Civilization: A New History of the Western World

Civilization: A New History of the Western World

by Roger Osborne
     
 

"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 TimesSee more details below

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933648767
Publisher:
Pegasus
Publication date:
03/01/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
544
Sales rank:
737,575
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.60(d)

Meet the Author

For many years Roger Osborne worked as an editor in the London publishing world, first at Macmillan and then Faber & Faber,
specializing in books on medicine, psychology, and the history of science. Since 1992 he has been a full-time writer, using particular subjects to demonstrate new ways of understanding the past. He is a
Fellow of the Geological Society and lives in Yorkshire.

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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