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Distinguished for its cutting edge scholarship,Western Civilization: The Continuing Experimenttakes a distinctive approach to the study of European history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618420926
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 6/8/2004
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 1066
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 10.08 (h) x 1.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Noble (PhD, Michigan State University) has been awarded fellowships by the NEH and American Philosophical Society. His research focuses on late antiquity and the early Middle Ages, and his publications include The Republic of St. Peter: The Birth of the Papal State, as well as numerous articles in journals and encyclopedias. For the past two years he has served as Chair of the Department of Medieval Studies at Notre Dame.

Barry Strauss (PhD, Yale) received the Clark Award for Teaching Excellence at Cornell University, as well as fellowships from the NEH, American School of Classical Studies in Athens, and Clare Hall, Cambridge. His field of research is antiquity, and his publications include Athens after the Peloponnesian War: Class, Faction, and Policy and Hegemonic Rivalry from Thucydides to the Nuclear Age. His most recent publication, The Battle of Salamis, was published in 2004.

Duane Osheim (PhD, University of California, Davis) is a fellow of the American Academy in Rome, and a specialist in late Medieval and Renaissance social and institutional history. Among his many publications are A Tuscan Monastery and Its Social World and An Italian Lordship: The Bishopric of Lucca in the late Middle Ages.

Kristin Neuschel (PhD, Brown University) has received the Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award from Duke. Her field of research is Early Modern Europe until the French Revolution. She is the author of Word of Honor: Interpretations of Noble Culture in 16th-Century France, as well as numerous journal articles.

William Cohen (of late) received his PhD from Stanford in 1968. His scholarly research focused on FrenchUrbanization, 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.

David Roberts (PhD, University of California, Berkeley), a recipient of Woodrow Wilson and Rockefeller Foundation Fellowships, focuses on modern European intellectual history and the problems of fascism. His many publications include The Syndicalist Tradition and Italian Fascism and Benedetto Croce and the Uses of Historicism.

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Table of Contents

  • 1. The Ancestors of the West
    Origins, to ca. 3000 B.C.
    Mesopotamia, to ca. 1600 B.C.
    Egypt, to ca. 1100 B.C.
    Widening Horizons: The Levant and Anatolia, 2500–1150 B.C.
    • 2. The Sword, the Book, and the Myths: Western Asia and Early Greece
      Assyrians, Neo-Babylonians, and Persians, ca. 1200–330 B.C.
      Israel, ca. 1500–400 B.C.
      Early Greece, to ca. 725 B.C.
      • 3. The Age of the Polis in Greece, ca. 750–350 B.C.
        Society and Politics in Archaic Greece, ca. 750–500 B.C.
        The Culture of Archaic Greece
        Classical Greece
        The Public Culture of Classical Greece
        • 4. Alexander the Great and the Spread of Greek Civilization, ca. 350–30 B.C.
          Philip and Alexander
          The Hellenistic Kingdoms, 323–30 B.C.
          The Alexandrian Moment
          The Turn Inward: New Philosophies, New Faiths
          • 5. Rome, from Republic to Empire, ca. 509–31 B.C.
            Before the Republic, 753–509 B.C.
            Government and Society in the Early and Middle Republics, ca. 509–133 B.C.
            From Italian City-State to World Empire, ca. 509–133 B.C.
            The Revolution from the Gracchi to the Caesars, 133–31 B.C.
            • 6. Imperial Rome, 31 B.C.–A.D. 284
              Augustus and the Principate, 31 B.C.–A.D. 68
              The Roman Peace and Its Collapse, A.D. 69–284
              Early Christianity
              • 7. The World of Late Antiquity, 284–ca. 600
                Rebuilding the Roman Empire, 284–395
                The Catholic Church and the Roman Empire, 313–604
                The Rise of Germanic Kingdoms in the West, ca. 370–530
                The Roman Empire in the East, 395–565
                Society and Culture in LateAntiquity
                • 8. Early Medieval Civilizations, 600–900
                  The Islamic East
                  The Byzantine Empire
                  Catholic Kingdoms in the West
                  The Carolingian Empire
                  Early Medieval Economies and Societies
                  • 9. The Expansion of Europe in the High Middle Ages, 900–1300
                    Economic Expansion
                    The Heirs of the Carolingian Empire: Germany, Italy, and France
                    The British Isles
                    The Growth of New States
                    The Crusades, 1095-1291
                    • 10. Medieval Civilization at Its Height 900–1300
                      The Traditional Orders of Society
                      Social and Religious Movements, ca. 1100–1300
                      Latin Culture: From Schools to Universities
                      The Vernacular Achievement
                      • 11. Crisis and Recovery in Late Medieval Europe, 1300–1500
                        The Crisis of the Western Christian Church
                        War and the Struggle Over Political Power, 1300–1450
                        Economy and Society
                        The Consolidation of the Late Medieval Governments, 1450–1500
                        • 12. 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
                          • 13. European Overseas Expansion to 1600
                            The European Background, 1250–1492
                            Portuguese Voyages of Exploration, 1350–1515
                            Spanish Voyages of Exploration, 1492–1522
                            Spain's Colonial Empire, 1492–1600
                            The Columbian Exchange
                            • 14. The Age of the Reformation
                              The Reformation Movements, ca. 1517–1545
                              The Empire of Charles V (r. 1519–1556)
                              The English Reformation, 1520–1603
                              France, Scandinavia, and Eastern Europe, 1523–1560
                              The Late Reformation, ca. 1545–600
                              • 15. Europe in the Age of Religious Wars, 1560–1648
                                Economic Change and Social Tensions
                                Imperial Spain and the Limits of Royal Power
                                Religious and Political Conflict in France and England
                                Religious and Political Conflict in Central and Eastern Europe
                                Writing, Drama, and Art in an Age of Upheaval
                                • 16. Europe in the Age of Louis XIV, ca. 1640–1715
                                  France in the Age of Absolutism
                                  English Civil War and Its Aftermath
                                  New Powers in Central and Eastern Europe
                                  The Expansion of Overseas Trade and Settlement
                                  • 17. A Revolution in World-View
                                    The Revolution in Astronomy, 1543–1632
                                    The Scientific Revolution Generalized, ca. 1600–1700
                                    The New Science: Society, Politics, and Religion
                                    • 18. Europe on the Threshold on Modernity, ca. 1715–1789
                                      The Enlightenment
                                      European States in the Age of Enlightenment
                                      The Widening Scope of Commerce and Warfare
                                      Economic Expansion and Social Change
                                      • 19. An Age of Revolution, 1789–1815
                                        The Beginnings of Revolution, 1775–1789
                                        The Phases of Revolution, 1789–1799
                                        The Napoleonic Era and the Legacy of Revolution, 1799–1815
                                        • 20. 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
                                          • 21. Restoration, Reform, and Revolution, 1814–1848
                                            The Search for Stability: The Congress of Vienna, 1814–1815
                                            Ideological Confrontations
                                            Restoration, Reform, and Reaction
                                            The Revolutions of 1848
                                            • 22. Nationalism and Political Reform, 1850–1880
                                              The Changing Nature of International Relations
                                              Italian Unification, 1859–1870
                                              German Unification, 1850–1871
                                              Precarious Empires
                                              The Emergence of a New Political Form in the United States and Canada, 1840–1880
                                              The Development of Western Democracies
                                              • 23. 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
                                                • 24. Escalating Tensions, 1880–1914
                                                  The New Imperialism and the Spread of Europe's Population
                                                  From Optimism to Anxiety: Politics and Culture
                                                  Vulnerable Democracies
                                                  Autocracies in Crisis
                                                  The Coming War
                                                  • 25. 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 Allied Victory, 1917–1918
                                                    The Outcome and the Impact
                                                    • 26. The Illusion of Stability, 1919–1930
                                                      The West and the World After the Great War
                                                      Communism, Fascism, and the New Political Spectrum
                                                      Toward Mass Society
                                                      Weimar Germany and the Trials of the New Democracies
                                                      The Search for Meaning in a Disordered World
                                                      • 27. The Tortured Decade, 1930–1939
                                                        The Great Depression
                                                        The Stalinist Revolution in the Soviet Union
                                                        Hitler and Nazism in Germany
                                                        Fascist Challenge and Antifascist Response, 1934–1939
                                                        The Coming of World War II, 1935–1939
                                                        • 28. The Era of the Second World War, 1939–1949
                                                          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
                                                          Into the Postwar World
                                                          • 29. An Anxious Stability: The Age of the Cold War, 1949–1989
                                                            The Search for Cultural Bearings
                                                            Prosperity and Democracy in Western Europe
                                                            The Communist Bloc: From Consolidation to Stagnation
                                                            Europe, the West, and the World
                                                            The Collapse of the Soviet System, 1975–1991
                                                            • 30. The West and the World Since 1989
                                                              The Uncertain International Framework After the Cold War
                                                              New Outcomes of the Continuing Democratic Experiment
                                                              Lifestyles and Identities
                                                              The West in a Global Age
                                                              The Uncertain Meaning of the West
                                                              Conclusion: Learning from Western Civilization in a Global Age
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