WESTERN CIVILIZATION: IDEAS, POLITICS, AND SOCIETY, Eleventh Edition, offers an in-depth introduction to political, cultural, and intellectual history. Readers appreciate the book's accessible writing style as well as its brevity, clarity, and careful selection of content. Updated with more recent scholarship, the eleventh edition retains many popular features that help readers absorb and understand the material, including comparative timelines, full-color art essays, and profile and primary source boxes in each chapter.
"This textbook offers an optimal combination of thoroughness, balance, clarity, and sophistication. It provides a well-rounded overview of the development of medieval civilization, but never lets readers forget the rich complexity of events, or the wide variety of motives and causal factors behind both the achievements and failures of Western Civilization."
Marvin Perry, now retired, taught history at Baruch College, City University of New York. He has published several successful Cengage Learning texts, including WESTERN CIVILIZATION: IDEAS, POLITICS, AND SOCIETY (senior author and general editor); WESTERN CIVILIZATION: A BRIEF HISTORY; the leading Western Civilization reader, SOURCES OF THE WESTERN TRADITION; AN INTELLECTUAL HISTORY OF MODERN EUROPE; SOURCES OF EUROPEAN HISTORY SINCE 1900 (senior editor); HUMANITIES IN THE WESTERN TRADITION (senior author and general editor); and WORLD WAR II IN EUROPE: A CONCISE HISTORY. His scholarly work includes ARNOLD TOYNBEE AND THE WESTERN TRADITION (1996); coauthor of ANTISEMITISM: MYTH AND HATE FROM ANTIQUITY TO THE PRESENT (2002); coeditor of ANTISEMITIC MYTHS: A HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY ANTHOLOGY (2008); and coeditor of THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF ISLAMIC TERRORISM: AN ANTHOLOGY (2008). Dr. Perry's scholarly work focuses on the history of ideas.
Myrna Chase, emerita professor, dean of liberal arts, and provost of Baruch College, City University of New York, is a specialist in 19th and 20th century western European history, with a special interest in England and France and the history of political and social ideas. She published ELIE HALEVY: AN INTELLECTUAL BIOGRAPHY (1980). As co-author of the Cengage Learning text WESTERN CIVILIZATION: IDEAS, POLITICS, AND SOCIETY she contributes the chapters on the Industrial Revolution, the Industrial West, and Imperialism.
James R. Jacob was Professor of History (now retired) at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY. His publications include ROBERT BOYLE AND THE ENGLISH REVOLUTION (1978) and HENRY STUBBE: RADICAL PROTESTANTISM AND THE EARLY ENLIGHTENMENT (1983). James R. and Margaret C. Jacob have jointly edited THE ORIGINS OF ANGLO-AMERICAN RADICALISM (1983). As co-author of the Cengage Learning text WESTERN CIVILIZATION: IDEAS, POLITICS, AND SOCIETY he contributes the chapters on the Renaissance and European Expansion.
Margaret C. Jacob is a well-known scholar in early modern European history, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her most recent book is THE FIRST KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY. HUMAN CAPITAL AND EUROPEAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 1750-1850. She currently teaches in the history department at UCLA. Her publications include: THE NEWTONIANS AND THE ENGLISH REVOLUTION (1978) and THE RADICAL ENLIGHTENMENT: PANTHEISTS, FREEMASONS, AND THE SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTION (1981). James R. and Margaret C. Jacob have jointly edited THE ORIGINS OF ANGLO-AMERICAN RADICALISM (1983). As co-author of the Cengage Learning text WESTERN CIVILIZATION: IDEAS, POLITICS, AND SOCIETY she contributes the chapters on the Reformation, the National State, the Scientific Revolution, and the Enlightenment.
Jonathan Daly is Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His publications include: AUTOCRACY UNDER SIEGE: SECURITY POLICE AND OPPOSITION IN RUSSIA, 1866-1905 (1998); THE WATCHFUL STATE: SECURITY POLICE AND OPPOSITION IN RUSSIA, 1906-1917 (2004); co-editor of RUSSIA IN WAR AND REVOLUTION, 1914-1922: A DOCUMENTARY HISTORY (2009); THE RISE OF WESTERN POWER: A COMPARATIVE HISTORY OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION (2014); and HISTORIANS DEBATE THE RISE OF THE WEST (2014). As co-author of the Cengage Learning text WESTERN CIVILIZATION: IDEAS, POLITICS, AND SOCIETY, he contributes to the chapters on the Contemporary World.
Part I: THE ANCIENT WORLD: FOUNDATION OF THE WEST TO A.D. 500. 1. The Ancient Near East: The First Civilizations. 2. The Hebrews: A New View of God and the Individual. 3. The Greek City-State: Democratic Politics. 4. Greek Thought: From Myth to Reason. 5. The Hellenistic Age: Cultural Diffusion. 6. The Roman Republic: City-State to World Empire. 7. The Roman Empire: A World-State. 8. Early Christianity: A World Religion. Part II: THE MIDDLE AGES: THE CHRISTIAN CENTURIES 500-1400. 9. The Heirs of Rome: Byzantium, Islam, and Latin Christendom. 10. The High Middle Ages: Vitality and Renewal. 11. The Flowering of Medieval Culture: The Christian Synthesis. 12. The Late Middle Ages: Crisis and Dissolution. Part III: EARLY MODERN EUROPE: FROM RENAISSANCE TO ENLIGHTENMENT 1350-1789. 13. The Renaissance: Transition to the Modern Age. 14. The Reformation: The Shattering of Christian Unity. 15. European Expansion: Economic and Social Transformations. 16. The Rise of Sovereignty: Transition to the Modern State. 17. The Scientific Revolution: The Universe Seen as a Mechanism. 18. The Age of Enlightenment: Reason and Reform. Part IV: AN AGE OF REVOLUTION: LIBERAL, NATIONAL, INDUSTRIAL 1789-1848. 19. The French Revolution: The Affirmation of Liberty and Equality. 20. The Industrial Revolution: The Great Transformation. 21. Thought and Culture in the Early Nineteenth Century. 22. Revolution and Counterrevolution, 1815-1848. Part V: AN AGE OF CONTRADICTION: PROGRESS AND BREAKDOWN 1848-1914. 23. Thought and Culture in the Mid-Nineteenth Century: Realism and Social Criticism. 24. The Surge of Nationalism: From Liberal to Extreme Nationalism. 25. The Industrial West: Responses to Modernization. 26. Imperialism: Western Global Dominance. 27. Modern Consciousness: New Views of Nature, Human Nature, and the Arts. Part VI: WORLD WARS AND TOTALITARIANISM: THE WEST IN CRISIS 1914-1945. 28. World War I: The West in Despair. 29. An Era of Totalitarianism. 30. Thought and Culture in an Era of World Wars and Totalitarianism. 31. World War II: Western Civilization in the Balance. Part VII: THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD. 32. Europe After World War II: Recovery and Realignment, 1945-1989. 33. The Troubled Present.