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Overview

  • NEW FEATURE! “Difference Voices”: This feature pairs two documents that present different and often opposing views on a topic discussed in the chapter. Each feature includes an introduction that provides the background for the documents and a set of questions for discussion.
  • Coverage of ancient Egypt is now consolidated in Chapter 1.
  • Coverage of the ancient Hebrews in Chapter 2 has been expanded.
  • The third edition features separate chapters on Hellenistic Civilization and the Roman Republic; the second edition combined coverage of these topics in a single chapter.
  • Improved Pedagogy: Each chapter concludes with two sets of review questions. The first set repeats the questions asked at the beginning of each section of the chapter, while the second, titled “Taking It Further,” pushes students to think more analytically and comparatively. The Chapter Review lists all of the key terms highlighted and discussed throughout the chapter and defined in the glossary.
  • Streamlined coverage throughout makes the third edition more manageable for students: The text has been streamlined through careful editing by the authors, leading to a 25 percent length reduction in the third edition without loss of coverage.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132132855
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 3/19/2010
  • Series: MyHistoryLab Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 648
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (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

“What Is the West?”

The Shifting Borders of the West

Changing Identities within the West

Western Values

Asking the Right Questions

1. The Beginnings of Civilizations, 10,000-1150 B.C.E.

Defining Civilization, Defining Western Civilization

Mesopotamia: Kingdoms, Empires, and Conquests

Egypt: The Empire of the Nile

Conclusion: Civilization and the West

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

Conclusion: International Systems, Ancient Empires, and the Roots of Western Civilization

3. Persians, Hebrews, and Greeks: The Foundations of Western Culture, 1100-336 B.C.E.

Greece Rebuilds, 1100–479 B.C.E.

The Greek Encounter with Persia

The Classical Age of Greece, 479–336 B.C.E.

Conclusion: The Cultural Foundations of the West

4. Hellenistic Civilization

The Impact of Alexander the Great

Hellenism in the East and West

Hellenistic Society and Culture

Hellenistic Philosophy and Science

Conclusion: Defining the West in the Hellenistic Age

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

Conclusion: The Roman Republic and the West

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

Conclusion: Rome Shapes the West

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 Break-Up of the Roman Empire

Conclusion: The Age of New Boundaries

8. Medieval Empires and Borderlands: Byzantium and Islam

Byzantium: The Survival of the Roman Empire

The New World of Islam

Conclusion: Three Cultural Realms

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

Conclusion: An Emerging Unity in the Latin West

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

Conclusion: Asserting Western Culture

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

Conclusion: Looking Inward

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

Conclusion: The Politics of Culture

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

Conclusion: The Significance of the Global Encounters

14. The Reformation of Religion

Causes of the Reformation

The Lutheran Reformation

The Diversity of Protestantism

The Catholic Reformation

Conclusion: Competing Understandings

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

Conclusion: The Divisions of the West

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

Conclusion: The Western State in the Age of Absolutism

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

Conclusion: Science and Western Culture

Glossary
Index

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