Western Civilization: The Continuing Experiment, Brief Edition / Edition 1

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The Brief Edition of Western Civilization presents a strong chronological and political framework and seamlessly integrates the social and cultural forces that have shaped the western past. Two related themes are pursued throughout: 1) Europe in relation to the rest of the world and non-Western influences, and 2) power in all its senses, public and private; economic, social, cultural, and political; symbolic and real.

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Discussing Western civilization from its origins in 3000 B.C. up to the present, 30 chapters cover the ancestors of the West; Greek and Roman, late antiquity, and the medieval civilizations; the Renaissance; European overseas expansion to 1600; the Reformation; Europe in the ages of religious wars and Louis XIV, and on the threshold of modernity; an age of revolution; the industrial transformation of Europe; restoration, reform, and revolution; optimism, tensions, war and revolution, the illusion of stability, a tortured decade (1930-39), and the era of World War II; the Cold War; and the West and the world since 1989. New features in this edition include information technology essays, focus questions, 10 to 12 definitions per chapter, chronologies, pronunciation guides, and expansion of Weighing the Evidence essays and primary sources. Illustrated with color and b&w images and maps. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395885482
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 12/7/1998
  • Edition description: ABR
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 784
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

After receiving his Ph.D. from Michigan State University, Thomas Noble taught at Albion College, Michigan State University, Texas Tech University, and the University of Virginia. In 1999 he received the University of Virginia's highest award for teaching excellence and in 2008 Notre Dame's Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. In 2011 he received the Charles Sheedy, C.S.C., award for excellence in teaching and scholarship from Notre Dame's College of Arts and Letters. In 2001 he became Robert M. Conway Director of the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame and in 2008 chairperson of Notre Dame's history department. He is the author of Images, Iconoclasm, and the Carolingians, which won the 2011 Otto Gr√ľndler Prize, and The Republic of St. Peter: The Birth of the Papal State, 680-825. He has edited six books. He was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in 1994 and the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in 1999-2000. He has been awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Humanities (three times) and the American Philosophical Society (twice). He was elected a Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America in 2004. In 2012 he served as president of the American Catholic Historical Association.

Professor of history and classics at Cornell University, Barry Strauss holds a Ph.D. from Yale. He has been awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Academy in Rome, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, The MacDowell Colony for the Arts, the Korea Foundation, and the Killam Foundation of Canada. He is the recipient of the Clark Award for excellence in teaching from Cornell. He is Chair of Cornell's Department of History, Director of Cornell's Program on Freedom and Free Societies, and Past Director of Cornell's Peace Studies Program. His many publications include Athens After the Peloponnesian War: Class, Faction, and Policy, 403-386 B.C.; Fathers and Sons in Athens: Ideology and Society in the Era of the Peloponnesian War; The Anatomy of Error: Ancient Military Disasters and Their Lessons for Modern Strategists (with Josiah Ober); Hegemonic Rivalry from Thucydides to the Nuclear Age (coedited with R. New Lebow); War and Democracy: A Comparative Study of the Korean War and the Peloponnesian War (coedited with David R. McCann); Rowing Against the Current: On Learning to Scull at Forty; The Battle of Salamis, the Naval Encounter That Saved Greece-and Western Civilization; The Trojan War: A New History; The Spartacus War; and Masters of Command: Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar and the Genius of War. His books have been translated into seven languages. His book The Battle of Salamis was named one of the best books of 2004 by the Washington Post.

A Fellow of the American Academy in Rome with a Ph.D. in History from the University of California at Davis, Duane Osheim is professor of history at the University of Virginia. He has held fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Philosophical Society, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Fulbright Program. He is author and editor of A Tuscan Monastery and Its Social World; An Italian Lordship: The Bishopric of Lucca in the Late Middle Ages; Beyond Florence: The Contours of Medieval and Early Modern Italy; and Chronicling History: Chroniclers and Historians in Medieval and Renaissance Italy.

After receiving her Ph.D. from Brown University, Kristen Neuschel taught at Denison University and Duke University, where she is currently associate professor of history and Director of the Thompson Writing Program. She is a specialist in early modern French history and is the author of Word of Honor: Interpreting Noble Culture in Sixteenth-Century France and articles on French social history and European women's history. She has received grants from the Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Council of Learned Societies. She has also received the Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award, which is awarded annually on the basis of student nominations for excellence in teaching at Duke.

William Cohen (of late) received his Ph.D. from Stanford in 1968. His scholarly research focused on French Urbanization, and he was the author of THE FRENCH ENCOUNTER WITH AFRICANS: WHITE RESPONSES TO BLACKS; EUROPEAN EMPIRE BUILDING; RULERS OF EMPIRE; and ROBER DELAVIGNETTE AND THE FRENCH EMPIRE, as well as numerous articles and reviews.

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Table of Contents

1. The Ancestors of the West Origins, to ca. 3000 B.C. Mesopotamia, 3000 B.C. to ca. 100 B.C. Egypt, to ca. 1100 B.C. Israel, ca. 1500-400 B.C. Western Asia and the Levant, 1400-330 B.C. 2. Ancient Greece Early Greece, to ca. 750 C.C. Archaic Society and the Rise of Sparta, ca. 750-500 B.C. Athens: Archaic Greece to the Classical Ideal, ca. 650-404 B.C. Struggles for Hegemony Culture: From Archaic to Classical Greece Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic World, 323-30 B.C. 3. Rome: From Republic to Empire, ca. 509-44 B.C. Before the Republic Society and Culture of the Roman Republic Government and Society in the Early and Middle Republic, ca. 509-133 B.C. From Italian City-State to World Empire The Revolution from the Gracchi to Caesar, 133-44 B.C. 4. Imperial Rome, 27 B.C.-A.D. 284 Augustus and the Principate, 27 B.C.-A.D. 68 The Roman Peace, A.D. 69-180 The Crisis of the Third Century, A.D. 180-284 Early Christianity 5. The World of Late Antiquity, ca. 300-600 Rebuilding the Roman Empire The Fourth-Century Empire: An Illusory Stability From Western Roman Empire to Germanic Kingdoms The Roman Empire in the East Christian Culture and Life 6. Early Medieval Civilizations, ca. 600-900 The Islamic East The Byzantine Empire Christian Kingdoms in the West The World of Charlemagne Early Medieval Economies and Societies 7. The Expansion of Europe, ca. 900-1150 Signs of Expansion The Traditional Order of Society Germany and the Empire Shaping the Kingdom The Growth of New States Cultural Life in an Age of Expansion A Clash of Cultures: The First Crusade 8. Medieval Civilization at Its Height, ca. 1150-1300 The Empire and the Papacy The Evolution of Central Governments Economic Life Social and Religious Movements The Height of Medieval Culture Boniface VII and Philip IV: Crisis of Church and State, 1294-1302 9. The Transformation of Medieval Civilization, 1300-1500 The Crisis of the Western Christian Church The Challenge to Medieval Governments Formation of the Ottoman and Spanish Empires Economy and Society 10. The Renaissance Humanism and Culture in Italy, 1300-1500 The Arts in Italy, 1250-1550 The Spread of the Renaissance, 1350-1536 The Renaissance and Court Society The Renaissance Papacy 11. Europe, the Old World and the New The European Background, 1250-1492 Portuguese Voyages of Discovery, 1350-1515 Spanish Voyages of Discovery, 1492-1522 Spain's Colonial Empire, 1492-1600 The Columbian Exchange 12. The Age of the Reformation The Reformation movements, ca. 1517-1545 The Empire of Charles V The English Reformation, 1520-1603 Reform in Other States, 1523-1560 The Late Reformation, ca. 1545-1600 13. Europe in the Age of Religious War, 1555-1648 Society and the State Imperial Spain and the Limits of Power Religious and Political Crisis in France and England The Holy Roman Empire and the Thirty Years' War Society and Culture 14. Europe in the Age of Louis XIV, ca. 1610-1715 France in the Age of Absolutism The English Revolution New Powers in Central and Eastern Europe The Rise of Overseas Trade 15. A Revolution in World-View The Revolution in Astronomy The Scientific Revolution Generalized Science and Society 16. Europe on the Threshold of Modernity, ca. 1715-1789 The Enlightenment European Rulers and European Society States in Conflict Economic Expansion and Social Change 17. Revolutionary Europe, 1789-1815 Background to Revolution The French Revolution The Napoleonic Era The Impact of Revolution on France and the World 18. Restoration, Reform, and Revolution, 1814-1848 The Search for Stability: The Congress of Vienna Ideological Confrontations Restoration and Reform The Revolutions of 1848 19. The Industrial Transformation of Europe, 1750-1850 Setting the Stage for Industrialization Industrialization and European Production The Transformation of Europe and Its Environment Responses to Industrialization 20. New Powers and New Tensions, 1850-1880 The Changing Scope of International Relations Italian Unification German Unification Precarious Supranational Empires The Emergence of a Powerful United States, 1840-1880 Stability in Victorian Britain France: From Empire to Republic Russia and the Great Reforms 21. The Age of Optimism, 1850-1880 Industrial Growth and Acceleration Changing Conditions Among Social Groups Urban Problems and Solutions Social and Political Initiatives Culture in an Age of Optimism 22. Escalating Tensions, 1880-1914 From Optimism to Anxiety: Politics and Culture The New Imperialism The Democratic Powers The Autocracies The Coming War 23. War and Revolution, 1914-1919 The Unforeseen Stalemate, 1914-1917 The Experience of Total War Two Revolutions in Russia; March and November, 1917 The New War and the Entente Victory, 1917-1918 The Outcome and the Impact 24. From Stability to Crisis, 1919-1939 Economy and Society in the Interwar The Stalinist Revolution in the Soviet Union Fascist Italy Germany: From the Weimar Republic to National Socialism Fascist Challenge and Antifascist Response 25. The Era of the Second World War, 1939-1949 The Coming of World War II, 1935-1939 The Victory of Nazi Germany, 1939-1941 The Assault on the Soviet Union and the Nazi New Order A Global War, 1941-1944 The Shape of the Allied Victory, 1944-1945 Toward the Postwar World, 1945-1949 26. An Anxious Stability: The Age of the Cold War, 1949-1985 The Search for Cultural Bearings The New Social Compact in Western Europe Western Europe and the World The Soviet Union and the Communist Bloc Democracy and Its Discontents, 1968 and After 27. The West and the World in the Late Twentieth Century Challenges of Affluence in the West On the Ruins of the Communist System Europe and the West After the Bipolar Peace In the Shadow of History: The Experiment Continues Conclusion: Western Civilization in a Global Age

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