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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.
Note: Each chapter includes an Introduction and a Summary. 12. The Renaissance in Italy and Northern Europe, 1350-1550 Choice: Leonardo da Vinci Seeks Employment A New Climate of Cultural Expression The Northern European Renaissance Voice: Erasmus Defends His Translation of the New Greek Testament The Cities of Renaissance Italy Renaissance Ideals in Transition, 1400-1550 Echo: Renaissance Art, Modern Art 13. Europe's Age of Expansion, 1450-1550 Choice: Isabella of Castile Finances Christopher Columbus's Voyage Across the Atlantic Economic and Social Change Resurgent Monarchies Europe's Global Expansion Voice: Isabella of Castile Writes Her Last Will and Testament Exploration, Expansion, and European Identity Echo: Christopher Columbus 14. Reform in the Western Church, 1490-1570 Choice: Teresa of Ávila Chooses to Reform the Carmelites The Context of Church Reform, 1494-1517 Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation, 1517-1550 The Protestant Reformation Across Europe, 1520-1570 Voice: The Pastors of Geneva Establish Rules for Proper Christian Conduct Catholic Reform, 1500-1570 Reformation and Society Echo: Media Revolutions 15. A Century of War and Wonder, 1550-1650 Choice: Jacques Callot Publishes the "Miseries and Misfortunes of War" Europe's Economy and Society The Fate of Spain and the Flourishing of the Netherlands Political Contests and More Religious Wars Voice: Simplicius Simplicissimus Encounters Some "Merry Cavalrymen" Reformation and Revolution in the British Isles Christian Reform, Religious War, and the Jews Echo: War Stories 16. State Building and the European State System 1648-1789 Choice: Louis XIV Decides to Rule France on His Own Absolutism in France, 1648-1740 Voice: Louis XIV Advises His Son The Austrian Habsburgs, 1648-1740 The Rise of Prussia, 1640-1740 Russia and Europe, 1682-1796 The English Constitutional Monarchy, 1660-1740 Two World Wars, 1740-1763 Echo: Palaces 17. The Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment, 1550-1790 Choice: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu Introduces Smallpox Inoculation in England A Revolution in Astronomy The Impact of the New Science The Enlightenment Voice: Voltaire Attacks Christianity Society and the Enlightenment Enlightenment Debates Echo: Coffeehouses 18. Trade and Empire, 1700-1800 Choice: Samuel Gamble Sets Out from London on a Slaving Voyage Economic Recovery The Atlantic World Voice: Olaudah Equiano Describes Passage on a Slave Ship European Society in the Age of Enlightenment The Beginning of Industrial Production Echo: Trafficking in Human Beings 19. Revolutionary France and Napoleonic Europe, 1775-1815 Choice: Olympe de Gouges Becomes a Revolutionary From Crisis to Constitution, 1775-1789 The Constitutional Monarchy, 1789-1792 Voice: Olympe de Gouges Asserts the Rights of Women The Republic and the Reign of Terror, 1792-1795 The Rise of Napoleon, 1794-1804 The Napoleonic Empire, 1804-1815 Echo: "Left" and "Right" 20. Restoration and Reform: Conservative and Liberal Europe, 1814-1847 Choice: The Grimm Brothers Begin Work on Their German Dictionary The Old Order and New Challenges The Beginnings of Modern Ideology Voice: Jacob Grimm Writes a Foreword to the German Dictionary Political Pressures on the Continent Reform in Great Britain Echo: Frankenstein 21. Industrialization and Society, 1800-1850 Choice: Friedrich Engels Denounces Capitalist Exploitation The Spread of Industrialization Voice: Friedrich Engels Describes the Condition of the Working Class in England The Middle Classes Working Classes Critics of Industrialization Echo: Standardized Time 22. The Triumph of the Nation-State, 1848-1900 Choice: Theodor Herzl Creates Modern Zionism The Revolutions of 1848 New Nation-States and Nationalist Tensions The Expanding Role of the State Nationalism and Its Opponents Voice: Theodor Herzl Speculates on the Impact of Jewish Immigration to Palestine Echo: National Anthems and National Identity 23. The Culture of Industrial Europe, 1850-1914 Choice: Marie Curie-Sklodowska Chooses to Study Physics The Second Industrial Revolution Mass Society Voice: Marie Curie Recalls Her Youth in Russian Poland Art and Industrial Society Science and Social Science Echo: Tourism 24. The Age of Imperialism, 1870-1914 Choice: Cecil Rhodes Creates the Rhodes Scholarship Motives and Methods of the New Imperialism Voice: Cecil Rhodes Writes His Own "Confession of Faith" The Scramble for Africa The British Raj in India Imperialism and the Muslim World The Far East Consequences and Critics Echo: Imperialism and the English Language 25. War and Revolution, 1900-1918 Choice: Vladimir Ilych Lenin Leads the Russian Revolution A New Century, 1900-1914 The Unexpected War, 1914 Total War, 1914-1918 Russia in Revolution, 1917 Voice: Lenin Proposes His "April Theses" The Turning of the Tide, 1917-1918 Echo: Propaganda and Advertising 26. A Decade of Revolutionary Experiments, 1918-1929 Choice: Alexandra Kollontai Becomes a Revolutionary The Search for Stability, 1918-1924 Postwar Political Experiments, 1924-1929 The New Soviet State Voice: Alexandra Kollantai Advocates a New Type of Woman Social and Cultural Experiments Echo: Sex Advice Columns in Women's Magazines 27. Democracy Under Siege, 1929-1945 Choice: George Orwell Commits Himself to Socialism Responses to the Great Depression, 1929-1939 The Soviet Union Under Stalin, 1929-1939 The Third Reich, 1933-1945 World War II, 1939-1945 Voice: George Orwell Reflects on Nationalism Echo: The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. 28. Europe Divided, 1945-1968 Choice: Ana Pauker Submits to the Communist Party The Iron Curtain Falls, 1945-1958 The Revival of Western Europe The Restructuring of Eastern Europe Voice: Jakub Berman Defends the Communist Takeover in Poland Superpower Conflicts and Colonial Independence Movements, 1945-1968 Cultural Developments and Social Protest Echo: The Volkswagen Transporter 29. Lifting the Iron Curtain, 1969-1991 Choice: Václav Havel Chooses Dissent Politics in Western Europe Social Change in the West Growing Crisis in the Communist East Voice: Václav Havel Calls on the Power of the Powerless Cultural Leaps over the Wall The Collapse of the Soviet System, 1989-1991 Echo: Peace Protests 30. Europe in a Globalizing World, 1991 to the Present Choice: Jose Bove Plows Down a McDonald's Eastern Europe After Communism European Integration Europe and Globalization The Future of the West Voice: Pope Benedict XVI Speaks of the Future of Christianity Echo: I Want My MTV