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Put the world today into context by learning about the past through this brief, best-selling Western Civilization text that has helped thousands of students succeed in the course. Jack Spielvogel's engaging style of writing weaves the political, economic, social, religious, intellectual, cultural, and military aspects of history into a gripping story that is as memorable as it is instructive. You will also be exposed to primary source documents—actual historical documents that are the foundation for the historical analysis you read in the chapter. These documents include letters, poems, and songs through history—documents that actually enliven the past. Throughout the book there are also helpful tools to help you digest the reading including outlines, focus questions, chronologies, numerous maps and boldface key terms with definitions.
Preface. INTRODUCTION TO STUDENTS OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION STUDYING FROM PRIMARY SOURCE MATERIALS. 1. The Ancient Near East: The First Civilizations. 2. The Ancient Near East: Peoples and Empires. 3. The Civilization of the Greeks. 4. The Hellenistic World. 5. The Roman Republic. 6. The Roman Empire. 7. Late Antiquity and the Emergence of the Medieval World. 8. European Civilization in the Early Middle Ages, 750-1000. 9. The Recovery and Growth of European Society in the High Middle Ages. 10. The Rise of Kingdoms and the Growth of Church Power. 11. The Later Middle Ages: Crisis and Disintegration in the Fourteenth Century. 12. Recovery and Rebirth: The Renaissance. 13. Reformation and Religious Warfare in the Sixteenth Century. 14. Europe and the World: New Encounters, 1500-1800. 15. State Building and the Search for Order in the Seventeenth Century. 16. Toward a New Heaven and a New Earth: The Scientific Revolution and the Emergence of Modern Science. 17. The Eighteenth Century: An Age of Enlightenment. 18. The Eighteenth Century: European States, International Wars, and Social Change. 19. A Revolution in Politics: The Era of the French Revolution and Napoleon. 20. The Industrial Revolution and Its Impact on European Society. 21. Reaction, Revolution, and Romanticism, 1815-1850. 22. An Age of Nationalism and Realism, 1850-1871. 23. Mass Society in an "Age of Progress," 1871-1894. 24. An Age of Modernity, Anxiety, and Imperialism, 1894-1914. 25. The Beginning of the Twentieth-Century Crisis: War and Revolution. 26. The Futile Search for Stability: Europe between the Wars, 1919-1939. 27. The Deepening European Crisis: World War II. 28. Cold War and a New Western World, 1945-1965. 29. Protest and Stagnation: The Western World, 1965-1985. 30. After The Fall: The Western World in a Global Age (Since 1985). Glossary. Pronunciation Guide.