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Civilization: A New History of the Western World / Edition 1

Civilization: A New History of the Western World / Edition 1

by Roger Osborne
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ISBN-13: 9781933648194
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 11/15/2006
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 560
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.80(d)

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 Contents

Illustrations     ix
List of Maps     xii
Prologue     1
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
Index     507

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.                                                                                                                                                                                       
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.