Aspects of Western Civilization, Volume I

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

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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 | 537 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 25.4mm | 748.42g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 5th edition
  • 0130384917
  • 9780130384911

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Volume I: The Ancient World Through the Age of Absolutism.I. THE FOUNDATIONS OF CIVILIZATION. 1. Civilization in the Ancient Near East: Mesopotamia, Egypt and Israel. II. THE GREEK WORLD. 2. Legend and History: The World of Early Greece. 3. Democracy and Empire: The Golden Age of Athens. 4. The Age of Alexander the Great. III. THE ROMAN WORLD. 5. Breakdown and Rebirth: The Crisis of the Roman Republic. 6. Caesar and Christ. 7. The Pax Romana and the Decline of Rome. IV. THE MEDIEVAL WORLD. 8. Icon, Scimitar and Cross: Early Medieval Civilization (500-1100). 9. The Sword of Faith: The Medieval Synthesis of Western Civilization (1100-1300). V. TRANSITIONS TO THE MODERN WORLD. 10. The Age of the Renaissance. 11. The Reformation Era. 12. "An Embarrassment of Riches": The Interaction of New Worlds. Volume II: The Age of Absolutism Through the Contemporary World.I. FOUNDATIONS OF THE MODERN WORLD. 1. "I Am the State!": The Development of Absolutism in England and France. 2. "Dare to Know!": The Scientific Revolution. 3. The Enlightenment and the Revolution of the Mind. II. THE ERA OF REVOLUTION. 4. "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity!": The French Revolution and the Napoleonic Era. 5. Nationalism and Romanticism: "The Spirit of the People." 6. "A World to Win!": The Industrial Revolution. 7. "Mark Them With Your Dead!":The Scramble for Global Empire. III. THE AGE OF ANXIETY. 8. The Great War and the Birth of the Modern Era. 9. The Russian Revolution and the Development of the Totalitarian State (1917-1939). 10. Europe Between the Wars: Fascism and the Nazi Rise to Power (1919-1939). 11. "The Abyss Also Looks Into You:" War and Holocaust. 12. The Era of Superpowers: Confrontation and the Dynamics of Change.show more

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