Western Civilization: A Biref History, Volume I: To 1789 / Edition 5

Western Civilization: A Biref History, Volume I: To 1789 / Edition 5

by Marvin Perry

ISBN-10: 0618370323

ISBN-13: 9780618370320

Pub. Date: 02/28/2004

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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Cengage Learning
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Volume I: To 1789
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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
    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
    Poetry and Drama
    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 ofEurope: 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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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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