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Designed for students without a strong background in history, Making Europe is organized around a political chronology to help inexperienced students get a sense of the story of western civilization. Themes of religion, social history, biography and personality, and individual and collective identity enable students to grasp the "big picture." The text's attention to Eastern Europe and thorough coverage of religious history extends right up to the present. The authors' collective experience teaching Western Civilization is evident in the text's carefully designed system of pedagogy that promotes understanding of events and figures of the western past. Focus and review questions, chronologies, key terms and definitions, and chapter summaries help students engage with the material step-by-step, chapter-by-chapter.
1. The Origins of Western Civilization in the Ancient Near East, 3000-1200 B.C.E. 2. Iron Age Civilizations, 1200-500 B.C.E. 3. The Rise of Greek Civilization, 1100-387 B.C.E. 4. From Polis to Cosmopolis: The Hellenistic World, 387-30 B.C.E. 5. The Rise of Rome, 753-27 B.C.E. 6. The Roman Empire, 27 B.C.E.-284 C.E. 7. Late Antiquity, 284-527. 8. The Eastern Mediterranean, 500-1000. 9. The Kingdoms of Western Europe, 500-1000. 10. The High Middle Ages, 1000-1300. 11. Reversals and Disasters, 1300-1450. 12. The Renaissance in Italy and Northern Europe, 1350-1550. 13. Europe's Age of Expansion, 1450-1550. 14. Reform in the Western Church, 1490-1570. 15. A Century of War and Wonder, 1550-1650. 16. State Building and the European State System 1648-1789. 17. The Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment, 1550-1790.