Discovering the Western Past: A Look at the Evidence, Volume I: To 1789 / Edition 7

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Overview


This successful western history version of the popular Discovering series provides a broad range of both visual and written sources within a unique pedagogical framework. Its unique 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: 9781111837167
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2014
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (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.

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Table of Contents

1. The Need for Water in Ancient Societies. 2. The Ideal and the Reality of Classical Athens. 3. Health and Disease in the Greek World. 4. The Achievements of Augustus. 5. Invading Barbarians. 6. The Development of the Medieval State. 7. Life at a Medieval University. 8. Infidels and Heretics: Crusades of the High Middle Ages. 9. Social and Economic Conflicts in the Late Medieval Cloth Trade. 10. The Renaissance Man and Woman. 11. Pagans, Muslims, and Christians in the Mental World of Columbus. 12. The Spread of the Reformation. 13. Royal Power and Overseas Expansion, 1450-1540.

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