The West: Combined Volume: A Narrative HistoryPaperback
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- Publisher: Prentice Hall
- Format: Paperback | 848 pages
- Dimensions: 150mm x 231mm x 38mm | 748g
- Publication date: 28 September 2008
- Publication City/Country: Upper Saddle River
- ISBN 10: 0136056342
- ISBN 13: 9780136056348
- Edition: 2, Revised
- Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
- Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, colour illustrations, maps, frontispiece
The West: a Narrative History is a unique text in its field, as it was conceived and developed as a brief introduction to the history of the West. It is not a reduced version of a larger study, but a fully realized project in its own right. It defines the West in its broadest terms, encompassing all of the varied cultures that trace at least some of their ancestry to the ancient Mediterranean world. In addition, it consistently reminds its readers of the links between the people who have come to define the West and those in other regions of the world.
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A. Daniel Frankforter is Professor of History at the Pennsylvania State University, where he has taught for nearly four decades. His undergraduate work was in the history of ideas and philosophy at Franklin and Marshall College. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Drew University, did graduate work at Columbia University and the University of Gottingen and completed master's and doctoral degrees in medieval history and religious studies at Penn State. His research has focused on the medieval English Church and on the evolving role of European women throughout the medieval period. Articles on these topics have appeared in such journals asManuscripta,Church History,The British Studies Monitor,The Catholic Historical Review,The American Benedictine Review, The International Journal of Women's Studies, and The Journal of Women's History. His books include:A History of the Christian Movement:An Essay on the Development of Christian Institutions,Civilization and Survival,The Shakespeare Name Dictionary (with J. Madison Davis),The Medieval Millennium: An Introduction, The Western Heritage, Brief Edition (with Donald Kagan, Stephen Ozment, and Frank Turner),The Heritage of World Civilizations, brief third edition (with Albert Craig, William Graham, Donald Kagan, Stephen Ozment, and Frank Turner), an edition and translation of Poullain de la Barre's De L'Aegalite des deux Sexes, andStones for Bread: A Critique of Contemporary Worship. Over the course of his career he has developed 15 courses dealing with aspects of the ancient and medieval periods of Western civilization, Judeo-Christian studies, and gender issues. His work in the classroom has been acknowledged by the Penn State Behrend Excellence in Teaching Award and the prestigious Amoco Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching Performance. William M. Spellman is the Dean of Humanities at the University of North Carolina, Asheville. He is a graduate of Suffolk University, Boston, and holds the Ph.D. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. He is the author of John Locke and the Problem of Depravity (Oxford, 1988); The Latitudinarians and the Church of England, 1660-1700 (Georgia, 1993); John Locke (Macmillan, 1995); European Political Thought, 1600-1700 (Macmillan, 1997); Monarchies, 1000-2000 (Reaktion Press, 2000); Extraordinary Women of the Medieval and Renaissance World (Greenwood Press, 2000) co-authored with Carole Levin, et. al.; The Global Community: Migration and the Making of the Modern World, 1500-2000 (Sutton, 2002); A Concise History of the World Since 1945 (Palgrave, 2006); and Migration and the Nation State (Reaktion Press, forthcoming).
The West: A Narrative History is one the newest and best Western Civilization textbooks on the market. It is extremely well written, and is brief enough to allow instructors to assign additional secondary or primary readings. It has a superb companion web site, and is priced well below most introductory textbooks. The West could become the predominant textbook in the field. - J. Kyle Irvin, Jefferson State Community College
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"The West: a Narrative History" is a unique text in its field, as it was conceived and developed as a brief introduction to the history of the "West." It is not a reduced version of a larger study, but a fully realized project in its own right. It defines the "West" in its broadest terms, encompassing all of the varied cultures that trace at least some of their ancestry to the ancient Mediterranean world. In addition, it consistently reminds its readers of the links between the people who have come to define the "West" and those in other regions of the world.
Table of contents
Table of Contents Introduction PART ONE: DEPARTURE PREHISTORY TO 1000 BCE Chapter 1: The Birth of Civilization Larger Issue: How do environments shape human communities and human communities alter environments? The Evolution of the Prehistoric Cultures The Archaic States The Origin of Civilization in Mesopotamia: Sumer The Rise of Civilization in Egypt Chapter 2: The Rise of Empires and the Beginning of the Iron Age Larger Issue: Does civilization promote or intensify divisions among peoples? The Transition States Imperial Egypt: The New Kingdom The Indo-Europeans and the Clash of Empires The Bible and History PART TWO: THE CLASSICAL ERA 2000 BCE to 30 CE Chapter 3: Aegean Civilizations Larger Issue: When does civilization in the West become "Western" civilization? Minoan Mentors The Mycenaeans, Greece's First Civilization The Aegean Dark Age The Hellenic Era The Rise of the Mainland Powers The Persian Wars: Crucible of a Civilization Chapter 4: The Hellenic Era Larger Issue: What did the Greeks contribute to the development of modern civilization? Persian Wars as Catalyst The Peloponnesian War Intellectual and Artistic Life in the Polis Chapter 5: The Hellenistic Era and the Rise of Rome Larger Issue: What circumstances are likely to undermine governments by the people? The Hellenistic Era The Origin of Rome The Roman Republic Rome's Civil War Chapter 6: Rome's Empire and the Unification of the Western World Larger Issue: Do people prefer order to liberty? The Augustan Era Order and Continuity: The Dynastic Option Order and Continuity: The Elective Option Life in an Imperial Environment The Decline of Rome PART THREE: THE DIVISION OF THE WEST 300 TO 1300 Chapter 7: The West's Medieval Civilizations Larger Issue: Should freedom of religion be limited? The Christian Element The German Element The Byzantine Empire of Constantinople Islam Chapter 8: The Emergence of Europe Larger Issue: How did Europe build on its legacies from the ancient world? The Merovingian Kingdom: Europe's Nucleus The Franks' Neighbors The Carolingian Era Retrenchment and Reorganization The Culture of Europe's Dark Age Chapter 9: Europe Turns Outward Larger Issue: Was conflict among the medieval civilizations inevitable? Islam's Crest and Byzantium's Resurgence The Reorganization of Feudal Europe The Eleventh-Century Turning Point Chapter 10: Europe's High Middle Ages Larger Issue: Why are some societies more open to change than others? The Renaissance of the Twelfth Century Universities and Scholasticism Religious Revival and Diversity of Opinion The Artistic Vision of the High Middle Ages Government in the High Middle Ages PART FOUR: CHALLENGES, CONFLICTS, AND DEPARTURES 1300 to 1700 Chapter 11: Challenges to the Medieval Order Larger Issue: What did the crises of the late medieval era reveal about the strengths and weaknesses of Europe's civilization? Challenges from Nature Turmoil in the Middle East Spiritual Crises Political Responses: The Burdens of War Chapter 12: Renaissance and Exploration Larger Issue: How should a society use its history? The Context for the Renaissance The Culture of the Renaissance The Northern Renaissance The Middle East: The Ottoman Empire Europe and Atlantic Exploration Chapter 13: Reformation, Religious Wars, and National Conflicts Larger Issue: How do civilized societies justify war? The Lutheran Reformation The Swiss Reformation The Catholic Reformation The Habsburg-Valois Wars England's Ambivalent Reformation Convergence of Foreign and Domestic Politics: England, Spain, and France The Final Religious Upheaval PART FIVE: THE REVOLUTIONARY IMPULSE Chapter 14: The Early Modern State Larger Issue: How do political systems reflect the structure of social and economic life? Society in Early Modern Europe Forging Centralized States Absolutism in France Constitutionalism in England Wars of Empire and Global Markets Central and Eastern Europe Europe's Declining Powers Chapter 15: New World Views: Europe's Scientific Revolution Larger Issue: How does the study of the natural world influence religious belief and the understanding of truth? The Medieval World View Anticipating the New Science New Directions in Astronomy and Physics New Approaches to Truth Theory and Application Politics as Science Science as Religion Superstition and Its Victims Chapter 16: The Age of Enlightenment: Rationalism and its Uses Larger Issue: How do people construct ideas of progress? Critiquing the Traditional Way of Life Formulas for Improving Material Conditions Enlightened Despots Critiquing the Enlightenment The Arts in the Age of Reason Chapter 17: Rebellion and Revolution: American Independence and the French Revolution Larger Issue: Can political change occur without social and economic upheaval? America Rejects Europe Revolution in France Napoleon Bonaparte and the Export of Revolution, 1799--1815 The French Revolution and the Americas PART SIX: EUROPE TRIUMPHANT 1815-1914 Chapter 18: Industry, Society, and Environment Larger Issue: How do technology and urbanization influences the relationship between humans and nature? From Rural to Urban Lifestyles in Europe Agriculture, Demographics, and Labor Innovations in Production The Social Consequences of Industrialization Industry, the State, and Global Power Chapter 19: The Age of Ideology in Western Europe Larger Issue: What leads people to challenge conventional ideas and practices? The Congress System and the Conservative Agenda Ideological Ferment The Revolutions of 1848 Britain and Reform The Romantic Movement Utilitarianism and Utopian Socialism The Marxist Challenge Chapter 20: The Consolidation of Nation States Larger Issue: Is nationalism a constructive force in the modern age? Italian Unification The Creation of Modern Germany Constitutional Change in France and Britain The Waning of the Habsburg, Russian, and Ottoman Empires The United States and Western Europe Nationalism and Race Chapter 21: Global Empire and European Culture Larger Issue: How does the projection of power reflect wider cultural values? The New Imperialism: Motives and Methods The Scramble for Empire: Africa The Scramble for Empire: South and East Asia The Legacy of Empire Imperialism, Intellectual Controversy, and European Culture Transformation in the Arts PART SEVEN: EUROPE IN CRISIS 1914-1945 Chapter 22: World War I: The End of Enlightenment Larger Issue: Are nation states inherently adversarial? The Alliance System The Experience of Modern Warfare The Eastern Front and Europe's Empire Naval War and American Entry The Impact of Total War at Home Bolshevik Revolution in Russia Peace Settlement and European Consciousness Chapter 23: The Troubled Interwar Years Larger Issue: Can personal liberty be maintained under conditions of material hardship? Postwar Problems in Western Europe The Price of Victory The Great Depression, 1929--1939 Coping with the Depression Italy: The First Fascist State Authoritarian Regimes in Spain and Eastern Europe The Emergence of Nazi Germany Imperial Japan The Soviet Union under Stalin Chapter 24: World War II: Europe in Eclipse Larger Issue: Can the force of ideas sustain a civilization under attack? The Process of Appeasement, 1933--1939 Nazism Triumphant, 1939--1941: Europe and North Africa The German Empire The Destruction of the Jews The Home Front and the Role of Women War in Asia and the Pacific The Tide Turns, 1942--1945 Planning for the Postwar World PART EIGHT: THE POSTWAR WESTREN COMMUNITY 1945-2008 Chapter 25: Decolonization and the Cold War Larger Issue: How does ideology shape public policy? The Eclipse of Postwar Optimism The End of European Empire Expanding the Cold War The Cold War and Nuclear Threat Cuban Missile Crisis Divisions and Detente Chapter 26: Western Civilization and the Global Community Larger Issue: Has the West defined the process of globalization? The End of Communism United Europe? Science, Technology and the Envirnoment Women and the Struggle for Equality Religious Divides and Ethnic Nationalism The Postindustrial West