Heritage of Western Civilization, Vol. I

Heritage of Western Civilization, Vol. I

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This is the first volume of a collection of 70 original source selections introduces the reader to the history of Western civilization. The two-volume set is organized chronologically, spanning the ancient Near East to the contemporary world. The eighth edition includes revised or rewritten introductions to many topics, from Rome, through the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Reformation, Early Modern Europe to the Contemporary World. Much of the existing coverage has been revised and new topics added. This edition also offers translations of non-English material.
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  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 25.4mm | 612.35g
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 8th edition
  • 0131048600
  • 9780131048607

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(NOTE: All selections are extracts from the complete works.)VOLUME I

The Ancient Near East.

The Code of Hammurabi. Egyptian Religion. The Old Testament.


Herodotus. Sophocles. Thucidides. The Last Days of Socrates. Plato. Aristotle. Plutarch.


Polybus. Lucretius. Seutonius. Marcus Aurelius. Juvenal. The New Testament.

The Middle Ages.

St. Augustine. Gregory of Tours. Einhard. Life in Country and Town. Magna Carta. Church and State. St. Thomas Aquinas. Medieval Secular Poetry. Jean, Sire De Joinville. St. Catherine of Sienna.

Renaissance and Reformation.

Pico Della Mirandola. Christopher Columbus. Niccolo Machiavelli. Benvenuto Cellini. Desiderius Erasmus. Martin Luther. John Calvin. The Counter-Reformation.


Early Modern Europe.

Francis Bacon. Rene Descartes. Galileo Galilei. Bishop Bossuet. Thomas Hobbes. Isaac Newton. John Locke. Adam Smith. Olaudah Equiano. Antoine-Nicholas De Condorcet. Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Revolutionary Declarations.

The Nineteenth Century.

Edmund Burke. Romanticism. Thomas Malthus. Child Labor. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. Giuseppe Mazzini. John Stuart Mill. Charles Darwin. William Graham Sumner. Friedrich Nietzsche. Albert Beveridge. Eduard Bernstein.

The Contemporary World.

Bertrand Russell. The League of Nations. Sigmund Freud. Vladimir Ilyich Lenin. Marquis Childs. John Dewey. Hitler and the Holocaust. The Atomic Age. The United Nations. Simon De Beauvoir. Frantz Fanon. Alma-Ata Declaration. Alfred North Whitehead.
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