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The best collection of longer primary sources now available in an affordable, compact format.Perspectives from the Past: Primary Sources in Western Civilizations offers a broad range of selections in varying degrees of length; with a total of 225 classic and contemporary primary sources. Selections are long, which gives students a chance to engage and understand each document, and the book includes two visual sources per chapter. The wealth of selections accommodates most any course curriculum, and the readings may be used on their own or in conjunction with a textbook.
James M. Brophy is associate professor of modern European history at the University of Delaware. He received his B.A. from Vassar College and did his graduate training at the Universität Tübingen and Indiana University, where he specialized in the social and political history of nineteenth-century Europe. He is the author of Capitalism, Politics, and Railroads in Prussia, 1830—1870 (1998).
Joshua Cole (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley) is Associate Professor of History at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His research focuses on gender and the history of population sciences, colonial violence, and the politics of memory in nineteenth- and twentieth-century France, Germany, and Algeria. His first book was The Power of Large Numbers: Population, Politics, and Gender in Nineteenth-Century France (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2000).
John Robertson received both his M.A. and his Ph.D. in ancient history from the University of Pennsylvania. A specialist in the social and economic history of the ancient Near East, Professor Robertson has published several articles in major scholarly journals and contributed articles to such major reference works as the recently published Civilizations of the Ancient Near East.
Thomas Max Safley is associate professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania. A specialist in the economic and social history of early modern Europe, his particular research interests include the history of the Reformation, the family, charity, work, and business. In addition to numerous articles and reviews, Professor Safley is the author of Let No Man Put Asunder: The Control of Marriage in the German Southwest, 1550—1620 (1984) and Charity and Economy in the Orphanages of Early Modern Augsburg (1996).
Carol Symes (Ph.D. Harvard University) is Associate Professor of History and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the history department at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne, where she has won the top teaching award in the College of Liberal Arts and Science. Her main areas of study include medieval Europe, especially France and England; cultural history; history of information media and communication technologies; and history of theater. Her first book was A Common Stage: Theater and Public Life in Medieval Arras (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2007).