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Western Civilization: A Brief History emphasizes the history of ideas, presented within a political chronology. Perry's distinctive writing style and unique appoach make this abridged version of Western Civilization: Ideas, Politics & Society an engaging text for the Western civilization survey course.

  • Coverage of the post-Cold War era includes material on the Kosovo crisis, the East Asian economic crisis, and the expanding role of global agencies like the United Nations and the European Union.
  • An expanded chapter on WWI features an examination of trench warfare, a fuller discussion of the Russian Revolution of 1917, and new coverage of Lenin and Bolshevism.
  • The Fourth Edition includes a fuller, more integrated discussion of women throughout the text.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618370313
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 2/3/2004
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 524
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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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 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 Middle 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. 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 Index

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