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Overview

Explore the changing nature of the West

Rather than looking at Western civilization only as the history of Europe from ancient times to the present, this groundbreaking book examines the changing nature of the West—how the definition of the West has evolved and has been transformed throughout history. It explores the ways Western civilization has changed as a result of cultural encounters with different beliefs, ideas, technologies, and peoples, both outside the West and within it. Presenting a balanced treatment of political, social, religious, and cultural history, this text emphasizes the ever-shifting boundaries of the geographic and cultural realm of the West.

MyHistoryLab is an integral part of the Levack program. Key learning applications include Closer Looks, MyHistoryLibrary, and writing assessment.

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  • Personalize Learning– MyHistoryLab is online learning. MyHistoryLab engages students through personalized learning and helps instructors from course preparation to delivery and assessment.
  • Improve Critical Thinking–Critical thinking questions throughout the text help students focus on what they need to learn.
  • Engage Students–Fine art and photos engage students in the material.
  • Support Instructors– A full set of supplements, including MyHistoryLab, provides instructors with all the resources and support they need.

Note: MyHistoryLab does not come automatically packaged with this text. To purchase MyHistoryLab, please visit:

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205949212
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 7/9/2013
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 640
  • Sales rank: 942,175
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Levack received his Ph.D. from Yale and is the John Green Regents Professor in History at University of Texas at Austin. The winner of several teaching awards, Levack teaches a wide variety of courses on British and European history, legal history, and the history of witchcraft. His books include The Civil Lawyers in England, 1603—1641: A Political Study (1973), The Formation of the British State: England, Scotland and the Union, 1603—1707 (1987), The Witch-Hunt in Early Modern Europe (3rd edition, 2006), and Witch-Hunting in Scotland: Law, Politics, and Religion (2008).

Edward Muir received his Ph.D. from Rutgers University, where he specialized in the Italian Renaissance and did archival research in Venice and Florence, Italy. He is now the Clarence L. Ver Steeg Professor in the Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University and former chair of the history department. At Northwestern he has won several teaching awards. His books include Civic Ritual in Renaissance Venice (1981), Mad Blood Stirring: Vendetta in Renaissance Italy (1993 and 1998), Ritual in Early Modern Europe (1997 and 2005), and The Culture Wars of the Late Renaissance: Skeptics, Libertines, and Opera (2007).

Meredith Veldman received a Ph.D. in modern European history, with a concentration in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Britain, from Northwestern University. As an Associate Professor of history and award-winning instructor at Louisiana State University, she teaches courses in nineteenth- and twentieth-century British history and twentieth-century Europe, as well as the second half of “Western Civ.” Veldman is also the author of Fantasy, the Bomb, and the Greening of Britain: Romantic Protest, 1945–1980 (1994).

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Table of Contents

In this Section:

1) Brief Table of Contents

2) Full Table of Contents

1) Brief Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Beginnings of Civilization, 10,000—1150 B.C.E.

Chapter 2: The Age of Empires: The International Bronze Age and Its Aftermath, ca. 1500—550 B.C.E.

Chapter 3: Greek Civilization

Chapter 4: Hellenistic Civilization

Chapter 5: The Roman Republic
Chapter 6: Enclosing the West: The Early Roman Empire and Its Neighbors, 31 B.C.E.—235 C.E.

Chapter 7: Late Antiquity: The Age of New Boundaries, 250—600

Chapter 8: Medieval Empires and Borderlands: Byzantium and Islam

Chapter 9: Medieval Empires and Borderlands: The Latin West

Chapter 10: Medieval Civilization: The Rise of Western Europe

Chapter 11: The Medieval West in Crisis

Chapter 12: The Italian Renaissance and Beyond: The Politics of Culture
Chapter 13: The West and the World: The Significance of Global Encounters, 1450—1650
Chapter 14: The Reformations of Religion
Chapter 15: The Age of Confessional Division

Chapter 16: Absolutism and State Building in Europe, 1618—1715

Chapter 17: The Scientific Revolution


2) Full Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Beginnings of Civilization, 10,000—1150 B.C.E.
Defining Civilization, Defining Western Civilization
Mesopotamia: Kingdoms, Empires, and Conquests
Egypt: The Empire of the Nile

Chapter 2: The Age of Empires: The International Bronze Age and Its Aftermath, ca. 1500—550 B.C.E.
The Dynamism of the International Bronze Age
Recovery and Rebuilding: Empires and Societies in the Aftermath of the International Bronze Age
The Civilization of the Hebrews

Chapter 3: Greek Civilization
Greece Rebuilds, 1100—479 B.C.E.
The Greek Encounter with the Persian Empire
The Classical Age of Greece, 479—336 B.C.E.

Chapter 4: Hellenistic Civilization
The Impact of Alexander the Great
Hellenism in the East and West
Hellenistic Society and Culture
Hellenistic Philosophy and Science

Chapter 5: The Roman Republic
The Nature of the Roman Republic
Roman Territorial Expansion
The Culture of the Roman Republic
Social Life in Republican Rome
The End of the Roman Republic

Chapter 6: Enclosing the West: The Early Roman Empire and Its Neighbors, 31 B.C.E.—235 C.E.
The Imperial Center
Life in the Roman Provinces: Assimilation, Resistance, and Romanization
The Frontier and Beyond
Society and Culture in the Imperial Age

Chapter 7: Late Antiquity: The Age of New Boundaries, 250—600
Crisis and Recovery in the Third Century
Toward a Christian Empire
New Christian Communities and Identities
The Breakup of the Roman Empire

Chapter 8: Medieval Empires and Borderlands: Byzantium and Islam
Byzantium: The Survival of the Roman Empire
The New World of Islam

Chapter 9: Medieval Empires and Borderlands: The Latin West
The Birth of Latin Christendom
The Carolingians
Invasions and Recovery in the Latin West
The West in the East: The Crusades

Chapter 10: Medieval Civilization: The Rise of Western Europe
Two Worlds: Manors and Cities
The Consolidation of Roman Catholicism
Strengthening the Center of the West
Medieval Culture: The Search for Understanding

Chapter 11: The Medieval West in Crisis
A Time of Death
A Cold Wind from the East
Economic Depression and Social Turmoil
An Age of Warfare
A Troubled Church and the Demand for Religious Comfort
The Culture of Loss

Chapter 12: The Italian Renaissance and Beyond: The Politics of Culture
The Cradle of the Renaissance: The Italian City-States
The Influence of Ancient Culture
The Early Modern European State System

Chapter 13: The West and the World: The Significance of Global Encounters, 1450—1650
Europeans in Africa
Europeans in the Americas
Europeans in Asia
The Beginnings of the Global System

Chapter 14: The Reformations of Religion
Causes of the Reformation
The Lutheran Reformation
The Diversity of Protestantism
The Catholic Reformation

Chapter 15: The Age of Confessional Division
The Peoples of Early Modern Europe
Disciplining the People
Hunting Witches
The Confessional States
States and Confessions in Eastern Europe

Chapter 16: Absolutism and State Building in Europe, 1618—1715
The Nature of Absolutism
The Absolutist State in France and Spain
Absolutism and State Building in Central and Eastern Europe
Resistance to Absolutism in England and the Dutch Republic

Chapter 17: The Scientific Revolution
The Discoveries and Achievements of the Scientific Revolution
The Search for Scientific Knowledge
The Causes of the Scientific Revolution
The Intellectual Consequences of the Scientific Revolution
Humans and the Natural World

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