an abridgement of a longer book, this text offers students in survey courses a concise, lucid narrative. Broad coverage of political, social, cultural, and religious themes gives instructors the flexibility to tailor their instruction, and to assign supplementary materials as desired.
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Table of Contents
PART I: THE ANCIENT WORLD: 3000 B.C.-A.D. 500. 1. The Birth of Civilization in the Middle East. 2. The Greek Beginnings of Western Civilization. 3. The Roman Triumph and Fall. 4. A Conquering New Faith: Christianity. PART II: MEDIEVAL CIVILIZATION: 500-1300. 5. The Creation of Europe: Political and Social Foundations. 6. The Flowering of Medieval Culture. PART III: THE COMING OF MODERN TIMES: 1300-1650. 7. The Transformation and Expansion of Europe. 8. The Renaissance: Upsurge of Humanism. 9. The Reformation: Division and Reform in the Church. PART IV: THE CHANGING WEST: 1600-1850. 10. Science and a New Cosmology. 11. The Revolutions of Liberalism and Nationalism. 12. The Impact of the Machine. PART V: THE WEST IN THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD: 1850-2000. 13. Imperialism, World War, and the Rise of Collectivism. 14. Global Transformation: Dawn of a New Age. 15. The Revolution in Western Culture.