Discovering the Western Past: A Look at the Evidence, Volume II: Since 1500 / Edition 6

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This successful Western history version of the popular Discovering series provides a broad range of both visual and written sources. The unique pedagogical framework includes The Problem, Sources and Method, The Evidence, Questions to Consider, and Epilogue and Evaluation sections in each chapter. This structure promotes critical thinking, sharpens analytical skills, and builds student interest in the subject matter. The text emphasizes historical study as interpretation rather than memorization of data, with actual documents and artifacts from which students develop answers to historical questions.
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"I like this text a lot. It engages the students because they are forced to think for themselves about how to interpret the sources."

"Strengths of this text include the sheer variety of sources, and their contrast; this forces students to make history from sources, just as historians do."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618766116
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 7/23/2007
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 751,478
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Merry Wiesner-Hanks (Chair, Department of History, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee) received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1979. She has published WORKING WOMEN IN RENAISSANCE GERMANY (Rutgers, 1986) as well as numerous articles on women and the Reformation and urban social history. She is co-author of DISCOVERING THE GLOBAL PAST (2012), DISCOVERING THE WESTERN PAST (2008), DISCOVERING THE MEDIEVAL PAST (2003), DISCOVERING THE ANCIENT PAST (2005), DISCOVERING THE TWENTIETH-CENTURY WORLD (2005), and BECOMING VISIBLE: WOMEN IN EUROPEAN HISTORY (1998). She is also the General Editor of the PROBLEMS IN EUROPEAN CIVILIZATION series.

Andrew D. Evans (Chair, Department of History, State University of New York at New Paltz) received his Ph.D. from Indiana University in 2002. He is the author of ANTHROPOLOGY AT WAR: WORLD WAR I AND THE SCIENCE OF RACE IN GERMANY (Chicago, 2010), and co-author of DISCOVERING THE WESTERN PAST (2015).

William Bruce Wheeler received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 1967. He is co-author of DISCOVERING THE GLOBAL PAST (2012), DISCOVERING THE AMERICAN PAST (2012), and DISCOVERING THE WESTERN PAST (2008). He has also written books on Tennessee history and the Tellico Dam.

Julius Ruff (Marquette University) received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina 1979. He is the author of Crime, Justice and Public Order in Old Regime France (Croom Helm, 1984) in addition to many articles and book reviews.

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Table of Contents

1. The Spread of the Reformation The Evidence: Martin Luther's sermon in Erfurt, Germany, 1521 Three 16th-century hymns Illustrations by Matthias Gerung, 1546 Woodcuts by Lucas Cranach and an unknown artist of religious pamphlets Anonymous German pamphlet, 1523 2. Staging Absolutism The Evidence: Jean Bodin, The Six Books of the Republic, 1576 Jacques Benigne Bossuet, Politics Drawn from the Very Words of the Holy Scriptures, 1678 The Duke of Saint-Simon on the Reign of Louis XIV Royal portraits The Mask of Apollo Engravings of Louis XIV as Roman Emperor in Carousel of 1662 Illustrations of Versailles and Marly 3. The Mind of an Age: Science and Religion Confront Eighteenth-Century Natural Disaster The Evidence: Gabriel Malagrida and John Wesley on the cause of the Lisbon earthquake Voltaire on Newtonian physics, 1733 Alexander Pope's An Essay on Man, 1734 Observation, from Denis Diderot's Encyclopedia, ca.1765 Natural History, General and Specific, by George-Louis Leclerc Poem on the Lisbon Disaster, by Voltaire and a letter to Voltaire from Jean-Jacques Rousseau regarding the poem David Hume's "The Essay on Miracles," 1748 The System of Nature by Paul-Henry Thiry, Baron d'Holbach, 1770 4. European Material Life, 1600-1800 The Evidence: Spring Agricultural Labor from a fifteenth-century French book of hours, Jean, Duc de Berry Table of agricultural yields, 1600-1820 The Effects of Harvest Failure A Meal of Gruel in a Dutch Peasant Family, 1653 A Peasant Kitchen with an Open Fire in the South Tyrol Baltic grain exports, 1562-1650 Exports of slaves from Africa Sugar imports in France, England, and Wales Imports of groceries into England and Wales, 1559-1800 Illustration, "The Coffee House Patriots; or News from St. Eusatia," 1781 Value of wardrobes and linen, Paris, 1700-1789 "The Grumbling Hive: or, Knaves Turn'd Honest," Bernard Mandeville Tables of ownership of consumer goods 5. A Day in the French Revolution: July 14, 1789 The Evidence: The Bastille as a Symbol: The Memoires of Simon-Nicolas-Henri Linguet Photograph of the rue du Fer-a-Moulin, 1870 Floor plan of a typical residential building in Faubourg St.-Antoine Graphs depicting wheat prices in Paris and France in the eighteenth century Table of bread and wage earner's budget Map of Paris by economic circumstances of residents, 1790 Table of the trades of the Bastille insurgents, 1789 Marguerite Painaigre's petition to the French National Assembly Travel account, Arthur Young, 1789 Duke of Dorset's report on Paris to the Foreign Office in London 6. Labor Old and New: The Impact of the Industrial Revolution The Evidence: Sabastien Le Prestre de Vaubans description of agricultural labor in France, about 1700 Testimony of an agricultural worker's wife and former factory worker, 1842 List of holidays during the work year in 17th-century Lille, France Guild regulations in the Prussian woolen industry, 1797 La Rochefoucauld describes the putting-out system in Rouen, France, 1781-1783 Scenes of weaving in Germany and England Luddite labor protest in Yorkshire, 1812 Rules for workers in the foundry and engineering works of the Royal Overseas Trading Company, Berlin, 1844 Apprenticeship contract for young women employed in the silk mills of Tarare, France, 1850s Report of the Sadler Committee, 1832 Working conditions of a female textile worker in Germany, 1880s and 1890s Report on the employment of children in three British mines, 1841-1842 7. Two Programs for Social and Political Change: Liberalism and Socialism The Evidence: Alexis de Tocqueville's views on history, the problems of democracy, revolution, ideals of government Karl Marx's writings on history from The Communist Manifesto, the Revolution of 1848 in Paris, ideals of government and economy 8. Vienna and Paris, 1850-1930: The Development of the Modern City The Evidence: Illustrations of Vienna and Paris in the 1850s, leather workers on the Bièvre River, Paris Drawing and photograph of the Viennese Ringstrasse Maps of Paris and photographs of the construction of and the completed Avenue de l'Opera Illustrations of Ringstrasse apartment building, Paris apartment building Floor plan of Paris apartment building Illustrations of the Prater, Vienna; the Buttes-Chaumont Park, Paris; 19th-century working-class Paris suburb; the Lemoine Forges in 1881; Vienna workers tenement, early 20th century; Viennese S-Bahn and station; Parisian bus and tramway stop in 1936 Photographs of Karl Marx Hof in Vienna, floor plan of Parisian low-cost housing, and photograph of Viennese Kongressbad 9. Expansion and Public Opinion: Advocates of the "New Imperialism" The Evidence: Friedrich Farbi's Bedarf Deutschland der Kolonien?, 1879 John G. Paton's letter urging British possession of the New Hebrides, 1883 Jules Ferry's appeal to the French to build the second colonial empire, 1890 Joseph Chamberlain's speech to the West Birmingham Relief Association, 1894 Ferdinando Martini, from Cose affricane, 1897 G.W. Steevens on the Sudan, 1898 10. Women in Russian Revolutionary Movements The Evidence: From the Memoirs of Elizabeta Kovalskaia, Moscow, 1926; Olga Liubatovich, Moscow, 1906; Praskovia Ivanoskaia, Moscow, 1926; and Eva Broido, Berlin, 1926 Alexandra Kollontai, Towards a History of the Working Women's Movement in Russia, 1920 Petition to the Duma, 1906 Petition to the Provisional Government, 1917 Alexandra Kollontai, "In the Front Line of Fire," Pravda, 1917; and from the pamphlet "Working Woman and Mother," 1914 11. World War I: Total War The Evidence: World War I verse by Rupert Brooke, Charles Peguy, and Ernst Lissauer The Front Lines, German infantry attack, 1912 British infantry going "Over the Top" in an attack on Kemmel Hill, April, 1918 Under Fire, by Henri Barbusse, 1916 Erich Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front, 1928 Verse by Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen Letter from a former German student serving in France, 1914 Vera Brittain's account of a London air raid, 1917 German wartime civilian rations, 1918 Report on French public opinion in the Department of the Isère Tables depicting the employment of women in wartime British industry and estimated military casualties by nation 12. Selling a Totalitarian System The Evidence: Excerpts from Hitler's Mein Kampf Joseph Goebbel's directives for the presidential campaign of 1932 Adolf Hitler's S.A Order 111, 1926 Photographs of Regensburg S.A. banners and S.A. propaganda rally in Spandau, 1932 Report of a Nazi meeting held in a heavily communist quarter of Berlin, February 1927 Political posters from 1924 and 1932 Photograph of a National Socialist rally in the Berlin Sports Palace, 1930 Verses from The Horst Wessel Song Otto Dietrich's description of Hitler's campaign by airplane, 1932 Text from a Nazi pamphlet, ca. 1932 Graph depicting types and amounts of political violence in Northeim, Germany, 1930-1932 My Part in Germany's Fight, by Joseph Goebbels, 1934 Report on the problem of stemming the spread of Nazi ideas in the Protestant youth movement, 1931 William L. Shirer's reactions to the Nazi party rally at Nuremberg, 1934 13. The Perils of Prosperity: The Unrest of Youth in the 1960s The Evidence: Pamphlet of the March 22 Movement Leaflet issued by student and worker groups in France in 1968 Slogans of the Sorbonne Occupation Committee, May 16, 1968 French political posters and cartoons "Ten Commandments for a Young Czechoslovak Intellectual," March 1968 Ivan Sviták, " Wherefrom, with Whom, and Whither?" The action program of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakian political cartoons 14. The European Nation State and Regional Ethnic Nationalism The Evidence: Douglas Hyde on the revival of Gaelic, 1892 Significant European Regional Ethnic Minorities, ca. 1989 Jacque Atatli, "The End of One France" Excerpts from the Finnish Constitution Luis Nunez Astrain, "The KAS Alternative," 1978 Map of the USSR, 1989 Ethnic composition of the Soviet Union's successor states Anna Politkovskaya, "Monsters and Human Beings," 1999 Map of national and ethnic minorities in the former Yugoslavia Emir Suljagic, "Ethnic Cleansing" in Bosnia, 1992
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