Western Civilization: A Brief History / Edition 5

Western Civilization: A Brief History / Edition 5

by Marvin Perry, George W. Bock, Dame M.E. Perry

ISBN-10: 0618370315

ISBN-13: 9780618370313

Pub. Date: 02/03/2004

Publisher: Cengage Learning

Western Civilization: A Brief History emphasizes the history of ideas presented within a political chronology. Perry's distinctive writing style and unique approach make this abridged version of Western Civilization: Ideas, Politics & Society an engaging text for the Western civilization survey course. The Fifth Edition includes coverage of recent events…  See more details below


Western Civilization: A Brief History emphasizes the history of ideas presented within a political chronology. Perry's distinctive writing style and unique approach make this abridged version of Western Civilization: Ideas, Politics & Society an engaging text for the Western civilization survey course. The Fifth Edition includes coverage of recent events and provides students with the pedagogical tools to analyze and interpret events in context. Chapter introductions and chronologies allow students to easily identify important themes, while review questions serve to reinforce knowledge and aid in exam preparation.

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Table of Contents

I. The Ancient World: Foundation of the West to A.D. 500 1. The Ancient Near East: The First Civilizations Prehistory The Rise to Civilization Mesopotamian Civilization Egyptian Civilization Empire Builders The Religious Orientation of the Ancient Near East 2. The Hebrews: A New View of God and the Individual Early Hebrew History God: One, Sovereign, Transcendent, Good The Individual and Moral Autonomy The Covenant and the Law The Hebrew Idea of History The Prophets The Legacy of the Ancient Jews 3. The Greeks: From Myth to Reason Early Aegean Civilizations Evolution of the City-States The Decline of the City-States Philosophy in the Hellenic Age Art Poetry and Drama History The Hellenistic Age: The Second Stage of Greek Civilization Hellenistic Thought and Culture The Greek Achievement: Reason, Freedom, Humanism 4. Rome: From City-State to World Empire Evolution of the Roman Constitution Roman Expansion to 146 B.C. Culture in the Republic The Collapse of the Republic Augustus and the Foundations of the Roman Empire The Pax Romana Signs of Trouble The Decline of Rome The Roman Legacy 5. Early Christianity: A World Religion The Origins of Christianity The Spread and Triumph of Christianity Development of Christian Organization, Doctrine, and Attitudes Saint Augustine: The Christian World-View Christianity and Classical Humanism: Alternative World-Views II. The Middle Ages: The Christian Centuries 500-1400 6. The Rise of Europe: Fusion of Classical, Christian, and Germanic Traditions The Medieval East Latin Christendom in the Early Middle Ages Feudal Society Agrarian Society Economic Expansion During the High Middle Ages The Rise of States The Growth of Papal Power Christians and Jews 7. The Flowering and Dissolution of Medieval Civilization Revival of Learning The Medieval World-View Philosophy, Science, and Law Literature Architecture The Fourteenth Century: An Age of Adversity Art Essay: Art as History: The Ancient World Through the Middle Ages The Decline of the Papacy Breakup of the Thomistic Synthesis The Middle Ages and the Modern World: Continuity and Discontinuity III. The Rise of Modernity: From the Renaissance to the Enlightenment, 1350-1789 8. Transition to the Modern Age: Renaissance and Reformation Italy: Birthplace of the Renaissance The Renaissance Outlook Renaissance Art The Spread of the Renaissance The Renaissance and the Modern Age Background to the Reformation: The Medieval Church in Crisis The Lutheran Revolt The Spread of the Reformation The Catholic Response The Reformation and the Modern Age 9. Political and Economic Transformation: National States, Overseas Expansion, Commercial Revolution Toward the Modern State Hapsburg Spain The Growth of French Power The Growth of Limited Monarchy and Constitutionalism in England The Holy Roman Empire: The Failure to Unify Germany European Expansion Black Slavery and the Slave Trade The Price Revolution The Expansion of Agriculture The Expansion of Trade and Industry The Fostering of Mercantile Capitalism Toward a Global Economy 10. Intellectual Transformation: The Scientific Revolution and the Age of Enlightenment The Medieval View of the Universe A New View of Nature The Newtonian Synthesis Prophets of Modern Science The Meaning of the Scientific Revolution The Age of Enlightenment: Affirmation of Reason and Freedom Christianity Assailed: The Search for a Natural Religion Political Thought Social and Economic Thought Conflicts and Politics The Enlightenment and the Modern Mentality IV. The Modern West: Progress and Breakdown 1789-1914 11. The Era of the French Revolution: Affirmation of Liberty and Equality The Old Regime The Moderate Stage, 1789-1791 The Radical Stage, 1792-1794 Napoleon and France: Return to Autocratic Rule Napoleon and Europe: Diffusion of Revolutionary Institutions The Fall of Napoleon The Meaning of the French Revolution 12. The Industrial Revolution: The Transformation of Society Britain First Society Transformed The Rise of Reform in Britain Responses to Industrialization Industrialism in Perspective 13. Thought and Culture in the Early Nineteenth Century Romanticism: A New Cultural Orientation German Idealism Conservatism: The Value of Tradition Liberalism: The Value of the Individual Nationalism: The Sacredness of the Nation 14. Surge of Liberalism and Nationalism: Revolution, Counterrevolution, and Unification The Congress of Vienna Revolutions, 1820-1829 Revolutions, 1830-1832 The Revolutions of 1848: France The Revolutions of 1848: Germany, Austria, and Italy The Revolutions of 1848: An Assessment The Unification of Italy The Unification of Germany Nationality Problems in the Hapsburg Empire 15. Thought and Culture in the Mid-Nineteenth Century: Realism and Social Criticism Realism and Naturalism Positivism Darwinism Marxism Liberalism in Transition Feminism: Extending the Principle of Equality 16. Europe in the Late Nineteenth Century: Modernization, Nationalism, Imperialism The Advance of Industry Great Britain: Reform and Unrest France: A Troubled Nation Germany: The Power State Italy: Unfulfilled Expectations Russia: Tsarist Autocracy The Rise of Racial Nationalism The Emergence of the New Imperialism European Domination of Asia The Scramble for Africa The Legacy of Imperialism 17. Modern Consciousness: New Views of Nature, Human Nature, and the Arts Irrationalism Freud: A New View of Human Nature Social Thought: Confronting the Irrational and the Complexities of Modern Society The Modernist Movement Modern Physics The Enlightenment Tradition in Disarray V. Western Civilization in Crisis: World Wars and Totalitarianism, 1914-1945 18. World War I: The West in Despair Aggravated Nationalist Tensions in Austria-Hungary The German System of Alliances The Triple Entente The Drift Toward War War as Celebration Stalemate in the West Other Fronts The Collapse of the Central Powers The Peace Conference The Russian Revolution of 1917 The War and European Consciousness 19. The Era of Totalitarianism The Nature of Totalitarianism Communist Russia The Stalin Revolution The Nature and Appeal of Fascism The Rise of Fascism in Italy The New German Republic The Rise of Hitler Art Insert: Art as History: The Renaissance to the Present Nazi Germany Liberalism and Authoritarianism in Other Lands Intellectuals and Artists in Troubled Times Existentialism The Modern Predicament 20. World War II: Western Civilization in the Balance The Road to War The Nazi Blitzkrieg The New Order The Turn of the Tide The Legacy of World War II VI. The Contemporary World 21. The West in a Global Age The Cold War Decolonization Building a New Europe: Unity and Recovery The Soviet Bloc The Post-Cold War World Our Global Age: Tensions and Concerns Epilogue: Reaffirming the Core Values of the Western Tradition

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