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A Brief History of the Western World / Edition 8

A Brief History of the Western World / Edition 8

by Thomas H. Greer, Gavin Lewis


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A Brief History of the Western World / Edition 8

This text, which pioneered the brief format for this subject, provides a comprehensive view of the development of Western civilization in half the pages of other texts on this subject. Not simply an abridgement of a longer book, this text offers students in survey courses a concise, lucid narrative. Broad coverage of political, social, cultural, and religious themes gives instructors the flexibility to tailor their instruction, and to assign supplementary materials as desired.

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ISBN-13: 9780155074996
Publisher: Thomson Wadsworth
Publication date: 06/01/2001
Edition description: 8TH
Pages: 816
Product dimensions: 6.33(w) x 9.22(h) x 1.21(d)

About the Author

Thomas H. Greer has studied and taught Western civilization for more than thirty-five years. He was one of the founders and developers of the highly regarded one-year humanities course at Michigan State University, completed by over 100,000 students, and served as department chairman. He is a specialist in contemporary world affairs. Among his publications are AMERICAN SOCIAL REFORM MOVEMENTS: THEIR PATTERN SINCE 1865; THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE AMERICAN DOCTRINE OF AIR POWER, 1917-1941; THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II (coauthor); WHAT ROOSEVELT THOUGHT: THE SOCIAL AND POLITICAL IDEAS OF F.D.R.; and CLASSICS OF WESTERN THOUGHT (general editor).

Gavin Lewis received his Bachelor of Arts from Oxford University and his Ph.D. from Princeton University. His research and publications include studies of central European history, Sumerian civilization, Athenian politics and religion, print and culture in the Renaissance, and the decipherment of Egyptian writing. He has over thirty years' experience teaching Western civilization to undergraduates. He is the author of CHURCH AND PARTY IN POLITICAL CATHOLICISM: THE CLERGY AND THE CHRISTIAN SOCIAL PARTY IN LOWER AUSTRIA, 1887-1907; TOMS MASARYK; and CLOSE-UPS OF THE PAST: WESTERN CIVILIZATION IN CASE STUDIES.

Table of Contents

PART I: THE ANCIENT WORLD: 3000 B.C.-A.D. 500. 1. The Birth of Civilization in the Middle East. 2. The Greek Beginnings of Western Civilization. 3. The Roman Triumph and Fall. 4. A Conquering New Faith: Christianity. PART II: MEDIEVAL CIVILIZATION: 500-1300. 5. The Creation of Europe: Political and Social Foundations. 6. The Flowering of Medieval Culture. PART III: THE COMING OF MODERN TIMES: 1300-1650. 7. The Transformation and Expansion of Europe. 8. The Renaissance: Upsurge of Humanism. 9. The Reformation: Division and Reform in the Church. PART IV: THE CHANGING WEST: 1600-1850. 10. Science and a New Cosmology. 11. The Revolutions of Liberalism and Nationalism. 12. The Impact of the Machine. PART V: THE WEST IN THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD: 1850-2000. 13. Imperialism, World War, and the Rise of Collectivism. 14. Global Transformation: Dawn of a New Age. 15. The Revolution in Western Culture.

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