Civilization: A New History of the Western World

Civilization: A New History of the Western World

by Roger Osborne
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1933648767

ISBN-13: 9781933648767

Pub. Date: 03/01/2008

Publisher: Pegasus

"It would be hard to imagine a more readable general history of the West that covers so much ground so incisively."—William Grimes, The New York Times
Ever since the attacks of September 11, 2001, Western leaders have described a world engaged in "a fight for civilization." But what do we mean by civilization? We believe in a Western tradition of freedom

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"It would be hard to imagine a more readable general history of the West that covers so much ground so incisively."—William Grimes, The New York Times
Ever since the attacks of September 11, 2001, Western leaders have described a world engaged in "a fight for civilization." But what do we mean by civilization? We believe in a Western tradition of freedom that has produced a fulfilling existence for many millions of people and a culture of enormous depth and creative power. But the history of our civilization is also filled with unspeakable brutality—for every Leonardo there is a Mussolini, for every Beethoven symphony a concentration camp, for every Chrysler Building a My Lai massacre.
An ambitious historical assessment of the Western world—tying together the histories of empires, art, philosophy, science, and politics—Civilization reexamines and confronts us with all of our glories and catastrophes. At such a dangerous time in the world's history, this brilliant book is required reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933648767
Publisher:
Pegasus
Publication date:
03/01/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
544
Sales rank:
619,332
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations     ix
List of Maps     xii
Prologue     1
In the Beginning: Prehistory and Illiterate Societies     20
A Torrent of Words: Change and Custom in Classical Greece     46
The Birth of Abstraction: Plato, Aristotle and the Rational Mind     72
The Universal Civilization: Rome and the Barbarians     94
Augustine's Vision of Christianity: From Rebel Sect to Universal Faith     113
Religion as Civilization: The Establishment of Western Christendom     134
Another Way of Living: The Medieval Town and Communal Life     162
Art as Civilization: Wealth, Power and Innovation in the Italian Renaissance     180
The Search for the Christian Life: The European Reformation as a New Beginning     213
Kings, Armies and Nations: The Rise of the Military State     236
Us and Them: Colonization and Slavery     256
The Rational Individual: Theory and Practice in Making Society     281
Enlightenment and Revolution: Politics and Reason in France and America     305
Industrialization and Nationalism: British Dominance and the Ideology of Freedom     341
From Rural Colonies to Industrial Continent: The Making of Modern America     369
Towards the Abyss: Technology, Ideology, Apocalypse     397
The End of Civilization: Depression, Extremism and Genocide in Europe, America and Asia     428
The Post-War World: From Social Cohesion to Global Marketplace     454
Acknowledgements, References and Further Reading     493
Index     507

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