Civilization: A New History of the Western World / Edition 1 available in Hardcover
Sweeping in its scope and comprehensive in its coverage, Roger Osborne tells the story of the Western world from its origins to the present, from the siege of Troy to the Gettysburg Address, from the Enlightenment to the September 11th terror attacks, from Aristotle to Einstein, Voltaire to Marx. At such a dangerous time in the world's history, this brilliant book is required reading.
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About the Author
For many years Roger Osborne worked as an editor in the London publishing world, first at Macmillan and then Faber & Faber,
specializing in books on medicine, psychology, and the history of science. Since 1992 he has been a full-time writer, using particular subjects to demonstrate new ways of understanding the past. He is a
Fellow of the Geological Society and lives in Yorkshire.
Table of ContentsIllustrations ix
List of Maps xii
In the Beginning: Prehistory and Illiterate Societies 20
A Torrent of Words: Change and Custom in Classical Greece 46
The Birth of Abstraction: Plato, Aristotle and the Rational Mind 72
The Universal Civilization: Rome and the Barbarians 94
Augustine's Vision of Christianity: From Rebel Sect to Universal Faith 113
Religion as Civilization: The Establishment of Western Christendom 134
Another Way of Living: The Medieval Town and Communal Life 162
Art as Civilization: Wealth, Power and Innovation in the Italian Renaissance 180
The Search for the Christian Life: The European Reformation as a New Beginning 213
Kings, Armies and Nations: The Rise of the Military State 236
Us and Them: Colonization and Slavery 256
The Rational Individual: Theory and Practice in Making Society 281
Enlightenment and Revolution: Politics and Reason in France and America 305
Industrialization and Nationalism: British Dominance and the Ideology of Freedom 341
From Rural Colonies to Industrial Continent: The Making of Modern America 369
Towards the Abyss: Technology, Ideology, Apocalypse 397
The End of Civilization: Depression, Extremism and Genocide in Europe, America and Asia 428
The Post-War World: From Social Cohesion to Global Marketplace 454
Acknowledgements, References and Further Reading 493
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Great and complete information about the impact of events in western civilization. This book is my guide to understand and reflect about history, without personal bias . The information about the importance of Rome in all the aspects of history is remarkable. The point about the absence of discussion of the impact of Rome on westerner Europe in its historical importance, is a excellent observation.
Civilization a New History of the Western World relates the birth and development of what is known as the western civilization or culture. The author, Roger Osborne, starts his examination of the western world with prehistoric Europe and ends up with the post 9-11 world in less than 500 pages. To his credit, Osborne gives new insights in the spiritual, intellectual, social, and artistic life of the western world. Some insights clearly challenge what some readers have learned in school. Osborne rightly emphasizes that the history of the western civilization has had its ups and downs. History has never been a straight line, but a work in progress. Osborne clearly shows that the Western world tends to consider itself as the lighthouse that wants to bring western values to the rest of humanity regardless of the different views of the local populations on these western values. Osborne repeatedly deplores the tendency for the West to advertise its modus operandi as the best form of organization and its willingness to use force to exact it. Osborne does not seem to fully accept the reality that the ideas that have conquered the world, more specifically capitalism and democracy, emanate from the West. Furthermore, war is as inevitable as death because the modern state aims to be as efficient as possible to wage war when the opportunity arises to maximize its chance of survival and prosperity. Globalization forces more and more non-western countries to adapt to the western imperative that has proven to be the most successful, at least with respect to the political and economic arenas.