A Short History of Western Civilization, Combined / Edition 8

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This classic, inexpensive, brief text is perfect for colleges organized on the quarter system or for professors who want to assign supplemental reading. The organization of the text was revised for greater clarity, and this edition includes a chapter on "The Collapse of Communism and New Realities." The coverage of social and cultural history has been increased without sacrificing the text's distinctive balance. The eighth edition contains a thorough map program, and a boxed feature highlighting primary sources.

Sherman received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780070268975
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 10/1/1993
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 767
  • Product dimensions: 7.52 (w) x 9.42 (h) x 2.01 (d)

Meet the Author

Sherman received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.
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Table of Contents


CHAPTER 1: The River Valley Civilizations: Mesopotamia and Egypt, 4000-1750

CHAPTER 2: The Diffusion of Near Eastern Civilization, 1750-800 B.C.

CHAPTER 3: The Great Empires: Assyria and Persia, 800-300 B.C


CHAPTER 4: The Origins and the Development of the Greek City-State Politics

CHAPTER 5: The Greek Golden Age, 500-336 B.C.: Life, War, and Politics

CHAPTER 6: Greek Thought and Expression

CHAPTER 7: Greek Imperialism: The Hellenistic World, 336-31 B.C.

CHAPTER 8: The Rise of Rome to Domination of the Mediterranean World, 800 B.C.-1313


CHAPTER 9: The Failure of the Roman Republic, 133-31 B.C

CHAPTER 10: The Roman Empire and the Pax Romana, 31 B.C.- A.D. 18

CHAPTER 11: Roman Thought and Expression

CHAPTER 12: Crisis in the Roman World, A.D. 180-284: Conflict, Change, and Christianity

CHAPTER 13: Late Antiquity, A.D. 284-500: End of Greco-Roman Civilization


CHAPTER 14: Heirs of the Roman Empire: The Byzantine and Moslem Empires

CHAPTER 15: Heirs to the Roman Empire: Latin Western Europe

CHAPTER 16: The First Europe: The Carolingian Age, 750-900

CHAPTER 17: Lordship and Dependency; Feudalism and Monorialism


CHAPTER 18: Economic and Social Revival, 1000-1300

CHAPTER 19: The Restoration of Political Order: The Revival of Monarchy,1000-1300

CHAPTER 20: The Medieval Expansion of Europe

CHAPTER 21: Religious Renewal, 1000-1300

CHAPTER 22: Intellectual and Artistic Revival, 1000-1300

CHAPTER 23: Transition in Economic, Social, and Political Institutions, 1300-1500

CHAPTER 24: Transition in Religion and Thought, 1300-1500


CHAPTER 25: The Renaissance: Italy

CHAPTER 26: The Renaissance: The North

CHAPTER 27: The Rise of National States

CHAPTER 28: European Expansion, Commercial Capitalism, and Social Change

CHAPTER 29: The Reformation

CHAPTER 30: Politics and the Wars of Religion

CHAPTER 31: Society, Faith, and Culture in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

CHAPTER 32: Royal Absolutism in Western and Eastern Europe

CHAPTER 33: The Challenge to Absolutism: England and the Dutch Netherlands

CHAPTER 34: Overseas Colonization and Competition for Empires

CHAPTER 35: The Scientific Revolution

CHAPTER 36: The Enlightenment


CHAPTER 37: The American Revolution

CHAPTER 38: The French Revolution, 1789-1799

CHAPTER 39: The Era of Napoleon, 1799-1815

CHAPTER 40: The Industrial Revolution

CHAPTER 41: Romanticism in Philosophy, Literature, and the Arts

CHAPTER 42: Conservatism, Restoration, and Reaction, 1815-1830

CHAPTER 43: Liberalism and Revolution, 1830-1850

CHAPTER 44: Nationalism and the Nation-State, 1850-1871

CHAPTER 45: Industrial Society, Social Classes and Women

CHAPTER 46: Science and the Challenge to Christianity

CHAPTER 47: Thought and Culture in an Age of Nationalism and Industrialization

CHAPTER 48: Politics, Democracy, and Nationalism, 1871-1914

CHAPTER 49: Democracy, Expansion, Civil War, and Reform in the United States, 1800-1920

CHAPTER 50: Imperialism


CHAPTER 51: World War I, 1914-1918

CHAPTER 52: Revolution and Communism in Russia

CHAPTER 53: The Rise of Fascism and Authoritarianism

CHAPTER 54: Paralysis of the Democratic West

CHAPTER 55: World War II, 1939-1945

CHAPTER 56: The Recovery of Europe and the Superpowers, 1945-1980s

CHAPTER 57: Society and Culture in the Twentieth Century

CHAPTER 58: Decolonization and the Non-Western World, 1945-Present

CHAPTER 59: The Collapse of Communism and New Realities

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