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Landmarks in Humanities is a single-volume survey of global culture designed for students of humanities, cultural history, and history of the arts. In chronological sequence, Landmarks highlights the most notable monuments of the human imagination—those works of art and architecture, literature, philosophy, and music that have been foremost in shaping the world's cultures. The text reflects the author's extensive background in the study of Humanities which has enabled her to craft a narrative that is at once brief and comprehensive, giving students a thorough understanding of the humanities without overwhelming them with detail. Each of the text's fifteen chapters is centered on a key idea related to the period being discussed and contains a series of valuable pedagogical features including chapter ending timelines, high-quality maps, and boxed material examining primary sources and cross-cultural comparisons. In addition, an outstanding supplements package accompanies the text, featuring a wealth of resources for both students and instructors.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073523965
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies,Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Gloria Konig Fiero was born and raised in New York City. She earned her Masters degree in Art History at the University of California, Berkeley, and her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Humanities at the Florida State University. She has taught Humanities, World History, and Art History for more than twenty-five years. She has written and lectured extensively on medieval and renaissance topics and on the arts of both East and West as they reflect the human condition. She currently divides her time between New Orleans, Louisiana, and New York City.

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Table of Contents

Origins: The First Civilizations

Prehistory


Paleolithic Culture


Ideas and Issues: Keeping Track of Time


Neolithic Culture


Parallels: Mother Earth


Parallels: Stone Circles


The Birth of Civilization


From Counting to Writing


Parallels: The Invention of Writing


Metallurgy: The Bronze Age


Mesopotamia


"Land between the Rivers"


Myths, Gods, and Goddesses


Mesopotamia's Ziggurats


Gilgamesh: The First Epic


Parallels: Temple Towers


Babylon: Hammurabi's Law Code


Iron Technology


Ideas and Issues: From Hammurabi's Code


Landmarks of the Iron Age


The Persian Empire


Africa: Ancient Egypt


Theocracy and the Cult of the Dead


Akhenaten's Reform


Parallels: Pyramids Ancient and Modern


Egyptian Women


Egyptian Art


New Kingdom Temples


Literature and Music


Africa: Western Sudan


The Nok Terra-cottas


The Americas


Beyond the West: Ancient India


Indus Valley Civilization


The Vedic Era


Hindu Pantheism


Ideas and Issues: Hindu Pantheism and Reincarnation


Beyond the West: Ancient China


The Shang Dynasty


The Aristocracy of Merit


The Mandate of Heaven


Spirits, Gods, and the Natural Order


Daoism: The Philosophy of the Way


Afterword


The First Civilizations Timeline

2 Classicism: The Greek Legacy


Ancient Greek Civilization


Aegean Civilizations


Mycenaean Civilization


The Heroic Age


Parallels: In the Beginning


The Greek Gods


Greek City-States and the Persian Wars


Athens and the Golden Age


The Athens of Pericles


The Olympic Games


Ideas and Issues: Pericles: The Greatness of Athens


Greek Drama


Greek Poetry


Greek Philosophy


Naturalist Philosophy: The Pre-Socratics


The Sophists


Socrates and the Quest for Virtue


Plato and the Theory of Forms


Beyond the West: Chinese Philosophy


Confucius


Ideas and Issues: Confucius: Moral Advice


Aristotle and the Life of Reason


Ideas and Issues: The Syllogism


Aristotle and the State


Ideas and Issues: Man Is a Political Animal


The Classical Style


Key Features


Greek Painting


Greek Sculpture: The Archaic Period


Greek Sculpture: The Classical Period


Parallels: The Sculptured Male Form


Greek Architecture: The Parthenon


Parallels: Greek Classicism and Neoclassicism


The Sculpture of the Parthenon


Ideas and Issues: The Battle over Antiquities


Greek Music and Dance


The Hellenistic Age


Hellenistic Schools of Thought


Hellenistic Art


Afterword


Ancient Greece Timeline

3 Empire: The Power and Glory of Rome


The Roman Rise to Empire


Rome’s Early History


The Roman Republic


Roman Literature


Latin Prose Literature


Philosophic Thought


Ideas and Issues: Stoic Detachment and Acceptance


Epic Poetry


Lyric Poetry and Satire


Ideas and Issues: Horace: "Carpe Diem" ("Seize the Day")


Roman Drama


Art and Empire


Roman Architecture


Parallels: Roman Classicism and Neoclassicism


Roman Sculpture


Roman Painting and Mosaic


Roman Music


The Fall of Rome


Beyond the West: China’s Rise to Empire


The Qin Dynasty


The Han Dynasty


Han Literature


Visual Arts and Music


Afterword


Ancient Rome Timeline

4 Revelation: The Flowering of World Religions


Judaism


The Hebrews


Parallels: Codes of Conduct


The Hebrew State


The Hebrew Bible


The Arts of the Hebrews


Christianity


The Greco-Roman Background


Mystery Cults


Judea Before Jesus


The Coming of Jesus


Paul: Co-Founder of Christianity


Ideas and Issues: Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount


The Spread of Christianity


The Christian Identity


Ideas and Issues: The Non-Canonical Gospels


Christian Monasticism


Ideas and Issues: The Christian Calendar


The Latin Church Fathers


Symbolism and Early Christian Art


Ideas and Issues: Neoplatonism


Early Christian Architecture


Byzantine Art and Architecture


The Byzantine Icon


Early Christian Music


Islam


The Coming of Muhammad


The Qur'an


The Spread of Islam


Early Islamic Art and Architecture


Beyond the West: Buddhism


Early Buddhist Architecture


Parallels: Jesus and the Buddha: Humility


Afterword


World Religions Timeline

5 Synthesis: The Rise of the West


The Germanic Tribes


Germanic Culture


Germanic Art


Parallels: Interlace: Secular and Sacred


The Age of Charlemagne


The Carolingian Renaissance


Parallels: The Monastic Complex East and West


The Monastic Complex


The Medieval Book


Parallels: Holy Books and Manuscripts


Beyond the West: Japan


The Birth of the Novel


Ideas and Issues: Handwriting as an Art


Feudal Society


The Feudal Contract


Parallels: Feudalism East and West


The Lives of Medieval Serfs


The Norman Conquest


The Norman Castle


The Bayeux Tapestry


The Crusades


Feudal-Age Literature


The Song of Roland


The Poetry of the Troubadours


The Medieval Romance and the Code of Courtly Love


Early Medieval Music


Beyond the West: China


Tang and Song


Chinese Technology


Chinese Porcelain


Chinese Landscape Painting


Liturgical Drama


Afterword


Early Middle Ages Timeline

6 Christendom: Europe in the Age of Faith


The Medieval Church


Sin and Salvation


Ideas and Issues: The Supremacy of the Church


The Literature of Mysticism


Saint Francis: Medieval Humanist


Parallels: Mysticism: Christian and Muslim


Medieval Towns


Medieval Drama


Dante’s Divine Comedy


Ideas and Issues: Dante: The Ninth Circle of Hell


The Medieval University


Medieval Scholasticism


Ideas and Issues: Aquinas: Whether Woman Should Have Been Made in the First Reproduction of Things


The Pilgrimage Church


Romanesque Architecture


Romanesque Sculpture


The Gothic Cathedral


Chartres Cathedral: Gothic Landmark


Medieval Painting: The Gothic Altarpiece


Parallels: Temple-Shrines: Christian and Hindu


Medieval Music


Medieval Musical Notation


Medieval Polyphony


The "Dies Irae"


The Motet


Beyond the West: India and China


Religious Icon


Instrumental Music


Afterword


High Middle Ages Timeline

7 Rebirth: The Age of the Renaissance


Transition: Medieval to Renaissance


The Black Death


The Rise of Constitutional Monarchy


The Hundred Years' War


The Decline of the Church


The Arts in Transition


Boccaccio


Christine de Pisan


Chaucer


Parallels: The New Realism in Literature and Art


Giotto's New Realism


The Ars Nova in Music


The Italian Renaissance


Renaissance Humanism


Petrarch: "Father of Humanism"


Ficino: The Platonic Academy


Pico della Mirandola: The Dignity of Man


Ideas and Issues: Pico: Free Will and Human Perfectibility


Castiglione: The Well-Rounded Person


Ideas and Issues: The Renaissance Gentleman and the Renaissance Lady


The Printing Press


Machiavelli and Power Politics


Ideas and Issues: Whether It Is Better to Be Loved than Feared


Early Renaissance Art


Early Renaissance Architecture


Early Renaissance Painting


Early Renaissance Sculpture


High Renaissance Art


High Renaissance Architecture


Leonardo da Vinci


Parallels: Restoration or Ruin?


Raphael


Michelangelo


The High Renaissance in Venice


Renaissance Music


Josquin des Prez


The Madrigal


Instrumental Music


Beyond the West: The Glories of the Ottoman Empire


Renaissance Dance


Afterword


Renaissance Timeline

8 Reform: The Northern Renaissance and the Reformation


Renaissance and Reformation


Christian Humanism


Luther and the Protestant Reformation


Ideas and Issues: Luther's Challenge to the Church


The Spread of Protestantism


Calvin and Calvinism


Anabaptism


Ideas and Issues: Calvin: Predestination


The Anglican Church


Religious Persecution and Witch-Hunts


Sixteenth-Century Literature


Erasmus


More


Cervantes


Montaigne


Shakespeare


The Shakespearean Stage


Beyond the West: Japanese Theater


Shakespeare's Play


Northern Art


Jan van Eyck


Bosch


Grunewald


The Protestant Reformation and Printmaking


Parallels: Devotional Images: Pathos and Remorse


Durer


Cranach and Holbein


Parallels: Humanism: East and West


Brueghel


Northern Music


Music and the Reformation


Elizabethan Music


Afterword


Northern Renaissance Timeline

9 Encounter: European Outreach and Expansion


Global Travel and Trade


European Expansion


Africa


Cultural Heritage


West African Kingdoms


African Literature


Parallels: Text and Image: The Oba of Benin


Ideas and Issues: African Myths: The Origin of Death


African Music and Dance


African Sculpture


Parallels: Africa's Legacy


The Europeans in Africa


The Americas


The Arts of Native North America


Ideas and Issues: Mohawk Myth: How Man Was Created


The Arts of Meso- and South America


Maya Civilization


Inka Civilization


Aztec Civilization


Cross-Cultural Encounter


The Spanish in the Americas


Ideas and Issues: Cortés: Destroying Aztec "Idols"


The Columbian Exchange


Afterword


Africa and the Americas Timeline

10 Baroque: Piety and Extravagance


The Catholic Reformation


Loyola and the Jesuit Order


Ideas and Issues: Loyola: The Church Militant


Mannerist Painting


Music and the Catholic Reformation


The Italian Baroque


Italian Baroque Architecture


Italian Baroque Sculpture


Parallels: Text and Image: Saint Teresa's Vision


Italian Baroque Painting


Parallels: Text and Image: The Book of Judith


The Northern Baroque


The Rise of the English Commonwealth


The King James Bible


Donne


Ideas and Issues: Donne: No Man Is an Island


Milton


The London of Christopher Wren


Seventeenth-Century Holland


Vermeer


Rembrandt


The Aristocratic Baroque


Louis XIV and the Arts


Parallels: Absolutism and the Arts: East and West


Theater Arts


Academic Art


The Aristocratic Baroque Portrait


Parallels: Aristocratic Art: East and West


Velázquez and Rubens


Beyond the West: Aristocratic Landmarks


Japan


India


Baroque Music


Gabrieli


The Birth of Opera


Monteverdi


Music at the Court of Louis XIV


Handel and the English Oratorio


Bach and Religious Music


Instrumental Music


Vivaldi


Bach and the Instrumental Music


Afterword


Baroque Timeline

11 Enlightenment: Science and the New Learning


The Scientific Revolution


Galileo


Bacon and the Empirical Method


Ideas and Issues: Bacon: Science and Religion


Descartes and the Birth of Modern Philosophy


Newton's Synthesis


The Enlightenment


Locke: Enlightenment Herald


Montesquieu and Jefferson


Ideas and Issues: Two Views of the Social Contract


The Philosophes


The Crusade for Progress


Enlightenment and the Rights of Women


Ideas and Issues: Wollstonecraft: Make Women Free


Kant and Enlightenment Ethics


Rousseau: Enlightenment Rebel


Adam Smith: Economic Theory


Revolutions of the Late Eighteenth Century


Literature and the Enlightenment


Pope: Poet of the Age of Reason


Newspapers and Novels


Slave Narratives


Satire: Swift and Voltaire


The Visual Arts and the Enlightenment


Hogarth's Visual Satires


The Rococo Style


Rococo Painting


Parallels: Love and Lovers


Neoclassical Architecture


Parallels: The Neoclassical Vogue


Neoclassical Sculpture


Neoclassical Painting


Music and the Enlightenment


Eighteenth-Century Classical Music


The Birth of the Symphony Orchestra


Haydn


Mozart


Beyond the West: Japan


The Way of Tea and Zen


Afterword


Enlightenment Timeline

12 Romanticism: Nature, Passion, and the Sublime


Heralds of Romanticism


Napoleon: Romantic Hero


Nineteenth-Century Philosophers


Darwin's Origins of Species


The Industrial Revolution


Romantic Literature


Wordsworth and the Poetry of Nature


Shelley and Keats


Ideas and Issues: Shelley: "Ozymandias"


Byron: Romantic Hero


Blake: Romantic Mystic


Goethe's Faust


The Female Voice


Mary Shelley's Frankenstein


American Romanticism


Transcendentalism


Ideas and Issues: Emerson: I Am Part of God


Ideas and Issues: Thoreau: Nature as Teacher


Whitman's Romantic Individualism


Ideas and Issues: Douglass: Slave Morality


Romanticism in the Visual Arts


The Romantic Landscape


American Painting


Parallels: Landscape: West and East


The Popular Hero: Goya and Géricault


Revolutionary Heroism: Delacroix


Romantic Sculpture


Parallels: Lady Liberty


Romantic Architecture


Romantic Music and Dance


The Symphony: Beethoven


The Art Song: Schubert


Program Music: Berlioz


Piano Music: Chopin


The Romantic Ballet


Beyond the West: Exploring Africa


Grand Opera: Verdi


Music-Drama: Wagner


Afterword


Romanticism Timeline

13 Materialism: The Industrial Era and the Urban Scene


The Global Dominion of the West


Advancing Industrialism


Colonialism and the New Imperialism


Social and Economic Realities


Marx and Engels


Nietzsche's New Morality


Ideas and Issues: Progress: The False Idea


Literary Realism


The Novels of Dickens and Twain


Russian Realism: Dostoevsky and Tolstoy


Ideas and Issues: Dostoevsky: Lords of the Future


Flaubert and the Literary Heroine


Zola and the Naturalistic Novel


Realist Drama: Ibsen


Late-Nineteenth-Century Architecture


Cast-Iron Structures


The Skyscraper


Realism in the Visual Arts


The Birth of Photography


Courbet and French Realist Painting


Millet: "Peasant Painter"


Daumier's Social Realism


The Scandalous Realism of Manet


Realism in American Painting


Impressionism


Monet: Pioneer Impressionist


Renoir and Degas


Parallels: Photographs and Paintings


Cassatt: American Impressionist


Toulouse-Lautrec


Parallels: Japanese Prints and European Paintings


Postimpressionism


Art Nouveau


Van Gogh and Gauguin


Beyond the West: The Lure of the Exotic: Oceania
Seurat and Cézanne

Late-Nineteenth-Century Sculpture


Parallels: Sculpture and Dance


Late-Nineteenth-Century Music


Verismo Opera: Puccini and Bizet


Musical Impressionism: Debussy


Afterword


Materialism Timeline

14 Modernism: The Assault on Tradition


New Directions


The New Physics


The Freudian Revolution


Ideas and Issues: Religion as Mass-Delusion


War and Revolution


World War I


Aftermath of World War I


The Harlem Renaissance


The Russian Revolution


Ideas and Issues: The Mexican Revolution


Hitler and World War II


Beyond the West: Mao's China


Modern Literature


The Imagists


Ideas and Issues: Yeats: “The Second Coming”


Eliot and Yeats


Modern Fiction and Drama


Science Fiction and the Futurist Novel


Modern Art


Picasso and Cubism


Parallels: "Magical Objects"


Futurism


Matisse and Fauvism


Nonobjective Art


Abstraction in Early Modern Sculpture


Expressionism


Fantasy, Dada, and Surrealism


Photography and Film


Modern Architecture


Wright and Modern Architecture


The Bauhaus and the International Style


Music and Dance


Stravinsky


Schoenberg


Modern Music-Drama and Opera


Modern Music in Soviet Russia and America


Jazz


Modern Dance


Afterword


Materialism Timeline

15 Globalism: Information, Communication, and the Digital Revolution


Post-War Convulsions


Existentialism


Ideas and Issues: Sartre: Man Makes Himself


Theater of the Absurd


The Cold War


Ideas and Issues: Communism versus Capitalism


The Quest for Equality


The End of Colonialism


The Quest for Racial Equality


Ideas and Issues: White No Longer


Black Identity in the Arts


The Quest for Gender Equality


Ideas and Issues: De Beauvoir: Woman as "Other"


Sexual Identity


Ethnicity and Identity


Science and Technology


String Theory and Chaos Theory


The Human Genome


Language Theory


The Information Explosion


Postmodernism: Art as Information


Contemporary Literature


Art and Architecture


Abstract Expressionism


Parallels: Action Painting: East and West


Pop Art


Assemblage


Post-Pop Abstraction


New Realism


Total Art


Video Art


Parallels: Updating Manet


Computers and New Media Arts


Architecture in the Information Age


Green Buildings


Music and Dance


Cage and Aleatory Music


Microtonality and Minimalism


Opera and Choral Music


Electronic Music and Computers


Rock and Popular Music


Dance


Into the Twenty-First Century


Beyond the West: China: The “Great Criticism”


Afterword


Information Age Timeline



Glossary


Further Reading


Literary Credits


Picture Credits


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