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Western Civilization, 5/e, is distinguished for its wider definition of Europe that includes Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, and European frontiers. Recognizing that factors outside the continent affected European history, the authors highlight Europe's place in the world throughout the narrative and in the primary source feature, "The Global Record." Carefully revised and edited for greater accessibility, the Fifth Edition incorporates new pedagogical features such as focus questions, key terms, and section summaries to better support students of western civilization. The reconceived narrative and streamlined organization—featuring smaller, more cohesive learning units—lend to greater ease of use for both students and instructors.
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. The Visual Record: The Iceman and His World. 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. The Visual Record: The Trojan War. 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. The Visual Record: The Parthenon. 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. Alexandrian Culture. The Turn Inward: New Philosophies, New Faiths. The Visual Record: Images of Cleopatra. 5. Rome, from Republic to Empire. Before the Republic, 753-509 B.C. The Early And Middle Republic at Home, ca. 509-133 B.C. The Early And Middle Republic Abroad, ca. 509-133 B.C. The Late Republic And Its Collapse, 133-31 B.C. The Visual Record: From Poseidonia to Paestum. 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. The Visual Record: Gladiators. 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 Late Antiquity. The Written Record: Two Views of the Huns. The Global Record: Christianity Arrives in Nubia. The Visual Record: The Ravenna Mosaics. 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. The Visual Record: Icons. 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. The Visual Record: The Medieval Castle. 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. The Visual Record: Stained Glass. 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. Crisis in Economy and Society. The Consolidation of Political Power, 1450-1500. The Visual Record: A Painting of the Plague. 12. The Renaissance. Humanism and Culture in Italy, 1300-1500. Painting and the Arts, 1250-1550. The Spread of the Renaissance, 1350-1536. The Renaissance and Court Society. The Visual Record: Renaissance Marriage Chests. 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. The Visual Record: "The Mulattos of Esmeraldas. 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. 1545-1600. The Visual Record: A Reformation Woodcut. 15. Europe in the Age of Religious Wars, 1560-1648. 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. Economic Change and Social Tensions. Writing, Drama, and Art in an Age of Upheaval. The Visual Record: Baroque Art. 16. Europe in the Age of Louis XIV, ca. 1640-1715. France in the Age of Absolutism. The English Civil War and Its Aftermath. New Powers in Central and Eastern Europe. The Expansion of Overseas Trade and Settlement. The Visual Record: Table Manners. 17. A Revolution in World-View. The Revolution in Astronomy, 1543-1632. The Scientific Revolution Expands, ca. 1600-1700. The New Science in Context: Society, Politics, and Religion. The Visual Record: Modern Maps.