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The Western Experience offers a thorough, analytical overview of Western civilization, giving students an introduction to the major achievements in Western thought, art, and science as well as the social, political, and economic context for understanding those developments. To demonstrate the connected nature of all histories, these various aspects of history are examined in an integrated way. To help readers develop their reasoning and writing skills, each chapter is constructed to serve as an example of a historical essay: A historical problem is presented and arguments are developed using historical evidence. The ninth edition features many improvements, including the work of Lisa Tiersten in her new chapter on Nineteenth Century Empires.
List of Maps List of Boxes Preface Chapter 11 Breakdown and Renewal in an Age of Plague Chapter 12 Tradition and Change in European Culture, 1300-1500Chapter 13 Reformations in Religion Chapter 14 Economic Expansion and a New Politics Chapter 15 War and Crisis Chapter 16 Culture and Society in the Age of the Scientific Revolution Chapter 17 The Emergence of the European State System Chapter 18 The Wealth of Nations Chapter 19 The Age of Enlightenment Chapter 20 The French Revolution Chapter 21 The Age of Napoleon