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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618370320
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Edition description: Volume I: To 1789
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 7.42 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Marvin Perry is a retired Professor of History at Baruch College, City University of New York. He has published several successful Houghton Mifflin texts, including Western Civilization: A Brief History; Sources of the Western Tradition, the leading Western Civilization reader; and Sources of Twentieth-Century Europe. He is also co-author of The Humanities in the Western Tradition. Dr. Perry's scholarly work focuses on anti-Semitism and Judeo-Christian relations; his primary interests include modern European history and the history of ideas.

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Table of Contents

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 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
      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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