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Civilization in the West, Seventh Edition, Volume B Mark Kishlansky, et al.

“This text is clear, well-organized, and easy for my students to follow. I have never had more satisfied students over a thirty-five year career.”

–Don Mohr, University of Alaska — Anchorage

“Students typically associate a history classes with being dull and dreary with an accompanying dry text. This book entices students to read the chapters not only because they are assigned but because the students are eager to read them.”

–Janilyn M. Kocher, Richland Community College

“I have seen texts that are dry, monotonous, and chocked with detail. I have seen others that present the material so lightly that it may blow away. This text is a combination of detailed information in an engaging and interesting presentation.”

–John S. Kemp, Truckee Meadows Community College

In Civilization in the West, the dramatic, changing contours of Western Civilization are explored through a compelling narrative and a rich image-based approach. In the new Seventh Edition, updated throughout, the authors blend social and political history with an exceptional map and image program to engage students and make the material more accessible.

New to this edition

  • “Image Discovery” features appear in every chapter and help students approach images as important historical texts.
  • New “West in the Wider World” essays: Chapter 18, “The Siege of Vienna;” Chapter 25, “Babylon Discovered;” and Chapter 29, “Mahatma Gandhi’s Legacy.”
  • New primary source documents: Chapter 14 now includes “The Heart and Stomach of a King,” in which Queen Elizabeth rallies her subjects to oppose the invasion of English by the Spanish Armada; Chapter 19 now contains excerpts from Voltaire’s great comic novel, Candide; the Treaty of Versailles is excerpted in Chapter 26; and Chapter 30 now includes both Vaclav Havel’s address to Czechoslovakia from January 1, 1990 and a press release from London Mayor Ken Livingstone regarding his commitment, and that of 21 other mayors from major cities around the world, to reducing greenhouse gases.
  • An expanded Glossary contains over 60 new key terms.

Available versions of Civilization in the West
Single Volume Edition ISBN 0-205-55684-1
Volume I (to 1715) ISBN 0-205-55685-X
Volume II (since 1555) ISBN 0-205-55686-8
Volume A (to 1500) 0-205-55687-6
Volume B (from 1350 to 1850) 0-205-55688-4
Volume C (since 1789) 0-205-55689-2

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205556885
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 10/19/2007
  • Series: MyHistoryLab Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.86 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

Detailed Contents



Chronologies, Genealogies, and Figures



About the Authors


The Idea of Western Civilization 1

Chapter 11

The Italian Renaissance

The Visual Record:

A Dining Al Fresco

Renaissance Society

The Urban Environment

Map Discovery: Largest Cities in Western Europe, ca. 1500

Production and Consumption

The Experience of Life

The Quality of Life

Renaissance Art

An Architect, a Sculptor, and a Painter

Renaissance Style


Renaissance Ideals

Humanists and the Liberal Arts

Renaissance Science

Machiavelli and Politics

The Politics of the Italian City-States

Map Discovery: Italy, 1494

The Five Powers

Venice: A Seaborne Empire

Florence: Spinning Cloth into Gold

The End of Italian Hegemony, 1450—1527

A Closer Look

The Fall of Constantinople


On the Family

The Renaissance Man

The Lion and the Fox

The Siege of Constantinople

Chapter 12

The European Empires

The Visual Record:

Astride the World: The Age of Monarchies

European Encounters

Africa and a Passage to India

Map Discovery: Portuguese Explorations

Mundus Novus

The Spanish Conquests

The Legacy of the Encounters

Map Discovery: Claims of Spain and Portugal to Overseas Empires

Image Discovery

Small box

Geographical Tour:

Europe in 1500: The Age of the New Monarchies

Boundaries of Eastern Europe

Central Europe

Western Europe

The Formation of States

Eastern Configurations

The Western Powers

Map Discovery: The Unification of France

The Dynastic Struggles

Power and Glory

The Italian Wars


A Momentous Discovery

The Halls of Montezuma

Last Words

The Kingdom of France

The West and the Wider World

The Columbian Exchange

Chapter 13

The Reform of Religion

The Visual Record:

Sola Scriptura: The Bible and the Reformation

The Intellectual Reformation

The Print Revolution

Map Discovery: The Spread of Printing

Christian Humanism

The Humanist Movement

The Wit of Erasmus

The Lutheran Reformation

The Spark of Reform

Martin Luther’s Faith


The Spread of Lutheranism

Map Discovery: The Spread of Lutheranism

The Protestant Reformation

Geneva and Calvin

The English Reformation

The Reformation of the Radicals

The Catholic Reformation

The Spiritual Revival

Image Discovery

Fishing for Souls

Loyola’s Pilgrimage

The Counter-Reformation

Map Discovery: The Religious Divisions of Europe

The Empire Strikes Back

A Closer Look



A Dutch Wit

Luther on Marriage

The Eternal Decree

Heavenly Vision

Chapter 14

Europe at War, 1555—1648

The Visual Record:

The Massacre of the Innocents: War and European Society

The Crises of the Western States

The French Wars of Religion

Map Discovery: Religious Divisions in France During the Wars of Religion

One King, Two Faiths

The World of Philip II

The Burgundian Inheritance

Map Discovery: Habsburg Lands at the Abdication of Charles V

The Revolt of the Netherlands

The Struggles in Eastern Europe

Kings and Diets in Poland

Image Discovery

Muscovy’s Time of Troubles

The Rise of Sweden

The Thirty Years’ War, 1618—1648

Bohemia Revolts

The War Widens

Map Discovery: Population Loss in Germany During the Thirty Years’ War

The Long Quest for Peace

A Closer Look

The Monstrous Regiment of Women


The Heart and Stomach of a King


War Is Hell

Fire and Sword

Chapter 15

The Experiences of Life in Early Modern Europe, 1500—1650

The Visual Record:

Haymaking: Agriculture in a European Community

Economic Life

Rural Life

Image Discovery

Town Life

Map Discovery: Grain Supply and Trade in Sixteenth-Century Europe

Economic Change

Map Discovery: Population Density in Europe, ca. 1600

Social Life

Social Constructs

Social Structure

Social Change

Peasant Revolts

Private and Community Life

The Family


Popular Beliefs and the Persecution of Witches

A Closer Look

Sex and the Married Man


Living by One’s Wits

The Peasants’ Revolt

The Devil’s Due

Chapter 16

The Royal State in the Seventeenth Century

The Visual Record:

Fit for a King: The Grandeur of the European Monarchy

The Rise of the Royal State

Divine Kings

The Court and the Courtiers

The Taxing Demands of War

The Crises of the Royal State

The Need to Resist

The Right to Resist

The English Civil War

Image Discovery

Map Discovery: English Civil War

The English Revolutions

The Zenith of the Royal State

The Nature of Absolute Monarchy

Absolutism in the East

Map Discovery: Expansion of Russia Under Peter the Great

The Origins of French Absolutism

Louis le Grand


The Divinity That Doth Hedge a King

A Short, Sharp Shock

The Nature of Man

A Close Shave

The West and the Wider World

The Siege of Vienna

Chapter 17

Science and Commerce in Early Modern Europe

The Visual Record:

Rembrandt’s Lessons: Anatomy and the New Science

The New Science

Heavenly Revolutions

The Natural World

Science Enthroned

Empires of Goods

The Marketplace of the World

Map Discovery: Dutch Trade Routes, ca. 1650

Consumption Choices

Image Discovery:

The Symbols of Trade

Dutch Masters

Mercantile Organization

The Wars of Commerce

The Mercantile Wars

The Wars of Louis XIV

Map Discovery: The Treaty of Utrecht

The Colonial Wars

Map Discovery: The Seven Years’ War

The West and the Wider World

The Nutmeg Wars



The Telescope

Descartes Experiments

Defining Commerce

Chapter 18

The Balance of Power in Eighteenth-Century Europe

The Visual Record:

A Dashing Officer: The Rise of Militarism

Geographical Tour:

A Grand Tour of Europe in 1714

Expansion of Western Europe

Realignment in Eastern Europe

The Rise of Russia

The Reforms of Peter the Great

Life in Rural Russia

The Enlightened Empress Catherine

The Two Germanies

The Rise of Prussia

Map Discovery:

The Expansion of Prussia

Austria Survives

The Politics of Power

Map Discovery:

The Partitions of Poland

The Greatness of Great Britain

The British Constitution

Parties and Ministers

America Revolts

Image Discovery

The West and the Wider World

The British Raj in India


Captain Cook Encounters the Tahitians

A King’s-Eye View

Military Discipline

Unalienable Rights

Chapter 19

Culture and Society in Eighteenth-Century Europe

The Visual Record:

Happy Families: An Enlightenment Institution

Eighteenth-Century Culture

The Enlightenment

The Spirit of the Enlightenment

Image Discovery

The Impact of the Enlightenment

Eighteenth-Century Society

The Nobility

The Bourgeoisie

The Masses

Map Discovery:

Cereal Crops in Europe

A Closer Look

Giving Birth in the Eighteenth Century


The All-Knowing


The Good of All

Love and Marriage

Chapter 20

The French Revolution and the Napoleonic Era, 1789—1815

The Visual Record:

The Tennis Court Oath: The Beginning of the French Revolution

The French Revolution and the Fall of the Monarchy

The Political and Fiscal Crisis of Eighteenth-Century France

Convening the Estates-General

The Outbreak of Revolutionary Action in 1789

Map Discovery:

Revolutionary France

Declaring Political Rights

The Trials of Constitutional Monarchy

Experimenting with Democracy, 1792—1799

The Revolution of the People

“Terror Is the Order of the Day”

The End of the Revolution

The Reign of Napoleon, 1799—1815

Bonaparte Seizes Power

Napoleon at War with the European Powers

The First Empire and Domestic Reforms

Map Discovery:

Napoleon’s Empire

Decline and Fall

A Closer Look

The Guillotine: Revolutionary Justice


“What Is the Third Estate?”

Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen

Declaration of the Rights of Woman and Citizen

The Civil Code of the Code Napoléon (1804)

Chapter 21

Industrial Europe

The Visual Record:

Portrait of an Age: The Railroad

The Traditional Economy

Farming Families

Map Discovery:

Population Growth in Europe, 1800—1850

Rural Manufacture

The Agricultural Revolution

Image Discovery

The Industrial Revolution in Britain

Britain First

Map Discovery:

Great Britain: Canals and Natural Resources

Minerals and Metals

Cotton Is King

The Iron Horse

Entrepreneurs and Managers

The Wages of Progress

The Industrialization of the Continent

Map Discovery:

Industrial Revolution on the Continent

France: Industrialization Without Revolution

Germany: Industrialization and Union

The Lands That Time Forgot

A Closer Look

Industry and the Environment


The Wealth of Britain

The Sin of Wages

Exploiting the Young

The Slavery of Labor

Chapter 22

Political Upheavals and Social Transformations, 1815—1850

The Visual Record:

Potato Politics: The Plight of the Poor in European Societies

Geographical Tour:

Europe in 1815

The Congress of Vienna

The Alliance System

The New Ideologies

The New Politics of Preserving Order

Romanticism and Change

Reshaping State and Society

Protest and Revolution

Causes of Social Instability

The Revolutions of 1830

Map Discovery:

Unrest of the 1820s and 1830s: Centers of Revolutionary Action

Reform in Great Britain

Image Discovery

Map Discovery:

Unrest of the 1820s and 1830s: Centers of Revolutionary Action

Workers Unite

Revolutions Across Europe, 1848—1850

Map Discovery:

The Revolutions of 1848

A Closer Look

The Birth of the Prison


Young Italy (1832)

The Communist Manifesto

Flora Tristan and the Rights of Working Women




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