Western Civilization: To 1715 / Edition 2

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There are many reasons why this is the number one selling Western Civilization text in the country. The clear, single-author narrative by Jackson Spielvogel presents history in an appealing and accessible manner. This text truly tells a story that students will understand. WESTERN CIVILIZATION strikes a true balance and provides a synthesis of political, economic, social, religious, military, cultural, and intellectual history. This balance gives students a solid foundation for further study in history. Chapter 29, The Contemporary Western World Since 1970 is a particularly good illustration of the text's balance. The book's documents and maps are useful and superb.
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This is the new edition of a standard survey text, prepared by Jackson J. Spielvogel (Pennsylvania State U.). The publisher has also produced, under separate ISBNs, a number of versions covering selected portions of history, so that professors can assign the abbreviated texts as appropriate for their courses. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780314027962
  • Publisher: West Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 1100

Meet the Author

Jackson J. Spielvogel is associate professor emeritus of history at The Pennsylvania State University. He received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, where he studied Reformation history under Harold J. Grimm. His articles and reviews have appeared in journals such as "Moreana," "Journal of General Education," "Catholic Historical Review," "Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte," and "American Historical Review." He has also contributed chapters or articles to "The Social History of Reformation," THE HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE: A DICTIONARY HANDBOOK, "Simon Wiesenthal Center Annual of Holocaust Studies," and "Utopian Studies." His work has been supported by fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation and the Foundation for Reformation Research. At Penn State, he helped inaugurate the Western civilization courses as well as a popular course on Nazi Germany. His book HITLER AND NAZI GERMANY was published in 1987 (Fifth Edition, 2005). He is the co-author (with William Duiker) of WORLD HISTORY, first published in January 1994 (Fifth Edition, 2007). Professor Spielvogel has won five major university-wide teaching awards. During the year 1988-1989, he held the Penn State Teaching Fellowship, the university's most prestigious teaching award. In 1996, he won the Dean Arthur Ray Warnock Award for Outstanding Faculty member, and in 2000 received the Schreyer Honors College Excellence in Teaching Award.

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Table of Contents

Preface x
Introduction to Students of Western Civilization xv
Chapter 11 The Later Middle Ages: Crisis and Disintegration in the Fourteenth Century 273
A Time of Troubles: Black Death and Social Crisis 274
War and Political Instability 280
The Decline of the Church 289
The Cultural World of the Fourteenth Century 293
Society in an Age of Adversity 296
Conclusion 300
Notes 300
Suggestions for Further Reading 301
Chapter 12 Recovery and Rebirth: The Age of the Renaissance 302
Meaning and Characteristics of the Italian Renaissance 303
The Making of Renaissance Society 303
The Italian States in the Renaissance 309
The Intellectual Renaissance in Italy 315
The Artistic Renaissance 319
The European State in the Renaissance 327
The Church in the Renaissance 331
Conclusion 334
Notes 334
Suggestions for Further Reading 334
Chapter 13 Reformation and Religious Warfare in the Sixteenth Century 336
Prelude to Reformation 337
Martin Luther and the Reformation in Germany 340
Germany and the Reformation: Religion and Politics 345
The Spread of the Protestant Reformation 347
The Social Impact of the Protestant Reformation 353
The Catholic Reformation 356
Politics and the Wars of Religion in the Sixteenth Century 359
Conclusion 366
Notes 366
Suggestions for Further Reading 367
Chapter 14 Europe and the World: New Encounters, 1500-1800 368
On the Brink of a New World 369
New Horizons: Portugese and Spanish Empires 371
New Rivals on the World Stage 380
Toward a World Economy 391
The Impact of European Expansion 393
Conclusion 398
Notes 398
Suggestions for Further Reading 398
Chapter 15 State Building and the Search for Order in the Seventeenth Century 400
Social Crises, War, and Rebellions 401
The Practice of Absolutism: Western Europe 408
Absolutism in Central, Eastern, and Northern Europe 416
Limited Monarchy and Republics 424
The Flourishing of European Culture 431
Conclusion 436
Notes 436
Suggestions for Further Reading 436
Chapter 16 Toward a New Heaven and a New Earth: The Scientific Revolution and the Emergence of Modern Science 438
Background to the Scientific Revolution 439
Toward a New Heaven: A Revolution in Astronomy 441
Advances in Medicine 449
Women in the Origins of Modern Science 451
Toward a New Earth: Descartes, Rationalism, and a New View of Humankind 453
The Scientific Method 454
Science and Religion in the Seventeenth Century 456
The Spread of Scientific Knowledge 458
Conclusion 461
Notes 461
Suggestions for Further Reading 461
Chapter 17 The Eighteenth Century: An Age of Enlightenment 463
The Enlightenment 464
Culture and Society in the Enlightenment 476
Religion and the Churches 484
Conclusion 489
Notes 489
Suggestions for Furtehr Reading 489
Chapter 18 The Eighteenth Century: European States, International Wars, and Social Change 491
The European States 492
Wars and Diplomacy 503
Economic Expansion and Social Change 507
The Social Order of the Eighteenth Century 513
Conclusion 520
Notes 520
Suggestions for Further Reading 520
Chapter 19 A Revolution in Politics: The Era of the French Revolution and Napoleon 522
The Beginnings of the Revolutionary Era: The American Revolution 523
Background to the French Revolution 526
The French Revolution 528
The Age of Napoleon 544
Conclusion 550
Notes 551
Suggestions for Further Reading 551
Glossary 553
Pronunciation Guide 561
Maps 569
Chronologies 570
Photo Credits 571
Documents 573
Index 577
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