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WESTERN CIVILIZATION: A BRIEF HISTORY, Seventh Edition, maintains a firm grounding in political history, while covering intellectual history (particularly the significance of ideas and contributions) to a greater and deeper extent than any other text for the course. Author Marvin Perry's accessible writing style and flexible approach make this abridged version of WESTERN CIVILIZATION: IDEAS, POLITICS AND SOCIETY an engaging text for instructors and students of the Western Civilization survey course. The most significant addition for the Seventh Edition is the insertion in every chapter of a primary source that illuminates the narrative. The Seventh Edition incorporates current scholarship and new material on the scholarly debate of Biblical minimalists who question the historicity of the Exodus, Christian-Roman and Christian-Jewish relations, nationalism and racial nationalism, the question of responsibility for World War I, communist and Nazi efforts at total control, the European Union, Russia today, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Al Qaeda and Islamic terrorism. Additionally, a new section dealing with Muslim immigrants in Europe and anti-Semitism has been added to this edition.
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 Greeks: From Myth to Reason. 4. Rome: From City-State to World Empire. 5. Early Christianity: A World Religion. II. THE MINDDLE AGES: THE CHRISTIAN CENTURIES 500-1400. 6. The Rise of Europe: Fusion of Classical, Christian, and Germanic Traditions. 7. The Flowering and Dissolution of Medieval Civilization. III. THE RISE OF MODERNITY: FROM THE RENAISSANCE TO THE ENLIGHTENMENT 1350-1789. 8. Transition to the Modern Age: Renaissance and Reformation. 9. Political and Economic Transformation: National States, Overseas Expansion, Commercial Revolution. 10. Intellectual Transformation: The Scientific Revolution and the Age of Enlightenment. IV. THE MODERN WEST: PROGRESS AND BREAKDOWN 1789-1914. 11. The Era of the French Revolution: Affirmation of Liberty and Equality. 12. The Industrial Revolution: The Transformation of Society. 13. Thought and Culture in the Early Nineteenth Century. 14. Surge of Liberalism and Nationalism: Revolution, Counterrevolution, and Unification. 15. Thought and Culture in the Mid-Nineteenth Century: Realism and Social Criticism. 16. Europe in the Late Nineteenth Century: Modernization, Nationalism, Imperialism. 17. Modern Consciousness: New Views of Nature, Human Nature, and the Arts. V. WESTERN CIVILIZATION IN CRISIS: WORLD WARS AND TOTALITARIANISM 1914-1945. 18. World War I: The West in Despair. 19. An Era of Totalitarianism. 20. World War II: Western Civilization in the Balance. VI. THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD. 21. The West in a Global Age. Epilogue: Reaffirming the Core Values of the Western Tradition.
Posted May 13, 2011
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