Aspects of Western Civilization

Aspects of Western Civilization : Problems and Sources in History, Volume I

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For freshman/sophomore level courses in Western Civilization from the ancient world to present, or Intro to Humanities or survey courses of a particular period.A two-volume chronologically arranged compilation of primary and some secondary sources in Western Civilization. Organized around eight major themes to provide direction and cohesion to the text while allowing for originality of thought in both written and oral analysis. Students are presented with basic questions regarding historical development, human nature, moral action and practical necessity while incorporating a wide variety of political, social, economic, religious, intellectual and scientific issues. The readings present history as a vehicle for better understanding in the present rather than a stagnant observation of past societies.show more

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  • Paperback | 519 pages
  • 152.4 x 223.52 x 17.78mm | 680.39g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • 4th edition
  • 0130832022
  • 9780130832023

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VOLUME I:I. THE EARLIEST CIVILIZATIONS. 1. Civilization in the Ancient Near East: Mesopotamia, Egypt and Israel. II. THE GREEK WORLD. 2. The Glory of Greece. 3. The Age of Alexander the Great. III. THE ROMAN WORLD. 4. Breakdown and Rebirth: The Crisis of the Roman Republic. 5. Caesar and Christ. 6. The Pax Romana and the Decline of Rome. IV. THE MEDIEVAL WORLD. 7. The Sword of Faith: Western Civilization During the Middle Ages. V. TRANSITIONS TO THE MODERN WORLD. 8. The Age of the Renaissance. 9. The Reformation Era. 10. "An Embarrassment of Riches": The Interaction of New Worlds. VOLUME II:I. FOUNDATIONS OF THE MODERN WORLD. 1. "I Am the State!": The Absolutism of Louis XIV. 2. "Dare to Know!": The Revolution of the Mind in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries. II. THE ERA OF REVOLUTION. 3. "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity!": Romanticism and Revolution. 4. "A World to Win!": The Industrial Revolution. 5. Nationalism and Imperialism: The Motives and Methods of Expansion. III. THE TWENTIETH CENTURY. 6. The Great War and the Birth of the Modern Era. 7. The Russian Revolution and the Development of the Totalitarian State (1917-1939). 8. Europe Between the Wars: Fascism and the Nazi Rise to Power (1919-1939). 9. The "Good War": World War II (1939-1945). 10. The Jewish Holocaust. 11. The Era of Superpowers: Confrontation and the Dynamics of Change.show more

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